Please note that the 24 June, 2013 show in Barcelona Spain will now be played at Poble Espanyol

The Kings of Chaos Tour kicks off tonight in South Africa! The band is Joe Elliott's side project featuring Slash, Matt Sorum, Duff McKagan, and Gilby Clarke of Guns 'n' Roses, Glenn Hughes of Deep Purple, Steve Stevens from Billy Idol, and Myles Kennedy from Alter Bridge. Yesterday the band assembled for a Google Hangout with Cape Town radio station 94.5 Kfm and for a proper press conference. Watch the videos below

20 Years Ago Today

06/06/2013 - 19:05

On this day in Def Leppard history, 6 June 1993, the band played their hometown of Sheffield, UK at Don Valley Stadium. Watch a video of the full show below

Joe Elliott and his side project, Kings Of Chaos, have just arrived for their tour in South Africa!

Joe recently spoke to South Africa's Jacaranda 94.2 on the legacy of Def Leppard, the VIVA! Hysteria shows and thoughts on doing another full-album residency, working with Mutt Lange, and the Kings Of Chaos tour - Listen HERE

Listen to Phil Collen's talk with Chris Epting in the premiere episode of Chris' weekly Internet radio show, "Music." Phil speaks on VIVA! Hysteria, his own physical fitness, what the future holds for Def Leppard, and more!

Listen HERE

This weeks show Joe will be paying tribute to Trevor Bolder (David Bowie, Uriah Heep, Cybernauts) and Ray Manzarek (The Doors) and playing songs from them including The Cybernauts, The Doors, as well as Queen, New York Dolls, 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

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

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.

Listen HERE
Tickets are available for the July 17th show in Canandaigua, NY HERE

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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Joe Elliott recently spoke with JD Lewis of Calgary's CJAY 92 about Def Leppard's show at Stampede Roundup on July 10 with Cheap Trick and Sloan, the Vegas VIVA! Hysteria shows, writing new music, and more! Listen HERE or in the player below