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5 weeks ago
Ken
I had the pleasure of meeting Rupert when I worked at School of Rock - he delivered the keynote address at our 2017 Franchise Convention in Philly. He told a great story about nervously calling up Pete Townshend out of the blue to ask if he would play guitar on a cover of "I Can't Explain" and Pete agreed. Very weird that I just broke out my Reach The Beach LP yesterday before I rea
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6 weeks ago
Ken
Dokken - Step Into The Light https://youtu.be/JDoUcakRC7k Taken from the The Lost Songs 1978:1981. I pasted the press release below: 'Step Into The Light' is the first single taken from "The Lost Songs: 1978-1981", set for release on 28 August 2020 via Silver Lining Music. Available to pre-order at: https://smarturl.it/DokkenTheLostSongs It wasn’t always multi-platinu
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6 weeks ago
Ken
1988 dropped today. https://youtu.be/yj97-YKtMfo Featuring: The Bangles, Big Daddy Kane, Billy Ocean, Bobby Brown, Boogie Down Productions, Boy Meets Girl, Cocteau Twins, Danzig, Enya, Erasure, Escape Club, Fine Young Cannibals, Freddie Jackson, Fugazi, Guns N' Roses, Information Society, Jeffrey Osborne, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, L'Trimm, The La's, Living Colour, MC Lyte, Metallica,
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6 weeks ago
Ken
I came across these new, FUN mashup videos produced by The Hood Internet where they sample more than 50 songs from each year in the 80's and mix it into one 3-minute song. So far they've released 1979-1987 and 1988 will be released tomorrow (Thursday). Most of the samples are easy to identify, but there's quite a few that are subtle and (somewhat) buried in the mix. Overall, a fun way to w
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7 months ago
Ken
22 MLB parks (Major League Baseball) - all of them in the 45,000-60,000 capacity range. NFL stadiums are typically in the 75,000 capacity range so playing MLB parks like Fenway Park, Wrigley Field, Coors Field, etc... is a better fit. NFL stadiums are reserved for the likes of Rolling Stones, Garth Brooks and Taylor Swift. Coors Field is where Def Leppard/Journey/The Pretenders played in 2
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7 months ago
Ken
From a music business standpoint, I'll be interested to see if this tour is a mix of a few stadiums and mostly arenas or the other way around. As always, I'll be curious to see what the ticket prices are, given the rumors of the $3.5 million combined artist guarantee. There should also be a fourth band or series of bands that will open the show. I asked a friend in the biz about Tesla beca
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7 months ago
Ken
Without question, here are some songs that immediately need to be retired. Bob Seger - Old Time Rock And Roll George Thorogood - Bad To The Bone Bon Jovi - Livin' On A Prayer
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7 months ago
Ken
Leppard headlined the majority of the stadium/arena shows with Journey in 2018. Journey closed the show in their strongest markets, California, for example. Same thing might happen with Motley in Los Angeles, but I would be shocked if Def Leppard didn't headline the majority of - if not all of - the shows next year.
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8 months ago
Ken
You called? Black Crowes at Red Rocks next August. 6 price levels of tickets: $165/$145/$135/$115/$95/$65. I may end up going because a friend from Texas has interest in driving out just to see Red Rocks again for his first time in 30 years...
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8 months ago
Ken
My daughter wants to be a movie director when she grows up, so she's been doing a lot of video projects for fun, work and school lately. Anything that puts her behind the camera shooting, setting up a green screen or editing makes her happy so of course I said yes when we started chatting about a five-minute Def Leppard video. So if you don't like it feel free to blame her and crush her d
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8 months ago
Ken
I mentioned I started a Def Leppard blog and wanted to pass along my Twitter handle (@LeppardCubs) if anyone wants to follow my page. I've dug up some really cool stuff in the last few weeks, so check out these stories if you've a Lep fan... Can You Handle It? https://leppardcubs.blogspot.com/2019/10/can-you-handle-it.html Fairly Obscure https://leppardcubs.blogspot.com/2019/10/fairly
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9 months ago
Ken
But I bet you know a lot about chicken and beer!
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9 months ago
Ken
Yeah, Harper is too busy counting his money. But still, that's gotta sting a little bit. Just goes to show you it's all about starting pitching and bullpen depth. Hitters come and go...
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9 months ago
Ken
Yeah, Grandpa Rossy is the logical choice. Joe Girardi has a decent resume, but I don't think he'd be as good a fit - plus he'd be too expensive. Part of the reason TheoJed got rid of Maddon was because of his $5 million/yr. price tag. David Ross would probably run $900,000 and be happy to roll out whatever lineup the front office wants him to. Can't believe the Cubs even interviewed Gabe
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9 months ago
Ken
Ah man, I feel for you as a Tribe fan... It's a shame both teams couldn't have won in 2016. If anybody can relate to a long-suffering fanbase it's Cubs fans. They had a good season this year, but I'm not sure anybody is going to beat the Yankees/Astros. As long as the Cardinals lose in the NLCS, I'll be happy.
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9 months ago
Ken
I'm heading into the slow season at my day job so I've also been looking for a new creative outlet - just something fun to do on a daily basis. So I decided to start a blog about (mostly) Def Leppard and (occasionally) the Chicago Cubs. Thought I would share the link here if anyone wants to bookmark it, comment, check in once a week, whatever... I'll try to add a ton of photos from my pers
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11 months ago
Ken
Ahh, I missed that thread. My bad.
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11 months ago
Ken
Any KXM fans here? This is solid, but not spectacular. Ray Luzier is crushing it here, though. I really like the band's concept of not writing any songs in advance and just improvising the material when they get together to record. https://youtu.be/YAhExetws2Q
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11 months ago
Ken
I already have my tickets for their Denver show and I'm beyond ready for the new album. The first two tracks they've released are insane.
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1 year ago
Ken
RATT just shared a pretty good 2019 live version of "In Your Direction" on their Facebook page which is what I thought you might be sharing. https://www.facebook.com/therattpack/?ref=br_rs
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1 year ago
Ken
In 1999, the local rock radio station in Denver that used to support all the "80's" bands had already embraced grunge/alternative rock but also threw in the occasional AC/DC, Van Halen or Led Zeppelin classic to hang on to that segment of the classic rock audience. It was a difficult balancing act if you're a program director. Anyway, Leppard releases Euporhia and instead of just
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1 year ago
Ken
They have been writing/recording a new album for the last several months and Phil Collen says it will be released sometime in 2020: "We actually recorded stuff while we were on tour – you have to. I think what happened with us, we signed with our old label Universal and for the last year we were promoting our catalogue, because all of sudden the catalogue was on a new record label. In t
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1 year ago
Ken
The shows I saw on the Euphoria tour - Leppard played four songs from that CD - Demolition Man, Promises, Goodbye and Paper Sun.
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1 year ago
Ken
Today is the 20th anniversary of the release of Def Leppard’s Euphoria CD, so here's my autographed subway poster and my CD/singles collection. I saw Lep four times in one year on that tour – Colorado State Fair (front row, 9/6/99); Magness Arena (12/9/99) which was a radio station (Alice) birthday party featuring Jewel and Vertical Horizon; World Arena in CO Springs (1/16/00) with Joan Jett
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1 year ago
Ken
Was lucky enough to meet Brian and Big Wreck in February 2018 in Chicago and he was a tremendous musician. R.I.P. Brian - In Loving Memory Of...
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1 year ago
Ken
I attended Def Leppard's "In The Round In Your Face" filming in Denver (show #1). Everything in the show was seamless, the only anomaly was when Joe explained they wanted to get as much footage as possible for the "Sugar" music video so they played it twice. He said, "just pretend you're hearing it for the first time and go crazy..."
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1 year ago
Ken
Long interview with John 5 and - at the end - a short audio clip of the unreleased "California Sessions" from 2014 with John and David Lee Roth. It's at the end of the clip - roughly the 22:45 mark is where the song starts. https://youtu.be/pNEmEyES_XQ Cool stuff!
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1 year ago
Ken
The beginning of "Rocket" by Def Leppard is "We're fighting with the Gods of War backwards..." https://youtu.be/wKwx6fyLn0I
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1 year ago
Ken
I saw Bad English open for Whitesnake at Red Rocks on 5/4/90. At the time, it was the earliest ever opening of Red Rocks Amphitheater - and if you know anything about the weather in Colorado, it can be bitterly cold into May and even June. Well, it was freezing cold during Bad English's set and started snowing during Whitesnake. I remember David Coverdale being less than thrilled with the la
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1 year ago
Ken
There's a small backstory to that photo. He was signing copies of his (then) latest book but there were NO personal or posed photos allowed. Lucky for me I knew the staff photographer so when I finally made my way to the front of the line, my friend Scott whispered "Hey Ken" and I looked over my left shoulder for him to snap a few photos. He ended up enlarging a print for me and gave
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