Joe Elliott Recalls Mötley Crüe Members Mocking Him

Joe Elliott recently recalled touring throughout South America with Mötley Crüe, having a bit of trouble with his health, and why Mötley Crüe members decided to mock him on a chat with Raised on Radio.

Def Leppard rocker recently made the headlines with a health scare, resulting in his hospitalization in Colombia. He announced later on that it was nothing serious and that his upcoming show wouldn’t be canceled. However, this harmless incident seemed to spark the interest of Mötley Crüe, and the rockers decided to have their time mocking the British rocker.

Elliott discussed how usual it was for the two acts to mock one another through good old, ‘childish’ jokes since it made long hours of traveling easier. So, Mötley and Def Leppard played pranks on one another all the time, and it wasn’t out of the ordinary when Mötley Crüe members took out their phones and started recording Joe on stage, waiting for him to fall down any minute after his hospitalization.

This type of humor made things fun and helped out two acts bond quickly and easily, and it was all good for the singer since the recent health scare was only a harmless altitude sickness.

Elliott on touring, having a good laugh with Mötley Crüe, and how the rockers decided to mock him:

“When you’re a legacy band, as we like to call ourselves because it sounds better than boring, old… you know what. We’ve looked at this from both sides now; as Judy Collins’ saying… We always say one-on-one makes three that in these kinds of situations. We’ve done these double headers with Bryan Adams, we’ve done them with Journey.

Then [we] do it with Mötley because it’s just so much fun. Those guys split up and got back together because of the movie, and they’re just a good laugh. I mean some of that stuff we got up to on the plane. If somebody fell asleep they’d get up because they just covered in stuff… and pictures were taken of them, and it kind of was very childish but in a very kind of funny way.

When we were in Bogota in Colombia… I had altitude sickness, and they kept me overnight for observation in a hospital. Luckily, it was a day off, and when it came to doing the gig, everybody got their cell phones out, waiting for me to fall over, including all the Mötley guys; it was set aside stage; I know it’s not gonna happen, ain’t gonna happen… We had a really good laugh.”

These harmless, ‘childish’ jokes made things easier on the road since spending hours in planes or buses and traveling all around the world with the same people for a few months can be challenging after a while. Luckily, Def Leppard and Mötley Crüe never backed away from having a good laugh, making their joint tour even better.