Def Leppard's Joe Elliot to rock a Kantor Guitar on the Rock of Ages Tour

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Joseph Thomas “Joe” Elliott Jr (born 1 August 1959) is an English singer-songwriter, and musician, best known as the lead vocalist and occasional rhythm guitarist of the British rock band Def Leppard. He has also been the lead singer of David Bowie tribute band, the Cybernauts and the Mott the Hoople cover band, Down ‘n’ Outz.1 He is one of the two original members of Def Leppard and one of the three to perform on every Def Leppard album.
Elliott was born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire and was educated at King Edward VII School. Elliott met Pete Willis, a member of a local band called Atomic Mass, in November 1977 when he missed a bus. After finding out that they were both musicians, Elliott met the rest of the band members in Elliott’s bedroom. The band spent hours talking and listening to records. The band had not heard Elliott sing, but they were impressed by, “his attitude and his ideas about being in a band,” and became the band’s vocalist. The other members even took Elliott’s suggestion to change their name to “Deaf Leopard.” Elliott had invented the name for the band in youth. Tony Kenning suggested they change the name to “Def Leppard” to distinguish them from contemporary punk bands like The Flying Lizards and Boomtown Rats. The band claims that the similar-looking spelling of Led Zeppelin to Def Leppard was unintentional.Elliott soon became an integral part of the band while also contributing his songwriting skills.
In his youth, Joe was caught by the music of the late 60s/early 70s ‘glam’ bands such as T.Rex, Mott The Hoople and (David Bowie’s) Ziggy Stardust. Joe’s dream to be a member of the imaginary band Deaf Leopard came true when he joined Atomic Mass, originally formed by Rick Savage and Pete Willis. Partly because of Joe’s dream, the band was renamed to Def Leppard.
Joe was on tour with Steve Stevens, duff Mc Kegan, and gene Simmons when he first spotted the Silver Burst i had created for Steve. I am happy to add Joe to my exclusive list of amazing clients… he is an amazing talent and a rock legend in his own right!

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