As if classic rock fans needed any further encouragement, Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell has sort-of hinted that the band may be going on a joint tour with fellow theatrical rockers KISS.
In talking to TicketsThere about possible dates with KISS and Poison, Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell said, “I’d say you’d be half right there, but only half right and half wrong.”
According to the Kansas City Star, Bret Michaels made reference to the possibility of a tour with Def Leppard while onstage last summer, while Poison bassist later Bobby Dall hinted at joint dates with Def Leppard and Kiss this summer during a February interview at NAMM. If this is meant to be a secret, these guys are doing a horrible job of keeping it under wraps.
Since then, however, the band’s ridiculously-named drummer, Rikki Rockett, said Poison would not be touring this summer, placing the blame firmly on the shoulders of a bandmate he chose not to identify.
Luckily, fans of the bands shouldn’t have to wait too long to find out what on earth is going on, with Campbell saying: “There will be an announcement of our tour imminently, we’re talking a matter of days. It has to be announced, because we’re almost at summertime.”
Def Leppard didn’t embark on a proper tour last year following their ‘Viva! Hysteria’ residency in March and April at Las Vegas, playing only a handful of North American dates. The band will return to Vegas later in 2014, this time to focus on Pyromania.
Campbell, who made his name as part of Dio before joining Def Leppard in the early ’90s, did comment that stops in Europe this year were unlikely, though he suggested that it may be possible after the band have completed their next studio effort “Most likely if we get this record finished for next spring that would see us doing a world tour of sorts — whatever that means nowadays.”
Def Leppard have revealed that a second Las Vegas residency may be in the works for 2014, and it doesn’t stop there; apparently, the band are also working on an album of brand spanking new material. Def Leppard fans: if you were waiting for the right time to do it, yes, it’s now officially time to dust off your hairspray and leather jacket.
Speaking to Billboard, band guitarist Phil Collen referred to their previous “Viva Hysteria” residency at the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, saying “The Vegas thing was amazing. We’re also going to be doing ‘Viva Pyromania’ at some point at the end of next year.”
No word yet on specific dates, so watch the cyber skies, and all that.
Pyromania, released in 1983 and certified 10 times platinum in 2004, was the English rock band’s breakthrough album, predating Hysteria by four years.
Def Leppard performed at 11 ‘Hysteria’ concerts in Las Vegas in March and April before heading to Europe where they played the album in full at Hellfest in France.
The album featured mega hits “Pour Some Sugar On Me”, “Love Bites” and “Armageddon It”, and the band still find themselves reflecting on it to this day.
“When we were rehearsing we realized how much went into that,” Collen said on the red carpet after the finale of “The Voice.” ”It’s a rich and expensive sounding record.
“It doesn’t sound like it now, but it was very experimental. Guitar parts that you only did once, you had to revisit. And you have to get into it.”
Drummer Rick Allen added, “So much time went into recording that record. It is so deep and complex. Every time we play it, there’s a new way to do it.”
Def Leppard’s last full length studio album was 2008′s Songs From The Sparkle Lounge.
Def Leppard also appeared on “The Voice” in order to promote the broadcast TV debut of “Def Leppard: Viva! Hysteria” on AXS TV, which is due to air on December 29th.
Don’t shoot the messenger, but a Skrillex-Def Leppard music-making collaboration may be in the works. I can’t work out whether it’s blindingly genius or the most horrible thing I can imagine.
According to a recent interview between Rolling Stone magazine and Def Leppard, the newly “rejuvenated” band would love Skrillex to produce their next album.
If it does happen, fans of the classic metal band may have to wait a little while.
Guitarist Phil Collen admitted that, though the band aren’t short on material, they are likely to be set back by pre-studio preparations. In his own words:
“We’ve got a s–tload of new songs anyway, it’s just implement them and then, ‘What direction are we gonna take? Who are we gonna get to produce it? Are we gonna do it ourselves? Are we gonna do multiple stuff?’ An album would obviously take too long, so we’re gonna do about four or five songs, get those out and then next year have an album come out, so it’ll be an EP and an album.”
When asked who the band would like to work with in the future, Collen replied,
“I love Skrillex. I think [he's] fucking awesome, and he’s a huge fan. Love to work with him, that would be killer. It’s pretty specific and it’s not necessarily Def Leppard, [but] I think it’d be great.”
If he is a huge fan, the only thing that could get in the way would be Skrillex’s packed schedule, so for those of you unhappy about this potential development, then you’d better find a few more things to throw on his plate.
Def Leppard have had an emotionally turbulent year, to say the least, having released Viva! Hysteria, a live album featuring the band performing their classic album Hysteria in its entirety, earlier this week, and band guitarist Vivian Campbell announcing in June of this year that he had developed a form of cancer known as Hodgkins Lymphoma.
Drummer Rick Allen suggested that Campbell’s health battles had been an inspiration for the band recently:
“It reminded me of my own vulnerabilities, and the whole idea of just being courageous in the face of something so daunting. I was just feeling for him, and it reminded me of where I was not too long ago, and it made me do the best I could. He rose to the occasion, and it was like, ‘F–k me, I better pull out all the stops.’ Collectively, it just felt as if the whole band rose to the occasion.”
All the best to Campbell and his family.
Def Leppard will undertake a nine-evening residency in Las Vegas to celebrate their legendary 1987 album, Hysteria.
Appropriately titled Viva Hysteria!, the residency will kick off on March 22, 2013 at The Joint at Las Vegas’ Hard Rock Hotel and Casino” – a date that coincides with the first weekend of the NCAA’s March Madness. For each performance, the group will play Hysteria in its entirety, along with other hits from throughout its career.
“We’re very happy to be part of what I call the first wave of rockers to take Vegas back from the lounge singers – Wayne Newton and his type,” said Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliot, according to USA Today. Guns N’ Roses is currently in the midst of a residency at the same venue.
Hysteria includes some of the group’s best known hits, including “Pour Some Sugar on Me,” “Love Bites” and “Animal,” but Elliott says he is looking forward to playing some of the lesser known album tracks from the record, as well.
“Things like ‘Run Riot,’ ‘Don’t Shoot Shotgun’ and ‘Love and Affection’ got left by the wayside because of the popularity of other songs that, to be frank, if you don’t play them live, you don’t get out of the building alive,” Elliott continued. “The oddest thing is going to be doing ‘Sugar’ fifth. In many respects, it’s like the Troggs opening with ‘Wild Thing.’”
Elliott also said that this residency could be good for the band to work together, possibly resulting in new material.
“The downtime will not go to waste,” he said. “Two of the guys in the band live in Dublin and the other three live in California. This is a great opportunity for a band that has decided to live all over the world to be in one room at one time, to look each other in the eyes and come up with ideas.”
Poison drummer Rikki Rockett confirmed via his Facebook page Sunday that Poison will tour with Def Leppard this summer, though no exact cities or dates have yet to be announced.
Speculation about this tour has been ongoing for sometime, stemming in part from a January interview with Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen on noisecreep.com concerning future Def Leppard plans, and how they coincide with an upcoming Tom Cruise film, “Rock of Ages,” which features the music of many 1980s rock bands.
“We’re actually going to be back on tour around when [“Rock of Ages”] is out, and it would be a lot of fun to get some of the other bands featured in “Rock of Ages” out with us,” he told the website. “Nothing has been finalized yet, but apparently Poison will be joining us – at least according to [Poison frontman] Bret Michaels, who has been telling everyone that they’ll be touring with us this year. We went out with Poison in 2009, and we all had so much fun. If it does end up happening like that, I would love for the third band to be someone like Twisted Sister, since they’re also in the new movie. I think that would make for a great lineup.”
“Rock of Ages,” which also stars Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Paul Giamatti and Malin Akerman, is the film adaptation of a successful Broadway musical, which tells a love story through the music of Bon Jovi, Pat Benatar and Journey, in addition to the three bands already mentioned.
In a different interview with Music Radar, Collen said Def Leppard hopes to work up at least a “song or two” for the new tour, though a new record likely won’t be released until at least 2013.
“There’s so much involved with putting a record together,” he said, “and the demographics for the people who buy albums is shrinking.”
Steel Panther, Motley Crue and Def Leppard will be joining forces in December for a U.K. tour of six shows.
The outing kicks off at LG Arena in Birmingham on December 6, followed by shows at FM Arena in Nottingham on December 8, SECC Hall 4 in Glasgow on December 9, MEN Arena in Manchester on December 11, Arena in Sheffield on December 13 and wrapping up at Wembley Arena in London on December 14.
On September 2 tickets will be going on sale at 9 am. In London the price will be 47.5 pounds and regionally 45 pounds. They can be purchased at livenation.co.uk.
Joe Elliott, Def Leppard frontman said, I can’t even begin to tell you how thrilled I am announcing the tour. Our band always tries our best to make the shows into an event. Having Steel Panther and Motley Crue with us will make this event for U.K. rock fans one that can’t be missed. Join us for this year’s biggest event.
Nikki Sixx, Motley Crue’s bassist added, Motley Crue is thrilled getting to wage destruction on tour along with Def Leppard, our longtime peers, this holiday season. This is the first time we will have toured together. Hopefully for each other’s fans there’s going to be some de-virginizing and ultimately one hell of a wild party.
“Mirror Ball: Live And More,” the new CD/DVD set from Def Leppard, is currently out. It is the first concert collection from the band and was recorded during the 2009 Def Leppard tour.
The summer tour of Motley Crue’s sent the band to Billboard’s “Hot Tours” chart a total of six times. It has been one of this legendary rock band’s most successful tours ever. The trek of 48 cities, which wrapped up last week and kicked off on June 24, was among the highest grossing tours this summer, packing arenas and amphitheaters all summer long with half a million concert attendees.
On October 18 Steel Panther is releasing “Balls Out,” their newest album. The first U.K. single off the CD is “If You Really, Really Love Me.” The first U.S. single is “17 Girls In A Row.”
For all those hoping to relive the glory days of youth via pouring some sugar on themselves will have to settle for dusting off the old cassettes. Def Leppard has 86ed the third leg of their 2009 tour that was set to launch in Reno, Nevada on October 22 and cover 23 dates in the US and Canada. Refunds are being given at the point of purchase.
A statement issued on Def Leppard’s website relayed the bad news to fans everywhere saying, “due to unforeseen personal matters, the third leg of Def Leppard’s North American Tour, set to begin October 22nd, has been cancelled. We know how truly blessed we are to have such committed fans. That’s why we’ve agonized over this decision. Even if just a single concert, we don’t take cancelling shows lightly, but unfortunately life’s commitments need to take priority.”
So what are life’s commitments? It seems it was the death of one of the member’s family. No details are being revealed as to who. Regardless, the ripped acid washed jeans will have to be retired back to their box in the junk closet for the time being.
Def Leppard, the rock icons from Great Britain, have made some additions to their 2009 itinerary. A third leg of their North American tour will be with Cheap Trick. The co-headliners will start out in Reno, NV on October 22 and then follow up with 15 concerts across the middle of American and into Canada. The Def Leppard tour ends in Louisville, KY on November 25.
The Def Leppard website states that in the coming weeks they will announce more dates. Phil Collen, Def Leppard guitarist, along with his alternative rock group Man Raze, will be opening the shows.
In June, Def Leppard left on the first leg of their North American tour with Poison and Cheap Trick, in which they performed an interactive show which lasted for four hours using text messaging and Bluetooth technology to interact with the crowd.
Early in 2008, Def Leppard released their first material since “X’ in 2002. Their new album “Songs From the Sparkle Lounge” landed on the Billboard 200 at No. 5 and topped the hard rock and rock albums charts.
Cheap Trick is touring to support “The Latest,” their 16th studio set, which was released in June.
2009 Def Leppard Tour Dates
22 – Reno, NV – Reno Events Center
24 – Nampa, ID – Idaho Center Arena
25 – Spokane, WA – Spokane Arena
27 – Vancouver, British Columbia – Pacific Coliseum
31 – Edmonton, Alberta – Rexall Place
2 – Calgary, Alberta – Pengrowth Saddledome
4 – Winnipeg, Manitoba – MTS Centre
6 – Saint Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
9 – Detroit, MI – Joe Louis Arena
10 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena
12 – Ottawa, Ontario – Scotiabank Place
13 – Hamilton, Ontario – Copps Coliseum
14 – Columbus, OH – Nationwide Arena
18 – Montreal, Quebec – Bell Centre
24 – Nashville, TN – Sommet Center
25 – Louisville, KY – Freedom Hall at the Kentucky Expo Center