The virtual gala, powered by Microsoft, will be an illustrious celebration of Black Girl Magic featuring phenomenal musical performances by the iconic Queen of Funk Chaka Khan, and GRAMMY® nominated virtuosos Alice Smith and Maimouna Youssef aka MuMu Fresh; DC’sall-female go-go band Bela Dona, GRAMMY Award winning gospel singer Tasha Cobbs Leonard, celebrity DJ Aktive, and an exclusive collaboration with Chaka Khan and Def Leppard lead guitarist Phil Collen. The event will be hosted by esteemed actress Tatyana Ali and hip-hop icon MC Lyte, with appearances by acclaimed actor Wood Harris, GRAMMY® Award winning artist Estelle and more.
The BGR! 15-Year Anniversary Fundraising Gala will benefit the advocacy and philanthropic work that BLACK GIRLS ROCK! continues to pioneer via its programs and initiatives. Tickets for the virtual gala can be purchased online at www.blackgirlsrock.com
As part of a multi-year strategic partnership with BLACK GIRLS ROCK!, Microsoft is also extending fundraising support through Give with Bing, an initiative with the Microsoft Rewards program. Through Give with Bing, fans and followers of BLACK GIRLS ROCK! can earn Microsoft Rewards points by searching on Microsoft Bing. These points can then be donated to BLACK GIRLS ROCK! via Give with Bing. And it doesn’t stop with that—all funds raised for BLACK GIRLS ROCK! through Microsoft Rewards will be matched through June 30, 2021. Start donating here: give.com/bgr
In his youth, Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott was creatively influenced by the music of the late 60’s and early 70’s. From legendary acts like T. Rex, Mott The Hoople, David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust and so many others. Each month, listen to Elliott play “Deep Tracks” from his personal music collection. Expect to hear songs from Joe’s vault and some of the stories behind them.
Join Joe Elliott, Phil Collen, and photographer Ross Halfin on the Leppard Vault for a video livestream event discussing Def Leppard’s incredible history of photographs. Be ready for a candid conversation between old friends and fan Q&A about the most iconic, wild, heartbreaking, and hilarious photos in the Def Leppard collection.
Digital Event Tickets and Limited-Edition Event Bundles on sale NOW! PLUS – New Def Leppard Vault merchandise on sale during the event.
Have a favorite Ross Halfin / Def Leppard photograph? Maybe you took a Leppard photo of your own that you’d like to share with the band? Send your questions (written or as a video) along with your photos to email@example.com for a chance at a live response from Joe, Phil, and Ross! We will also be taking questions from the chat during the livestream.
Def Leppard’s Volume 3 Box Set is available now! Click HERE to stream on your favorite platforms and order your physical copy 🤘
THEN, join us on Twitter Spaces at 10am PT/6pm BST for a LIVE Q&A with Viv, Joe, and Phil! Click HERE to set a reminder and join the chat 🔥
This set marks the third of four volumes of the band’s complete recorded output in both 180gm vinyl and limited-edition CD box sets. They contain all the recordings from the band in the 2000’s and features the original packaging on both formats. To date, X, Yeah! and Songs from the Sparkle Lounge have never been available on vinyl before.
The albums were mastered by Ronan McHugh and Joe Elliott at Joe’s Garage with assistance from Andy Pearce and cut by Greg Moore. Housed in rigid boxes the sets also contain a hard-backed book with rare photos by Ross Halfin and notes by Classic Rock Magazine’s Paul Elliott. Band members Joe Elliott, Rick Savage, Rick Allen, Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell have also contributed to the set.
Def Leppard – Volume Three features 2002’s X, which was the groups sixth consecutive Top 20 record on the Billboard 200 chart and features songs such as “Now,” “Four Letter Word” and “Long Long Way to Go”, 2006’s Yeah!, the band’s first covers album featuring a collection of the groups favorite tracks re-recorded with the iconic Leppard sound, this is the first time this album will be available on vinyl. Also Def Leppard’s tenth studio album Songs from the Sparkle Lounge, released in 2008 the record marked the bands return to their signature sound and hitting the Top 10 both sides of the Atlantic, the album included the hit single “Nine Lives” which featured GRAMMY® Award winning country legend Tim McGraw.
Also included are B-Sides, Yeah! Studio Covers and Yeah! Live. These albums have specially been compiled by Joe Elliott for this limited-edition release. B-Sides contains a rare compilation of B-sides that have never appeared on vinyl before. Yeah! Studio Covers includes some never before released on vinyl covers, Yeah! bonus disc exclusive release tracks and a compilation of the various covers recorded by the band over their career. Yeah! Live is a compilation of live recordings of covers by the band which include both tracks from 2006’s Yeah!, as well as previously unreleased live tracks from the past 30 years.
TODAY, Saturday June 5th – tune in for Phil’s performance with Slash, Robert DeLeo and Forrest Robinson for the Los Angeles Zoo’s Beastly Ball – L.A.’s biggest fundraiser devoted to saving species and helps sustain all the great work that’s happening at the L.A. Zoo! To learn more and watch live, visit http://beastlyball.lazoo.org.
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This star-studded event will be hosted by Actor, Comedian, and TV Host Joel McHale and honors the philanthropic work of Actors Jackie Chan and Leila George, and will be filled with inspiring conservation stories; special celebrity guests; animal moments; an online auction; and musical performances by Weezer, REO Speedwagon’s Kevin Cronin, Slash with Def Leppard’s Phil Collen and Stone Temple Pilots’Robert DeLeo; and Poet Christopher Simms reading a poem he wrote called “The Return of the Earth/She;” and much more. Guests can watch the live event and/or participate in the silent auction at www.lazoo.org/beastlyball.
Get ready to air guitar 🎸….Check out Phil’s new video “Quadrant 4” with his Delta Deep bandmates Forrest Robinson (drums) and Craig Martini (bass).
“I recruited Drummer Forrest Robinson and bass player Craig Martini to accompany me on this track. We did a shred guitar, hard rock update of the 1973 jazz rock fusion classic “Quadrant 4”. I’ve always loved the version from Billy Cobham’s Spectrum album that featured Tommy Bolin on guitar. We (Delta Deep) opened up our set with this song every night on Joe Satriani’s G3 tour in 2018 and it was always a breakneck blast. I also wanted to let everyone know about some of the stuff I’ve been doing during Covid. This is just one of the amazing compositions I’ve recorded. More to come…” -Phil