AC/DC’s Brian Johnson talks with Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott on the latest episode of AXS TV’s Brian Johnson’s A Life On The Road, and in a new preview clip, Elliott explains why he has no problem playing Def Leppard’s hits night after night.
“When I go and see the [Rolling] Stones or [Paul] McCartney, I’m not really bothered about hearing ‘Flowers in the Dirt,’ I wanna hear ‘Eleanor Rigby,’” said Elliot. He then gestures toward Johnson and says, “It’s like if you didn’t play anything off ‘Back in Black,’ there’d be a riot. If we don’t play things off ‘Hysteria,’ we are pleasing the one percent that criticize it. I’ve always said, and I’ll say it a million more times before I die, no doubt, if you can’t handle the responsibility of writing a hit, don’t write it.”
Elliott continues and explains what it’s like to see a major band in an arena saying, “It’s not an education center when you come to see a big band. It’s a place—I don’t want to sound pretentious when I say a place of worship—but you’re coming to celebrate what you know. And part of going to see AC/DC, Def Leppard, U2, Duran Duran, Iron Maiden, doesn’t matter who it is, is to hear all the stuff that you saw on MTV, or that you heard as a kid.”
Fans can catch this full episode of Brian Johnson’s A Life On The Road Sunday, October 6 at 9 PM EDT/6 PM PDT on AXS TV.