Down 'n' Outz are an English band featuring members from Def Leppard, The Quireboys, and Raw Glory. The group covers bands and artists related to Mott the Hoople including Mott, British Lions, and Ian Hunter. Their debut album, My ReGeneration, was released in 2010, and was followed by a DVD release of the band's show at Hammersmith Odeon. The band's second studio album was released in April 2014.
The band was formed by Joe Elliott from Def Leppard, London rock drummer Phil Martini, Ronnie Garrity from Raw Glory, and Paul Guerin, Guy Griffin, and Keith Weir from The Quireboys, to open for Mott the Hoople on the last night of the ensemble's tour at London's Hammersmith Apollo in 2009. The band then decided to record an album, produced by Elliott and Ronan McHugh, which was recorded in Elliott's personal studio with basic tracking done at Moor Hall studio Bedfordshire by engineer Chris Corney. A ten-track version of the album, My ReGeneration, was available with the 23 June 2010 edition of Classic Rock magazine, prior to the full album's release on 13 July of the same year.
The band made an appearance at the 2010 High Voltage Festival, launched their own branded beer, and also announced it would be performing with Paul Rodgers in April 2011 as the opening act on the latter's UK tour.
In an interview given by Joe Elliot to Irish TV programme Ireland AM the singer revealed the support dates were never meant to happen and only occurred due to Rodgers insistence. Down 'n' Outz will, however, play a secret headline performance (likely to be the only headline gig in the bands existence) on 13 April 2011 in Holmfirth.
The band released a DVD, Down n Outz: Live at the Hammersmith Odeon. Recorded live at Hammersmith Apollo when the Down n Outz opened for Mott The Hoople on the last night of their five-night run back in October 2009. The DVD was directed by Lee Ford , who also shot the promos for England Rock, Overnight Angels and Rock n Roll Queen.
In March 2011, it was revealed that the band parted ways with Ronnie Garrity, and they intend to publish original material for their third album, rather than their fourth.
On April 21, 2014, Down ‘n’ Outz released their second studio album, The Further Adventures Of...
Their sophomore album welcomed with good reviews, Classic Rock Magazine stated their Further Adventures “raises the bar for Mott The Hoople covers while giving timeless songs a new lease of life as classics deserving of a new audience.”
On May 29, the group followed their album release with the premiere of the video for their first single, “Rock and Roll Queen” on Billboard.com.
On June 9, 2014 it was announced that Down ’n’ Outz will be the special guests on the main stage at Planet Rock Radio’s “Planet Rockstock” on December 6 at Park Dean Holiday Park in Trecco Bay, Porthcawl, Wales. The group will join Vandenberg's Moonkings, Magnum, The Cadillac Three, Tax The Heat and Voodoo Six among others.
- My ReGeneration (2010)
- Live at Hammersmith Apollo (2011)
- The Further Adventures Of... (2014)
- Down 'n' Outz's official website
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