Archive for 2000

Jingle Ball Cancelled

Friday, December 1st, 2000

The Jingle Ball scheduled for Decemeber 15 in Detroit has been cancelled. Following is some information from the Q95.5 Web Site.

"Due to scheduling conflicts beyond our control, the New Q95-5 regrettably has cancelled JingleBall 2000. Refunds may be obtained from the ticket point-of-purchase (at any Ticketmaster location or the Joe Louis Arena box office). Keep it tuned to the new Q95-5 for more information."

Cybernauts information

Sunday, November 19th, 2000

Joe Elliott and Phil Collen are involved in a side project called Cybernauts with various ex-Spiders From Mars members. They will be releasing a live CD towards the end of December (NOT December 6 as previously mentioned). The CD will be available initially in Japan only and from their website around March. The internet release will feature a bonus 4-track CD.

The group will also have a short tour in Japan after the new years. The known dates are as follows:

[YOKOHAMA] January 8, 2000 Yokohama Bay Hall 18:00
[TOKYO] January 9, 2000 Shibuya-AX 19:00
[OSAKA] January 12, 2000 Umeda Heat Beat 18:30
[NAGOYA] unpublished

Price: 7800yen (= US$72.90)
Promoter's website (in Japanese): http://www.udo.co.jp/

What Doesn't Kill You…

Thursday, November 16th, 2000

Some people would say that Def Leppard are one of the most cursed bands in the history of rock and roll. Through the death of long time friend and guitarist Steve Clark and the accident that caused drummer Rick Allen to lose his arm, the band has persevered.

Yet, fans that really know the band would say that despite their many tragedies, they are probably one of the most influential bands to ever come along. With their trademark melodies and big harmonies, Def Leppard have continued their mastery of the pop song with their most recent release Euphoria. I had the chance to speak with singer Joe Elliott who filled me in on what's been going on with the band.

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New Def Leppard icon collection

Wednesday, November 15th, 2000

The Def Leppard Icon Archive has has finally been released as version 1.0. This Archvive includes several DL icons that were previously included in the Def Leppard Theme for Windows. Icons include head shots of past and present band members, as well as several Def Leppard related icons, such as a Union Jack and a shamrock (Viv's symbol on Euphoria).

The entire archive is available in both PC and Mac formats from the Downloadable Files section.

VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock

Tuesday, November 14th, 2000

VH1's countdown of the 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock has been released. Def Leppard comes in at #31, flanked by the Red Hot Chili Peppers (#30) and The Doors (#32). From their position in the ranking list, the segment featuring Def Leppard will air Friday Nov 17 at 11pm EST or Saturday Nov 18 at 1:30pm ET (all on VH1). The whole list and more information is available at VH1's web site.

Christmas Show in Detroit announced

Monday, November 13th, 2000

It has recently been announced that Def Leppard will perform at a Christmas show in Detroit, Michigan. The show will be on Dec 15, 2000 at Cobo Hall (tickets have already gone on sale) and is rumored to include other artists such as Boys 2 Men, The Wallflowers, 9 Days, Shaggy, Dido, and SR71. I will post more details here as I get them. More information is also available from the Q95.5 Web Site.

Nostalgia – and a turn toward minimalism

Sunday, November 5th, 2000

Few bands have endured bad luck and personal hardships like Def Leppard.

But, 20 years of surviving accidents (which claimed an arm of drummer Rick Allen in 1984) and death (of guitarist Steve Clark in 1991), the Lep rocks.

About 7,500 die-hard fans filled the classic Amphitheatre last night (news flash: actual people in seats at a Richmond concert) as Def Leppard ripped through nearly two hours of greatest hits.

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Rock veterans Def Leppard return to heavy-metal roots

Saturday, November 4th, 2000

Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen doesn't hesitate to say his band has been an outcast on the rock scene in recent years.

After scoring two of the biggest-selling albums of the 1980s in "Pyromania" and "Hysteria" (which sold some 7 million and 15million copies, respectively), the band fell out of favor after the release of the "Adrenalize" album in 1992. "Adrenalize" topped out at about 3 million in sales.

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Def Leppard — almost gone in the '90s, not forgotten in the '00s

Friday, November 3rd, 2000

The musical group Def Leppard is composed of, from left, Phil Collen, Joe Elliott, Rick Allen, Vivian Campbell and Rick Savage. We have this unshakable memory of Def Leppard: British boys posturing and grimacing in polished MTV videos of the '80s, lip-syncing to pop-metal delights Rock of Ages, Photograph and Pour Some Sugar on Me.

But there's more drama to the Def Leppard story.

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Big hair, guitar flair transport State Fair crowd back to '80s

Thursday, November 2nd, 2000

With only slightly less hair, and just a little worse for the wear, members of the 1980s rock band Def Leppard reminded a sold-out Kansas State Fair grandstand why they're still drawing crowds while their former competitors languish in nightclubs.

The band, whose popularity peaked with the 1987 album "Hysteria," found itself in the 1990s suffering the same anti-hairband backlash that buried Poison, Warrant and Ratt.

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Post Hysteria Tour review added

Wednesday, November 1st, 2000

Note: This is an old article from 1987 that I recently acquired and decided to post.

Since the release of Hysteria in August of '87, Def Leppard has done nothing but roar. By February of '89, the LP made the record books when it passed the 10-million mark, sliding by Bon Jovi's Slippery When Wet to become the biggest-selling hard-rock LP of all time.

The last time we caught up to Def Leppard head howler, Joe Elliott, he was so exhausted from touring that he was joking about an early retirement, of being "sent to the glue factory." Poor guy! Even if you're not a Def Lep fan, you've got to appreciate the work they put into staying in the public eye, including endless tours. (The Hysteria tour lasted 18 months.)

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Added the tablature for Ring of Fire to the Guitar Section

Wednesday, October 4th, 2000

The guitar tablature for Ring of Fire has been added to the Guitar Section.

A new Def Leppard FAQ site

Monday, October 2nd, 2000

Mike Reinneman has completely redone the Def Leppard FAQ that was previously mantained by Mark Senff. The new 3.0 version is completely HTML based and is located at The Def Leppard FAQ Portal.

The Euphoria Summer 2000 Tour is over

Sunday, October 1st, 2000

The Euphoria Summer 2000 tour has finished. No new dates have been announced for the fall and winter, and the band is rumored to be taking time off before heading back to the studio to start recording a new album.

Added the tablature for Pearl Of Euphoria to the Guitar Section

Monday, September 25th, 2000

The guitar tablature for Pearl Of Euphoria has been added to the Guitar section.