DEF LEPPARD guitarist Vivian Campbell has stated via his official Facebook page that his cancer has returned. You can read the statement below:
“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.
Vivian was originally diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2013.
DEF LEPPARD are proud to announce the release of their latest contribution to the music industry, the first ever steam powered amplifier, “The Boiler”.
Sitting proudly atop a 4×12 speaker tank, The Boiler pumps out 100 degrees celsius of sound guaranteed to give you that unique Aquasonic™ tone. Developed over the last five years in partnership with sound expert Professor Ron N.McKew, The Boiler is made out of 100% pure organic material and will run for up to 3 hours on one tank of purified water.
Expected to go into production early 2016 The Boiler will retail at just £299 and will be available in a variety of colours.
Asked to comment on this extraordinary piece of equipment, Joe Elliott said
“At first, the rest of the band were quite sceptical about the possibility of harnessing the power of water & turning it into sound, but once they heard the prototype in action, they were all very excited about its potential”
The Boiler will be manufactured in a specially built earth friendly complex on the banks of the Derwent Dam on the outskirts of Sheffield, England, a place close to Joe Elliott’s heart.
“When I was a little boy, my parents & I would sometimes take a drive out to the Derwent Dam & we’d marvel at the beauty of the area. Knowing also how it was used to practice the delivery of the bouncing bomb in WW2, I saw an opportunity to change the dynamic of the dam’s history from being remembered for its contribution to destruction, into something more creative and positive”
The Boiler will be available in all good music shops.
British rock giants DEF LEPPARD and WHITESNAKE have announced a joint headlining tour of the UK in December, with support from BLACK STAR RIDERS. Def Leppard stated via their official Facebook page:
“UK & Ireland Get Ready!
#DefLeppard & Whitesnake/David Coverdale announce a joint headline UK & Irish arena tour with support from Black Star Riders. Tickets on sale at 10am on 1st April from Live Nation UK Pre-sale & VIP ticketing information coming soon!”
6th – Dublin (3Arena)
7th – Belfast (Odyssey)
9th – Newcastle (Metro Radio Arena)
10th – Glasgow The (SSE Hydro)
12th – Birmingham (Genting Arena)
13th – Nottingham (Capital FM Arena)
15th – Manchester (Arena)
16th – Cardiff (Motorpoint Arena)
18th – London (SSE Arena Wembley)
19th – Sheffield (Motorpoint Arena)
KISSONLINE have announced that this summer two of the world’s greatest rock bands, KISS and DEF LEPPARD, are set to deliver a massive tour dedicated to fans who wanna rock and roll all night! These two legendary rock bands spanning two continents announced today that they will launch the tour as KISS celebrates their 40th year in music. The summer’s biggest hit-fueled rock tour, promoted exclusively by Live Nation, will storm through 40-plus cities throughout North America kicking-off on Monday, June 23 in West Valley City, UT at the USANA Amphitheater. Tickets go on sale starting on Friday, March 21 through the Live Nation mobile app and at http://www.livenation.com.
With combined album sales of over 200 million, KISS and Def Leppard are more than just iconic; they remain TODAY’S dominant powerhouses of rock tallying 30+ chart-topping hits, countless sold out MEGA tours and awards and accolades from around the globe. Known for their elaborate and spectacular stage shows, each band plans to give fans the ultimate summer concert experience with the most impressive lighting and sound production ever along with KISS’ signature over-the-top pyrotechnics.
KISS consists of vocalist/bassist Gene Simmons, vocalist/guitarist Paul Stanley, lead guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer. Def Leppard consists of vocalist Joe Elliott, guitarist Vivian Campbell, guitarist Phil Collen, bassist Rick “Sav” Savage and drummer Rick Allen.
Check out the dates below:
|Mon Jun 23
||West Valley City, UT
|Wed Jun 25
|Fri Jun 27
||Sleep Country Amphitheater
|Sun Jun 29
||White River Amphitheater
|Wed Jul 02
|Thu Jul 03
||Sacramento Valley Amphitheater
|Sat Jul 05
||Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
|Sun Jul 06
||Chula Vista, CA
||Sleep Train Amphitheatre
|Tue Jul 08
||Los Angeles, CA
|Wed Jul 09
|Sat Jul 12
|Sun Jul 13
||Gexa Energy Pavilion
|Tue Jul 15
||Riverbend Music Center
|Wed Jul 16
|Fri Jul 18
||Aaron’s Amphitheater at Lakewood
|Sat Jul 19
||PNC Music Pavilion
|Sun Jul 20
||Walnut Creek Amphitheater
|Tue Jul 22
||West Palm Beach, FL
|Wed Jul 23
||MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheater
|Fri Jul 25
||Jiffy Lube Live
|Sat Jul 26
||PNC Bank Arts Center
|Fri Aug 01
|Sat Aug 02
||Atlantic City, NJ
|Sun Aug 03
||Susquehanna Bank Center
|Tue Aug 05
||Saratoga Springs, NY
||Saratoga Performing Arts Center
|Wed Aug 06
||Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre
|Fri Aug 08
||Virginia Beach, VA
||Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
|Sat Aug 09
||Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain
|Sun Aug 10
||The Xfinity Theatre
|Tue Aug 12
||Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
|Wed Aug 13
||Darien Center, NY
||Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
|Fri Aug 15
||East Troy, WI
||Alpine Valley Music Theater
|Sat Aug 16
||Tinley Park, IL
||First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
|Sun Aug 17
|Wed Aug 20
||Des Moines, IA
||Wells Fargo Arena**
|Fri Aug 22
||Klipsch Music Center
|Sat Aug 23
||DTE Energy Music Theatre
|Sun Aug 24
||First Niagara Pavilion
|Tue Aug 26
||Cuyahoga Falls, OH
||Blossom Music Center
|Thu Aug 28
||Maryland Heights, MO
||Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
|Fri Aug 29
|Sun Aug 31
||Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
In a new Artisan News report, DEF LEPPARD guitarist Phil Collen reveals that the band will be hitting the studio on February 1st.
“We’re all excited and buzzy about new material,” he says. “I can’t remember the last time we were like that.”
Click below for the video report:
(Photo by Joe Kleon)
ONE DIRECTION may have a sticky situation on their hands over the chorus of the group’s new song ‘Midnight Memories’, reports Billboard.com. The title track off the fivesome’s new album – which topped the Billboard 200 last week – has a fist-pumping, three-chord hook that is similar to DEF LEPPARD’s classic ‘Pour Some Sugar on Me’.
British tabloid Mirror UK reports Def Leppard had asked its lawyers to look into allegations that ‘Midnight Memories’ and ‘Pour Some Sugar On Me’ bear striking similarities – enough that the boys and the additional writers of the song could be in hot water.
However, Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell – the band’s guitarists – confirms to Billboard that Def Leppard is not, in fact, pursuing legal action, with Collen calling the songs “very similar in structure” but nothing more.
Read the full story at Billboard.com.
According to Ayres Rock Management, ALICE COOPER drummer Glen Sobel (IMPELLITTERI, ORIANTHI, SIXX A:M, PAUL GILBERT) will enter the studio on Monday, December 16 to begin tracking songs for DEF LEPPARD and LAST IN LINE guitarist Vivian Campbell‘s forthcoming solo record. Sobel is a member of Campbell’s club band, SIR SODOFF & THE TRAINWRECKS, who can be seen playing shows around the Los Angeles area.
Sobel has also tracked drums for the upcoming ALICE COOPER covers record which is due out in 2014. A collection of classic tunes, it will feature a variety of yet-to-be disclosed special guests. Cooper will resume touring next year, including a confirmed Sweden Rock Festival headline appearance on June 5, 2014.
Drum-cam footage of Sobel’s solo from the Cooper band’s August 2013 performance in Slupsk, Poland can be seen below: