Archive for 2001

5ive will not release Pour Some Sugar On Me

Saturday, August 11th, 2001

Pour Some Sugar On Me has been deleted from the final tracklist of their album, XL, along with the version of We Will Rock You in order to add more self-written/R&B oriented tracks.

The wigs should be good

Friday, August 10th, 2001

NME.com: DEF LEPPARD fans can now watch clips from 'HYSTERIA', a new biopic about the SHEFFIELD rockers, online.

The film, made by VH-1 for broadcast on the station, traces Leppard's story from their early days attempting to break, through their chart success and the accident that led to drummer Rick Allen losing his arm right to the present day.

Amongst the clips on view are the full film trailer and interviews with actors onset – including Orlando Seale as singer Joe Elliott and 'The Breakfast Club's Anthony Michael Hall. To view the clips click here.

British boyband 5ive will not release their cover of Pour Some Sugar On Me as their upcoming single

Monday, August 6th, 2001

British boyband 5ive had originally planned on releasing their cover of Pour Some Sugar On Me as the first single for their upcoming album, XL.

Future plans for the song are unknown.

Hysteria: The Def Leppard Story

Monday, July 30th, 2001

You had to figure it would only be a matter of time before someone did a movie dramatization of the amazing story of one of rock's most successful bands Def Leppard. The triumph over adversity lineage of this fivesome that escaped the gritty industrial town of Sheffield, England is the kind of storybook set up that you would think a lot of producers and directors would wet their pants over. When a movie finally did get made, airing on VH1 of course, the dramatized story of the first eight years of The Lep's existence was told in an uneven but reasonably enjoyable way.

The movie titled 'Hysteria – The Def Leppard Story' focuses on the climb of the band and the epochal moments after their huge success with the album 'Pyromania', its subsequent tour with the main focal points on the accident causing the loss of drummer Rick Allen's left arm and the affect on the band's recording efforts of guitarist Steve Clark's burgeoning drinking problem.

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Wednesday, July 18th, 2001

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Five Guys, Nine Arms

Wednesday, July 18th, 2001

When the VH1 video tape of "Hysteria: The Def Leppard Story" landed on my desk last week, I got very nervous. Oh, dear God no! Why me?

I feared being trapped watching another one of those awful "true-life" band movies, which are the modern day equivalent of the baseball biopics they used to make in the '50s – big, cleaned up versions of famous people's lives.

So, my mood was not good as I approached "Hysteria: The Def Leppard Story." But I was wrong. The music is great, the acting's good, the storyline works, and aside from a script that cleans up the heavy metal band's act a little too much, the whole thing works.

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Hysteria: The Def Leppard Story

Wednesday, July 18th, 2001

You don't have to know anything about Def Leppard to see where this made-for-VH1 movie is headed. Anyone familiar with Behind the Music will recognize the formula: A band struggles, achieves fame, falls prey to the trappings of that fame, then emerges triumphant and wiser. The only thing surprising about this predictable story is that the filmmakers somehow make it work.

Hysteria: The Def Leppard Story chronicles the rise, fall and rise of one of the '80s most popular bands. It succeeds because of the actors' remarkable physical resemblance to the real Def Leppard and strong performances by Karl Geary (Steve Clark), Tat Whalley (Rick Allen), Orlando Seale (Joe Elliott), Adam MacDonald (Rick Savage), Nick Bagnall (Pete Willis) and Esteban Powell (Phil Collen). Although musicians in the audience will notice that the actors are not playing their own instruments, the cast is adept enough …

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VH1 Original Movie 'Hysteria: The Def Leppard Story' True Story of One of The Hottest Groups of the '80s

Tuesday, July 17th, 2001

In a music scene marked by excess, it's perhaps not surprising that one of the biggest rock bands of the 1980s fell victim to drug and alcohol addiction. But what's really shocking is that Def Leppard not only managed to overcome the worst kind of personal and professional tragedies — they also re-emerged to play in front of their biggest-ever audiences.

The dramatic true tale of one of the hottest metal bands of the '80s, "Hysteria: The Def Leppard Story" stars Orlando Seale ("Sleepy Hollow"), Tat Whalley ("Joan of Arc"), Karl Geary ("Sex and the City"), Esteban Powell ("Deal of a Lifetime," "Beverly Hills 90210"), Adam MacDonald ("Nuremburg"), Anthony Michael Hall ("Freddy Got Fingered," "61*") and supermodel Amber Valletta ("What Lies Beneath"). The VH1 Original Movies presentation premieres Wednesday, July 18 at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT).

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The Return of the Geek

Saturday, July 14th, 2001

The Return of the Geek: My phone rings earlier this week. Me: "Hello?" The caller: "Hi, is Kim there?" Me: "This is Kim," I cleverly reply. The caller: "Hi, Kim, this is Anthony Michael Hall." Oh! My! God! Okay, no matter what he's done since, or what he ever will do, Anthony Michael Hall, aka Ted the Geek in Sixteen Candles and Brian "the Geek" Johnson in The Breakfast Club, has earned a permanent place of awe and respect among those of us who love those classic '80s teen films. And if you're someone who has seen those flicks and other A.M.H. starrers like Weird Science and Vacation and can quote pretty much the entire movies verbatim, and you say you wouldn't be just as psyched as I was to chat with him, then I say you lie like a rug!

Anyhoo, A.M.H., or Michael, as he says people now call him, is, it seems, working on other projects these days, including this week's premiere of VH1's Hysteria: The Def Leppard Story (Wednesday, 9 p.m.), in which he does a great turn as Oscar-nominated, Grammy-winning music producer (and Mr. Shania Twain) Mutt Lange.

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VH1 Original Movie 'Hysteria' (Full Release)

Saturday, July 14th, 2001

VH1 Original Movie 'Hysteria: The Def Leppard Story' True Story of One of The Hottest Groups of the '80s, Premieres Wednesday, July 18 at 9:00 P.M. (ET/PT)

Highlighting 'Movies That Rock,' Exclusive VH1 Film Stars Karl Geary, Orlando Seale, Adam McDonald, Esteban Powell, Tat Whalley, Anthony Michael Hall and Supermodel Amber Valletta

PASADENA, Calif., July 12 /PRNewswire/ — In a music scene marked by excess, it's perhaps not surprising that one of the biggest rock bands of the 1980s fell victim to drug and alcohol addiction. But what's really shocking is that Def Leppard not only managed to overcome the worst kind of personal and professional tragedies — they also re-emerged to play in front of their biggest-ever audiences.

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Rob Lamothe And The 'Dogs Jam Together

Friday, July 6th, 2001

From melodicrock.com:

Rob Lamothe and the line up of the original Riverdogs (Rob, Vivian Campbell, Mark Danzie and Nick Brophy) got together last weekend and worked on some new music. They recorded 6-7 new ideas that they will continue to work on and plan to get back together in a few months to continue the work for the planned new Riverdogs record. Apparently the guys also discussed the possibility of some live shows this year. There is obviously no time line in place for this record, but this update is at least good news for those hanging out for a re-union!

A conversation with Def Leppard's Joe Elliott

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2001

Calling from his home in Dublin, Ireland, vocalist Joe Elliott discussed the movie, Def Leppard's current activities, and his side project Cybernauts (a mostly Bowie cover band also featuring Leppard guitarist Phil Collen). He also shared some very strong opinions about his career and various aspects of the music business.

G: Your life story-at least the part about Def Leppard-is about to be portrayed on TV. Have you seen a preview?
J: No, nobody's seen it yet. It's not finished until the 16th of July.

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Hysteria: The Def Leppard Story

Sunday, July 1st, 2001

VH1 has set up a multimedia site with pictures, trailers, and interviews regarding the upcoming made-for-television movie on Def Leppard. For more information on the movie, check out Hysteria: The Def Leppard Story Movie Site.

The movie premieres on VH1 on July 18, 2001 at 9:00 pm EDT (8:00 CDT).

Clock live in the studio

Saturday, June 30th, 2001

Clock featuring Vivian Campbell (Sweet Savage, Dio, Whitesnake, Def Leppard), Mark Schulman (Billy Idol), Sasha Kritsov (Billy Idol), and PJ Smith (No Sweat) has been a side project for the last few years. ROCKNROLLSTATION.COM got the exclusive, the first Clock interview!

It is always an honor to have musicians of this caliber sit down and talk with you about their history in rock n roll. Vivian got his start in one of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal bands, Sweet Savage. During the interview, I had arranged a surprise call in from Ray and Dave (singer and drummer) from Sweet Savage.

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Freaking Out On A Moonage Daydream

Thursday, June 21st, 2001

Joe Elliott was recently interviewed by Metal-Is editor Valerie Potter. The full interview is available at the Interviews section. Below are just some of the questions asked:

  • Why did you decide that the Cybernauts album would only be available through the Internet?
  • How did you go about choosing which songs to cover?
  • There's a Def Leppard biopic coming out on VH1 soon. What's that about?
  • How's the writing for the new album been coming along?

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