Who Is Joe Elliot?
Born on August 1, 1959 in England, Joe Elliott became the lead singer for Def Leppard in the late 1970s. He met the band's other members spontaneously, after missing his bus to school. The band gained an incredible amount of fame in the early 1980s, continuing through the 1990s, with such songs as "Pour Some Sugar on Me" and "Love Bites," a No. 1 song on Billboard's Hot 100 list.
Joe Elliott was born on August 1, 1959 in South Yorkshire, England, and became the lead singer for the metal band Def Leppard in the late 1970s. He met the band's other members spontaneously, after he missed his bus to school. Elliott, 19 at the time, was enrolled at the King Edward VII School. All of Def Leppard's members were in their teens when they formed the band.
With Def Leppard, Elliott wrote songs, drawing pop and soft rock sounds from a variety of musical influences, including Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple. Def Leppard gained an incredible amount of fame in the early 1980s, with such songs as "Bringin' On the Heartbreak" (1981)—one of the first hard rock songs played on MTV—and 1983's "Photograph." By the mid-1980s, Def Leppard was a pop culture staple.
The band's success continued into the late 1980s and '90s. Their 1987 album Hysteria, which produced two huge songs, "Pour Some Sugar on Me" and "Love Bites"—a No. 1 song on Billboard's Hot 100 list. Following their 1993 album, Retro Active, Def Leppard produced a greatest-hits project, Vault (1995). They went on to sell more than 100 million albums, cementing the group's status as one of the most influential acts of the era.
Def Leppard returned to the headlines in January 2018 with the announcement that their catalog was finally available for streaming. As Elliot explained, they had held out for a long time over distrust of the changing industry model, before finally giving it a shot. "Given a bit of time to sit down and think about it and read and do the research and listen to the right people, things just fell into place," said Elliott. The development was timed to coincide with the buzz for the group's planned tour that summer with fellow '80s hitmakers Journey.
Elliott married Karla Ramdhani in 1989, and they divorced five years later. Years later, he began a relationship with Bobbie Tolsma currently lives in Stepaside, Dublin, Ireland. In the early 2000s, he met Kristine Wunschel, and they were married soon after. Joe and Kristine had a son, Finlay, in 2009.
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