Guitar Tech Blog - See more photos HERE
Quite a few people have asked what my gear setup is for touring. The person most qualified to answer this is my guitar tech Scott Appleton. This part of the blog is all about him so fire away til you're blue in the face. People ask 'how often do the strings get changed', 'what's my gauge or thickness of strings' etc. It all is based on how Scotty sets everything up. So 'Ask Scotty' and we'll work on getting some answers for you.
To read Scotty's tech responses click HERE
On This Day in Def Leppard History - 16th August (1986) - Leppard performed at The Monsters of Rock Festival at Donnington Park marking Rick Allen’s big comeback!
Leppard were third on the bill to Ozzy & The Scorpions (also on the bill that day, Motörhead, Bad News and Warlock) and was Rick Allen’s first proper gig back after his accident. The band had previously played 5 warm up Shows in Ireland, 3 with a 2nd drummer, Jeff Rich). Almost a full year before Hysteria was released !!!
Read more about Rick's triumphant return HERE
Jackson PC Supreme - See more photos HERE
From Phil's blog....I've used 3 different Jackson PC Supremes on this tour so I thought I'd blog about them in one shot as I've been interchanging them throughout the tour. They all have FU-TONE titanium bridge and saddles and what looks like two Dimarzio humbucker pickups but these have a different setup on the neck pickup position.
These guitars have no middle pickups but they do have a DiMarzio Super 3 in the bridge position and an HS 2 crammed up next to the Jackson driver/sustainer pickup giving the appearance and sound of a full blown humbucker with the driver and dimarzio working in conjunction when the sustainer is switched off. Are you still following me on this? So you can have the usual sustain and feedback on the bridge pickup or a lovely creamy humbucker tone when switched to the neck position.
The difference between these guitars are mainly that the black one ('Dorian' which is actually a glitter grey/red color) has an ebony fingerboard and a 24 and three quarter inch scale neck-this one being an experimental prototype. It's neck is very chunky but tiny compared to the other two guitars. They all have the D'Addario 13-54 Guage strings on but because of the neck circumference it feels like you're playing light gauge strings. This guitar is the most even sounding one of the 3 and you can hear it on 'It's All About Believing'; lead, rhythm, and solo on the Mirror Ball album; and on the upcoming Delta Deep album on the song "Miss Me". It's the call and response vocal guitar outro with Debbi Blackwell-Cook.
For the first week of the tour I used the red supreme (Redneck). it has the fattest neck of any guitar I've ever played it's over an inch radius at the twelfth fret. It has a mahogany body with a red maple top and an oil finish. The fingerboard is maple with a face on the first fret that is based on the pendant I sometimes wear around my neck, a Mayan mask that was given to me in Mexico.
The third Supreme I play on tour is almost identical to the red one but has a koa body and maple top with a natural satin finish. This one is called 'Maya'. The reason for the face mask on the first fret is a tribute to Pablo Santana, formerly a master builder at Jackson Guitars and the man who built the guitars. I originally gave Pablo 5 photos of 5 different classic guitars and said I want a guitar that looks like these but doesn't look like any of them-a very bizarre request. But 2 weeks later Pablo said, "I've got something to show you." and it was the first Supreme prototype (pictured below as well), my blue one that lives in London. You can see and hear Maya on the 'Viva Hysteria' dvd on the tracks 'Don't Shoot Shotgun' and 'Run Riot'.
I play the Jackson PC Supreme on 'Hysteria' and 'Rocket' on this tour.
This weeks show will feature tunes from Status Quo, Six:A.M., Pat Travers, Be Bop Deluxe, Velvet Revolver, The Who amongst others, as well as tour updates from Joe.
Radio show time is Saturdays at 6pm (GMT) / 1pm (EST) and repeated on Tuesday nights @ 9pm (GMT) / 4pm (EST).
For those in the U.K. tune into Joe's weekly radio show on PlanetRock.com. For those listening outside the U.K. listen live from this site HERE.
“Now, right now” listen to the final installment of Joe Elliott's Fan Q&A part 3. Thanks again to everyone who submitted questions. For those who’s questions were not answered their “will be a next time” for another Q&A soon!
Joe’s side project DOWN ‘n’ OUTZ welcome Share Ross as their new bass player! Some of you may know Share from her work in the bands VIXEN & CONTRABAND. See DOWN ’n’ OUTZ on tour this December in Uk/Eire. New album FURTHER ADVENTURES OF… available now, click here to purchase on iTunes & Amazon.
December Tour Dates:
5th Dec - Bristol (Bierkeller)
6th Dec - Trecoo Bay (Planet Rockstock)
8th Dec - London (Garage)
9th Dec - York (Fibbers)
11th Dec - Sheffield (Corporation)
12th Dec - Wolverhampton (Slade Rooms)
14th Dec - Newcastle (Riverside)
15th Dec - Glasgow (Garage)
17th Dec - Belfast (Limelight)
18th Dec - Dublin (Academy)
Your might have noticed Phil playing a new version of his signature Jackson PC1 in menacing Satin Black. The PC1 Ninja is now available to the public in two different versions - one with a maple fingerboard and another with an ebony fingerboard. The limited-edition run will feature only 25 of each model. For more details on the limited-edition run PC1 Ninja go HERE