Def Leppard’s Joe Eliot recently brought his latest band, the Down ‘n’ Outz, to Newcastle and proved that the spirit of good time rock and roll is alive.

Getting the night off to a flying start were six piece AOR outfit Vega. The band brought with them tracks like “Wherever We Are,” and “10 X Bigger Than Love,” from their latest offering Stereo Messiah, along with old favorites like “White Knuckle Ride.” The band was energetic, and got a great response from the audience at the Riverside and left the crowd suitably warmed for Joe Eliot and Co’.

The Down ‘n’ Outz is a who’s who of rock greats. Alongside the mighty Joe Eliot was Vixen’s, Share Ross playing bass and Newcastle Quireboys, Paul Guerin and Guy Griffin on guitar. The music pays homage to the legendary Ian Hunter and Mott the Hoople. They make a welcome return to Newcastle with their first headline show in the city. The last time they played in Newcastle was in 2011 when they were opening for Paul Rodgers of Free and Bad Company. Joe Eliot has a long running association with the city having first played in Newcastle back in 1979 with AC/DC.

Joe Eliot appears behind a white piano as the Down ‘n’ Outz open their set with, “Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Beneath.” Paul and Guy launch into “One of the Boys,” clapping their hands with the Geordie crowd. Joe back behind the piano leads the band into the heartfelt “Sea Diver,” for which the band recently released a video, and features as a bonus track on their latest album, The Further Adventures Of. The Down ‘n’ Outz are tight and genuinely look like they are enjoying themselves, almost as much as the crowd.

Mott the Hoople and Ian Hunter fan favorites and rarities alike get a much appreciated airing this evening with the likes of “Who Do You Love,” and “Crash Street Kidds,” included in the set. Joe welcomes Sinead Madden to the stage who plays violin during a stunning rendition of “Violence,” which brings the band’s main set to a close. As the band returns to the stage for the encore, Joe is donning a union jack guitar and closing their set with a Mott the Hoople favorite “Good Times,” resulting in rapturous applause from the audience, and leaving them wanting more.

With Down ‘n’ Outz the legacy of Ian Hunter and Mott the Hoople are in safe hands. The band is also successfully introducing their music to a whole new generation in the process.

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Adam Kennedy is an experienced music photographer based in northeast England. He has been shooting concerts for several years, predominantly with the band Vintage Trouble. In 2013, he was one of their tour photographers, covering the UK and Ireland tour including the headline shows and as opening act for The Who. As an accomplished concert photographer, Adam's work has been featured in print such as, Classic Rock Blues Magazine, Guitarist Magazine, Blues in Britain magazine, broadcast on the MDA Telethon on ABC Television in the US, used in billboard advertising for Renaissance Hotels in the US, and featured online via music blogs such as Uber Rock and Guitar Planet. He is also the official photographer at Newcastle Rock and Blues Club.