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Def Leppard

Formed: 1977
From: Sheffield, United Kingdom
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Def Leppard News

Below is our complete Def Leppard news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Three More Bands Confirmed For Download 2011

The organizers of Britain's Download Festival has announced that three more bands have been confirmed for this year's event. The biggest announcement comes in the form of The Darkness, who have recently reunited and are expected to be releasing a new album by the end of the year.

Also confirmed for festival are Funeral For A Friend and Kverlatak. The event takes place at Donington Castle from June 10th - 12th and will feature the following lineup: More...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: The Draft

Welcome to the first (and probably last) annual glam rocker draft. I am your moderator for this event; we will meet our four participants shortly, first a look at the rules. More...

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Def Leppard Announces Irish Shows

British hard rock legends Def Leppard has announced that in addition to their headlining slot at the Download festival on June 10th, they will also be performing two shows in the Emerald Isle, bringing with them two fellow rock legends in Alice Cooper and Thin Lizzy, the latter of which also features Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell. The tour is in support of their forthcoming new live album, "Mirrorball," which is expected to be released sometime around early Summer.

The tour dates are as follows:

June 7 – The Odyssey Arena - Belfast, N. Ireland
June 8 – The O2 - Dublin, Eire

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Def Leppard Announces U.S. Tour

British hard rock veterans Def Leppard have announced that they will be embarking on a headlining tour of the United States this summer. Joining them on the tour will be Seattle based mainstays Heart.

"After having had the last 18 months off, Leppard are ready to get back on the road! Add Heart to the bill and it truly makes for a special evening." says Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott.

"Nancy [Wilson, Heart guitarist] and I are really excited to be bringing Heart to the stage this summer with Def Leppard. It's going to be a powerful, monster show. The real thing. The summer of 2011 will be amazing." says Heart singer Ann Wilson.

The tour dates are as follows: More...

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Sixteen More Bands Confirmed For Download 2011

The organisers of the United Kingdom's Download Festival has announced that a further sixteen bands have been confirmed for the event, including such big names as Disturbed, Black Stone Cherry and Cheap Trick, along with Bring Me The Horizon, Sacred Mother Tongue, All That Remains, Bowling For Soup, Devil Wears Prada, Turisas, Frank Turner, Asking Alexandria, Straight Line Stitch, Madina Lake, The King Blues, Ghost and Jameson Raid. The event will take place at Donington Castle from June 10th-12th and features the following lineup:

Def Leppard (Headliner)
System Of A Down (Headliner)
Linkin Park (Headliner)
Avenged Sevenfold
Bullet For My Valentine
Disturbed
Rob Zombie
Pendulum
Alice Cooper
Korn
Black Stone Cherry
Danzig
Alter Bridge
The Cult
Thin Lizzy
Cheap Trick
All That Remains
Hollywood Undead
Turisas
The Gaslight Anthem
Bowling For Soup
Twisted Sister
Down
Buckcherry
The Devil Wears Prada
Bring Me The Horizon
Blackveil Brides
The Damned Things
Escape The Fate
Asking Alexandria
Madina Lake
Clutch
Duff McKagen's Loaded
Mr. Big
Gwar
FM
Masters Of Reality
Sacred Mother Tongue
Straight Line Stitch
Frank Turner
The King Blues
Rise To Remain
Trash Talk
Ghost
Jameson Raid

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Def Leppard To Headline Download 2011

British hard rock legends Def Leppard have been confirmed as the headlining act for the first day of the United Kingdom's Download Festival, which will take place at Donington Park from June 10th- 12th.

This will be the second time the group has headlined the event, after closing the festival in 2009. Several more bands have also been added to the bill, including Down, Twisted Sister, Duff McKagen's Loaded, and Trash Talk.

In other news, Def Leppard will be releasing a live album this summer entitled, "Mirrorball," which will feature a mix of the band's classics performed live, three brand new songs recorded in the studio, and a bonus DVD which will feature live performances and backstage footage. More information on this release will be revealed once it has been made available.

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The Rockstar Ramblings: American Idol and Glee

While out promoting for Amercian Idol, Steven Tyler (Aerosmith) was quoted saying “American Idol is not rock n’ roll”, “American Idol will take Aerosmith up a few notches”, and that “Joe Perry is a loose cannon”. This was all in one interview! In related news, Tyler mentions he can’t find Joe Perry. He’s hiding Steven, waiting for all of this to go away. You can remove your head from Ryan Seacrest’s ass. He’s not in there… More...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Reunion Tours and Hookers

It is being reported that Nikki Sixx (Motley Crue, Sixx A.M.) and Denise Richards are no longer dating and have split. The uncomfortable part of this breakup is that they are neighbors. There can’t be a worse feeling than stepping out to grab the morning newspaper, and looking over to see a Porsche in Richard’s driveway with a license plate that reads SHEEN… More...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: The Motley Wire plus more

Axl Rose (Guns N Roses) during his recent tour fired his entire road crew for allowing him to nap during the time he was suppose to go on stage. The tricky part to this is that Rose has strict instructions to not wake him under ANY circumstances. The crew was eventually rehired, but led to this job wanted advertisement...WANTED: Person with telepathic powers and an acute sense of time; need to be able to communicate to another person through their dreams without knowing they are being awakened; NOTE: supervisor unstable… More...

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Complete Track Listing Announced For Rock Band 3

Harmonix and MTV Games today announced the complete lineup for the upcoming Rock Band 3 video game, which includes several metal tracks. Rock Band 3 will be released October 26th in North America and October 29th in the rest of the world. The complete list of songs on the game, including the non-metal tracks, is as follows:

Amy Winehouse, "Rehab"
Anthrax, "Caught in a Mosh"
At the Drive-In, "One Armed Scissor"
Avenged Sevenfold, "The Beast & the Harlot"
Beach Boys, "Good Vibrations (Live)"
Big Country, "In a Big Country"
Blondie, "Heart of Glass"
Bob Marley, "Get Up, Stand Up"
Chicago, "25 or 6 to 4"
David Bowie, "Space Oddity"
Deep Purple, "Smoke on the Water"
Def Leppard, "Foolin’"
Devo, "Whip It"
Dio, "Rainbow in the Dark"
Dire Straits, "Walk of Life"
Doobie Brothers, "China Grove"
Dover, "King George"
Echo & the Bunnymen, "The Killing Moon"
Elton John, "Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting"
Faith No More, "Midlife Crisis" More...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: The 80’s Album Razor Test

This week I give you my top albums from the eighties hair bands. Essentially a top twenty-five list, with a twist; imagine all of the albums from the eighties disappeared and you could no longer listen to this genre ever again, similar to 1992, but permanent. Unable to own the music, hear the music on the radio, or even listen to a song at a bar…what would you do to change this? Allow me to present the razor blade test. How many times will you cut yourself to bring a particular album back to your life? More...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: The Power Ballads

Ever since Led Zeppelin released Stairway To Heaven, hard rock bands have showcased their sensitive spot through the power ballad. No genre exploited this format more than the eighties hair bands. A formula that started early: Release a heavy song, maybe two, and then release a ballad was a staple for the glam and spandex bands. This week we pay tribute to these songs. Despite a self imposed limit of one song per band, whittling down the list was a challenging. Let’s face it, no two top ten lists of this nature are ever the same. To assist, a sealed scorecard using lyrics, video presence, and longevity was used to determine the top ten power ballads. More...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Heroic Bad Ass Moments

Last week Slash (Velvet Revolver, ex-Guns N Roses) was attacked on stage by a man attempting to tackle him from behind. The guitarist literally brushed off the offender and continued to play (on a broken guitar that would be replaced). In honor of this move this week we look at some of the heroic and/or bad ass (rating of 10) and not so heroic/or not so bad ass (rating of 1) moments from the world of videos. More...

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Slayer, Sabbath And More To Be In New Guitar Hero

Activision has announced some of the details for their next installment in the popular Guitar Hero video game franchise, including several bands. The new game will be called Guitar Hero: Warriors Of Rock and will be much more story based than the previous games. Players will begin their careers at the legendary CBGBs venue and continue to the molten lava fields of rock treachery as eight Guitar Hero characters transform into rock warriors that must join together to use their unique, game-changing powers to help the Demi-God of Rock take down "The Beast" and save rock n’ roll.

"Guitar Hero has set the standard for music based gaming and with Guitar Hero: Warriors Of Rock’s all-new Quest Mode, robust and authentic set list, over-the-top challenges and rock-inspired new hardware, we are once again bringing the soul and energy of rock n’ roll to fans around the world,” said David Haddad, Chief Operating Officer, Guitar Hero.

"The world is a boring place. Come with me, and enter a world populated of Demi-Gods and Beasts. Transform from an everyday person and become the savior of rock and roll,” said Gene Simmons of KISS. “It was an honor and privilege to narrate Guitar Hero: Warriors Of Rock, even more so, to voice the Demi God. From the God of Thunder to the Demi-God, how cool is that..." More...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Strip Club Inspired

Slash (Guns N Roses, Velvet Revolver) was recently in Sydney, Australia to launch the new MTV Classic television network. Slash and his wife met up with the young pop princess Justin Bieber who was hoping to have dinner with the guitar legend. Instead of a dinner invite Bieber got more than he bargained when Slash invited him out to a strip club. No news on whether Justin accepted the invite, but the rule is that any time an inappropriate strip club invite is made, it must inspire a column so here we go… More...

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VH-1 To Air Remastered Behind The Music Episodes

VH1 has updated some of their previous "Behind The Music" episodes, including Metallica's for a new run on VH1 Classic starting Saturday, February 6. The shows pick up where the original "Behind The Music" left off with new interviews, live footage, and video clips that update the stories. You can check out Metallica's feature at 10 PM EST on February 6 with repeats several times as listed below.

02/06/2010 10:00 P Saturday
02/07/2010 11:00 P Sunday
02/08/2010 01:30 P Monday
02/08/2010 08:00 P Monday
02/08/2010 01:30 A Monday
02/09/2010 12:00 P Tuesday
02/09/2010 07:00 P Tuesday
02/09/2010 12:00 A Tuesday
02/11/2010 11:00 A Thursday
02/11/2010 10:00 P Thursday
02/11/2010 02:00 A Thursday
02/12/2010 07:00 P Friday
02/16/2010 07:00 P Tuesday
02/19/2010 06:00 P Friday
02/20/2010 02:00 P Saturday

Other artists getting the "remastered" treatment include Genesis, Motley Crue, Def Leppard, Judas Priest, and John Lennon.

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Def Leppard To Become Cartoon Stars

The members of Def Leppard are to become cartoon characters. It has been revealed that the band is working on a cartoon series, which will see them involved in various escapades. The British metalers have signed a deal with music publishing company Primary Wave, which is also developing video games and phone applications for the band.

The animation project is still in the early stages and has not been pitched to TV networks yet.

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"Rock Stars" Book Now Available

Metalunderground.com columnist David S. Grant (aka Rockstar_Scribbler) has released his latest book, "Rock Stars: The rise, fall, and rise of 80s glam frontmen into pop culture." "Rock Stars" is a look back and forward with the glam metal singers from the eighties. Accompanied by illustrations of each singer (courtesy of by Joel Gwidt), "Rock Stars" takes a tongue-in-cheek look at both the careers and music created during this time.

Here are some excerpts from the book:

"...Wearing tight acid washed jeans, Jon Bon Jovi made no qualms about putting "pop" back into rock. Videos focused on his ass made it appear there was an unspoken jeans rivalry between Jon and Joe Elliot of Def Lepard..."

"...I have to rethink everything regarding Rob Halford since he came out of the closet, turning from ferocious front man of Judas Priest to fierce. In hindsight there were signs. The video for "Hot Rockin" was pretty much just a bunch of guys working out in a gym. Hello!!..."

"...Sebastian Bach and Skid Row made music for the kids smoking cigarettes behind the school. Music for the kids that owned denim jackets, but didn't have the money for fancy patches (instead, forced to scribble SKID ROW across the back with a black Sharpie). Essentially, Sebastian Bach made music for the bad kid in The Breakfast Club..."

The book features twenty-eight mini-profiles detailing strengths, weaknesses, and X factors ranging from Kip Winger's hair, David Lee Roth's use of the microphone, to Bret Michaels reality series comeback. Think Behind The Music on cocaine.

You can purchase "Rock Stars: The rise, fall, and rise of 80s glam frontmen into pop culture" here.

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Seventeen More Bands Added To Download 2009

The organizers of Britain's Download Festival has announced a urther seventeen bands for this years edition of the event. The festival will now see appearances from Hollywood Undead, Steel Panther, Trigger The Bloodshed, Lauren Harris, Hexes, Hunting The Minotaur, Japanese Voyeurs, White Man Kamikaze, Loverman, Black Spiders, General Fiasco, Sacred Mother Tongue, The 69 Eyes, Dear Superstar, Pulled Apart By Horses, Violent Soho and Brides.

The full lineup is now as follows:

Friday Main stage:
Faith No More
Korn
Limp Bizkit
Killswitch Engage
Billy Talent
Staind
The Blackout
Hollywood Undead

Friday Second stage:
Motley Crue
Opeth
Lacuna Coil
Bring Me The Horizon
Dir En Grey
Parkway Drive
A Day To Remember
In This Moment
Steadlur

Friday Tuborg stage:
Meshuggah
Duff McKagen's Loaded
Backyard Babies
Voivod
Middle Class Rut
Lauren Harris
Sylosis
Hunting The Minotaur
Japanese Voyeurs
White Man Kamikaze More...

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Several More Bands Added To Download Festival 2009

The organizers of Britains Download Festival has announced a string of new confirmations for this years event. The festival will now also see performances from the likes of Hatebreed, Voivod, God Forbid, Suicide Silence, Sylosis, Therapy?, Tim "Ripper" Owens, In This Moment, We Are The Ocean, Turbo Wolf, A Day To Remember, Backyard Babies, Hostile, Esoterica, Man Raze, Middle Class Rut and No Americana.

The lineup for the event is now as follows:

Faith No More
Slipknot
Def Leppard
Korn
Whitesnake
Limp Bizkit
ZZ Top
Marilyn Manson
The Prodigy
Motley Crue
Down
Chris Cornell
Black Stone Cherry
Opeth
Meshuggah
Journey
Hatebreed
Lacuna Coil
Tesla
Therapy?
Pendulum
Dream Theater
Killswitch Engage
Trivium
Tim "Ripper" Owens
Sevendust
Voivod
Papa Roach
Static-X
In This Moment
The Answer
Clutch
Buckcherry
Suicide Silence
Shinedown
Anvil
Sylosis
Staind
Bring Me The Horizon
Fightstar
Dragonforce
Five Finger Death Punch
Devildriver
Duff McKagen's Loaded
You Me At Six
Skin
Parkway Drive
Dir En Grey
The Blackout
Billy Talent
Lawnmower Deth
Architects
Backyard Babies
A Day To Remember
Volbeat
We Are The Ocean
Auger Bane
Hostile
Man Raze
Karma To Burn
Steadlur
Go:Audio
Middle Class Rut
Turbo Wolf
No Americana

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