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...

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. 

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Here is a new interview that Phil did with 97 Rock / WGRF in Buffalo.  Listen HERE

New radio interview from Milwaukee's rock radio station 96.5 WKLH.  Listen HERE

New Show Dates Announced

08/13/2014 - 02:14

DEF LEPPARD has added two new show dates this November in California.  Tickets on sale 16th August. 


November 1 - Rancho Mirage, CA (Agua Caliente Casino) - Details HERE
November 2 - Temecula, CA (Pechanga Theater & Casino) - Details 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)


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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