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Def Leppard

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

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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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Tesla Announces Summer European Tour Dates

Sacramento's TESLA has announced summer European tour dates in support of the release of their successful come back album “Forever More” The tour dates are as follows:

06/11 - Belfast, UK - Spring & Airbrake
06/13 - Dublin, Eire - O2 (Classic Rock Festival)*
06/14 - Donington, UK - Download Festival
06/15 - Newcastle, UK - Academy
06/17 - Glasgow, UK - Cathouse
06/18 - London, UK - Islington Academy
06/20 - Paris, France - La Boule Noir
06/21 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7
06/23 - Barcelona, Spain - Razzmatazz 2
06/24 - Madrid, Spain - Heineken
06/26 - Zaragoza, Spain - Metalway Festival
06/27 - Balingen, Germany - Bang Your Head/Milan, Italy - Gods of Metal Festival**
06/30 - Bochum, Germany - Matrix
07/01 - Hamburg, Germany - Knust
07/07 - Aschaffenberg, Germany - ColosSaal
07/08 - Munich, Germany - Metropolis
07/10 - Kerkade, Holland - Rocktemple
07/11 - Zoetermeer, Holland - Boerderij
07/12 - Bospop Festival, Holland
* With Whitesnake, Journey and Def Leppard
** Two shows in one day More...

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Sevendust And More Added To Download

The organizers of Britain's Download Festival has announced several more bands to perform at the event this year. Northern Irish rockers The Answer will be performing at the festival, as will Sevendust, Staind, Stone Gods, Shinedown, Static-X, Bring Me The Horizon, Fightstar, Volbeat, Go:Audio, Facecage and Auger Bane. The festival will be held at Donington Park between June 12th-14th.

The lineup 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
Lacuna Coil
Tesla
Pendulum
Dream Theater
Killswitch Engage
Trivium
Sevendust
Papa Roach
Static-X
The Answer
Clutch
Buckcherry
Shinedown
Anvil
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
Volbeat
Auger Bane
Karma To Burn
Steadlur
Go:Audio

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Eight More Bands Confirmed For Download 2009

The organizers of Britain's Download Festival has announced a further eight bands for this years lineup. Two of Sweden's most acclaimed metal bands, Opeth and Meshuggah, have been added to the bill as well as Japanese rockers Dir En Grey. The underground British thrash metal jokers Lawnmower Deth have also been confirmed. American rock group Five Finger Death Punch will be appearing at the event as will Velvet Revolver/Ex-Guns N Roses bass player Duff McKagen with his new band Loaded. You Me At Six and Roadrunner Records latest signing, Steadlur.

The lineup for the festival 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
Lacuna Coil
Tesla
Pendulum
Dream Theater
Killswitch Engage
Trivium
Papa Roach
Clutch
Buckcherry
Anvil
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
Karma To Burn
Steadlur

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Additional Bands Confirmed For Download 2009

Twelve more bands have been announced for this year's edition of Britain's Download Festival. New Orleans supergroup Down will be making their second appearance at the festival and they will be joined by Italian gothic metal group Lacuna Coil, legendary rockers Journey and former Soundgarden/Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell. Also added to the bill are Tesla, Papa Roach, Clutch, Black Stone Cherry, Architects, Skin, Parkway Drive and Karma To Burn.

The lineup is now as follows (in no order) :

Faith No More
Slipknot
Def Leppard
Korn
Whitesnake
Limp Bizkit
ZZ Top
Marilyn Manson
The Prodigy
Motley Crue
Down
Chris Cornell
Black Stone Cherry
Journey
Lacuna Coil
Tesla
Pendulum
Dream Theater
Killswitch Engage
Trivium
Papa Roach
Clutch
Buckcherry
Anvil
Dragonforce
Devildriver
Skin
Parkway Drive
The Blackout
Billy Talent
Architects
Karma To Burn

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Faith No More To Headline Download Festival

The recently reunited Faith No More has been confirmed as the third headlining act for this years edition of Britain's Download Festival. This will be a part of their European tour which is the bands first tour in eleven years.

The lineup is now as follows:

Faith No More
Slipknot
Def Leppard
Korn
Whitesnake
Limp Bizkit
ZZ Top
Marilyn Manson
The Prodigy
Motley Crue
Pendulum
Dream Theater
Killswitch Engage
Trivium
Buckcherry
Anvil
Dragonforce
Devildriver
The Blackout
Billy Talent

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Def Leppard And Poison Announce Tour Dates

The tour dates for the highly anticipated co-headlining tour between Def Leppard and Poison have been revealed. Appearing as the special guests on the tour is legendary rock group Cheap Trick. You can check out the tour dates by heading to Def Leppard's official website.

Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliot says: "I'm very pleased that we are coming back to North America. We're gonna be touring with some new friends and some old friends and can guarantee it will be the Rock Tour of the summer."

Poison frontman Brett Michaels adds: "There is nothing better than an epic summer concert and this tour is a dream come true for rock 'n' roll fans. It will be a night of a thousand hits with three hard-charging rock bands on the road together."

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Def Leppard Announces More Re-Issues

Veteran British rockers Def Leppard will be re-releasing their classic albums, "Pyromania" and "Adrenalize." No further details have been made available at this point but it's excpected to receive the same treatment as their album, "Hysteria" which was re-mastered and re-released last year. Stay tuned for updates.

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More Bands Announced For Download Festival 2009

Three more bands have been confirmed for this years edition of Britain's Download Festival this year. The most surprising of which is Texas based boogie rock legends ZZ Top. Also added to the bill are Killswitch Engage aswell as shock rock legend Marilyn Manson.

The lineup for the Download festival is now as follows:

Slipknot
Motley Crue
Korn
Limp Bizkit
Marilyn Manson
ZZ Top
Def Leppard
Whitesnake
Devildriver
The Prodigy
Pendulum
Dragonforce
Killswitch Engage
Trivium

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More Bands Announced For Download 2009

The organizers of the Download Festival in Britain have announced that Limp Bizkit and Trivium will now be performing at the event, in addition to Whitesnake and Def Leppard who were confirmed yesterday by Whitesnake themselves,

The lineup is now as follows:

Slipknot
The Prodigy
Korn
Motley Crue
Limp Bizkit
Def Leppard
Whitesnake
Pendulum
Trivium
Devildriver
Dragonforce

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Whitesnake And Def Leppard Confirmed For Download

Rock legends Whitesnake has announced in a press release that both themselves and fellow rockers Def Leppard will be performing at this years edition of Britain's Download Festival. Both bands will be performing on Sunday, June 14th. Other bands already confirmed for the festival are Slipknot, Motley Crue, The Prodigy, Dragonforce, Korn, Pendulum and Devildriver.

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First Bands Announced For Download Festival 2009

The first batch of bands have been announced for Britain's Download Festival. Slipknot appear to be one of the three headliners and will be joined by The Prodigy, Motley Crue, Korn, Dragonforce, DevilDriver and Pendulum. According to Scorpio PR, Limp Bizkit, Def Leppard, Whitesnake, God Forbid, Lamb Of God and Marilyn Manson will also appear at the event.

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Def Leppard And Poison To Tour Together

According to Poison frontman Bret Michaels, Def Leppard and Poison will be heading out on a tour of North America this summer. This news comes as a surprise to many considering that last year the bands engaged in a war of words with each other. More details will be announced as soon as they are confirmed.

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Def Leppard Likely To Leave Universal Music

DEF LEPPARD's Satellite Of Love site reports:

Def Leppard's November 3rd show at Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, Australia, is previewed in Australia's The Age for October 31st.

Singer Joe Elliott reveals the band's status with their record label, Universal Music in an interview.

Unless an offer they can't refuse is forthcoming - "and it doesn't appear to be", Elliott observes dryly - next year Def Leppard will join the exodus of established acts leaving big labels, exchanging their home of 30 years, Universal Music, for independent status, a lucrative touring agreement and online sales.

Read the full article at TheAge.com.

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Def Leppard Cancels Indian Shows

Def Leppard has been forced to cancel their scheduled shows in India this month. No official reason has been given for the cancellations but many believe it is due to the recent attacks on churches in the country. The band will likely be rescheduling the concerts for next year.

A post from the band reads as follows: "We are sorry to report that due to unforeseen circumstances, the two shows in India (scheduled to take place on October 17 and 19 in Bangalore and Mumbai) have been cancelled. We apologize to our Indian fans and hope to be able to make up for it in the future."

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Footage Of Ozzy In New Guitar Hero Game Posted

After the recent revealing of Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society and System Of A Down joining Def Leppard and Van Halen on the upcoming game "Guitar Hero World Tour," a video containing behind-the-scenes and in-game footage of Ozzy has been posted at this location. As previously reported, System Of A Down will contribute with their hit song "B.Y.O.B." from the acclaimed "Mezmerize" album and Black Label Society will donate "Stillborn" to the game. Ozzy Osbourne will have two songs featured, both of which come from his 1980 debut album, "Blizzard Of Ozz." The songs will be the staple "Crazy Train" and the haunting "Mr. Crowley." In addition to this, both Ozzy and his long time partner in crime Zakk Wylde will be playable characters in the game. Also confirmed for the game will be the Ozzfest venue to give the game an extra edge when performing as Ozzy, Zakk or any other character. The game is set for an October 26th release date.

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Def Leppard Singer Has Some Words For Ronnie Dio

Blabbermouth.net reports: Vassil Varbanov of Bulgaria's Tangra Mega Rock recently conducted an interview with DEF LEPPARD frontman Joe Elliott. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow.

Tangra Mega Rock: Do you feel something like a clash between the younger rock generations and you guys — I mean in terms of musicians, not the crowd?

Elliott: No. I don't ever feel competitiveness — it's thrown at me by the media. The media are always trying to make you competitive. I've been asked so many times whether we're in competition with WHITESNAKE. No, we're not! Now we're going out on a co-headlining tour as allies. It's as ridiculous as saying the British army is in competition with the American army in Iraq! They're working together for a common goal. What we are trying to achieve is 1 and 1 makes 3. We are a big band, they are a big band, and if we get together, we are bigger. This makes it more of a spectacle. It should be obvious to people that with the state of music business right now, which is just dying on its ass, the only thing that's surviving is live. We've been doing co-headlining tours for four years in the States — BRYAN ADAMS, JOURNEY — in 2005-2006 it worked brilliantly both for us and for those guys. To do it with a British band in Britain and now in Europe was a logical thing to do. You'll see over the next 4-5 years loads of people doing this. We were just the first to do it here. We did it, because in 2004 our booking agency in America had this brainwave to put BOB DYLAN and WILLIE NELSON on the same bill. What happens is that when the baseball season is closed, these massive fields do nothing, so they just suggest, "How about renting them out to the rock'n'roll industry?" This way they get something, and we get to use these fields, which cost a lot less money, so everybody's happy. So BOB DYLAN and WILLIE NELSON did it, and I saw that BOB DYLAN — BOB Fuckin' DYLAN! — is going as an opening act for WILLIE NELSON! And he's ok with this! That's brilliant! That removed all ego from the situation. So then, when we got off with BRYAN ADAMS, we played at baseball stadiums in front of 23-24 thousand people. When we went out with JOURNEY, it was a similar thing. And the same thing last year, with STYX and REO SPEEDWAGON and FOREIGNER. With this one, for the British shows we were going out last. Tonight we'll also be last, but last night in Albania we were first. There's no ego, no competition. I want everybody to be successful! This is not the Olympics! I would love to see the charts full of rock bands again. Back in 1988 there was a little period in the summer in America where any given week there was either us or GUNS N' ROSES or VAN HALEN, and we were keeping people like MARIAH CAREY and WHITNEY HOUSTON out of the charts! I'd be more interested in getting together with these people. If you have to be competitive, try to get rid of rap and R&B, which I don't have anything against, but the way that the industry has tried to shove rock aside only makes it stronger. So I don't feel any competition with any of these bands. The only time that I will say something negative about a band is when I'm just being pissy, because they say something negative about me. If Ronnie James Dio — as he did — said on that YouTube piece when somebody mentioned Vivian [Campbell, DEF LEPPARD guitarist], "I hope he fuckin' dies!" I would just say, "Ronnie James Dio, go fuck yourself!" So if somebody says, "DEF LEPPARD suck!", then I'll just back the ball like in tennis and say, "No, you suck, man!", but generally speaking, I don't have these problems. When people meet me, they normally see something beyond "Let's Get Rocked". Once they get to know us, people start to think differently about us, not just seeing what's on the surface. It's just a matter of communication, and that's the biggest problem this entire planet has — the lack of it."

Read the full article at Tangra Mega Rock.

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Poison Singer Responds To Def Leppard Vocalist

Blabbermouth.net reports: Poison singer Bret Michaels was recently questioned at a festival in Sweden about what he made of comments made by Def Leppard singer Joe Elliot regarding glam rock bands of the 80s. Here's what he had to say:

"Well, I didn't hear the comment, but I can say this: all I do is I sit around and play music and do stuff [related to music]," Bret replied. "I know DEF LEPPARD, for some reason, they get a kick out of wanting to knock every band. My thing in life is not about knocking any music. I mean, obviously, I'm saying this for POISON, we have not sold out, and continuously, for 20 years every arena because we care about just our appearance. The music comes first. You've gotta like 'Talk Dirty to Me' and 'Nothing but a Good Time'. And if I'm gonna go out on stage and put on a good show and play… First of all, that band [DEF LEPPARD] shouldn't be knocking anyone about their music since they just did a show called 'Dancing with the Stars' in the U.S. and they got crucified because they fucking lip-synched the entire show, so before they bust anyone's balls, I've never lip-synched a fucking thing in my life — ever! That's what makes it so funny for me, because why would you wanna bust anyone's balls? It's all of us trying to make music and do it together, and I think if you crucify somebody, it's like the pot calling the kettle black. But I have nothing against them — I like their music, and I'm sorry they feel that way. I don't wanna put HANOI ROCKS down — I know a couple of their songs, and they're really good music — but I think POISON, when you see tonight when we play, there's nothing… You walk around our stage — there's nothing behind. Everyone's out there singing and playing. For better or for worse, it's all real."

You can check out a video of both singers comments below: More...

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Whitesnake and Def Leppard Footage From Romania

On July 8, Whitesnake and Def Leppard held a concert in Bucharest, Romania as part of the "Good to be Bad" tour.

Pictures and video footage made at this event can be found at Iced-Earth.Net metalZine.

You can also watch a video of the Def Leppard "Let's Get Rocked" performance from the show below: More...

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Death Angel Confirmed For Magic Circle Festival

San Francisco thrash metal pioneers Death Angel have been confirmed as the latest addition to a stellar Magic Circle Festival lineup. The Magic Circle Festival will be held in Bad Arolsen/Germany from July 9 to 12, 2008. Death Angel will be performing as a special guest at the MCF Events Hall on Thursday, July 10th.

The latest festival itinerary is as follows:

17:30 - 18:15 BENEDICTUM
18:45 - 19:45 MSG
20:15 - 21:15 TED NUGENT
22:00 - 23:15 ALICE COOPER More...

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Def Leppard & Cheap Trick To Tour Australia

British rockers Def Leppard will team up with the legendary Cheap Trick for an Australian tour this Autumn. Also on the bill will be The Galvatrons. The dates are as follows:

Oct. 31 - Members Equity Stadium, Perth
Nov. 03 - Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
Nov. 05 - Acer Arena, Sydney
Nov. 07 - Newcastle Entertainment Centre
Nov. 08 - Brisbane Entertainment Centre
Nov. 10 - Win Entertainment Centre, Wollongong
Nov. 11 - Ais Arena, Canberra

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