It is like a Greatest Hits package all on its own: Def Leppard‘s July 1987 Hysteria album, one of the most popular albums ever at an estimated twenty-five million copies, yet as Joe Elliott and Rick Savage remind us, it is a miracle that it ever was finished. You can’t make this stuff up. The epic saga revealed behind “Pour Some Sugar on Me”,”Love Bites”,”Animal”,”Women”,”Armageddon It“, and “Hysteria” on the album’s 30th anniversary. After World War II the worldwide success of The Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Who, The Kinks, Cream, and a bit later Led Zeppelin all had a profoundly positive effect on the British self-esteem. All of these predecessors of Def Leppard were almost entirely influenced musically by the blues, rhythm and blues, and soul music of African-Americans, yet it is most telling that when the Sheffield England quintet compiled an all-covers tribute album a few years ago made up of their most-loved formative impressions, all but one were by white British musicians….
Read the full band interview and listen to Rick Savage & Joe Elliott discuss the album HERE
Def Leppard are in select company, alongside such acts as Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and the Beatles, as one of the few rock bands to have multiple diamond record certifications, for 10 million albums sold. The British hard rock band scored back to back smashes in the ‘80s with 1983’s Pyromania and 1987’s Hysteria.
Ask frontman Joe Elliott and it is the latter that defined the band’s first decade unquestionably. To commemorate the thirtieth anniversary of Hysteria, the band is releasing multiple deluxe editions of the set, including a five-CD box set.
I spoke with Elliott about the new edition of Hysteria, revisiting the album after three decades, why it’s endured as long as it has and why he doesn’t offer advice to other artists after four decades in rock…..
Read the full interview with Joe Elliott on Forbes HERE
Vivian Campbell’s side band Riverdogs new album “California” is now available everywhere. Check out the video for the single “American Dream”! Riverdogs originally formed in 1989 and released their first album in 1990.
This year, to celebrate its 20th anniversary, VH1 Save The Music partnered with the Gibson Foundation to recruit 20 musicians and 20 visual artists to create 20 custom guitars that are as much art pieces as they are musical instruments.
Each Les Paul will be auctioned through Julien’s Auctions in October, with all proceeds benefiting VH1 Save The Music in its mission to expand public access to music education for children in America’s public schools.
Participants include Joe Perry, Rick Nielsen, Warren Haynes, Gary Clark Jr. and longtime Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell.
“As a child, I searched to communicate with those around me and to find my voice,” says Campbell, who was introduced to the custom ax before his recent show in Chicago. “Music gave me that voice. I believe music is an expression of our souls and the universal language that we all speak.”
Happy Monday to everyone! The awesome people at Frontiers Music srl have something really cool for you all later this week! We’ll just have to wait and see what that will be (we’re pretty sure you’re going to love it though!!). We could watch the Riverdogs behind the scenes, making of ‘California’ video again. Or have another listen to ‘Welcome to the New Disaster’ or “Something Inside” to pass the time! Here is a link to the Frontiers Records Youtube Riverdogs Playlist where you can catch up on all 3 (and bookmark it for the future)!!
(hint: the photo of Rob, Vivian Campbell, Zander, Terri and Fernanda is a clue about what’s coming this week!!)
“I’d like to thank the wonderful people at the Porsche Sport Driving School at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham Alabama. I got a few hours of great driving instruction this morning before we left for the show. What a great way to startthe day!” – Vivian Campbell
Don’t miss Vivian Campbell’s side band Last In Line on tour in UK, Poland, Germany, Holland, Czech Republic, France and Austria this month! Tickets & VIP Packages go HERE
November 10 – Gwynedd, UK (Hard Rock Hell)
November 13 – Zwolle, Holland (Hedon) – w Saxon (Official)
November 14 – Paris, France(Le Trianon) w/ SAXON
November 16 – Strasbourg, France (La Laiterie) w/ SAXON
November 17 – Stuttgart, Germany (LKA Longhorn) w/ SAXON
November 18 – Telfs, Austria (Rathaussaal) w/ SAXON
November 19 – Zlin , Czech Republic (Masters Of Rock Winter Festival)
November 21 – Warsaw, Poland (Progresja) w/ SAXON
November 22 – Berlin, Germany (Huxleys) w/ SAXON
November 23 – Cologne, Germany (Luxor Köln)
November 25 – London, UK (O2 Academy Islington)
November 26 – Winter Storm Festival, Troon, UK
November 27 – Bristol, UK – (Bristol Bierkeller
November 28 – Nottingham, UK (Rescue Rooms)
November 30 – Wolverhampton, UK (Wolverhampton Civic Hall)
December 1 – Newcastle, UK (O2 Academy Newcastle)
December2 – Sheffield, UK (Corporation)
December3 – Belfast, NI (Limelight Belfast)