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Def Leppard

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

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Def Leppard Announce Album Release Date

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...

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BSC Added To Def Leppard/ Whitesnake Tour

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!


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Black Stone Cherry To Open For Def Leppard

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...

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Def Leppard And Whitesnake To Tour The U.K.

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".

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Def Leppard Announce More North American Shows

DEF LEPPARD, Britain's greatest arena rock band, is set to play a series of headline shows in spring of 2008 — as part of a 2008 World Tour. This year's outing includes 19 dates, kicking off on March 27 in Greensboro, NC and ending on April 26 in Chula Vista, CA. The tour is being produced by Live Nation. The band is also set to release a brand new studio album in 2008 with details to be announced shortly. The album will see the band adding to their incredible legacy and promises the inclusion of a very special collaboration.

"DEF LEPPARD is consistently one of the most exciting and successful bands we work with year in and year out," said Live Nation Senior Vice President of Touring Bruce Kapp. "There is no better way to kick off our touring season than with DEF LEPPARD."

Tickets go on sale beginning January 11.

DEF LEPPARD tour dates:


Mar. 27 - Greensboro, NC - Greensboro Coliseum
Mar. 29 - Hollywood, FL - Hard Rock Live
Mar. 30 - Estero, FL - Germain Arena
Apr. 01 - Greenville, SC - BI LO Center
Apr. 03 - Reading, PA - Sovereign Arena
Apr. 04 - Atlantc City, NJ - Borgata Events Center
Apr. 06 - Manchester. NH - Verizon Wireless Arena
Apr. 08 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun
Apr. 09 - Providence, RO - Dunkin Donuts Center
Apr. 11 - Quebec, QC - Colisee Pepsi Arena
Apr. 12 - Ottawa,ON - Scotiabank Place
Apr. 13 - Hamilton, ON - Copps Arena
Apr. 16 - Winnipeg, MB - MTS Centre
Apr. 18 - Grand Rapids, MI - Van Andel Arena
Apr. 19 - Detroit, MI - Joe Louis Arena
Apr. 22 - Boise, ID - Idaho Center
Apr. 23 - Spokane, WA - Spokane Arena
Apr. 25 - Las Vegas, NV - Pearl at the Palms
Apr. 26 - San Diego, CA - Coors Amphitheatre

DEF LEPPARD European tour:
May 21 - Sandnes, Norway - Classic Rock Festival
May 23 - Halden, Norway - Fredriksten Festning
May 24 - Trondheim, Norway - Market Place
May 27 - Helsinki, Finland - Icehall
Jun. 06 - Sölvesborg, Sweden - Sweden Rock Festival
Jun. 08 - Kaliningrad, Russia - City Airport
Jun. 14 - Middelfart, Denmark - Rock Under Bridge Festival
Jun. 15 - Nijmegen, Holland - Arrow Classic Rock
Jun. 27 - Dessel, Belgium - Graspop Metal Meeting

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".

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Def Leppard Announce 2008 Tour Dates

DEF LEPPARD has announced the following European tour dates:

May 21 - Sandnes, Norway - Classic Rock Festival
May 23 - Halden, Norway - Fredriksten Festning
May 24 - Trondheim, Norway - Market Place
Jun. 06 - Sölvesborg, Sweden - Sweden Rock Festival
Jun. 08 - Kalingrad, Russia - City Airport
Jun. 14 - Middelfart, Denmark - Rock Under Bridge Festival

Other dates are expected to be announced soon.

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".

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Def Leppard Drummer Talks Raven Drum Foundation

The following story is courtesy of Alicia Doyle from Venturacountystar.com:

DEF LEPPARD drummer Rick Allen will never forget the support he received after losing his arm in a car crash in 1984.

"Everyone was there for me; I got letters from all over the place, places I couldn't even pronounce," said Allen, 44, who continued drumming with the British rock band after the amputation of his left arm.

His loss and famous subsequent recovery led to the Raven Drum Foundation, a nonprofit organization with a mission to empower those in crisis through healing arts programs, drumming events and partnerships that support global healing.

"The Raven Drum Foundation is really a way for me to give back," said Allen, a Malibu resident whose accident occurred near Sheffield, England. "If I can give back where I live, somehow it will come back to me."

Hoping to empower individuals using the power of the drum, Allen will facilitate a Raven drum circle starting at 3 PM PST today (November 11th) at the Topanga Community House in Topanga.

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Dio Apologizes To Def Leppard

Komodo Rock recently conducted an interview with legendary heavy metal vocalist Ronnie James Dio (DIO, BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW, HEAVEN AND HELL). A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:

Komodo Rock: So with it having gone gold there has been talk of maybe a new studio album from HEAVEN AND HELL next year. Is that something that could happen?

Dio: Yes, we have decided to do that. When it would be, I couldn't tell you. This is the last part of the tour after about 9 months on the road. It's time for us to take a little breather. When the time is right we will get together and start writing for the next album, but as far as the release date goes it will probably be later next year.

Komodo Rock: Does that mean that you won't be going back to the solo DIO stuff for a while then?

Dio: I will. I plan on doing some touring around March or April. Sometime like that. I want to keep a hand in on that one. I love this band that I play with as well, and it's another career, another career with a lot of great music as well. You will see that a lot in the shows that we do play. When people ask if we are going to be doing any DIO material. That's always a nice compliment. But of course we don't. It would be wrong to do that. It's nice to know though that people don't forget and it's something that they want to hear again so much like we are doing with SABBATH now those songs live forever and they become kinda classics of their own. There is always that path to go down and I will.

Komodo Rock: With touring with DIO, the band, and recording another album next year does that mean there is unlikely to be another HEAVEN AND HELL tour next year?

Dio: I don't know if there will be one next year. It depends on how long it takes us to do what we do. When you do an album you have to tour with it. When it is I don't know but I'm sure we will.

Komodo Rock: So it will be a tour when the album is ready?

Dio: Yeah. When we have that all finished and we can take our time and do a proper job of it then touring will certainly be in the offing.

Komodo Rock: Taking time and getting things just right is obviously important to you?

Dio: Oh, yeah. We are always on top of that anyway. We refuse to play badly in concert and we refuse to put out a bad album as well. What we write will be what makes us happy, and usually what makes us happy is what people want to hear from us. I don't know how much time we will need. Sometimes you can take too much time. You can just wallow around and all of this should be perfect and that should be perfect. You have to have the ability to know when naturalness has to take over because everything isn't perfect, because if it's too perfect then that is what it sounds like. It has no heart. It has no soul. So we know very well how long it will take us and how long it should take us to do it. We are not going to go for the perfectionist, but we do have enough time certainly to give ourselves some choices.

Komodo Rock: You've had press recently regarding Vivian Campbell [referring to a video tape that surfaced of Ronnie telling a fan that he hoped Vivian "fucking dies" and calling Vivian's current group DEF LEPPARD "a fucking rock band for you to fucking have diarrhea with."]. Is that something that you are quite passionate about?

Dio: No, I'm not passionate about it. I think that the lowly vermin that captured that on his cell phone at a moment when you are saying something that perhaps you would never say to the press, or something that you didn't really mean that much, but you know, sometimes situations dictate what you say. And once again that was something that was completely off the record. Apparently I said something bad about the band as well, about DEF LEPPARD, and once again all of things that were said were said in the heat of the moment. No reference to them at all, and I would like to apologize to those guys. I like them. It wasn't fair to them, but as far as Vivian goes, all I can say is check out the source, and then see what that source has been saying and sometimes you reply. Most of the time I have been taking the high road on all of it and I have not said anything on it. I have praised Vivian so much and I think that he deserves praise for as great as he played, but you know that was just a retort to the things that he had said about me first, and once again in an unguarded moment, I feel that I was very unfair, but I said what I said. But I am not passionate about hating him, no. I have better things to do with my life than to think about revenge or being a horrible person. Of course I don't want him to die! What I said was, once again a heat of the moment thing. Those things cannot be explained unless you speak to the source which is me, I guess, like you are doing. So no, I have no passion about that whatsoever.

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Lemmy And More Attend Sex Pistols Hollywood Show

A wide range of celebrities turned out for the SEX PISTOLS private club show for fans Thursday, October 25 at The Roxy in Los Angeles: all of VELVET REVOLVER, Gavin Rossdale (BUSH), Mark McGrath, Josh Freese (THE VANDALS, NINE INCH NAILS, DEVO, A PERFECT CIRCLE), Clem Burke (BLONDIE), Phil Collen (DEF LEPPARD), Lemmy (MOTÖRHEAD) and Cisco Adler (WHITESTARR) plus actors Ewan McGregor, Naveen Andrews ("Lost"), Danny Masterson ("That '70s Show"), Bijou Phillips, and Jonathan Togo ("CSI Miami"). The packed gig was made possible by Indie 103.1, Guitar Hero III: Legends Of Rock and Helio.

This week, look for the SEX PISTOLS — John Lydon, Steve Jones, Paul Cook and Glen Matlock — to make their debut on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" Tuesday, October 30 and "The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson" Wednesday, October 31. Next up for the PISTOLS: five sold-out shows at The Brixton Academy in London (November 8, 9, 10, 12 and 14). Additional shows in Manchester at the MEN Arena (November 17) and at SECC in Glasgow (November 18) have been added due to overwhelming demand.

SEX PISTOLS recently returned to the studio to re-record "Anarchy in the UK", which is included in Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock as a master track. Now, fans can perform their own live version of the punk anthem in the next installment of the #1 best-selling music and rhythm video game franchise.

THE SEX PISTOLS were an obvious choice for Guitar Hero, having established themselves as the definitive punk band of the 1970s. Unable to locate the original multi-tracks for inclusion in the game, Activision invited the band back into the studio to re-record a couple of songs including "Anarchy in the UK" Original members John Lydon on vocals, guitarist Steve Jones and drummer Paul Cook re-teamed with producer Chris Thomas, utilizing the original analog sound desk (circa 1969) that was built for George Martin at Air Studios, London, England in order to maintain the classic sound.

Thirty years ago this autumn, the song was first included on THE SEX PISTOLS' only studio album, "Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols" which was reissued on vinyl on October 29, 2007, in its exact original format, including poster and "Submission" 7". The single "Anarchy In The UK" was also reissued on vinyl on October 1, along with three other classic singles throughout October.

John Lydon stated that "Re-recording them [the songs] — what a stress you put on us but we rose to the occasion I think…admirably!" Adding that, "a bit of anarchy in a video game is alright by me."

"It was great for Guitar Hero to, in a way, get us back in the studio. I wasn't sure how it was going to turn out but it actually turned out great and I think everyone held their own," said Steve Jones. "I like it [Guitar Hero] because my friends' kids like it. And I like what kids like."

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Def Leppard's Guitarist To Play Soccer For Charity

DEF LEPPARD guitarist Vivian Campbell will play for the Hollywood United soccer team when it goes up against the Los Angeles Galaxy in a special charity match on November 4 at 5:00 p.m. on the campus of California State University - Dominguez Hills. All proceeds from the match, including donations collected on the day of the game, will go to the American Red Cross and The Salvation Army to aid in their efforts to assist those affected by the wildfires. The Los Angeles Galaxy Foundation will also raise funds through a silent auction at the stadium, featuring autographed Galaxy and other sports memorabilia as well as items contributed by Hollywood United. These items include a signed guitar from Vivian, a "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" script signed by Michael Douglas, and a "Without A Trace" script signed by star Anthony LaPaglia.

Commented Vivian: "Who knows, maybe I get to swap shirts with David Beckham after the game and we can auction that, too."

For more information, visit MSLnet.com.

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Dio Slams Def Leppard Guitarist

eBay Celebrity-Signing has issued footage of legendary vocalist RONNIE JAMES DIO (HEAVEN AND HELL, BLACK SABBATH, DIO), recorded following Heaven And Hell's March 30th performance at New York's Radio City Music Hall.

During the session, Dio had words for former Dio bandmate/current DEF LEPPARD guitarist Vivian Campbell, who he refers to as "fucking asshole" and states, "I hope he fuckin' dies".

Check out the footage below...

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Def Leppard Singer Talks About New Album And More

Brandy McDonnell of NewsOK.com recently conducted an interview with DEF LEPPARD singer Joe Elliott. A few excerpts from the chat follow:

On whether DEF LEPPARD is planning on stopping anytime soon:

"Why would you? ... We're musicians, and our job is to play for people. And the more we play and the more people we play in front of, the happier we feel. We always wanted to be the biggest band in the world. For a little while, we were. Who's to say that we won't get it back? But even if we're not, you know, we're one of that elite few that can still play (for) 20,000 people."

On the band's renewed popularity:

"There's obviously a demand for what we're doing, because the ticket sales on the last tour alone were the best we've had since the 'Hysteria' tour (in 1987, the height of the band's heyday). It makes you feel wanted, and it makes you feel valid."

"I don't necessarily think we've even written our best song yet. ... If you think that you can never better 'Pour Some Sugar on Me', we might as well just pack in right now. But the fact (is) that we believe that we can add to our legacy and put something out there that shocks people not necessarily in its content but in the fact that they go 'My God, they can still do it.' That's the kind of thing that you drive yourself on to do."

"It's all well and good to be able to pay your bills, but if you haven't got a drive in life or a passion, I don't see the point in getting out of bed in the morning."

"I believe we're a better band now than we've ever been. We seem to just get better every tour we do. We're more consistent; we play better. We last longer. We're like the Energizer Bunny. We just seem to have this boundless enthusiasm that gets bigger the older we get. Maybe because we feel that there is an end of the road at some stage, so you have to suck all the energy you can and put it back to your crowd. Because you just never know when it's going to end.”

On the group's upcoming album:

"It's typical DEF LEPPARD in the sense that, like, it's very melodic. It's obviously hard-hitting. But it's not bog-standard in the sense of it's not exactly what everybody's going to expect. There's a lot of elements that people will embrace and be familiar with, but it's also got some stuff in it that's ... more adventurous than maybe what people think that we're capable of."

On the group's current tour setlist:

"We've come up with a whole new visual aspect to it, and we've totally revamped the set. We've dug real deep in the catalog, and we've pulled some nuggets that we've not played either ever or for a very, very long time. Obviously, there's certain songs that we have to play. Let's be honest, we actually want to play them. We like the reaction that we get when we play 'Sugar', 'Photograph', etc."

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Def Leppard Singer Says Newer Bands Get A Raw Deal

The Pulse of Radio (formerly Launch Radio Networks) reports: DEF LEPPARD is currently touring with two other veteran classic rock acts, STYX and FOREIGNER, all of whom are able to play a show filled with hits, and make money without having a new record out. DEF LEPPARD's lead singer Joe Elliott says, however, that new bands starting out today wouldn't be allowed to make money touring and growing their audience over the course of four or five albums, because record companies are so demanding and give new bands a raw deal. "Contracts nowadays, record labels, what's left of 'em, are trying to actually get parts of a band's merchandise when they tour," he said. "It's like, how dare you! It's two separate things! You know, I just can't see Roger Waters willingly giving up 20 percent of his T-shirts. Luckily we aren't in that kind of bag. I just feel bad for the new bands. I mean, there's the odd artist that can sell records these days. But most people, if they don't have a second record make profit, they don't make a third record."

While the band has mostly finished working on a new album, they aren't playing any of their new songs on tour, so it's a greatest-hits evening.

Their 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".

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Eight People Injured At Def Leppard Concert

Severe thunderstorms that produced high winds and flying debris caused eight people to be injured and significant damage inflicted to the Walnut Creek Amphitheatre, where DEF LEPPARD was scheduled to perform Tuesday night (August 21st) in Raleigh, NC.

"The cancellation of the concert by Def Leppard, STYX and FOREIGNER also caused major traffic back-ups around the Amphitheatre, as thousands of fans tried to leave at once. A security guard at the Amphitheatre told WRAL there was some significant damage."

Venue management has issued a statement regarding the Def Leppard show cancellation and possible reschedule.
"The Def Leppard/Styx/Foreigner show scheduled to take place tonight, August 21, at Walnut Creek Amphitheatre was unable to take place due to severe weather and in the interest in public safety. We are making every effort to reschedule the date. More information regarding a possible rescheduled date will be announced soon. Patrons are encouraged to hold on to their tickets as tickets purchased for tonight's concert will be honored if the date is rescheduled. If patrons wish to refund their tickets, refunds will be available at point of purchase starting Friday, August 24."

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Def Leppard Bassist Talks New Album

U.K.-based music journalist Dave Ling recently spoke to DEF LEPPARD bassist Rick Savage about the band's forthcoming album, tentatively titled "Sparkle Lounge" (named after a backstage social room the group used each night on its last tour). The CD is an eighty percent state of completion, and as has been widely reported, the band has sent off some half-finished material to former producer Robert "Mutt" Lange to work his magic on. However, according to Ling, Savage was uncertain as to whether or not Lange will be able to complete his side of the deal in time for their deadline. "Depending on how fast he gets them back to us, they'll end up being used on this album, or the next one," explained Rick, who said of the record's direction, "Sonics-wise, it's like 'High 'N' Dry', because it has lots of rock energy, though the songs are more sophisticated; 'Hysteria' would be the closest comparison."

DEF LEPPARD frontman Joe Elliott previously told Billboard.com about the upcoming album's direction, "I'm not gonna say it's radically different to anything we've ever done. There's classic DEF LEPPARD. There's stuff that sounds like it's going back to the middle, late-'70s AC/DC and new wave-type sounding stuff. There's definitely some moments on it where anybody that's familiar with our music will go, 'Whoa! I wasn't expecting that!' We've just been very adventurous, musically, on certain numbers."

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Def Leppard Drummer "I Feel Blessed"

Maximum Ink music magazine's Sarah Grant recently conducted an interview with DEF LEPPARD drummer Rick Allen. A couple of excerpts follow:

Maximum Ink: How do you balance family with life on the road? There's got to be a push and pull somewhere.

Rick Allen: There is. When I'm sitting on a plane and I've resided myself to the fact that I don't have a choice, then I get excited about it. But before then, there's like a longing where I want to stay and spend more time with the family and just finish up things that I've started. It's a choice. The band is what I chose to do and my family seems to fit in really well with what I do and they're really excited for me. You know I feel very blessed doing what I do and you know what? It's probably not something that lasts forever, but we keep making new music and we keep being given the chance to go out on the road, so it's really a great way to live.

Maximum Ink: I've been reading a lot about your Raven Drum Foundation. It's admirable how involved you are in promoting such a beneficial program.

Rick Allen: Ah, to be able to share such an ancient form like drumming with the community is really rewarding. It's really interesting, because I think what happens is people re-remember a part of themselves that really was forgotten. And drum circle really is a metaphor for community; it's like a cross-section of the community. And it's beautiful to see that we can be supported by the rest of the community no matter what we're going through — good, bad, or indifferent. And some of the things that have really been rewarding are some of the cancer programs and incarcerated teens, I really enjoy working with them, and I still get really involved in a few local programs. Obviously I can't do everything especially when it's a touring year, but I really try to get involved as much as I can. My wife, she's really instrumental in creating the programs and finding some of the teachers to send out there, but like I said, whatever I can, whenever I get the opportunity to get out and involved. It's really good, it really grounds me.

Maximum Ink: Knowing all the obstacles that you've had to overcome, when you get to meet these people, what types of questions do they ask you?

Rick Allen: "What made you want to come back?" "What made you want to do what you do?" "How did you relearn playing the drums?" And interestingly enough, I have a theory that you don't actually relearn, I think it's a natural response of the mind and body to re-channel information that is already there. For example, I've spoken with several men and women coming back from the Middle East who have lost limbs. And it is interesting — there is a response that the body just automatically does and then I think the learning curve takes over if you have the will to go on. So it's a combination of two different things. And you know, I just tell them: "Whatever it is that you do, do it from your heart and you will succeed."

Maximum Ink: What is the biggest difference between playing your electronic drum kit versus your drums before the accident?

Rick Allen: It's the same difference between driving a VW Beetle and a Formula 1 car [laughs]. The Formula 1 car has a specific intention — you just wanna go fast — and it's great because I can express myself really well. But when I go back in the studio, I go back to the VW Beetle, which is something I do very well and I'll do a pass with kick, snare, acoustic drum in front of me, and another pass with say, the cymbals, and then try to marry the two. And then when I get out on the road, it's easier with the electronic kit, to play it all together.

Maximum Ink: Your electronic drum kit is a novelty within music, but I can imagine there are a lot of nuances that take time to get a handle on.

Rick Allen: It's true, just kind of coming to terms with playing the electric drums, having spent all this time being off the road and being in the studio and getting all acoustic with everything, and then all of a sudden I'm thrown into having to play this electronic drum kit again. It's about all the neurological pathways opening up again, all the mental memory comes back. It's different, but it's a challenge.

Maximum Ink: Did you ever try to use a prosthetic arm?

Rick Allen: Yes, and I tried it, and not that I would tell anyone to shy away from it, because it is a very valid point. But with me I lost so much of my shoulder it felt awkward, so I didn't necessarily pursue it.

Maximum Ink: What's next in the studio for DEF LEPPARD?

Rick Allen: Actually, we've just finished working on a new record. We've been working on it since the last tour. We have a room that we call the Sparkle Lounge, and everything we do we work out in the Sparkle Lounge first, but it's really nice because we go on tour so you get an idea of what works live and what works in the studio. I think that when it's just four walls, you don't necessarily get a sense of how an audience are gonna react. As soon as you play a new song in front of an audience you go "Ah," now we know how it really needs to go.

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Def Leppard Guitarist Describes New Songs

The Riverfront Times recently conducted an interview with DEF LEPPARD guitarist Phil Collen. A couple of excerpts follow:

The Riverfront Times: What are the new songs sounding like?

Collen: We started when we were on the last tour. We've never written songs or recorded [that way before]. We were backstage at some of these gigs, in a trailer. We'd start getting these songs together. It was really good, 'cause you're still in tour mode. There's an energy — and verve, if you like. There's something happening while you're on tour that's very different [from] when you get off tour and sit around for three months and all of a sudden go, "Oh, what do we do again?" You haven't got direction. To put it in a nutshell, it sounds like "Hysteria" songs done in the style of "High 'N' Dry", with no ballads. If that makes any sense.

The Riverfront Times: That makes total sense.

Collen: We've got one slow song, but it's definitely not a ballad. It's really kind of weird. When I listen back to the stuff, that's what hit me. We've gone minimalist on the production — it's not all glossy big vocals and like, humongous [makes roaring sound] drums. It's more like a real band. But the songs are more in the vein of "Hysteria".

The Riverfront Times: Are there any songs that you never want to play — ever again?

Collen: "Pour Some Sugar On Me", "Photograph" or "Rock Of Ages", we always try to not play these at rehearsals. 'Cause it's like pulling teeth. But the minute you play them in front of people, it's a totally different vibe, there's a different reaction. All of a sudden, it's fine, it's great. But rehearsing them it's a different story. You go, "Oh my God, it's like watching paint dry."

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The Beatles Go Metal?

On October 24, 2006, Restless Records will release "Butchering The Beatles" — featuring the biggest, the baddest, the heaviest all-star line-up ever assembled to honor what is arguably the greatest band ever — THE BEATLES. All-in-all, over 50 internationally known recording artists bring their unique bone-crushing slant to these remarkable songs. Produced by Grammy award-winning producer/guitarist Bob Kulick and ace engineer Brett Chassen, "Butchering The Beatles" features 12 new, ass-kicking versions of THE BEATLES' chart-topping hits, including "Hey Jude", "I Feel Fine" and "Day Tripper", plus the more esoteric "Hey Bulldog", barked out by the legendary Alice Cooper and "Tomorrow Never Knows", uniquely interpreted by the iconic Billy Idol, alongside classic concept songs like "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" and "Magical Mystery Tour".

When asked by Guitar Player magazine what possessed him to go all metal on THE BEATLES, Bob Kulick stated that, "BEATLES songs are the Holy Grail. They're the best rock songs ever written. These new recordings are totally faithful, yet completely different. Billy Gibbons singing 'Revolution' or (MOTÖRHEAD frontman) Lemmy singing 'Back In The USSR' are not exactly Paul McCartney or John Lennon. And of course, the guitar solo sections were lengthened to accommodate all the artists' solo styles."

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Def Leppard To Appear On U.S. TV

Def Leppard's new album, "YEAH!", has taken off, and the band is just about ready to embark on its U.S. tour. As a preview for its North American fans, the band will appear on two U.S. television shows.

On Friday, June 23, Def Leppard will appear on CBS' "Late Late Show", which airs at 12:35 a.m. ET/PT, and on Monday, June 26 they'll stop by the set of the syndicated morning show "Live with Regis & Kelly".

Def Leppard will play one or two songs on each show. The band begins the North American leg of its tour this Friday at the Tweeter Center in Camden, N.J.

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"VH1 Rock Honors" Pays Tribute To Priest, Kiss

VH1 debuts the first ever show to pay homage to the legends who influenced the sound of hard rock with the first annual "VH1 Rock Honors". This year's celebration will honor the music and influence of KISS, Queen, Def Leppard and Judas Priest. Additional performers, presenters, and special guests will be announced as they are confirmed.

Premiering on Wednesday, May 31 at 9PM*, "VH1 Rock Honors", will be taped at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on Thursday, May 25. The 2 - hour tribute will salute the groundbreaking bands of rock, the once in a lifetime events and the influential people who made a lasting mark on the history of hard rock.

The influence of these honorees will be felt through spoken tributes, filmed packages and performances by some of today's hottest rock acts as well as the legends themselves.

Tickets will go on sale Saturday, April 22nd via www.ticketmaster.com and at all Ticketmaster outlets or in Las Vegas by going directly to the Mandalay Bay Box Office or by calling 877-632-7400 or 702-632-7580. For VIP Tickets Contact VH1 Save The Music at 212-846-7882 or rsvp@vh1.com.

For more information go to www.vh1.com and check soon for interactive honoree profiles, exclusive programming, show information and more. More...

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