Rick spoke w/ radio station 103.3 (KAZR) in Des Moines, IA's recently about the keys to Def Leppard's resiliency throughout the years, touring and staying healthy on the road, and post-touring plans for himself and the band. Stream HERE
Vivian is celebrating and plays tonight in St. Louis, Missouri on the Rock of Ages Tour w/ Poison & Lita Ford. Have a great day, Vivian!
OK, just to nip in the bud any Twitter/Facebook rumours you may have read regarding our recent performance at Saratoga Springs where the band didn't do an encore, here's the deal...
After the Boston gig, which was the 1st show on the whole tour where it was actually cold afterwards, I caught a hacking cough which just ripped the hell out of my voice. Despite all the usual stuff singers do such as lemon tea, steam, etc. it just wasn't going to heal overnight, but with sufficient rest & plenty of warming up I thought I might manage to do the following show in Saratoga Springs. I was tough and I was ploughing through it as best I could but by the time we got to "Photograph", there was barely anything left in the tank & it was starting to hurt, so I decided after struggling through "Sugar" that I had to make a decision...do the encore & risk doing so much damage that we might have to cancel a bunch of shows, or blow out one song & sort out a doctor to have a look at me, which we did the following morning.
The result being after a couple of cortisone shots, I seem to be mending quite nicely !! The cough has gone, & the gig in Bangor, Maine on Wednesday night albeit challenging, was a big improvement & with today being a day off it's a perfect opportunity for me to rest up & address this issue which seems to have a few people unduly worried about my health !!
In most occupations a cough doesn't really affect your ability to work—not so for people who use their voice for a living !! I've had a couple of tough gigs, it's happened before & no doubt it'll happen again, but for now, I'm OK, the tour will roll on, we will ALL give our all, as we do every night, & we move on.
Thank you to all of you who have publicly & privately supported me on this .....
Joe Elliott on route to Indianapolis, 23/8/12
Def Leppard have announced that the entire HYSTERIA video collection will be released for the first time digitally. The videos will be available for purchase on iTunes starting TODAY. The videos available for download are: “Animal,” “Armageddon It,” “Hysteria,” “Love bites,” “Rocket,” “Women,” and “Pour Some Sugar On Me." In addition, a new Hysteria video will be uploaded to the official band YouTube Channel every day for the next seven days. Click the below links to download the collection.
Meet Phil Collen's guitar tech, Scott, and Phil's collection of guitars in this recently edited video from last summer's Mirror Ball Tour. Get an inside look of what goes into achieving Phil's sound each night on tour & see a special demo from Phil, himself.
Def Leppard is now on Instagram! Follow @DefLeppardOfficial for current and archive photos of the band and be sure to include #DefLeppard when posting your own photos of and inspired by the band. Looking forward to seeing all your Instagram shots!
If you don't have Instagram, you can download the free app for iPhone & Android HERE
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