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Def Leppard

Tue
11
Apr

ROCK CANDY Debut New Magazine

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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!
 
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Fri
20
Jan

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

 
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.

 

 

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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
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Thu
10
Dec

STYX Ends 2015 On A High Note; 2016 Tour Plans

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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
 

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2015
 
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.
 
    
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2015
 
Thu
15
Oct

DEF LEPPARD - Def Leppard (Review)

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95%
Produced By: 
Def Leppard
Running Time: 
54
Release Date: 
October 30
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Worldwide
Musical Style: 
Melodic Rock
Score: 
95
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earMusic
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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.
 

 

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Thu
15
Oct

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


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.
 
  
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Thu
17
Sep

DEF LEPPARD - Let's Go (Single Review)

Artist: 
 
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.
 
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Thu
17
Sep

DEF LEPPARD - Everything You Need To Know About New Album

Artist: 
 
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

Artist: 
 
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)
 
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Mon
03
Aug

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

Artist: 
 
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
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/trixterrocks

For more Adam Hamilton visit: http://www.facebook.com/adam.hamilton.528 and follow him on Twitter:@AdamHamilton1

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

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Tue
23
Jun

Guitarist VIVIAN CAMPBELL Avoids Radiation Therapy, Will Rejoin DEF LEPPARD

Artist: 
 
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!
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Fri
19
Jun

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

Artist: 
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.  
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Wed
10
Jun

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

Artist: 
 
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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Thu
16
Apr

DEF LEPPARD Upcoming Album Featuring All Members On Vocals

Artist: 
 
It is being reported that the upcoming (most likely self-titled) Def Leppard release will feature all members on lead vocals. BUT JUST ON ONE TRACK apparently. 
 
Vivian Campbell has already gone on the record stating he feels it is the best album recorded by the band since his arrival in 1992, but a new interview indicated all members would have a turn on lead vocals for the "diverse and experimental" new album.
 
In another recent interview, Joe Elliott is quoted as stating that while all will sing, it will only be on a verse or chorus or such, not on an entire song.
 
The album is expected out before the end of the year.
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Mon
06
Apr

One On One With Mitch Lafon - DEF LEPPARD

Artist: 

One On One With Mitch Lafon​ interviews with Def Leppard's Phil Collen and Michael Des Barres:

http://www.spreaker.com/user/talkingmetal/one-on-one-101-def-leppard

Singer/actor MICHAEL DES BARRES, and DEF LEPPARD guitarist Phil Collen join Mitch on this episode of One On One With Mitch Lafon. Former GUNS 'N ROSES manager Alan Niven co-hosts.

Michael discusses his new The Key To The Universe album, working with the '80s supergroup POWER STATION, his performance at Live Aid, the art of acting vs. singing, the KISS Destroyer demo song Ain't None Of Your Business, the success of Animotion's song Obsession, and much more.

Follow Michael online: http://michaeldesbarres.com and on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MichaelDesBarres.OfficialPage

DEF LEPPARD's Phil Collen joins Mitch to talk about the band's upcoming new album, their spring tour of Canada, their summer tour of the US alongside STYX and TESLA, Vivian Campbell's health, were Adrenalize and Hysteria over produced, High 'N Dry, the Bon Jovi/Def Leppard co-headline tour, Def Leppard's 'Hysteria On The High Seas cruise, being a vegan, the city of Montreal and much more.

Phil Collen Pull Quotes:

"High 'N Dry was a little bit derivative."

"Mutt Lange is a genius."

"On our new album you'll definitely hear some of our influences - you'll hear Queen. You'll hear AC/DC. You'll hear Stevie Wonder and stuff like that as well, but it still sounds very Def Leppard."

"This is the best album we've done since Hysteria."

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Mon
30
Mar

DEF LEPPARD's Next Album To Be Self-Titled?

Artist: 
 
DEF LEPPARD have completed the recording process (mixing and mastering to follow) for their all-new studio album due later this year - an album guitarist Vivian Campbell has described as the best of his career with the band.
 
And if you read the fine print on the new 2015 UK Tour graphic, you'll see it looks like the new album will be titled 'Def Leppard'.
 
 
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Fri
27
Mar

DEF LEPPARD, WHITESNAKE And BLACK STAR RIDERS Live In UK

Artist: 
 
DEF LEPPARD & WHITESNAKE will co-headline a UK & Ireland Tour in December 2015 with BLACK STAR RIDERS joining the party.
 
Dates are as follows:
 
Sunday 6 Dublin 3Arena 
Monday 7 Belfast Odyssey 
Wednesday 9 Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
Thursday 10 Glasgow The SSE Hydro
Saturday 12 Birmingham Genting Arena
Sunday 13 Nottingham Capital FM Arena
Tuesday 15 Manchester Arena
Wednesday 16 Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
Friday 18 London The SSE Arena Wembley 
Saturday 19 Sheffield Motorpoint Arena
 
Tickets go on sale at 10am on Wednesday 1st April priced £45.00 Newcastle to Sheffield & £49.50 for Belfast & €59.50/€64.50 for Dublin (subject to per-ticket charge plus order processing fee) and are available from www.livenation.co.uk
 
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Wed
25
Feb

STYX AXS-TV Special Premieres March 15

Artist: 
 
STYX AXS-TV SPECIAL PREMIERES MARCH 15; SUPPORTING DEF LEPPARD ON MASSIVE SUMMER TOUR; IN-PROGRESS HEADLINING TOUR CONTINUES
 
February 24, 2015 ' It's been over two years since a full STYX concert was broadcast on national TV ('Styx:  The Grand Illusion/Pieces Of Eight Live' DVD, which aired on VH1 Classic and the Palladia HD channel).  Now comes time for a brand new live event that's set to premiere on AXS TV on Sunday, March 15 at 8pm Eastern Time/5pm Pacific Time.
 
The band's show was filmed at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, NV in front of a sold-out, adoring audience during last year's 'The Soundtrack of Summer' tour.  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 tour mate and former Eagles guitar legend Don Felder for 'Blue Collar Man.'  Felder's show earlier that same night was also filmed for AXS TV, which will air immediately following STYX's special.  Felder's special culminates with special guest STYX guitarist Tommy Shaw trading vocals and the classic electric guitar licks on 'Hotel California.'
 
Meanwhile, as STYX's headlining tour continues to work its way across the U.S., the legendary Rock band has confirmed a massive summer tour supporting another legendary Rock band, Def Leppard, along with Tesla.  The three-month trek will launch in June and conclude October 4 in Bismarck, ND at the Bismarck Civic Center.  Combined, STYX--Tommy Shaw (vocals, guitar), James 'JY' Young (guitar, vocals), Chuck Panozzo (bass), Lawrence Gowan (vocals, keyboards), Ricky Phillips (bass) and Todd Sucherman (drums)--and Def Leppard have sold over 100 million albums worldwide.
 
'Our 2007 tour with Def Leppard forged a friendship that's never wavered,' proclaims STYX singer/guitarist Tommy Shaw.  'It was such an unforgettably fun experience for us.  We've all been waiting for the planets to align so we could do it again.  Well friends, they have indeed aligned!  And this time, those soulful bad boys from Sacramento, Tesla, will be there, too.  What a night of music this will be!
Is summer here yet? Come on!'
 
Guitarist James 'JY' Young is equally as excited.  "The mutual admiration society between Styx and Def Leppard began in the UK in 1978 when Joe Elliott attended Styx's first-ever performance in Def Leppard's home town of Sheffield, England,' he says.  'Both bands having emanated from working class beginnings, either on the South Side of Chicago, or the Steel Town of Sheffield, England, there is a natural camaraderie and synergy amongst them.  I feel like these guys are long-lost brothers of mine.  It's going to be Guitars A-blazin' and Drums A-poundin' regardless of who's on the stage, featuring arguably the most successful rock band of the late 1980's, paired with one of the most successful bands of the late 1970s, early 1980s.  The ingestion of too much sugar can lead to illness, but 'Pour Some Sugar On Me' is a recipe for healthy smiles and a fun night for everyone!!!'
 
Check out STYX at any of the following stops (with more to be added in the coming weeks):

STYX Headlining:
Thu 2/26            Tulsa, OK                      The Joint/Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa
Fri 2/27             San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
Sat 2/28            Fort Worth, TX               Billy Bob's Texas
Thu 3/12            N Myrtle Beach, NC       House of Blues
Fri 3/13             Cherokee, NC                Harrah's Cherokee Pavilion
Sat 3/14            Orlando, FL                   Universal Studios Florida - Music Plaza Stage
Fri 3/20             Norman, OK                  Riverwind Casino
Sat 3/21            Mulvane, KS                  Kansas Star Arena
 
STYX With Def Leppard and Tesla:

Thu 6/25                        West Palm Beach, FL    Cruzan Amphitheater
Sat 6/27                        Birmingham, AL             Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
Sun 6/28                       Atlanta, GA                   Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood
Tue 6/30                        Charlotte, NC                 PNC Music Pavillion Charlotte
Thu 7/2                         Bristow, VA                   Jiffy Lube Live
Fri 7/3                           Virginia Beach, VA         Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
Sun 7/5                         Uncasville, CT                Mohegan Sun Arena
Tue 7/7                         Gilford, NH                    Bank of NH Pavilion at Meadowbrook
Thu 7/9                         Mansfield, MA               Xfinity Center
Sat 7/11                        Bethel, NY                    Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
Sun 7/12                       Darien Lake, NY            Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Tue 7/14                        Toronto, ONT.                Molson Amphitheatre
Fri 7/17                         Clarkston, MI                 DTE Energy Music Theatre
Thu 7/23                        Wantagh, NY                 Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
Fri 7/24                         Saratoga Springs, NY     SPAC
Sat 7/25                        Holmdel, NJ                   PNC Bank Arts Center
Fri 8/7                           Davenport, IA                 Mississippi Valley Fair (STYX ONLY)
Sat 8/8                          Sioux Falls, SD             Sioux Falls Arena
Tue 8/11                        Kansas City, MO           Starlight Theatre
Fri 8/14                         Sedalia, MO                  Missouri State Fair
Sat 8/15                        Des Moines, IA              Iowa State Fair
Mon 8/17                       Cincinnati, OH               Riverbend Music Center
Tue 8/18                        Nashville, TN                 Bridgestone Arena
Fri 8/21                         Dallas, TX                      Gexa Energy Pavilion
Sat 8/22                        Woodlands, TX              Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Sun 8/23                       Austin, TX                     Austin360 Amphitheater
Thu 8/27                        St. Paul, MN                 Minnesota State Fair
Fri 8/28                         Grand Forks, ND            Alerus Center
Sun 8/30                       Noblesville, IN                Klipsch Music Center
Tue 9/1                         Allentown, PA                The Great Allentown Fair
Thu 9/3                         Louisville, KY                 KFC Yum! Center
Fri 9/4                           Maryland Heights, MO    Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
Sat 9/5                          Tinley Park, IL               First Midwest Bank Amphitheater
Wed 9/16                      Auburn, WA                  White River Amphitheatre
Thu 9/17                        Ridgefield, WA               Amphitheater Northwest
Sat 9/19                        Mountain View, CA        Shoreline Amphitheatre
Tue 9/22                        Chula Vista, CA             Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Wed 9/23                      Phoenix, AZ                  Ak-Chin Pavilion
Fri 9/25                         Albuquerque NM            Isleta Amphitheater
Sat 9/26                        Denver, CO                    Pepsi Center
Mon 9/28                       West Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre
Wed 9/30                      Spokane, WA                Spokane Arena
Fri 10/2                         Bozeman, MT                Breeden Fieldhouse
Sun 10/4                       Bismarck, ND                Bismarck Civic Center

 
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Fri
13
Feb

DEF LEPPARD Announce Summer Tour with STYX & TESLA

Artist: 
 
–  Tickets on Sale Starting Feb. 20 at LiveNation.com –
 
– Styx and Tesla Set To Join The Tour As Special Guests –
 
“…the greatest power-pop band ever to masquerade as metal."
- New York Magazine
 
LOS ANGELES (Feb. 12, 2015) – Def Leppard returns to the road this summer for an extensive North American tour.  The Live Nation-promoted tour hitting nearly 50 cities across the U.S. and Canada will kick off on June 23 in Tampa, Fla. at MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre. Joining Def Leppard on their massive summer outing are rockers Styx and Tesla. Please see full tour routing below. Citi® cardmembers will have access to pre-sale tickets beginning Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 12 p.m. local time through Citi's Private Pass® Program. For complete pre-sale details, visit www.citiprivatepass.com. General tickets for the tour go on sale starting Friday, Feb. 20 at 10 a.m. on www.livenation.com. Please see below for full details and on sale information.
 
Def Leppard’s influential career includes numerous hit singles and ground-breaking multi-platinum albums—including two of the best-selling albums of all time, Pyromania and Hysteria, capturing the group’s legendary tracks, bringing together classic Leppard hits such as “Rock of Ages,” Pour Some Sugar on Me” and “Foolin.” The upcoming tour follows on the heels of the band’s massive 2014 co-headlining tour with KISS, last summer.
 
2015 TOUR DATES
All dates, venues and cities below subject to change.
All shows on sale Feb. 20 unless otherwise noted.
 
June 23 - Tampa, FL (MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre)
June 25 - West Palm Beach, FL (Cruzan Amphitheatre)
June 27 - Birmingham, AL (Oak Mountain Amphitheatre)
June 28 - Atlanta, GA (Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood)
June 30 - Charlotte, NC (PNC Music Pavilion)
July 2 - Bristow, VA (Jiffy Lube Live)
July 3 - Virginia Beach, VA (Farm Bureau Live)
July 5 - Uncasville, CT (Mohegan Sun Arena)
July 7 - Gilford, NH (Bank of NH Pavilion at Meadowbrook)
July 9 - Mansfield, MA (Xfinity Center)
July 11 - Bethel, NY (Bethel Woods Center for the Arts)
July 12 - Darien Center, NY (Darien Lake Performing Arts Center)
July 14 - Toronto, ON (Molson Canadian Amphitheatre)
July 15 - Youngstown, OH (Covelli Centre)*
July 17 - Clarkston, MI (DTE Energy Music Theatre)
July 21 - Mt. Pleasant, MI (Soaring Eagle Resort & Casino)*
July 23 - Wantagh, NY (Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre)
July 24 - Saratoga Springs, NY (Saratoga Performing Arts Center)
July 25 - Holmdel, NJ (PNC Bank Arts Center)
Aug 7 - Sturgis, SD (Buffalo Chip Campground)**
Aug 8 - Sioux Falls, SD (Sioux Falls Arena)
Aug 10 - Oklahoma City, OK (Chesapeake Energy Arena)*
Aug 11 - Kansas City, MO (Starlight Theatre)
Aug 14 - Sedalia, MO (Missouri State Fair)
Aug 15 - Des Moines, IA (Iowa State Fair)
Aug 17 - Cincinnati, OH (Riverbend Music Center)
Aug 18 - Nashville, TN (Bridgestone Arena)
Aug 21 - Dallas, TX (Gexa Energy Pavilion)
Aug 22 - Woodlands, TX (Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion)
Aug 23 - Austin, TX (Austin360 Amphitheater)
Aug 27 - St. Paul, MN (Minnesota State Fair)
Aug 28 - Grand Forks, ND (Alerus Center)
Aug 30 - Noblesville, IN (Klipsch Music Center)
Sept 1 - Allentown, PA (Allentown
Sept 3 - Louisville, KY (KFC Yum! Center)
Sept 4 - Maryland Heights, MO (Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre)
Sept 5 - Tinley Park, IL (First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre)
Sept 16 - Auburn, WA (White River Amphitheater)
Sept 17 - Ridgefield, WA (Northwest Amphitheater)
Sept 19 - Mountain View, CA (Shoreline Amphitheater)
Sept 22 - Chula Vista, CA (Sleep Train Amphitheatre)
Sept 23 - Phoenix, AZ (Ak-Chin Pavilion)
Sept 25 - Albuquerque, NM (Isleta Amphitheatre)
Sept 26 - Denver, CO (Pepsi Center)
Sept 28 - West Valley City, UT (USANA Amphitheater)
Sept 30 - Spokane, WA (Spokane Arena)
Oct 2 - Bozeman, MT (Brick Breeden Fieldhouse)
Oct 4 - Bismarck, ND (Bismarck Civic Center)
 
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Fri
13
Feb

JOE ELLIOTT Talks DEF LEPPARD New Album with Billboard

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DEF LEPPARD frontman JOE ELLIOTT has discussed the and's just announced 2015 tour with Billboard, but also touched on the new album due this year.
 
 
Elliott says there are 15 songs "on the go" for the set, which he considers "remarkably strong" and predicts will sound both familiar and fresh when it's finally out. "It's very varied," Elliott says. "It sounds like Def Leppard, but it sounds like Def Leppard stretching their wings a little bit. There are a couple of songs tied to our DNA, instantly recognizable as us, and some of the stuff that's not so much like that and represents who we are now, a band that's in their early- to mid-50s, the kind of music they should be making without it sounding old and farty. We're not trying to write 24-hour party songs at our age; that would be silly. "The good thing," he adds, "is we're not tied down. Like, when you say AC/DC, you kinda know what you're gonna get. We're more in the Queen ballpark where you can have a slow thing and you can have a full-on rock song on the same record and they go side-by-side. That's where we're coming from on a lot of this stuff."
Elliott says the group thought about getting the album out during the spring, but it's likely to be later because of what he calls "an unprecedented amount of offers from various different people to release this record, which we weren't expecting and has changed the whole dynamic of how we want to put this record out." Elliott says Def Leppard is still "wedding through" the offers but is confidently the album will be out "absolutely this year."
"The important thing is we make a good record," he says. "I don't think people are queuing around the block to buy a Def Leppard release right now; if they're doing it for anybody at all it'd be Taylor Swift and Katy Perry. But for us it's really important that we keep the high quality we've always tried to deliver and we don't let ourselves down. We're never gonna be the kind of band that goes, 'Well, it doesn't matter, nobody buys records anymore so let's jsut piss one out in a month.' That's not our style. It never will be."

 

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Wed
10
Dec

DEF LEPPARD Announce 2015 Canadian Tour Dates

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Happy to announce our 2015 tour of ‪#‎Canada‬ For all details, including pre-sale, general on-sale, and VIP packages go to:
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15 April - Penticton, BC (South Okanagan Events Centre)
17 April - Victoria, BC (Save on Foods Memorial Centre)
18 April - Vancouver, BC (Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena)
20 April - Dawson Creek, BC (EnCana Events Centre)
22 April - Calgary, AB (Scotiabank Saddledome)
23 April - Edmonton, AB (Rexall Place)
25 April - Lethbridge, AB (Enmax Centre)
26 April - Regina, SK (Brandt Centre)
28 April - Saskatoon, SK (SaskTel Centre)
29 April - Winnipeg, MB (MTS Centre)
2 May - Montreal, QC (Bell Centre)
4 May - Ottawa ON (TD Place Arena)
5 May - London, ON (Budweiser Gardens)

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Fri
21
Nov

DEF LEPPARD Among 19 New Acts Announced For SRF 2015

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Another 19 acts confirmed for the Sweden Rock Festival!

We at the Sweden Rock Festival are happy to announce another 19 acts that have been confirmed for next year's Sweden Rock Festival, which will take place in Solvesborg in southern Sweden June 3rd to 6th.

Def Leppard are returning to Sweden Rock after seven years, and this time their setlist will be completely focused on their best known tracks. And considering that these Brits are one of the best-selling hard rock bands of all time, there are plenty of hits to choose from.

Five Finger Death Punch made a big impression on the main stage audience at Sweden Rock 2013 and have been one of the most requested acts since then. Now they will be back for what will be their only Swedish show next summer.

Meshuggah are making their long overdue Sweden Rock debut, Opeth will play their only Swedish concert next summer at Sweden Rock, Airbourne and Manfred Mann's Earth Band are making much anticipated comebacks and Exodus will arrive with legendary vocalist Steve Souza back by the microphone. Evergrey will be playing twice - an electric show on the Wednesday and an aoustic set two days later.

Jon English got plenty of attention and acknowledgement when his last Sweden Rock appearance was broadcast on national Swedish radio. This summer he returns for a more intimate performance at a smaller stage. Kaipa was one of the leading Swedish progressive acts in the 70's - for Sweden Rock, their classic line-up is reforming to play the group's early material under the name Kaipa Da Capo. The Swiss band Samael will be performing their classic black/industrial metal hybrid "Ceremony of Opposites" in its entirety.

Also added to the festival line-up are Lillasyster, Mad Max, Tony Carey, Avatar, Electric Mary, Hazy/Dizzy andThe Order Of Israfel.

In October, it was announced that, among several others, Motley Crue, Judas Priest, Toto, Backyard Babies,HammerFall, D-A-D and Dark Tranquillity will be performing at next year's Sweden Rock Festival.

For the full list of confirmed acts and biographies on all of them, please visit www.swedenrock.com. Another 50 acts will be announced during this winter.

 
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