Most people think Glam Rock got its start in the 80’s on the Sunset Strip but in fact glam rock has been around since the 70’s and could have arguably gotten its start in England with bands that included Mott and the Hoople, The Quireboys, Slade and T-Rex, just to name a few. Joe Elliot’s side project Down ‘n’ Outz is trying to bring back that old Glam Rock sound, and I have to say they are doing a pretty good job. Down ‘n’ Outz have put out a couple albums, all covers of Mott and the Hoople songs. Their new release is The Further Live Adventures Of…. As mentioned in the title it is a live recording and was recorded in where else but Joe’s hometown of Sheffield England at The Corporation. The release is going to be issued as a 2CD, DVD combo package and is spectacular.
The first thing I have to say is that Joe has a totally different sound to his voice singing with Down ‘n’ Outz. The songs are fun and Joe’s voice projects an enthusiasm that he does not while singing in Def Leppard. The DVD version was not part of my review but I have seen footage online of this particular performance and you can see the smile on Joe’s face as he sings. I can tell Joe enjoys bringing these songs back to life to a whole new generation. Some of the highlights for me were their rendition of “Overnight Angles.” Listening to this track you can here where Joe and Def Leppard were influenced, especially the chorus. If you didn’t know any better you would think it was a right off the Adrenalize album. Another highlight for me was “Rock n Roll Queen.” This is a fun track with great guitar work and vocals.
I know a lot of you out there are Def Leppard fans and if you are you are going love Down ‘n’ Outz’s The Further Live Adventures Of…. Joe’s vocals are great and The Quireboys backing him are tight too. Again it is really neat to hear the enthusiasm in Joe’s voice live. The Holidays are just around the corner and this would make a great gift for that Def Leppard fan, but beware if your recipient is anything like me they already have this album pre-ordered. Regardless, I can’t think of a better way to spend Christmas morning but then to watch this DVD while the kids are playing with their toys. Down ‘n’ Outz The Further Live Adventures Of…. Will be released on December 1, 2017 via Frontier Records.