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During a press conference at the Sweden Rock Festival last friday, Def Leppard vocalist Joe Elliot was asked about Def Leppard's connection with the 1980s glam metal scene. Here's what he had to say:
"If you actually look at the way that the 'glam' bands, if you want to call it that, from Los Angeles dressed themselves up, they totally missed the point," Elliott replied. "When English glam bands from the '70s came on 'Top of the Pops', it was almost an afterthought to what they were actually doing — music always came first, and then they'd be like, 'What are we gonna wear?' . . . Bowie was very image-driven, and maybe the music came second, but a lot of the other bands, it was always about the music — the image thing was just something that they did to just upstage other bands on 'Top of the Pops'; that's what they used to do. So we were never driven to do the mascara thing or whatever these bands did. They didn't have any substance musically, I don't think, in comparison to us, so we didn't feel we needed to do it. Bands that do that are doing it to cover up the fact that there is no substance in their music. The only band — and I'm not saying it because we're here — the only band that did pull it off was [Finland's] HANOI ROCKS. I thought HANOI ROCKS were a good band, and they looked… Michael Monroe (Hanoi Rocks frontman) was one of the best… I would have shagged him. (Laughs) I like Michael, I think he's sexy, and I'm not gay. And I think Andy McCoy (Hanoi Rocks guitarist) does the best kind of Keith Richards... so much better than MÖTLEY CRÜE or POISON or any of those bands. They were real — the rest of the guys, it was all a bit fake for me."
The following report is courtesy of Andy Coleman from Birminghammail.net:
DEF LEPPARD bassist Rick 'Sav' Savage is not looking his best when I meet him the morning after the band's intimate performance at London's Carling Academy Islington. There were just a few hundred invited guests and competition winners in attendance and Sav says: "It was like the club gigs we did before the debut album came out in 1980."
But Sav adds that he went on stage in some discomfort - and he's still suffering.
"I've been a little under the weather with a kidney infection which leaves me weak," he reveals. "When we came off stage I told the others that I wouldn't want to do that kind of show every night for a living!"
Adds frontman Joe Elliott: "There wasn't room to swing a cat on stage. It was a bit like Manchester United turning up at Wycombe Wanderers.
"Being so close together on stage you hear the sound in a different way. It takes time to adapt."
That's because the band swiftly rose to arena and stadium status - and have never looked back.
"We were never artists that looked to get our music across in an intimate setting," agrees Sav. "We thrive on playing big gigs."
Read the full article at Birminghammail.net.
Legendary rockers Van Halen have now been confirmed for Guitar Hero, joining such acts as Def Leppard, The Eagles and Linkin Park.
Activision have also confirmed that drums, bass, guitar and vocals will be able to play seperately in the game.
More details are soon to follow.
Archer has performed with some of the biggest names in rock including, Heaven and Hell, Heart and Sevendust. The band is looking forward to sharing the stage at the Sweden Rock Festival (www.swedenrock.com) this summer alongside such metal giants as Judas Priest, Def Leppard, Whitesnake, Poison, RATT, Triumph, Saxon, Disturbed and many more as they return to Europe.
The Santa Cruz, CA-based power trio, who won "Best Local Band 2008" in the Metro Santa Cruz Goldies Awards, takes the stage on Saturday, June 7th, opening for some of the biggest names in the metal music genre. The Sweden Rock Festival is held in Norjeboke, in the tiny village of Norje which is situated in Sölvesborg in the western part of southern Sweden.
Archer’s debut album "Doom$day Profit$" is a "genuine tour-de-force, rich with powerful songs imbued with that essential combination of brain-burrowing melodies, ripping riffs, pulsing basslines, tsunami drums and grab-by-the-throat vocals." The band cites influences that include Ozzy and Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Metallica and other legendary names.
Here is the current lineup for the Sweden Rock Fest 2008, which takes place June 4th - 7th: More...
To coincide with the release of DEF LEPPARD's new album Songs From The Sparkle Lounge next week, the UK label have launched a new Sparkle Lounge microsite. TheSparkleLounge.com will give fans opportunities to listen to samples of the new album, watch the video for leadoff single 'Nine Lives', listen to samples of the new album, win Guitar Hero III prizes, watch a trailer for the bonus DVD (UK only), and more.
Michael Schenker Group (MSG), Beloved Enemy, Titanium Black, Mob Rules and Benedictum have been confirmed for the Magic Circle Festival 2008, set to take place July 9-12 in Bad Arolsen, Germany.
These bands are added to the already impressive list including Manowar, Alice Cooper, Brazen Abbot, Def Leppard, Doro, Holyhell, Ted Nugent, W.A.S.P., and Whitesnake.
Also, a third full day of music has been added to the Magic Circle Festival at no additional charge. "Magic Circle Music is all about value for the fans, and three nights at the original price is the best way we could think of to add to that value," says Magic Circle Music founder and MANOWAR bassist Joey DeMaio.
Audio samples of all 11 tracks from DEF LEPPARD new album, "Songs From The Sparkle Lounge", are available on Amazon.com.
DEF LEPPARD's 14th studio album, "Songs From The Sparkle Lounge" is scheduled for release on April 29 in North America, April 30 in Japan and May 5 in the UK. The Japanese version of the CD will include a bonus track and a bonus DVD with behind-the-scenes interviews and music videos. The CD will be a limited edition featuring the new deluxe SHM-CD (Super High Material CD) format which is playable on standard CD players.
The rock ‘n’ roll rebel Ted Nugent is the latest artist confirmed to perform at the spectacular Magic Circle Festival 2008 in Bad Arolsen, Germany. Ted Nugent joins an impressive lineup that includes heavy metal powerhouses Alice Cooper, Def Leppard, Whitesnake, WASP, Doro, Brazen Abbot (featuring Joe Lynn Turner), HolyHell, Gotthard and many more, with the mighty MANOWAR headlining the whole festival and celebrating the 20th anniversary of “The Kings of Metal.”
Two days of music was not enough to contain such an impressive lineup, so a third full day of music has been added to the Magic Circle Festival at no additional charge. “Magic Circle Music is all about value for the fans, and three nights at the original price is the best way we could think of to add to that value,” says Magic Circle Music founder and MANOWAR bassist Joey DeMaio. The Magic Circle festival will begin on Wednesday, July 9 with opening ceremonies, followed by three days of music on Thursday, July 10 with Alice Cooper appearing as very special guest, Friday, July 11 and Saturday, July 12
Tickets for the Magic Circle Festival are available now at www.magiccirclefestival.com, www.nuclearblast.de, www.ticketsonline.de, www.eventim.de, www.ticketagenten.de.
According to Gaming Today, DEF LEPPARD will be one of the featured artists on Guitar Hero 4 when it is released later this year. The songs expected to be included are as follows: "Photograph", "Rock of Ages" and "Animal".
Markus Goldman of Philadelphia's WMMR conducted an interview with DEF LEPPARD frontman Joe Elliott this past Friday, March 21. Joe spoke for over an hour about the band's forthcoming album, "Songs from the Sparkle Lounge", the old records, NWOBHM, how he met Ron Wood, the Mick Ronson tribute record, the VH1 movie and a lot more.
Download the podcast containing the Joe Elliott interview at this location.
DEF LEPPARD's new studio album, "Songs from the Sparkle Lounge", is scheduled for release on April 29 via Bludgeon Riffola/Island/UMe.
The 11-track "Songs From The Sparkle Lounge" is DEF LEPPARD's first album of brand new material since 2002's "X" and begins yet another remarkable new chapter in the band's 30-year recording career. Recorded last year during month-long stints at lead singer Joe Elliott's Dublin studio, the album's title refers to a backstage area called The Sparkle Lounge on DEF LEPPARD's 2006 tour where the band would go to write songs.
DEF LEPPARD has officially confirmed the following dates as part of its 2008 world tour:
May 16 - Bangalore, India - Palace Grounds
May 18 - Mumbai, India - Bandra Kurda Complex
June 04 - Helsinki, Finland - Icehall
July 04 - Sofia, Bulgaria - Akademic Stadium
July 11 - Vizovice, Czech Republic - Masters Of Rock
For a complete list of upcoming DEF LEPPARD shows, go to this location.
DEF LEPPARD and WHITESNAKE will embark on a UK co-headlining tour in June. More...
After two teaser album covers, Def Leppard have revealed the album cover for their forthcoming album "Songs From The Sparkle Lounge". You can check it out here.
This will be the bands first album of original material since 2002's "X". The band also released an album of covers entitled "Yeah!".
Def Leppard's 14th studio album, Songs From The Sparkle Lounge, is set for release on April 29th in North America, the 30th in Japan and May 5th in the UK. The limited edition Japanese version will feature a bonus track, and a bonus DVD with behind-the-scenes interviews and music videos. The CD will be a limited edition featuring the new deluxe SHM-CD (Super High Material CD) format which is completely compatible with standard CD players.
The finalized tracklisting for the album is as follows: 'Nine Lives', 'C'mon C'mon', 'Go', 'Love', 'Cruise Control', 'Bad Actress', 'Hallucinate', 'Tomorrow', 'Come Undone', 'Only The Good Die Young' and 'Gotta Let It Go'.
Recorded last year during month-long stints at lead singer Joe Elliott's Dublin studio, the album's title refers to a backstage area called "The Sparkle Lounge" on Def Leppard's 2006 tour where the band would go to write songs. Tracks from the album have been described by the group as written in the style of 'Hysteria', with the production of High N' Dry.
"The whole record's got a great '70s feel," said lead singer Joe Elliott. "By our standards, it's a very different album as we've been very adventurous, musically, on certain numbers. On the album there are classic Def Leppard songs and then there's also tracks that are very new-wave influenced while others sound like middle-to-late '70s AC/DC. There will definitely be some moments on it where anybody that's familiar with our music will go, 'Whoa! I wasn't expecting that!'"
ARCH ENEMY, SYMPHONY X, BRING ME THE HORIZON, BLACK STONE CHERRY, THROWDOWN and BLEEDING THROUGH have just been confirmed for the Graspop Metal Meeting which is set to take place June 27th - 29th at De Boeretand in Dessel, Belgium.
Confirmed acts now include: ALCHEMIST, APOCALYPTICA, ARCH ENEMY, AT THE GATES, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, BEHEMOTH, BLACK STONE CHERRY, BLEEDING THROUGH, BRING ME THE HORIZON, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, COMEBACK KID, DEATHSTARS, DEF LEPPARD, DYING FETUS, FORBIDDEN, HELMET, HOLLENTHON, ICED EARTH, IMMORTAL, IN FLAMES, IRON MAIDEN, JUDAS PRIEST, KORPIKLAANI, MADBALL, MINISTRY, MORBID ANGEL, MY DYING BRIDE, NILE, NOVEMBERS DOOM, OBITUARY, OPETH, PRIMORDIAL, ROSE TATTOO, ROTTING CHRIST, SABATON, SAXON, SOILWORK, SONATA ARCTICA, SYMPHONY X, TESTAMENT, 36 CRAZYFISTS, THROWDOWN, VOLBEAT, WHITESNAKE and YNGWIE MALMSTEEN.
DEF LEPPARD's Official website reports:
"Little by litte, more dates are being added to Def Leppard's 2008 World Tour. Here are some that have been mentioned in various outlets, but please note that not all of them have been fully confirmed! We are still working on this.....
The three UK dates mentioned below have now been fully confirmed and will feature the double bill of Def Leppard and WHITESNAKE, and special guests THUNDER.
16 - Bangalore, India - TBA
18 - Mumbai, India - MMRDA Grounds
2/3/5 - Smederevo, Serbia - Castle Festival
4 - Sofia, Bulgaria - Arena Muzika Festival
6 - Istanbul, Turkey - Masstival
14 - Cardiff, Wales - International Arena
15 - Liverpool, England - Echo Arena
17 - Nottingham, England - Nottingham Arena
Members of the Def Leppard Fan Club will be able to buy presale tickets for many shows on the 2008 tour before the general onsale date. The last presale for the first leg of the tour, for the April 27th San Jacinto show will start February 29th, but at this time we have not received full confirmation about the presale times. Please check back for updates soon!"
Graspop Metal Meeting 2008 is scheduled for June 27th - 29th, 2008 at the festival park De Boeretand in Dessel, Belgium.
The latest act confirmed CAVALERA CONSPIRACY.
Acts on board for the festival now include: IRON MAIDEN, JUDAS PRIEST, DEF LEPPARD, SAXON, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, OBITUARY, WHITESNAKE, MINISTRY, SONATA ARCTICA, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, VOLBEAT, MY DYING BRIDE, AT THE GATES, FORBIDDEN, HOLLENTHON, DEATHSTARS, CONVERGE, COMEBACK KID, MADBALL.
According to Ashladan.be, legendary Florida death metallers OBITUARY have been confirmed for this year's Graspop Metal Meeting, set to take place June 27-29, 2008 at De Boeretand in Dessel, Belgium. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:
AT THE GATES
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE
MY DYING BRIDE
OBITUARY recently shot a video for the song "Evil Ways" with comic book stalwart and director Hart D. Fisher.
"Evil Ways" is the lead single from OBITUARY's new album, "Xecutioner's Return", which was released in North America on August 28 via Candlelight Records. The CD was mixed at Redroom Recorders and was mastered in June at Morrisound Studios in Tampa. The band once again worked with artist Andreas Marschall, who has previously created the art for "The End Complete" and the group's last record, "Frozen in Time".
Roadrunner Records has set a January 29, 2008 release date for a "best-of" collection from legendary Florida death metallers OBITUARY. Entitled, appropriately enough, "The Best of Obituary", the CD will feature the following track listing:
01. Internal Bleeding
02. 'Til Death
03. Slowly We Rot
04. Cause Of Death
05. Chopped In Half
06. Turned Inside Out
07. The End Complete
08. I'm In Pain
09. Don't Care
10. Final Thoughts
11. Kill For Me
12. Threatening Skies
13. On The Floor
DEF LEPPARD have issued the following update:
"With March 27 being the start date of the band's World Tour to support their upcoming album Songs From The Sparkle Lounge, many of you have been wondering if the album will actually be released before the kickoff show. We can hereby tell you that as of today, the album is scheduled for release on March 17 in the UK and March 18 in the rest of the world. That's right -- in about two months the band's new album might be in the shops! Please note this is a tentative date and therefore may change.
Furthermore, the first single off the album will be called 'Nine Lives' and will feature a guest appearance by country star TIM MCGRAW.
As a special promotion around the album release, Amazon is offering UK fans the chance to win a very special prize! One lucky winner (and friend) will get a trip to Miami to see Def Leppard's second show on the tour, at the Hard Rock Cafe in Miami on March 29 (two hotel nights included). All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning, is enter some of your details on Amazon.co.uk
and you'll be entered into the prize draw." More...
The following message has been posted via Black Stone Cherry's official Myspace:
"We've been wanting to announce this for a long time..and now the time has officially come!
Starting June 17th, we will be touring with the mighty Def Leppard and Whitesnake for a UK arena tour!! We'll be hitting all over England as well as Scotland and we'll be playing for our first time in Ireland!! We are so excited to be going back to the UK...and what a way to do it!!
Also..we'll be adding more summer dates very soon so be on the lookout for more US and European/UK dates!!
We're getting ready to head out to Anaheim, California for the WNAMM show and when we get back we'l begin work on our second album..which by the way...the songs are gonna blow yo mind!!
Thanks for everyone's continued support and we'll be adding more news and video as the months progress!!"
PS...If anyone is interested in a NADY Wireless guitar system..you can get one that has been on the road with us for a few months on Ebay!
BLACK STONE CHERRY has been selected as the opening act for DEF LEPPARD and WHITESNAKE's co-headlining tour of the UK. The official press release is as follows:
Def Leppard and Whitesnake Announce Mammoth Co Headline Arena Tour
Plus Special Guests Black Stone Cherry
Def Leppard and Whitesnake, two of the World’s greatest arena rock bands, are set to play a series of co- headline shows across the UK in summer of 2008. This is the ultimate line up for many a rock fan and be sure this tour is going to sell fast, so get your skates on... More...
DEF LEPPARD will team up with WHITESNAKE for a UK co-headlining tour in June. The dates are as follows:
Jun. 17 - Glasgow, UK @ SECC
Jun. 18 - Birmingham, UK @ NEC
Jun. 20 - Manchester, UK @ MEN
Jun. 23 - Sheffield, UK @ Arena
Jun. 24 - Newcastle, UK @ Arena
Jun. 26 - London, UK @ Wembley Arena
More dates may be confirmed at a later time.
The UK dates can be booked through LiveNation UK or the 24-hour CC hotline at 0844-576-5483 (all tickets subject to a booking fee). The on-sale dates (for general tickets and fan-club pre-sales) will be announced soon.
In other news, DEF LEPPARD will play two shows in India in mid-May. Exact cities and dates will be announced soon.
DEF LEPPARD will team up with STYX and REO SPEEDWAGON for a North American tour in March/April. The trek will consist of around 20 dates.
DEF LEPPARD's upcoming record will be called "Songs from the Sparkle Lounge", but no release date has been set for it. It will be their first album since last year's "Yeah!", which was a collection of covers of songs by artists who had influenced the band. Their most recent studio album of original material was 2002's "X".