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Denise McGeoch

~Dated Joe for over a decade~

Birthname: Denise Dakin

Children: Daughter, Emily Jean (born 2/23/89).

Marital Status: Married John McGeoch on September 14, 1988 (deceased)

Current Job: Manager of Early Morning & After School Club at the MyInhurst Preparatory School and Nursery


We don't have much information for Denise. The following interview with Joe is all we really have:

Rock and a Hard Place

Published Date: 22 September 2002

By Joe Jackson

So when was the first time he fell heart-over-head in love, and lust?

"With my first girlfriend, Denise Dakin, around the same time we really got the band going," he says. "And the band started because between the ages of 16 and 18 you're too old for the youth club and you can't get into the pub so you're left kickin' cans around the street. So we put a band together and, in 1979, recorded our debut EP and then Denise and I moved to London....And life in London was fantastic. The rent was 138 quid a month, paid for by Denise's dole money. And everytime the dole inspector came around I had to take my stuff out of her room and hide it! We were all living in one house and going to the Hammersmith Odeon every night to see gigs. It was a great time in my life."

And life remained great for Joe and Denise who were "blissfully happy" as Def Leppard really did break through with albums like Pyromania.

However, by 1989 Joe Elliott was, as he says, with Karla, whom he'd met five years earlier....But he was also beset by guilt because at the time, he was still "technically" living with Denise.

"And I told Karla, 'I can't do this,' and we fought about that," he recalls. "But I realised I'd broken Denise's heart and I spent months in agonising grief over that. But at the end of the day you are selfish in those situations."



Leppard Paces Squier Tour

Published Date: 30 June 1983

By Richard Hogan

Already, the promise of domesticity seems to be closing in upon Elliott, whose girlfriend Denise Dakin - a Sheffield lass working stateside as a nanny - has been his constant companion during Leppard's Northeastern swings.