Def Leppard

Mon
05
Mar

TEMPT Premier First Official Video “Under My Skin"

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ROCK GOD’S DEF LEPPARD SHARE TEMPT’S COVER OF “WOMEN” GIVING THE YOUNG BAND SOME SERIOUS RECOGNITION!
 
NYC based rockers Tempt are releasing their first official video and they are getting an extra boost from rock legends Def Leppard who shouted out their video cover on their social media as an “Awesome Job”! The magnanimous Leps’ and their fans are embracing young Tempt’s personality, passion and perseverance, breathing much needed life into every rocker’s heart. Social media is over 500,000 views and climbing! The comments shared on Def Leppard’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts in response to their praise of the young band prove that Rock and Roll is alive and well.
 
“The Hysteria album is my Sgt. Peppers, the songwriting, the playing , the arrangements and the production are just amazing”, said guitarist Harrison Marcello. “My iTunes counter has me at 10,000 listens and I’m still learning from it.”  “Ringo Starr recently lamented the fact that young bands were not being helped out by more established artists anymore, added singer Zach Allen “but here are the Def Leppard guys extending a helping hand to us and it means so much especially when we are right now releasing our video for “Under My Skin.”
 
The video for “Under My Skin” was shot on location throughout New York City. It features the band performing in a classic Chrysler 300 as they travel through their hometown ending in Times Square. “The response we got from people was nuts, exclaimed drummer, Nick Burrows. “Everywhere we went on the shoot people were just digging the music and had huge smiles on their faces. We all had a great time.”
 
Women:
 
Under My Skin:
 
TEMPT:
Zach Allen: Lead Vocals
Harrison Marcello: Guitar
Nick Burrows: Drums
Chris Gooden: Bass
 
 
About Tempt:
NYC based Tempt were the first new band ever signed by legendary A&R man and journalist Derek Oliver to his Rock Candy Records Label. 
 
The video for “Under My Skin” was shot on location throughout New York City. It features the band performing in a classic Chrysler 300 as they travel through their hometown ending in Times Square.

 
Tue
24
Oct

DOWN N OUTZ Unleash New Live CD/DVD Plus Reissues

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Friday, December 1, 2017
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DOWN 'N OUTZ TO RELEASE New LIVE Album: "The Further Live Adventures Of...." December 1, 2017
Re-Issues of "My Re-Generation" + "The Further Adventures Of...." also set for December 1, 2017
 
Instant Grat Track, "Overnight Angels" Available with Preorder of Live Album; Video Out Now - https://youtu.be/lDq1wXTAvhg
 
Down 'n' Outz are pleased to announce the release of a brand new live album "The Further Live Adventures Of ..." on December 1st, via Frontiers Music Srl. The live album, recorded in Sheffield Corporation in December 2014, will be available 2CD/DVD, Blu-ray, vinyl and digital. In addition, on the same day, the band will reissue their previous records "My Re-Generation" and "The Further Adventures Of ..." on CD, LP and Digital.
 
The Down 'N' Outz is the project founded and fronted by Def Leppard's Joe Elliott and backed by members of The Quireboys, Wayward Sons and Raw Glory. The band pays tribute to rock legends Mott The Hoople and was established from the most unusual of circumstances ... in the words of Joe Elliott:  "When Mott The Hoople announced they were reforming for a week's worth of shows at the Hammersmith Odeon I was asked that I participate in some capacity. They've always been my favourite band and it's nice to see the rest of the rock world finally catch up and give them their due."

"But, what was I to do? It was suggested to me that the Quireboys would be up for offering their services. This was perfect! A fan since their first album, I loved the idea of working with a band as enthusiastic to do this as I was. I decided that the thing to do was play some songs that like-minded people thought they would never hear live again, if ever, songs by spin offs of Mott the Hoople - songs by Mott, Ian Hunter and British Lions. Songs that are close to my heart, songs that I've played every week for the best part of 35 years on record, cassette, CD, iPod and now live."

The Down 'N Outz supported Mott The Hoople at one of their legendary 2009 reformation shows at Hammersmith Odeon. Following a rapturous reception, the one night project took on a life and energy of its own and an album project was born.
 
The band then decided to record an album, "My Re-Generation" produced by Elliott and Ronan McHugh (Def Leppard), which was recorded in Elliott's personal studio with basic tracking done at Moor Hall studio Bedfordshire by engineer Chris Corney. The album featured entirely covers of songs by artists related to Mott the Hoople, such as Mott, British Lions and Ian Hunter.
 
The band made an appearance at the 2010 High Voltage Festival in the UK, 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.
 
On 21 April 2014, Down 'n' Outz released their second studio album, The Further Adventures Of... Critically acclaimed Classic Rock wrote:"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."
 
In addition to Joe Elliott (Vocals/Guitar/Keyboards), the band features The Quireboys' Paul Guerin (Guitar), Guy Griffin (Guitar), Keith Weir (keyboards), drummer Phil Martini (Wayward Sons) and bassist Share Ross (Vixen). "The Further Live Adventures Of...." will be released on 2CD/DVD, Blu-Ray, vinyl and digital on December 1st, via Frontiers Music Srl.
 
Track List "The Further Live Adventures Of..." (2CD + DVD)
 
CD1

1.    Funeral For A Friend / Love Lies Bleeding

2.    One More Chance To Run

3.    Rock And Roll Queen

4.    Drivin' Sister

5.    Whizz Kid

6.    Storm

7.    Overnight Angels

8.    One Of The Boys

9.    Shouting And Pointing

 

CD2

1.    Sea Diver

2.    The Journey

3.    Who Do You Love

4.    Crash Street Kidds

5.    Violence

6.    England Rocks

7.    Good Times

 

DVD

1.    Funeral For A Friend / Love Lies Bleeding

2.    One More Chance To Run

3.    Rock And Roll Queen

4.    Drivin' Sister

5.    Whizz Kid

6.    Storm

7.    Overnight Angels

8.    One Of The Boys

9.    Shouting And Pointing

10.Sea Diver

11.The Journey

12.Who Do You Love

13.Crash Street Kidds

14.Violence

15.England Rocks

16.Good Times

 
The reissues tracklisting is below
 
"My Re-Generation"
1.    Golden Opportunity
2.    Storm
3.    Overnight Angels
4.    Career (No Such Thing As Rock 'N Roll)
5.    England Rocks
6.    Shouting And Pointing
7.    By Tonight
8.    Apologies
9.    Who Do You Love
10. One More Chance To Win
11. 3000 Miles From Here
12.Good Times
13.The Flip Side Of The Shameless Whelk
14.By Tonight (Midnight Mix)
15.Funeral For A Friend / Love Lies Bleeding (Live)
 
"The Further Adventures Of..."
1.    Rock and Roll Queen
2.    Stiff Upper Lip
3.    Marionette
4.    One Of The Boys
5.    Whizz Kid
6.    Violence
7.    The Journey
8.    Drivin' Sister
9.    The Original Mixed-Up Kid
10.Crash Street Kidds
11.Broadside Outcasts
12.The Revenge Of The Shipwrecked Hedgehog
13.Sea Diver (Bonus Track)
14.One Of The Boys (Radio Edit)
 
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Thu
19
Oct

THE PROFESSIONALS Features All Star Classic Rock Cast

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The Professionals are back! Formed from the ashes of the Sex Pistols, the band is ready to release the brand new studio album What In The World, available October 27 via The End/Automaton Records. The album is available now for pre-order on digital, CD and LP formats. Exclusive pre-order bundles are also available on Pledge Music.
 
Produced by Dave Draper, and co-produced by Paul Cook and Tom Spencer, What In The World bristles with conviction and finds The Professionals in electrifying form, delivering some of the most ballsy, honest and downright brilliant songs of their career. They are joined on this album by a stellar cast of guest guitar players including original member Steve Jones (who plays on three tracks). as well as Duff McKagan (Guns 'n' Roses), Mick Jones (The Clash), Phil Collen (Def Leppard), Marco Pirroni (Adam & The Ants), Chris McCormack (3 Colours Red) and Billy Duffy (The Cult). 
 
This energetic album features 10 finely crafted songs, full of rock'n'roll attitude -  including a tribute to Lemmy and Bowie entitled "Going, Going, Gone," before closing with "Monkeys," the Darwinian pop at world leaders. All the basic tracks were put down at Zak Starkeys studio, just outside London and were finished at Tower Studios in Pershore, while the guests recorded in various studios, both in the US and UK. The resulting album is an aural treat, with no calculated image or reliance on nostalgia.
 
The Professionals have created a truly honest album and it is the sound of a band at the top of their game, which is an all too rare commodity in today's world. Look no further than the first two singles "Rewind" and "Good Man Down" that accompany the album pre-order. The lyric video for "Good Man Down" released in September, and is followed by the official music video for "Rewind," which premiered this week with Billboard. About the new song, Paul Cook explains: "'Rewind' is an ode to short term memory loss.  You get to an age where everything's familiar but you don't quite know why. Kind of comforting, kind of scary." 
 
Both tracks are available now for streaming and for instant download. You can watch the videos below.
 
 
Official Tracklist
01. Good Man Down (feat. Steve Jones & Billy Duffy)
02. Let Go (feat. Phil Collen)
03. Going, Going, Gone (feat. Steve Jones & Billy Duffy)
04. Extremadura (feat. Mick Jones & Victoria Liedtke)
05. Rewind (feat. Phil Collen)
06. Hats Off (feat. Duff McKagan & Chris McCormack)
07. New Generation (feat. Marco Pirroni)
08. Take Me Now (feat. Steve Jones, Billy Duffy & Marco Pirroni)
09. Bad Baby
10. Monkeys (feat. Duff McKagan & Phil Collen)

Available now for pre-order

 

 
Mon
11
Sep

FIREWORKS Issue 80 Out Now - BCC & DEF LEPARD

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148 PAGE FIREWORKS #80 OUT SEPTEMBER 12 (SEPT 14 IN STORES)
 
The Autumn issue of Fireworks comes out next week, another 148 pages jam-packed with Hard Rock and Metal goodness!! This issue’s cover feature sees us sit down with Glenn Hughes for a detailed and honest look into the reformation of Black Country Communion and their superb new album. Elsewhere we have interviews with Cheap Trick, Suzi Quatro, H.e.a.t, Walter Trout, Cats In Space, Threshold, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Accept, Tony Martin, Michael Monroe, Gun, Robin Beck, Steelheart, Janet Gardner, Masterplan, Coldspell, Boulevard, Da Vinci, Martina Edoff, Nocturnal Rites, Newman, Eden’s Curse and many more, including a five-page interview with Joe Elliot and Rick Savage as they look back at the recording of ‘Hysteria’ 30 years ago.
 
Amongst our plethora of features, The Expert’s Guide takes a look at Giant, whilst Unsung Heroes highlights the wonderful Sass Jordan. Dave Reynolds continues his in-depth look at his Divine Decade, this issue highlighting 1975, the year that saw debuts for Rainbow, Ted Nugent and Dave’s all-time favourite, Angel, as well as a little double live album called ‘ALIVE!’
 
Add to this another 50 pages of reviews, the biggest in any UK music magazine, and a free 78 track mp3 CD with accompanying 51 page pdf mag, and you have a 199 page issue of thoroughly indispensable Hard Rock/Metal music!
 
Order your copy today for the fastest delivery (Subscriptions also available):   http://www.rocktopia.co.uk/index.php?option=com_rokquickcart&view=rokquickcart&Itemid=401
 
 
Fri
28
Jul

InTheStudio - DEF LEPPARD Turns Tragedy Into 'Hysteria'

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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 Def Leppard Turns Tragedy Into Hysteria
Joe Elliott, Rick Savage Reveal Making Of 1987 Blockbuster Album 
 
Dallas, TX - JULY 27, 2017.  North American syndicated Rock radio show  IN THE STUDIO with Redbeard: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands celebrates the 30th anniversary of Def Leppard’s mega-selling Hysteria album with lead singer Joe Elliott and bassist, singer Rick Savage. 
 
Coming off the 7x platinum selling Pyromania album, Def Leppard were emerging on top of the Rock heap in ’83-’84. Attempting to follow-up the massive seller quickly, Def Leppard were hard at work recording their next album by the winter of 1984 when a tragic freak car accident would leave drummer Rick Allen without his left arm. It would be another two and a half years of intense work in the studio, including a switch back to producer Mutt Lang, before Hysteria would finally be released to a long awaiting fanbase. Joe Elliott tells IN THE STUDIO host Redbeard about a comical encounter with legendary Stones singer Mick Jagger that drove home the ridiculousness of there 4 1/2 year gap between albums.

“We had Mick Jagger come in and do two solo albums in the same complex when we were doing the first one (Hysteria). (Elliott imitating Mick says) “Bloody Hell, you guys are still here? Weren’t you here doing that album when I was doing She’s The Boss?” “Yeah” (replies Elliott) (Jagger imitation) “Well, I’ve done that one, I’ve toured. I’ve had two kids, done a Stones album and toured and now I’m back doing my next solo album and your still here.” (laughter)                                                                                          -  Joe Elliott
 
DEF LEPPARD Hysteria @ 30/ IN THE STUDIO with Redbeard interview program is available to STREAM now at: www.inthestudio.net/online-on-demand/def-leppard-hysteria/
 
Direct Link to IN THE STUDIO affiliate station list: www.inthestudio.net/radio-stations
 
Thu
13
Jul

Def Leppard's PHIL COLLEN Pens Track For Satch

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DEF LEPPARD's LEAD GUITARIST – PHIL COLLEN – JOINS JOE SATRIANI'S G4 CAMP
PENS NEW SONG – "YO TO JOE (G4 Anthem)" - IN TRIBUTE TOO THE GUITAR VIRTUOSO
 
(Los Angeles,CA) – Soon after Def Leppard'ss PHIL COLLEN was invited to join the annual G4 Experience, led by guitar great JOE SATRIANI, he was moved to write an instrumental in homage to the guitar master.
€œI was honored when Joe invited me to join the G4 experience and I decided to write and record an instrumental track called "Yo 2 Joe" as a tribute to him. I was further honored when he played on the track with me because he is such an amazing artist.  I wanted the track to reflect the vibe of his influential Surfing with the Alien album. Thirty years later, he continues to wow generations of guitar players and music fans alike.€œ
The track will be released as a single on July 21 and will be given free to those attending the camp.  Pre-orders for the track begin today:   flyt.it/yo2joeiTunes
 
Also joining SATRIANI and COLLEN at this year's G4 Experience: Surfing with the Alien 30th Anniversary are Warren DeMartini [Ratt], and Paul Gilbert. The event takes place on July 24-28 at Asilomar Center in Carmel, CA.
For its fourth installment, the G4 Experience enjoys a game-changing and historic first. The camp will celebrate the writing, recording, and performance of SATRIANI's seminal GRAMMY Award-nominated, platinum-selling 1987 epic, Surfing with the Alien—one of the most succcessful instrumental guitar albums ever made. Recognizing the record's 30th anniversary, campers will enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to pull back the curtain on the album with the visionaries behind the music.
SATRIANI will be joined by his original live band during the record's tour cycle, Stu Hamm and Jonathan Mover, return for the first time since 1995 for the evening's performances.
For more information on G4, visit:  g4experience
 
Thu
06
Jul

Rock Talk with Mitch Lafon - Vivian Campbell (Def Leppard, Riverdogs); Red Hot Chilli Peppers

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Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell discusses the new Riverdogs album California, Whitesnake, Dio & his firing from the band, the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal, Shadow King with Lou Gramm, Sweet Savage, Last In Line, Def Leppard and more.
 

 
In our second interview, we sit down with the Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist, Josh Klinghoffer, backstage at the Bell Centre in Montreal. Topics include: Chris Cornell, joining the band, Dot Hacker, John Frusciante, Beck and more.
 
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Thu
08
Jun

DEF LEPPARD 'Hysteria' 30th Anniversary Set A Chance Missed

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No less than 5 audio CDs, but not one track that collectors of the band wouldn't already have. Disappointing.
 
Def Leppard – Hysteria 30th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition Track List
 
CD One (Remastered Hysteria)
 
1. "Women"
2. "Rocket"
3. "Animal"
4. "Love Bites"
5. "Pour Some Sugar On Me"
6. "Armageddon It"
7. "Gods Of War"
8. "Don't Shoot Shotgun"
9. "Run Riot"
10. "Hysteria"
11. "Excitable"
12. "Love And Affection"
 
CD Two
 
1. "Tear It Down" (B-side)
2. "I Wanna Be Your Hero" (Retro Active)
3. "Ride Into The Sun (Retro Active)
4. "Ring Of Fire" (B-Side)
5. "Women" (Radio Edit)
6. "Rocket" (Lunar Mix) (Radio Edit)
7. "Love Bites" (Radio Edit)
8. "Hysteria" (Radio Edit)
9. "Pour Some Sugar on Me" (Radio Edit)
10. "Armageddon It" (Radio Edit)
11. "Release Me" (Stumpus Maximus)
12. Classic Album - Hysteria (BBC Radio Documentary)
 
CD Three
 
1. "Rocket" (The Lunar Mix - Extended Version) (B-Side)
2. "Armageddon It" (The Nuclear Mix) (12" Single)
3. "Animal" (Extended Version)
4. "Pour Some Sugar On Me" (Extended Version)
5. "Excitable" (The Orgasmic Mix) (B-Side)
6. "Rocket" (Lunar Mix) (B-Side)
7. "Rock Of Ages" (Live) (B-Side)
8. "Love And Affection" (Live) (B-Side)
9. "Billy's Got A Gun" (Live) (B-Side)
 
CD Four: In The Round, In Your Face (Live)
 
1. "Stagefright"
2. "Rock! Rock!" (Till You Drop)
3. "Women"
4. "Too Late For Love"
5. "Hysteria
6. "Gods Of War"
7. "Die Hard The Hunter"
 
CD Five: In The Round, In Your Face (Live)
 
1. "Bringin' On The Heartbreak"
2. "Foolin'"
3. "Armageddon It"
4. "Animal"
5. "Pour Some Sugar On Me"
6. "Phil Solo"
7. "Rock Of Ages"
8. "Photograph"
 
DVD One
 
1. "Rocket" (TOTP)
2. "Pour Some Sugar On Me" (TOTP)
3. "Animal" (TOTP)
4. "Pour Some Sugar On Me" (Brit Awards)
5. "Women" (Promo Video)
6. "Animal" (Promo Video)
7. "Pour Some Sugar on Me" (Promo Video)
8. "Pour Some Sugar on Me" (US Version Live)
9. "Hysteria" (Promo Video)
10. "Love Bites" (Promo Video)
11. "Rocket" (Promo Video)
12. "Armageddon It" (Live) (Promo Video)
 
DVD Two (Classic Albums)
 
1. "Introduction"
2. "Animal"
3. "Hysteria"
4. "Rocket"
5. "Love Bites"
6. "Pour Some Sugar On Me"
 
Bonus Material
 
7. "Initial Recordings of Animal"
8. "Rick Gets Hysterical"
9. "Hysteria" (Acoustic Performance)
10. "Drumming - Return to The Status Quo"
11. "The Album According to Joe"
12. "Sugar Stripped Down"
13. "Pour Some Sugar on Me" (Acoustic Performance)
14. "Guitars, Guitars, Guitars"
15. "Windmill II and The Gods Of War"
16. "Mutt's Vocals in The Mix"
17. "The Album is Finally Released"
 
Tue
11
Apr

ROCK CANDY Debut New Magazine

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ROCK CANDY RECORDS is proud to launch ROCK CANDY MAGAZINE, a new magnificent bi-monthly physical publication, with a digital magazine add-on. Yes, it’s printed on real paper! And yes, it’s aimed at the discerning Rock Candy customer who wants to wallow in nostalgia and relive the glory days of classic rock. Unashamedly "old school", it's written by the writers who were there at the time.
 
100 pages of the purest classic rock from the '70s and '80s, with no room for punk, new wave, skinny tie pop or post-industrial claptrap! And it’s all treated with respect and illustrated with the finest photography of the era.
 
Produced to the same exacting standards as every Rock Candy Records release, overseen by Master Of Mayhem Derek Oliver and edited by Howard Johnson, Issue 1 features contributions by many of the great rock journalists from the glory days of Kerrang! and Metal Hammer, including Malcolm Dome, Paul Suter, Paul Elliott, Philip Wilding, Dave Reynolds, Jerry Ewing, Xavier Russell and Steffan Chirazi.
 
Inside the debut issue you'll find features on:
 
Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott on the stories behind 20 of his fave Leppard photos.
 
The making of Rush’s prog masterpiece ‘Hemispheres’.
 
Warrant’s doomed vocalist Jamie Lane - a tale of tragic loss and unfulfilled promise.
 
Whatever happened to Kerrang!’s Ladykillers?
 
Girl, the influential glam band that time forgot.
 
The darkest days of Saxon before they bounced back.
 
Mercurial meetings with Ritchie Blackmore.
 
Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci’s memories of his first ever gig.
 
An in-depth reappraisal of Aerosmith’s seminal ‘Rocks’ album.
 
The amazing story of Kiss manager and marketing genius Bill Aucoin – by those who knew him.
 
Oh, and a massive eight page feature on Krokus. Yes, eight pages of Swiss bad-boy mayhem!
 
Rock Candy Magazine isn’t available in the shops. You can only get it through our brand new website at www.rockcandymag.com
 
So what are you waiting for? Click here to visit the Rock Candy Mag website and subscribe now: www.rockcandymag.com
 
Fri
20
Jan

R.I.P HOWARD KAUFMAN (Manager to Def Leppard/Chicago/Aerosmith)

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From Billboard.com:
 
The H.K. Management roster included Aerosmith, Stevie Nicks, Jimmy Buffett, Chicago, Lenny Kravitz and Def Leppard.
Howard Kaufman, a frequent collaborator of Irving Azoff's and an influential artist manager whose clients have included some of the biggest names in rock n' roll, has died, Billboard has confirmed. He was 79. The cause of death is as yet unknown.
Kaufman's longtime management company, H.K. Management, had an artist roster that included Aerosmith, Stevie Nicks, Jimmy Buffett, Chicago, Lenny Kravitz and Def Leppard.
In 1974, Kaufman teamed with Azoff to form Front Line Management, which notably guided the careers of the Eagles, Steely Dan, and Buffett, among others. The company disbanded in the early 1980s, around the time the Eagles began their long hiatus, but was resurrected by the pair in early 2005. The revamped Front Line experienced rapid growth and in 2008 was acquired by Ticketmaster, which named Azoff CEO.
 
 
From Bob Lefsetz:
 
He famously told a household name band he'd make them more money in two years than they had in the previous twenty.
 
And then he did.
 
Most people don't know who he was. Because unlike those that followed him into the business, Howard was not about fame, he was about protecting the interests of his artists, and money.
 
And everybody cares about the money. Knock around this business long enough and you'll hear the famous cliche... "It's not about the money, it's about the money."
 
And Howard started off as an accountant. He worked with James William Guercio. And then he went on to partner with Irving Azoff and steer the careers of Jimmy Buffett and Stevie Nicks and Aerosmith and Def Leppard and... You want someone in your corner, and that was Howard. He could be funny and he could be stern, but one thing's for sure, you could not pull the wool over his eyes.
 
The first time I met him was on a plane down to Chula Vista, to see Jimmy Buffett, and he told me Fleetwood Mac was gonna reform and I asked him about new material and he told me he'd be happy if they never made another record. This was 2003, he already knew where the bucks were buried, on the road. You see old does not mean dumb, does not mean over the hill, oftentimes it means wisdom and foresight and Howard had it.
 
And now he's dead.
 
I won't say he died before his time, prematurely, that he was cut down in his prime, he was 79, but yesterday he was in the office, manning the phones, working, he had time left on his clock.
 
Only it turned out he didn't.
 
Huh.
 
This has been a very strange year. Although the press has gone on about the passing of legends, from Bowie to Frey to Prince to George Michael to lesser luminaries like Dan Hicks, even Leonard Cohen, the story has been about the individuals and their work.
 
But really, it's about the passing of an era.
 
This music business didn't sprout in its present incarnation overnight. There were a lot of twists and turns, it was invented along the way. Bill Graham may have institutionalized rock concerts, but it was Led Zeppelin's manager Peter Grant who flipped the script, who had Jimmy and the boys getting ninety percent of the money, because after all, everybody knew the show was gonna sell out.
 
And in the twenty first century, Jimmy Buffett was getting over a hundred percent of the gross. How can that be, you ask. Because even if you give him all the ticket revenue you're gonna make bank on parking and merch and food and beverage. Hell, if you're a guaranteed sell out there's enough money for everybody.
 
And there was plenty of money in the seventies. There were no billionaires. Rock stars were as rich as anybody in America. The only difference was, they were beholden to nobody. If they acted out, the manager just peeled off enough hundreds to make it right. It was the wild west, no wonder the Eagles made a concept album entitled "Desperado."
 
And we've had a couple of revolutions in this century. We had Napster and the changing of distribution to all you can eat streaming. And, of course, the internet has also fostered the social media revolution, and tech has made it so the cost of production has sunk.
 
But the era of the one of a kind musician, riding through town defining the game as he played it? That's through. Most of the business has become institutionalized.
 
So, it's not as simple as David Bowie's body of work, it's also about hearing of an act that's not on the radio and buying the album and becoming infatuated and going to see the act at a club or a theatre where they blow you away and you tell everybody you know and you drag them to the next show and eventually they get a song on the radio and everybody knows and you tell them you were there first but all the time you're foraging for new acts.
 
And the acts neither sounded the same nor used the same producers. And their skills were paramount, how they looked was secondary. If you couldn't sing, write and play, you couldn't make it.
 
And if you didn't have the right team, your career was a nonstarter.
 
You ended up with Howard. After you'd been ripped off by others, because Howard knew the landscape, he knew where every dollar was buried. In a world where concert promoters show you books that say they lost money, how do you figure out the real numbers? The kickback from the hall, the advertising shenanigans...only through experience.
 
There was a plethora of people who learned this way. There were no school programs, there were no books, because it was being invented along the way.
 
And now they're passing too.
 
You can read about some thirty year old wanker getting a promotion at the label but that person... It's like working on the assembly line making cars in Mexico. You're filling a role, but it's very different and with a lot less excitement than it was working at Ford a hundred years ago, never mind being Ford.
 
But the baby boomers remember. Right time, right place. The Beatles were on TV and it all blew up. But that was more than fifty years ago. Some of the music survives, but most of the story does not. How we got from there to here. From terrible sound systems with no production to great sound systems with hi-def projection. From tickets sold for $3 at record stores to clicking to buy on your mobile phone from StubHub for over a hundred.
 
I'll let others who knew Howard better tell his story. But I was always intrigued by both his intensity and his laughter, and his dedication to the job.
 
Because it's about the work.
 
Whether you're slinging burgers at McDonald's or pushing paper at Goldman Sachs, you spend a lot of time there and you've got to enjoy it. And, if you dislike where you are, you have to find a way to something better. To the point where the day before you die, despite having enough cash for your whole neighborhood to retire, you go to work, because you love it.
 
Howard Kaufman loved his job.
 
And those he represented loved him.
 
And in a world where we're all ultimately forgotten, that's all you can ask for.
 
From Irving Azoff:
 
Howard was a giant among men. He never sought the spotlight, but was the best in the business.
We worked together for more than 45 years. He was a great influence on me and taught me a lot.
Despite his major health issues, he always wanted to work till the end and I’m glad he got his wish.
It’s a tragic loss for our industry. He will be missed by me as well as scores of others he touched.

 

 

 
Tue
01
Mar

DEF LEPPARD Lineup 55 North American Dates for 2016

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DEF LEPPARD have announced they will return to the road this summer for an extensive tour across North America due to overwhelming demand. The Live Nation promoted outing will storm through 55 cities across all parts of the U.S. and Canada.  It is set to kick off on May 1st in Orlando, FL and wrap on October 10th in Cedar Rapids, IA.  Joining Def Leppard on their mighty summer outing are REO Speedwagon and TESLA.   Tickets will go on sale starting on March 4th at Livenation.com.
 
Rock Brigade Concert Club Pre-Sale & VIP Packages are available March 1st at 12 pm (local)  RE-SALE & VIP PACKAGES ARE AVAILABLE MARCH 1 at 12pm (local).
 
May 1 – Orlando, FL (Moonstone Festival)  – On Sale now
May 4 – Lafayette, LA (Cajundome)*  – On Sale now
May 5 – Corpus Christi, TX (American Bank Center)* – On Sale now
May 7 – Hidalgo, TX (State Farms Arena)* – On Sale now
May 10 – Bossier City, LA (Century Link Center) – On Sale now
May 11 – Little Rock, AR (Verizon Arena)
May 13 – Greensboro, NC (Greensboro Coliseum) – On Sale now
May 15 – Uncasville, CT (Mohegan Sun Arena) – On Sale now
May 17 – Allentown, PA (PPL Center) – On Sale now
May 18 – Huntington, WV (Big Sandy Arena) – On Sale now
May 20 – Orlando, FL (Amway Center)** – On Sale now
June 22 – Boston, MA (Xfinity Center)
June 24 – Bangor, ME (Darling’s Waterfront)
June 25 – Quebec City, QC (Videotron Centre)
June 27 – Syracuse, NY (Lakeview Amphitheater)
June 29 – Hershey, PA (Hershey Park Stadium)
July 1 – Indianapolis, IN (Klipsch Music Center)
July 2 – Chicago, IL (Hollywood Casino)
July 5 – Cincinnati, OH (Riverbend Music Center)
July 6 – Milwaukee, WI  (Summerfest)
July 8 – Pittsburgh, PA (First Niagara Pavillion)
July 9 – Grand Rapids, MI (Van Andel Arena)
July 11 – Wantagh, NY (Nikon at Jones Beach)
July 13 – Holmdel, NJ  (PNC Bank Arts Center)
July 15 – Detroit, MI (DTE Music Theatre)
July 16 – Toronto, ON (Molson Canadian Amphitheater)
August 6 – Madison, WI (Alliant Energy Center)
August 8 – Evansille, IN (Ford Center)
August 10 – Bristow, VA (Jiffy Lube Center)
August 12 – Atlanta, GA (Aaron’s Amphitheater)
August 13 – Raleigh, NC (Walnut Creek Amphitheater)
August 17 – Birmingham, AL (Oak Mountain Amphitheater)
August 19 – Austin, TX (Austin 360)
August 22 – Houston, TX (Cynthia Woods Pavilion)
August 24 – Dallas, TX (Gexa Energy Pavilion)
August 26 – Kansas City, MO (Sprint Center)
August 27 – ST. Louis, MO (Hollywood Casino Amphitheater)
August 29 – Cleveland, OH (Blossom Music Center)
August 31 – Darien Center, NY(Darien Lake PAC)
Sept 14 – Billings, MT (Metra Park)
Sept 16 – Salk Lake City, UT (USANA Amphitheater)
Sept 17 – Denver, CO (Pepsi Center)
Sept 19 – Albuquerque, NM (Isleta Amphitheater)
Sept 20 – Phoenix, AZ (Ak-Chin Pavilion)
Sept 22 – Irvine, CA (Irvine Meadows Amphitheater)
Sept 24 – Sacramento, CA (Toyota Amphitheater)***
Sept 25 – Mountain View, CA (Shoreline Amphitheater)
Sept 28 – Boise, ID (Taco Bell Arena)
Sept 30 – Eugene, OR (Matthew Knight Arena)
Oct 1 – Tacoma, WA (Tacoma Dome)
Oct 4 – Omaha,NE (CenturyLink Center)
Oct 5 – Minneapolis, MN (Xcel Center)
Oct 7 – La Crosse, WI (La Crosse Center Arena)
Oct 8 – Toledo, OH (Huntington Center)
Oct 10 – Cedar Rapids, IA (U.S. Cellular Center)
 
*STYX to appear  / No REO Speedwagon
**No REO Speedwagon
*** No TESLA
****Pre-sale and on-sale dates vary by venue click here for more details
 
Thu
10
Dec

STYX Ends 2015 On A High Note; 2016 Tour Plans

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015
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December 9, 2015 -- In 2015, STYX--Tommy Shaw (vocals, guitar), James 'JY' Young (guitar, vocals), Chuck Panozzo (bass), Lawrence Gowan (vocals, keyboards), Ricky Phillips (bass) and Todd Sucherman (drums)--celebrated a milestone anniversary, a national TV broadcast and another hugely successful summer tour.  Time never stops for this legendary band.

They started the year with headlining tour dates of their own, as well as their first national TV broadcast in over two years, 'Live At The Orleans Arena Las Vegas,' which aired on AXS TV on Sunday, March 15. STYX's show was filmed at The Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, NV in front of a sold-out audience during last year's 'The Soundtrack of Summer' tour, which also featured Foreigner and former Eagles guitarist Don Felder.  STYX performed many of their greatest hits, including 'Come Sail Away,'  'Renegade,' and 'The Grand Illusion.'  They even dug deep into their catalog for such fan favorites as 'Light Up' and were joined on stage by Don Felder for 'Blue Collar Man.' Fans who were unable to watch the concert can finally catch a glimpse of 'Blue Collar Man' on STYX's newly revamped official YouTube page.
 
Earlier this summer, STYX joined Def Leppard and Tesla on a massive tour that spanned late June through early October in front of one critically acclaimed sold-out audience after another. Now due to overwhelming demand, Def Leppard, STYX and Tesla will commence on a three-week jaunt starting January 27 in Greensboro, NC.
 
More recently, in response to the horrific attacks in Paris on November 13, STYX and REO Speedwagon's Rock To The Rescue organization donated $25,000 to The Sweet Stuff Foundation to help families affected by the tragedy.
 
'We feel terribly saddened and outraged by these attacks,' said Styx guitarist/vocalist Tommy Shaw. 'We hope that our contribution will help ease some of the pain and some of the expenses of what this means to the families as they go through the process of grieving and bringing their loved ones home. Josh (Homme) and (Eagles of Death Metal) lost a crew member and employees of their record label, Universal, during the terrorist attacks. This hits home for us because we're also on the same label, and we deeply love our employees and our crew. Our hearts, minds, and prayers are with all the victims, and we urge all fans of Styx, Eagles of Death Metal, and classic rock who feel touched by this to join us in contributing. Thank you from everyone in the Styx family for your compassion.'
 
In addition to a last round of headlining tour dates that will conclude December 12 in Windsor, Ontario, STYX is ending the year on a high note.  They recently celebrated the 40th anniversary of their fifth EQUINOX album, which was released on December 1, 1975. It was the band's first album on A&M Records, after releasing their first four albums on Wooden Nickel/RCA. Right out of the gate, EQUINOX's lead track, 'Light Up,' fused the band's best instincts for how to blend harmonies, keyboard hooks, and power chords together to memorable effect, resulting in a song that continues to grace many of Styx's live set lists today. Two other hard-driving singalong EQUINOX songs, 'Lorelei' and 'Suite Madame Blue,' are also in regular live rotation.
 
DATE               CITY                             VENUE
 
Headlining:
 
Thu 1/14            Los Angeles, CA            Saban Theatre
Fri 1/15             Rancho Mirage, CA        Agua Caliente Casino
Sat 1/16            Las Vegas, NV              Pearl Concert Theater
Sun 1/17           Scottsdale, AZ               Talking Stick Resort Pavilion
 
With Def Leppard:
 
Wed 1/27          Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum
Fri 1/29             Ft. Lauderdale, FL          BB&T Center
Sat 1/30            Orlando, FL                   Amway Center
Tue 2/2             San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
Wed 2/3            Lafayette, LA                 Lafayette Cajundome
Fri 2/5               Corpus Christi, TX          American Bank Center
Sat 2/6              Hidalgo, TX                    State Farm Arena
Tue 2/9             Little Rock, AR              Verizon Arena
Wed 2/10          Bossier City, LA                        CenturyLink Center
Sat 2/13            Uncasville, CT                Mohegan Sun Arena
Sun 2/14           Atlantic City, NJ             Boardwalk Hal
Tue 2/16            Brooklyn, NY                 Barclays Center
Wed 2/17          Allentown, PA                PPL Center
 
Headlining:
 
Thu 3/17            San Jose, CA                City National Civic
Fri 3/18             Lake Tahoe, NV Montbleu Resort & Casino
Sat 3/19            Wendover, NV               Peppermill Concert Hall
Sun 3/20           Stockton, CA                 Bob Hope Theater
Thu 3/31            Tulsa, OK                      The Joint
Sat 4/2              Durant, OK                    Choctaw Grand Theatre
Thu 4/7             Terra Haute, IN              ISU Hulman Center
Fri 4/8               Mt. Pleasant, MI            Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort
Tue 5/10            Ft. Myers, FL                Barbara B. Mann PAC
 

 
Thu
29
Oct

DEF LEPPARD, STYX Team to Rule Night in L.A. Forum Concert

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By Gerry Gittelson
Melodicrock.com Los Angeles correspondent
 
LOS ANGELES -- Styx is a tough act to follow, but Def Leppard was up to the challenge recently, when the two classic-rock icons teamed for well-received concert at the Forum, as both acts pushed one another before a capacity crowd of nearly 20,000 at one of the USA's most storied and prestigious arenas.
 
By the end of Styx's near-hour set culminating with "Come Sail Away," the audience was going absolutely crazy, and that's something you don't usually see for a support act, particularly in Los Angeles, where crowds are more apt to fold their arms.
 
The bands have been touring together for the summer -- in addition to third-billed Tesla, no slouch in its own right -- and this event was the acid test.
 
Opening with "Rock Rock Till You Drop" (aptly titled considering the members, now in their 50s, have been together together since the 1970s), Def Leppard showed straight away that the fivesome was taking things seriously.
 
No, Def Leppard is no over-the-hill gang simply looking to cash in with nostalgia. Everyone still has great chops, particularly Joe Elliott, who proved in fine voice through the proceedings. He sang loud and clear, everyone knew all the words to just about every song, and what a performance by guitarists Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell. 
 
The crowd was jumping up and down for "Foolin'," while "Bringin' On The Heartbreak" proved a big crowd-pleaser, too. Bassist Rick Savage and drummer Rick Allen were holding down the rhythm section to such a hearty degree that we could feel the beat against our chests; Allen is especially inspirational, of course, because he has one arm, and the crowd showed a lot of adoration for him.
 
By the time Def Leppard got around to the closing "Pure Some Sugar on Me" and encores "Rock of Ages" and "Photograph," the crowd remained all theirs. 
 
Definitely a triumphant night for the Brits.
 
 
Meantime, Styx absolutely kicked ass. It wasn't so long ago the group was headlining arenas in their own right -- including a three-night stint on the very same stage back in the day -- and now that singer/guitarist Tommy Shaw has adopted Los Angeles as his home town, the performance felt like a celebration.
 
"Grand Illusion" came first, and there aren't many classic-rock favorites that have a bigger hook. "Fooling Yourself" found Shaw getting the cougars up front all hot and bothered. "Miss America" saw James Young singing loud and proud, and the execution by all involved was spot-on.
 
Lawrence Gowan has a heck of a voice in his own right, so what you have with Styx is this: three excellent singers, crisp musicianship surpassed only perhaps by Rush in North America, plus songs that lodge themselves on your brain and refuse to leave for days.
 
Tesla was excellent, too. Jeff Keith sung his butt off, and among the most well-received selections were "Gettin' Better," "Hang Tough," "Signs" and the awesome "Modern Day Cowboy."
 
Story by Gerry Gittelson. Photos by Joe Schaeffer.
 
    
 
Thu
15
Oct

DEF LEPPARD - Def Leppard (Review)

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95%
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54
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October 30
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Worldwide
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Melodic Rock
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It’s quite fitting the new DEF LEPPARD album has been dubbed “Def Leppard” as the contents can only be described as sounding like, well, Def Leppard.
In keeping with recent Leppard history, this is again a pretty diverse album, but perhaps not quite as diverse as Songs From The Sparkle Lounge.
I’m likening the flow of the album to that of X; that is – more melodic in the front and heavier, more experiential in the back end.
 
Song wise we have a very strong set of tunes. Far superior to those on Sparkle and amongst the most consistent for what fans want since Hysteria/Adrenalize.
However, I can’t say the best album since Hysteria, as I’m one of a minority that continue to rate X very highly indeed.
 
The first half of the album is very traditional Leppard. It also carries a unique moody feel that is played out with some very melodic choruses.
The second half is a little more experimental and varied, featuring some stuff I haven’t heard before from the band and a mix of 70s, 80s and today’s sounds.
What we have here is an album that is classic Leppard without actually honing in on any one album or era. There’s parts of Hysteria, Adrenalize, Euphoria, Slang, X and even Sparkle on here. In other words, its “Def Leppard”.
 
Fans can get excited though, no matter what era of the band you favor. Because at the heart of it, this is the most authentic Def Leppard album in two decades and features a monster production and beautiful mix, where harmonies and guitars rule the day, but the rhythm section and vocalist Joe Elliott are all equally showcased.
 
Track By Track:
 
1. Let's Go is quite simply, classic Leppard. Yes, it’s Pour Some Sugar Mk2, but it’s produced to the nines, features a catchy chorus and layers of Leppard harmonies. It gets better with age, which is something some of the tracks from Sparkle didn’t do.
 
2. Dangerous has been compared by the band to Photograph. I agree the chorus is a similar, fast flowing hands in the air singalong anthem, but the verse has its own identity. The rhythm guitars are quite meaty and have a modern sound while the lead guitar is more traditionally Leppard. Whatever the comparisons, it’s classic fast moving Def Leppard anthem and will be the most favoured song on the album by many I’m sure.
 
3. Man Enough is this album’s most left of center tune. It’s a cool tune – think Slang meets Queen’s Another One Bites The Dust. It’s bass heavy and very sparse apart from the short chorus where lead guitar delivers a cool riff. It is probably the track traditional DL fans will have the most trouble with, but it does have its charms. However, I do think it’s a tempo killer after the awesome Dangerous and a little too experimental for its position at track 3.
 
4. We Belong is something quite wonderful. This is one of the most genuinely heartfelt songs I’ve heard from Leppard since the song Hysteria and features what sounds like everyone joining in on lead vocals through the song. It’s a moody mid-tempo tune with a simply awesome layered chorus that I can’t get enough of. One of those tracks where the verse is every bit as good as the chorus.
 
5. Invincible kicks off with a heavy bass line and then a uptempo snare before a very melodic guitar riff kicks in. The first thing I thought of was Charlie Sexton. It really sounds like something from his 1989 Charlie Sexton album. This is another moody rocker that rolls along at a mid-to-up-tempo range with yet another stunning chorus – albeit one that holds restraint and keeps in pace with the mood of the rest of the song. The background guitar work is melodic bliss that emphasizes Joe’s warm raspy vocal.
 
6. Sea Of Love picks up the tempo a little and sounds like it could have come from any Leppard album post-Hysteria. The chorus is another catchy layered refrain, again feeling somewhat restrained and certainly smoother than the heavier verse. The guitar solo is a nice extended piece before the chorus again takes control. A bit of a party tune this one.
 
7. Energized sounds like it could be fast and furious, but it’s actually quite laid back and in keeping with this mid-album run of moody melodic rock tracks. The verse has a modern programmed feel with a soft JE vocal, before a very catchy, but restrained, chorus takes over. There’s a hint of X and Slang about the production here, but the chorus fits the style of the preceding songs.
 
8. All Time High kicks things back into full overdrive at about the time when you started wondering if this was going to be a mildly mellow album. Fear not – this is a high energy, thumping beat driven rocker where the chorus bursts through for high impact. Fun, fast and fabulous. The guitar solo in particular packs a real punch. Classic Def Leppard. Awesome.
 
9. Battle Of My Own is an interesting track. This semi-acoustic track is the band’s tip of the hat to Led Zeppelin and their quirky 70s acoustic/vocal driven sound. It also reminds me of the sound and style on the Coverdale Page album (think the intro stages of Shake My Tree). The song clocks in under 3 minutes, but still finds a minute or so to rock out at the end, further embellishing on the Zeppelinesque sound. They fit a whole hell of a lot into 2 minutes 45!
 
10. Broke 'N' Brokenhearted is a breezy, classic commercial upbeat Def Leppard rocker. Picking up the pace again, this is a simple guitar fueled enjoyable singalong song that will work well live – especially with the layered harmony chorus.
 
11. Forever Young features a more modern sound, the guitar especially. The drums kick in to lead the song into a jarring verse that’s contrasted with a short simple chorus that’s only defined by the change in vocal delivery and the extra harmonies. Otherwise it’s a pretty fast moving guitar dominated track. An interesting and musically challenging track.
 
12. Last Dance is another classic rock ballad featuring a very commercial chorus and a dominant acoustic driven sound. The track could almost be a Rod Stewart cover from the late 70s. Short, but cool.
 
13. Wings Of An Angel is the albums last big rocker. It builds from a restrained intro into a big modern rocker with a darker sounding vocal from Joe and some contemporary guitar parts that wouldn’t sound out of place on the latter half of X. However it still feels right at home amongst these songs.
 
14. Blind Faith is something new and different for the band. Featuring a strong raspy vocal from Joe and some slow electric soling behind him, the song builds with the addition of an orchestral section before another soft verse. Then the song turns slightly psychedelic while remaining slow in tempo before a guitar solo and the rest of the band up the stakes. Then it’s back to an acoustic vocal before everything finally bursts to life for the last minute of the song. At 5.30 the song is the longest of the album and easily the most epic of any recent Leppard song.

 
Without the benefit of another month of high-rotation absorption of this album, I still think I can safely say that the band have delivered a home run here and will have fans united in their praise.
A very “Def Leppard” style album which is all the fans want in this day and age.
Fresh and innovative without sounding like someone else and classic and retroactive (pardon the pun) without being stale or repetitive.
There’s life in the old dog yet and I give credit to the band for pushing aside modern industry concerns to still deliver a ripping full length album of this quality.
For the record, I gave X a 98; Songs From The Sparkle Lounge 85 and Yeah 68 and Euphoria 93. Of course Pyromania and Hysteria are perfect 100s.
For me, Def Leppard slips into the gap between X and Euphoria.
 

 

Score: 
95
 
Thu
15
Oct

FIREWORKS Magazine Issue 72 - DEF LEPPARD + 100 PAGES and 78 MP3s

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2015
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Fireworks #72* sees the mighty Def Leppard grace our cover, as they return with a brand new album... that might be their best thing since 'Hysteria'. A bold claim, but one that Phil Collen is only too happy to back up. And to prove there is two sides to every story, we also get the thoughts of Vivian Campbell, who sits down to tell us not only about the new album, but his health problems, his past work with Dio and Whitesnake and how he got the Leppard gig. It's one of the most honest and revealing pieces we're ever had, and is part of a truly awesome five page feature on the Sheffield legends.
 
While that interview is worth the cover price alone, we don't stop there. W.A.S.P are back with a real cracker of a new album, so we chat in depth with Blackie Lawless, while power trio The Winery Dogs are with us to talk up their excellent second album. Michael Monroe speaks about his latest record, and Queensryche fans old and new will find something of interest as the band discuss 'Condition Human', while their former singer Geoff Tate is also in our pages promoting his new band Operation Mindcrime.
 
All that, plus Whitesnake guitarist Joel Hoekstra, Trivium, Mark Slaughter, Yes bassist Billy Sherwood, Status Quo's John 'Rhino' Edwards, Leaves' Eyes, Martin Barre, Shinedown, Chris Norman, Radio Sun, Royal Mess... we had so much to cover, we expanded the magazine to 100 pages. And then we added some bonus interviews to the FREE COVER CD. Don't be thinking there's just interviews on there though, those are included alongside the SEVENTY EIGHT FREE SONGS!
 
100 pages & 78 FREE SONGS!
 
So with extra pages, extra interviews, free CD, you'll be wondering how much we've upped our price? The answer is WE HAVEN'T... same price as last issue. There is literally no reason not to buy a copy, so go and get one while they're hot. We won't be doing this every issue!
 
Buy hard copy online here:  http://www.rocktopia.co.uk/index.php?option=com_rokquickcart&view=rokquickcart&Itemid=401
 
Download pdf version here (including link to all 78 songs!!):  http://www.rocktopia.co.uk/index.php?option=com_digistore&controller=digistoreProducts&task=list&cid=2&Itemid=535
 
In UK shops from Thursday Oct 15. In USA/Canada mid November.
 
  
 
Thu
17
Sep

DEF LEPPARD - Let's Go (Single Review)

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Def Leppard have finally broken their usual multi-year silence with a highly anticipated brand new single Pour Some Sugar On Me ‘Let’s Go’.
 
In a nutshell, the slow-to-mid paced melodic rocker is cut straight from the Def Leppard classic hits songbook. Yes, it’s a little too close to that hit single that helped break the band wide open, but its only themselves they are ripping off, so no harm done!
 
The best aspect of the song is the attention to detail the production has. The band has ensured that all their classic elements are present – big guitars, layered harmonies and a hard hitting drum sound that’s straight off ‘Hysteria’.
 
The band has constantly been criticised by some as failing to meet the commercial style of ‘Pyromania’ and ‘Hysteria’, but this time they unashamedly clone one of their biggest hits for a 2015 anthem that should take fans back to when they were 18 again.
 
‘Promises’ is still my favourite post-80s single, and while this doesn’t quite reach the anthemic heights of that brilliant number, I do rate it very favourably. The only thing I’m left wishing for was a pick up in the pace (something that can be corrected by upping the tempo rate using YouTube’s tool).
 
As far as over-enthusiastic and passionate die-hard Def Leppard fans go, they are right up there with those that follow Bon Jovi or Journey with the same dedication. Sometimes it can get interesting…
So it’s no surprise to see comments running the whole range of emotions - from the best song in the history of history; to the worst single since Elvis decided to try his hand at doom metal.
 
I think you’ll find the majority of long time Leppard fans leaning into the positive and the more casual listener making up the vocal minority on the negative.
 
Me – I’ve always been a big fan of the band and this gives me cause to feel optimistic about the upcoming album.
 
PS. Joe Elliott sounds great.
 
 
Thu
17
Sep

DEF LEPPARD - Everything You Need To Know About New Album

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Friday, October 30, 2015
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It’s DEF LEPPARD overload as all the information regarding the band’s new album hits the street.
 
Here’s a summary of where things stand right now:
 
The new album “Def Leppard” is released worldwide October 30. The single ‘Let’s Go’ is available via digital outlets now.
 
The UK can order the album via a Classic Rock Magazine Fan Pack exclusive, which will include the full album on CD, featuring an exclusive bonus track; plus a feature 115 page magazine dedicated to the band.
 
The UK regular edition of the CD will hit shelves November 27.
 
Japanese fans will get the CD plus exclusive bonus track (The Last Dance – Demo) October 30.
 
Fans in North America can purchase the album direct via Pledge Music (with bonus extras).
 
Australian fans will have the album released locally by Sony Music Australia.
 
Digital will be available worldwide on October 30.
 
 
More information:
 
 
Classic Rock Presents: Def Leppard Fanpack
CD Collector's Pack £15.99
Release Date: 30/10/2015
 
Sheffield's finest sons are back with a brand new studio album – their first since 2008 – and an eagerly anticipated, hot-selling arena tour of Britain in December.
 
The Def Leppard Fanpack will include:
 
- Brand new studio album – titled simply Def Leppard – with bonus tracks exclusive to the Fanpack
- 116-page magazine featuring all-new interviews with all five band members, all-new photos and a track-by-track guide to the album
- Collectable art cards
- Def Leppard metal keyring
 
Pre-orders made before 12pm (GMT) on Thursday 1st October will receive an exclusive window sticker featuring the Def Leppard album artwork, PLUS the chance to win one of three pairs of VIP tickets aboard the 4-night Def Leppard Cruise from Miami, Florida (pre-sale gifts and offers are only open to residents of US and UK).***
 
Free shipping to all UK customers, please note any customers purchasing this item from outside the UK will be subject to a shipping charge.
 
The brand new studio album contains the following tracks:
 
1. Let's Go
2. Dangerous
3. Man Enough
4. We Belong
5. Invincible
6. Sea Of Love
7. Energized
8. All Time High
9. Battle Of My Own
10. Broke 'N' Brokenhearted
11. Forever Young
12. Last Dance
13. Wings Of An Angel
14. Blind Faith
 
15. Exclusive bonus track (Classic Rock Fanpack & Japan)
 
 
 
Def Leppard has announced this week that their long-awaited new studio album will be released on October 30, 2015. The debut single from the album is entitled “Let’s Go," a thunderous arena rock track, which premiered via Rolling Stone. Recorded earlier this year at front man Joe Elliott’s studio in Dublin, Ireland, the album will feature 14 tracks in total. This self-titled album release will mark their first new collection of material in seven years and Def Leppard’s 11th official studio release.
 
Said Joe Elliott, “This is our first new album in seven years and it came together very organically. We didn’t sit down to create an album but started writing together and suddenly had 14 songs. Although we recorded it over a period of a year while we were out touring, it really came together in 9 or 10 weeks. It all had a very organic flow to it and we are excited for our fans to now hear it."
 
Stay tuned to PledgeMusic for exclusive access to special items and messages.
 
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Tue
15
Sep

DEF LEPPARD Reveal Album Track Listing

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DEF LEPPARD have announced the track listing for their upcoming self-titled album due out next month. What date in October is not yet revealed, but according to the band - the news might come as soon as tomorrow. Right now it looks like arriving October 30.
 
The track listing for "Def Leppard" is:
 
01. Let's Go (5:01)
02. Dangerous (3:26)
03. Man Enough (3:54)
04. We Belong (5:06)
05. Invincible (3:46)
06. Sea Of Love (4:04)
07. Energized (3:23)
08. All Time High (4:19)
09. Battle Of My Own (2:42)
10. Broke 'N' Brokenhearted (3:17)
11. Forever Young (2:21)
12. Last Dance (3:09)
13. Wings Of An Angel (4:23)
14. Blind Faith (5:33)
 
 
Mon
03
Aug

One On One With Mitch Lafon - STEVE BROWN (Trixter, Def Leppard)

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2015
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In episode 129 of One On One With Mitch Lafon, TRIXTER's Steve Brown joins Mitch to discuss the band's latest album Human Era, Def Leppard, his Mojo Vegas studio, the KISS Revenge tour, Trixter's history and more.

http://www.spreaker.com/user/talkingmetal/1on1-mitch-lafon-129-steve-brown-trixter

Producer Adam Hamilton (former L.A. Guns & The C.C. DeVille Experiment) co-hosts this episode.

Quotes from the interview:

1) On Trixter's days with MCA records: "They wanted us to sound like a garage band. They didn't want us to sound like Def Leppard or Mötley Crüe."

2) "KISS is the band that made me want to do this."

3) On Def Leppard: "It's very bittersweet."

For more about STEVE BROWN & TRIXTER visit: http://www.trixterrocks.com
http://www.stevebrownmusic.biz
http://www.mojovegas.com
TWITTER: @STEVEBROWNROCKS and @trixterrocks
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This Episode of One On One With Mitch Lafon is brought to you by the Heavy Montreal Festival taking place on August 7th, 8th and 9th at Parc Jean Drapeau in Montreal. This year featuring Lamb Of God, Slipknot, Korn, Faith No More as well as '80s artists Dokken, EXTREME, Lita Ford and Warrant. Visit: http://www.heavymontreal.com

 
Tue
23
Jun

Guitarist VIVIAN CAMPBELL Avoids Radiation Therapy, Will Rejoin DEF LEPPARD

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Over the weekend DEF LEPPARD guitarist VIVIAN CAMPBELL stated that his cancer had returned and he would be standing aside to recieve treatment. Today Vivian has just posted the great news that he will be able to rejoin the band's tour this weekend.
 
From Viv: "So, so happy to report that I've dodged the bullet of radiation. I was due to start a course that would have sidelined me for most of the first leg of the US tour, but my brilliant doctors have steered me towards an alternative course of treatment that will enable me to rejoin the tour this Saturday night in Birmingham Alabama. Furthermore, they've tailored future treatments to accommodate the tour schedule so I won't have to miss any more shows. I'm so happy and so indebted to the wonderful physicians who have worked so hard on my behalf to make this happen. See you Saturday!"
 
Vivian's past 2 updates:
 
"I'm overwhelmed by the support and well-wishes that everyone has sent to me. Thank you all so very much - it means a lot to me."
 
"I'm saddened by the fact that my cancer has returned. However, I'm beyond consolation that it's return will prevent me from being able to do my job for a while. I’m still working on a schedule of treatment with my doctors, but I will see you all very soon. My apologies."
 
GET WELL SOON VIVIAN!
 
Fri
19
Jun

DEF LEPPARD'S "Hysteria On The High Seas" Inaugural Fan Cruise On Sale Today

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Def Leppard's inaugural fan cruise, "Hysteria on the High Seas," a unique, four-day, four-night voyage out of Miami next January 21-25, 2016 aboard the MSC Divina, goes on sale today (6/18).
 
One of the greatest rock bands of all time, Def Leppard, will sail with their fans aboard the MSC Divina for the entire cruise, as "Hysteria on the High Seas" visits Grand Bahama Island and the private island paradise of Half Moon Cay, Bahamas. Two payment plans are available for cabins aboard the full-ship charter, which are priced starting at $899 USDper person for double-occupancy cabins, and $600 USD per person for quad rooms (government fees, taxes, and gratuities not included). For booking and more information, visit: DefLeppardCruise.com
 
This exclusive cruise is a fantasy camp for enthusiasts of Def Leppard, with non-stop entertainment, activities and fun. While this cruise is about all things Def Leppard, the "Hysteria" continues with some of the great names from the 80's and beyond, with an initial lineup that includes: Tom Keifer; Last in Line; Eric Martin (Mr. Big); Ritchie Kotzen; Kip Winger; Eddie Trunk and Luc Carl with more to come.  In addition, passengers sailing aboard the cruise will received complimentary admission to an exclusive pre-cruise event on Wednesday, January 20 in Miami, FL, featuring special guest artists and more (details TBA).
 
Def Leppard's "Hysteria On The Seas" fan cruise will include:
  • Complimentary admission to the Def Leppard Cruise Pre-Partyon January 20 (Details TBA)
  • Stops at two exciting ports of call, Grand Bahama Island and private island oasis, Half Moon Cay.
  • Def Leppard Theater Performance
  • Def Leppard "Storytellers" Performance and Q&A
  • Def Leppard's Vivian Campbell in Last in Line Performance
  • Eddie Trunk's "Def Leppard, Behind the Music"
  • Daily performances from support artists on four stages throughout the ship
  • Support Artist "Storyteller" Performances
  • Support Artist Meet & Greets/Photo Ops, Jams and Q&A Sessions
  • Special Events, Theme Nights and much more
  • Additional Def Leppard events to be announced
About Def Leppard:
Def Leppard--Joe Elliott (vocals), Vivian Campbell (guitar), Phil Collen (guitar), Rick "Sav" Savage (bass) and Rick Allen (drums)--continues to be one of the most important forces in rock music. With 100 million records sold worldwide and two prestigious Diamond Awards to their credit, the group's spectacular live shows, filled with powerful melodic rock anthems, continue to sell out venues worldwide. For the past thirty years the band's epic live shows and arsenal of hits have become synonymous with their name, leading Def Leppard to be heralded as an institution in both the music and touring industry. For more information visit: defleppard.com, or connect on Facebook and Twitter.  
 
Wed
10
Jun

Phil Collen Describes New DEF LEPPARD Album As Best In 20 Years

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DEF LEPPARD guitarist PHIL COLLEN has been interviewed by Billboard about his new solo project DELTA DEEP. The article also gives readers an exclusive stream of the track 'Mistreated' as sung by JOE ELLIOTT.
 
 
To close the article, Phil talks about the new Def Leppard album:
 
"It's really diverse," Collen says of the follow-up to 2008's Songs From the Sparkle Lounge"I honestly think it's the best thing we've done probably in about 20 years. We went in to do a single or an EP and we came out with 12 songs. There was absolutely no pressure. There was no record company executive. There was no record label. We did it for ourselves, and the songs range from flat-out hard rock, almost punky on some of the stuff, to classic Leppard, and there's some other tracks that sound like they'd be on top 40 radio -- just the massive choir of vocals and melodies and all this stuff going on. We treated each song as a different project and did it over a year and a half, which really did help it. I think people are going to like it a lot."
 

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