Joe Elliott muses on bands playing their hits live on new ‘Brian Johnson’s A Life on the Road’ episode

Courtesy of Eagle Rock Entertainment/ AXS TVThe latest episode of the AXS TV series Brian Johnson's A Life on the Road features the longtime AC/DC frontman traveling to Dublin, Ireland, to chat with Def Leppard's Joe Elliott.

During the show, which premieres Sunday at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, Elliott reflects his band's tours in support of their massively successful Pyromania and Hysteria albums, the tragedies that the 2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees have faced and more.

In a preview clip, Elliott shares how he feels about playing all of Def Leppard's best-known songs at all of the bands shows, rather than include new material or rarities in their set.

"I have no problem playing the hits on stage. When I go and see…[Paul] McCartney, I'm not really bothered about hearing 'Flowers in the Dirt.' I wanna hear 'Eleanor Rigby,'" he tells Johnson. "It's like, if you didn't play anything off Back in Black, there'd be a riot."

He adds, "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 you heard as a kid."

Joe also explains that Def Leppard will play about three new songs at their shows, spaced about a half-hour apart.

Meanwhile, Elliott also reflects on why he and other rock stars might be driven to perform in front of an audience.

"Why we do it, I have no idea. Narcissistic?" Joe muses. "McCartney and [John] Lennon, and [Mick] Jagger and [Keith] Richards...[The Kinks'] Ray Davies [and] Dave Davies, all these people that made fantastic music that came before us gave us that goal. And if they're narcissistic, I want to be that narcissistic."

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