Legendary Bass Player Trevor Bolder (David Bowie, Uriah Heep, Cybernauts) passed away at 7.30pm UK time, Tuesday, May 22, he was 62 years young .....
I had the great pleasure of knowing Trevor for the best part of 30 years, he was one of my idols growing up, I got to know him when Uriah Heep opened for D.L. on the Pyromania tour in 1983 & we became firm friends. I stayed with him, he stayed with me & we recorded & toured together as The Cybernauts. For myself & Phil it's devastating because we were looking forward to finishing up some new Cybernauts recording pretty soon, that may now not happen, but our real thoughts right now are with his family.
Trevor was one of the good guys, I'm sure Mick Box & the guys in Heep feel the same way, we have lost a brother, a great bass player, a funny, funny man who lit up any room he walked into .... I guess now, him & Ronno have a bit of catching up to do ..... RIP my friend ..... - Joe
This weeks show Joe will be premiering brand new music from Black Star Riders, as well as tunes from Television, Sniff 'n' The Tears, Robert Plant, Maggi Ronson, amongst others!
For those in the U.K. tune into Joe's weekly radio show on PlanetRock.com on Saturdays at 6pm (GMT) / 1pm (EST). For those listening outside the U.K. listen live from this site HERE
Listen to Joe Elliott's interview with Rochester, New York's 98.9 The Buzz radio station on Def Leppard's upcoming show on July 17th at CMAC in Canandaigua, NY. Joe also talks about the VIVA! Hysteria shows, recounts the story behind writing "Pour Some Sugar On Me," explains how the music has always been the main focus for Def Leppard, and shares his thoughts on some current pop and rock acts.
When he left Black Sabbath in early 1982 to form his own band, the late, great Ronnie James Dio took powerhouse Sabbath drummer, Vinny Appice with him. Ronnie knew that he wanted a European flavour to balance-out the band, so he asked his former Rainbow bandmate and Scottish native, bassist Jimmy Bain, to join him. In turn, Jimmy recommended a young Irish guitarist, Vivian Campbell, to complete the line-up. When the four of them met and played for the first time in a North London rehearsal room in September 1982, the magic was evident and the the classic Dio band line-up was born.
Between 1983 and 1985, in quick succession, that line-up wrote, recorded and toured the first three Dio albums. Widely considered to be the crown jewels of the Dio catalogue, Holy Diver, Last In Line and Sacred Heart went on to sell millions as the band, now reinforced by keyboard player Claude Schnell, played to audiences worldwide.
By 1985, however, trouble was brewing and the fabric of the band had started to unravel. Begining with Vivian Campbell’s firing during the Sacred Heart tour, one by one the other original band members left the fold and slowly the magic was lost.
30 years after the recording of Holy Diver, and without trying to replace the singular sound that was Ronnie’s voice, the original band have started playing the songs they created together again. Joined by the passionate, powerful and unique voice of vocalist Andy Freeman, Vivian Campbell, Vinny Appice, Jimmy Bain and Claude Schnell have united under the name of their classic album, Last In Line, to perform and tour their original songs again.
When any group of musicians write and record together, they create a sound that becomes uniquely theirs. Last In Line brings to life those early, classic Dio albums in a way that only they know how. In a way that only they can.
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Thanks to all of you who joined Joe for his q&a on Twitter today. Here is the complete rundown of questions/answers and sorry for any questions that he did not get to. There will be a next time!
@bridgey_sez2h: @def_leppard how do you feel about the Don Valley stadium closure #askjoe
@bridgey_sez i'm very disappointed cause we were the first band to ever play there
@foxter6576:@def_leppard #askjoe Do you think Def Leppard will ever retire?
@foxter6576 well yeah, nothing goes on forever. even the stones will one day quit - either through death or boredom!
@emw11092h: @def_leppard Does your mum still think you should get a "proper" job? #askjoe
@emw1109 not anymore, god no, she's pleased as punch!
@HelloLeilani2h: @def_leppard Mirror Mirror is my favorite song and I heard it closing night. Mahalo! What's the odds of hearing Paper Sun live now? #askjoe
@HelloLeilani having just played "good morning freedom", you cant rule anything out!
@SteveStevensAA2h: @def_leppard Which classics are you re-recording next? #AskJoe
@SteveStevensAA i dont know actually
@rustinpe4ce2h: @def_leppard I'll be 17 on Sunday, could you make my day and wish me a happy birthday? #askJoe @rustinpe4ce happy birthday!
@scotthappe1h: @def_leppard #askjoe Do you think Def Leppard will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?
@scotthappe thats always a good question, do i really care? no, i'm more about the songs and doing this for the fans!
Join Joe on his first official Twitter fan Q&A on Thursday May 2 at 5pm (EST)! Joe will be answering YOUR questions about Def Leppard, VIVA! Hysteria, Ded Flatbird, Down 'n' Outz or anything else on your mind LIVE!
Submit your questions on Twitter to @Def_Leppard with the hashtag #AskJoe
Date: Thursday May 2nd
Time: 5:00pm (EST)
Where: On Twitter @Def_Leppard
How to Participate:
Login to Twitter
Don’t have an account? Sign up here In the “What’s Happening” box on your profile, type your question.
Add the hashtag, #AskJoe to your post and click “tweet”
Example: What is your favorite Def Leppard song to play live? #AskJoe
Vivian's favorite charity Create Now has received a Limited-Edition Washburn guitar that was donated by Jeff Magnuson and his wife Michelle. What makes this guitar REALLY special is that Create Now arranged for Jeff and Michelle to meet Vivian at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas so that Viv could get all five band members to autograph it. Viv then arranged to have the guitar shipped back to Los Angeles on the truck with all the Def Leppard equipment, and he personally delivered it to Create Now! Only ONE will have a guitar that was personally handled by Vivian and signed by all five band members.
Create Now is very grateful to Jeff & Michelle Magnuson, and of course Vivian Campbell, as well as Rick Savage, Joe Elliott, Rick Allen and Phil Collen. We really appreciate their support!
Bid now HERE (auction ends May 5, 2013)
Create Now transforms the lives of youth in need through arts mentoring and experiences. Click HERE for more info.
Planet Rock was recently bought by Bauer Media and through that deal, Planet Rock's music broadcast license has been changed to the U.K. only. Until Bauer Media obtains royalty agreements with other countries, Planet Rock can only be broadcast to the U.K.
What does this mean? Now only residents that are based in the U.K. can stream and listen on-demand, BUT if you are listening from outside the U.K. there's a website called SurfMusic.de which allows anyone to "stream" the show "live" HERE
This week's show will be a two-hour special tribute to Mick Ronson (whom was David Bowie’s righthand man in the early 1970’s and went on to work with Roger Daltrey, John Mellencamp, Ian Hunter, and Bob Dylan), who passed away 20 years ago Monday, 29 April. The special will feature music and stories by and about the late, great Mick Ronson - be sure to tune in!