Sometimes, the most interesting of projects arise from the most unusual of circumstances. So it is that the Down 'N Outz is a project fronted by Def Leppard's Joe Elliott, backed by The Quireboys and playing rare tracks connected only by Mott The Hoople.
If you are not familiar with Def Leppard's main influence then you come to know that Mott and Hunter are Joe Elliott's favorite. You will find hints and references all over the Lepps tunes and also on thier covers album "Yeah!" The Down 'N Outz supported Mott The Hoople at one of their legendary 2009 reformation shows at Hammersmith Odeon. In addition to Joe Elliott (Vocals/Guitar/Keyboards), the band featured The Quireboys' Paul Guerin (Guitar), Guy Griffin (Guitar), Keith Weir (keyboards) and Phil Martini (drums) and finally bassist Ronnie Garrity (Raw Glory). Following a rapturous reception, the one night project took on a life and energy of its own and an album project was born.
Down 'N Outz then set about recording an album's worth of material. The album was produced by Joe Elliott with co-production by Ronan McHugh. The album was recorded at Joe Elliott's own studio, Joe's Garage, and Moor Hall studio in Bedfordshire. Elliott is as strong on thie as he has been on the latest Leppard releases. I'll be honest in saying that he doesnt possess the voice he did in the 80's but he has that certain rasp to his voice now that still makes it appealing. This is a great album if you want to relive the Mott experience in newer recordings and clearar production. Joe handled the duties on this one and it shows well. I'm sure you havent seenthe end of Elliott in this sense or in Leppard but I will imagine that Elliott will eventually become a producer for bands to come.
Prior to it's general release fans will be able to get hold of the 10-track album cover mounted on the issue of Classic Rock magazine on sale on the 23rd June 2010. An extended version of the album will also be released through Mailboat Records (Joe Perry, Walter Becker, Chris Isaak, Jeff Bridges) on the 13th July 2010. "MY RE GENERATION" is the first part in a series of projects by the Down 'N Outz, including a forthcoming DVD of the Hammersmith Apollo performance.