When the DEF LEPPARD summer tour kicked off last week the band's fans in attendance were among some of the first to see the brand new Jackson X-Stroyer guitar, custom built for DEF LEPPARD lead guitarist Phil Collen. Collen decided to showcase the new guitar during co-headlining trek with KISS.
When asked about his new Jackson X-Stroyer, Collen stated: "This guitar isn't an exact carbon copy of my Ibanez Destroyer; it's aesthetically based on the one I played in DEF LEPPARD's classic videos 'Photograph', 'Rock Of Ages' and 'Foolin'' in the 1980s. Somehow that guitar seemed to take on a life of its own with the fans when they saw it in the videos. However, my new Jackson PC X-Stroyer is the exact opposite with regards to the body outline/perimeter. The X-Stroyer has a mahogany body with a maple top that looks solid black from a distance. But then when you get up close, you can see the beautiful wood grain of the Trans Black finish. It has DiMarzio pickups, a Floyd Rose tremolo with FU Tone titanium block and saddles and a Jackson Sustainer/Driver pickup same as I have in my Jackson PC1s. My X-Stroyer has a very thick neck, which also helps the tone.
"This guitar feels and sounds expensive. The intent while building the new instrument was to have a body shape that invokes the 'spirit/enthusiasm' of my classic model, but with a twist. Mike Shannon, Jackson senior master builder, really went overboard for me on this one and I think it's the best Jackson guitar I've ever played."
Jackson has announced plans to release another Phil Collen signature model that will be available to the public in August. The Jackson PC1 Stealth, a limited-edition model from the prolific guitarist's PC line with Jackson, will have two versions of this model manufactured, with only 25 of each currently being built in Corona, California.
DEF LEPPARD & KISS announced their two newest roadies for their 2014 summer tour Monday night in Salt Lake City in front of a sold out crowd and both are veterans.
Kayla Kelly and Bill Jones were chosen by the bands after submitting their resume through Military.com. Thousands of applicants applied for the position and Military.com assisted the band in narrowing the field to the final candidates. The winners of the two coveted roadie spots were announced between the bands’ performances by Sterling Poulson, Chief Meteorologist for CBS in SLC and a veteran of the United States Air Force, after 27 years of service.
The bands will be donating to two local charities in honor of each roadie being hired. LEPPARD will be donating to the Utah Guard Charitable Trust and KISS will be donating to Veterans Mothers.
"It is our privilege to draw attention to the obligation we all have to the brave men and women who volunteer to risk their own lives to protect the liberties and freedom that we all take for granted. We should all jump at any opportunity to provide any assistance needed by our warriors. Heroes deserve jobs!" said Paul Stanley, lead vocalist/guitarist of KISS.
“Having our own wounded warrior in Rick Allen, we’ve always had a close tie with the military,” said Joe Elliott, lead vocalist of Def Leppard. “To carry on and further our contribution by giving a little back, and hopefully helping fulfill a dream or two, we’re more than happy to show our support.”
Throughout the course of their tour, the bands will be donating to charities including the USO, Project Resiliency/The Raven Drum Foundation, Augusta Warrior Project, Hiring Our Heroes, and Wounded Warrior Project.
Joe Elliott’s side project band Down ‘n’ Outz are pleased to announce UK & Eire tour dates in December 2014. The dates support the recent release of their album The Further Adventures Of… Tickets On-sale 27th June 2014 from all usual outlets.
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 (Liemlight)
18th Dec - Dublin (Academy)
Additional tour dates announced in Mexico. Please note KISS is not paying on these two (2) dates.
4th September - Mexico City, Mexico (The Sports Palace) - HEADLINE SHOW
Pre-sale - Monday June 30th - 11am CST - July 1st – 8pm CST
General Onsale - Wednesday July 2nd at 11am
6th September - Nuevo Leon, Mexico (Monterrey City Festival, Parque Fundidora) - HEADLINE FESTIVAL SHOW
General On-Sale - Friday June 27th – at 1pm Tickets HERE
June 23 - West Valley City, UT (USANA Amphitheater)
June 25 - Denver, CO (Pepsi Center)
June 27 - Ridgefield, WA (Sleep Country Amphitheater)
June 29 - Auburn, WA (White River Amphitheater)
July 2 - Concord, CA (Concord Pavilion)
July 3 - Marysville, CA (Sacramento Valley Amphitheater)
July 5 - Irvine, CA (Verizon Wireless Amphitheater)
July 6 - Chula Vista, CA (Sleep Train Amphitheatre)
July 8 - Los Angeles, CA (The Forum)
July 9 - Phoenix, AZ (Ak-Chin Pavilion)
July 12 - Austin, TX (Austin360 Amphitheater)
July 13 - Dallas, TX (Gexa Energy Pavilion)
July 15 - Cincinnati, OH (Riverbend Music Center)
July 16 - Nashville, TN (Bridgestone Arena)
July 18 - Atlanta, GA (Aarons Amphitheater at Lakewood)
July 19 - Charlotte, NC (PNC Music Pavilion)
July 20 - Raleigh, NC (Walnut Creek Amphitheater)
July 22 - West Palm Beach, FL (Cruzan Amphitheater)
July 23 - Tampa, FL (MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater)
July 25 - Bristow, VA (Jiffy Lube Live)
July 26 - Holmdel, NJ (P.N.C. Bank Arts Center)
August 1 - Mansfield, MA (Xfinity Center)
August 2 - Atlantic City, NJ (Boardwalk Hall)
August 3 - Camden, NJ (Susquehanna Bank Center)
August 5 - Saratoga Springs, NY (Saratoga Performing Arts Center)
August 6 - Wantagh, NY (Nikon at Jones Beach Theater)
August 8 - Viriginia Beach, VA (Farm Bureau Live at VA Beach)
August 9 - Scranton, PA (The Pavilion at Montage Mountain)
August 10 - Hartford, CT (The Xfinity Theatre)
August 12 - Toronto, ONT (Molson Canadian Amphitheatre)
August 13 - Darien, NY (Darien Lake Performing Arts Center)
August 15 - East Troy, WI (Alpine Valley Music Theater)
August 16 - Tinley Park, IL (First Midwest Bank Amphitheater)
August 17 - Minneapolis, MN (Target Center)
August 20 - Des Moines, IA (Wells Fargo Arena)
August 22 - Noblesville, IN (Klipsch Music Center)
August 23 - Clarkston, MI (DTE Energy Music Theatre)
August 24 - Burgettstown, PA (First Niagara Pavilion)
August 26 - Cuyahoga Falls, OH (Blossom Music Center)
August 28 - Maryland Heights, MO (Verizon Wireless Amphitheater)
August 29 - Tulsa, OK (BOK Center)
August 31 - Woodlands, TX (Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion)
New interview w/ Phil where he discusses the summer tour, Ded Flatbird, Slang re-issue, and much more. Listen now.