Archive for 2005

Updated the Def Leppard Icon packs

Thursday, September 22nd, 2005

I've updated the Def Leppard Icon Packs to include icons for Best Of and Rock Of Ages. You can get the files from the Downloadable Files section. The Mac OS X updated version will be coming soon.

BeliefNet with Rick Allen

Monday, September 19th, 2005

Rick Allen is best known as the drummer for the popular hard rock band Def Leppard. After a 1984 car accident severed Allen's left arm, the future looked bleak for the British quintet. But Allen returned after only a few months, helping the band produce some of the biggest hits of its career, including "Pour Some Sugar on Me," "Hysteria," and "Two Steps Behind." Currently on tour with Def Leppard, Allen also plays on Krishna Das' new album of chant, "All One." Although not a Hare Krishna himself, Allen finds spirituality in many places-Hindu mantras, the Lord's Prayer, and Shamanism, to name a few. He recently spoke to Beliefnet about his spiritual transformation after his accident and the "magical" experience of playing with Krishna Das.

Can you tell me a bit about your spirituality?

So you were spiritually transformed after the accident?

And what were you going through then?

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Def Leppard rocks on

Sunday, September 4th, 2005

The "Rock of Ages" came to the La Crosse Center on Saturday night as Def Leppard played its greatest hits in front of more than 3,200 fans.

The band sounded great. And it should.

Def Leppard has been doing this for 25 years.

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Vivian Campbell: Reluctant Guitar Hero

Monday, August 29th, 2005

You have never been one to put yourself in the spotlight yet your name is now in lights with your new blues album Two Sides of If. Why did you decide to do the album now?

As a guitar player what was the most important thing you learned researching the blues?

Were people raising an eyebrow when they saw you come into an open blues jam?

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It's good that Leppard didn't change its spots

Friday, August 26th, 2005

While Def Leppard's days as mainstream superstars have passed, they remain one of the most durable of the '80s metal groups.

Despite some high-profile tragedies in the group – drummer Rick Allen losing an arm, guitarist Steve Clark losing his life – they've remained together for 25 years.

Perhaps the biggest reason for the band's longevity is its trashy, infectious singles, such as "Pour Some Sugar on Me,"

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Modern Guitars Magazine with Vivian Campbell

Thursday, August 25th, 2005

How's the Leppard tour going?

Was it hard growing up in Belfast, musically and socially?

Do you spend a lot of time on the quest for tone?

You've always been somewhat of a blues fan, too?

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Def Leppard rocks Saddledome

Thursday, August 25th, 2005

Metal for moms. That's been Def Leppard's stock-in-trade for a long time now, and that's exactly what the British rock band delivered Wednesday, in front of a sold-out house at Pengrowth Saddledome.

Honey-sweet harmonies and singalong pop anthems, set to polished hard-rock grooves. Def Leppard put that formula into motion from the start on the 'Dome stage, opening with the friendly fist-pumper Action, followed by the mindless fun of Let's Get Rocked, and the big-rock drone of Women, the band's ode to, you guessed it, women.

Singer and '80s heartthrob Joe Elliott, now 46, is looking a bit pudgy, though that face is still pretty enough. His voice was somewhat disappointing, however, sounding rather thin and strained when compared with what you'll hear on the records. That was especially apparent during the Lep's otherwise strong versions of Foolin' and Love Bites.

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Rock of Ageds

Wednesday, August 24th, 2005

Last night at Rexall place, the '80s heartbreak group Def Leppard took almost 10,000 Edmontonians on a nostalgic trip down memory lane. The rest of the crowd were kids who had just come of age and the attraction for them is yet to be defined.

Celebrating their 25th anniversary, the English group truly found their fame in the mid-80s with the majority of hit singles released on their 1987 album Hysteria, and the concert last night peaked with the hit single Love Bites from that very album. In 1987, it was THE school slow dance number and in the top five for mixed tapes. The lights went a soft bluey pink and lighters lit up half the arena.

That doesn't necessarily mean they were good then or now, but somewhere there's a connection.

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Rick Allen reveals spiritual side

Sunday, August 21st, 2005

It turns out that Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen is "one with everything." He's been dabbling in the philosophies of Hare Krishna for quite some time – but don't expect him to turn up at the airport dancing in saffron robes and banging a tambourine.

"No, but I'll talk to those guys," he says. "They're just doing their thing, you know? It's very noble. If there were more people like Hare Krisha in this world, we certainly wouldn't be at war."

It's hard to argue. But it's also surreal to hear this kind of thing from the wild and crazy rocker whose former excesses are well-documented. There are the drugs, the booze, the spousal battery charge and the terrible car accident on New Year's Eve 1984 that resulted in the loss of his left arm. Now, at the ripe old age of 41, he comes across like a mellow English gentleman – one who still curses like a rock musician, mind you – as he talks about his spiritual awakening.

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Def Leppard rock, rock, till they drop for rabid Winnipeg fans

Saturday, August 20th, 2005

Just when you think Def Leppard are past their prime, they come prowling back with a roar.

The 28-year British vets have been rockin' for ages, but last night at the MTS Centre, they proved age hasn't altered their ability to shake up an arena like it's 1989.

And the 8,000 enthused fans who showed up gratefully consumed every bit of sugar the pop-metal outfit poured during their 75-minute plus set.

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Down-to-earth rockers

Thursday, August 18th, 2005

Few bands define the big hair decade like Def Leppard. Mixing heavy metal edge with catchy pop melodies, the British quintet provided the quintessential '80s soundtrack.

Arena-sized rock anthems such as Bringin' On the Heartbreak, Pour Some Sugar On Me and Animal, along with ballads such as Photograph and Love Bites, tore up the airwaves.

Twenty-three years since their debut album rocketed onto the charts, Def Leppard has survived longer than most marriages. Even some of their own. "We've experienced so much together — life, death, birth, marriages, divorces — we've been there for each other," said guitarist Phil Collen in a recent interview.

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Def Leppard Rock For The Soccer Moms

Thursday, August 18th, 2005

"What is this, a Tom Jones concert?" Joe Elliott quipped late in Def Leppard's set as someone tossed a pair of fuchsia panties onstage. It was a strangely quaint reaction for a fivesome who, back in their globetrottin', arena-fillin', ozone-depletin' heyday as England's #1 hairspray band, ranked just behind Bon Jovi and Poison on the pop-metal groupie's must-do list. Time may have slowed the almost 30-year-old band's collective mojo a touch, but the army of tarted-up moms in attendance remained unfazed. They met Elliott's every grin and wink with the same lusty roar their daughters do for Usher.

For a gang of rock dudes on the wrong side of 45, the Lep lads appeared pretty well preserved: bassist Rick Savage and guitarists Viv Campbell and Phil Collen – who opted to go shirtless a mere three songs in – were all trim, while Rick Allen's enthusiastic drumming kept the show humming along at a brisk clip. Out of the lot, middle age seemed to have hit Elliott the hardest. The barrel-chested frontman put up a brave fight reaching for those high notes in "Love Bites" and "Women," but his armor-piercing wail seemed to have lost half an octave. In the end, it hardly mattered: the crowd were so loud and juiced, few noticed.

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Def Leppard roaring with best-of disc

Thursday, August 18th, 2005

Call it a matter of pride. Classic rockers Def Leppard may not mind singing about the Rock of Ages, but even after nearly three decades on the prowl, they still want people to think of them as hip cats.

"If you're perceived like a bunch of old grandpas, no one will buy into that," says long time guitarist Phil Collen over the phone before a gig in Memphis, Tenn.

Back in their big-haired, '80s prime, the rock outfit didn't have an uncool bone in their much-adored bodies. They were dubbed one of the world's biggest bands after the release of 1987's Hysteria, which turned out seven singles and sold 16 million of the 65 million albums they've moved since their 1977 inception.

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Def Leppard to change management

Monday, August 15th, 2005

It's been in the works now for several weeks, but word has now leaked that Def Leppard will soon announce a switch to new management. It's possible that this move has played some part in the delayed release of the upcoming covers album Yeah!

Def Leppard have been with Peter Mensch and Cliff Bernstein at Q Prime Management most of their career to date, but are set to sign with Trudy Green at HK Management. Industry source Hits Online broke this news today. Green has worked with such names as Aerosmith, Poison, Michael Jackson and Slash. Additionally HK management is now part of Irving Azoff's Frontline Management.

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Def Leppard in Ottawa

Saturday, August 13th, 2005

Def Leppard teased a crowd of 9,200 at the Corel Centre last night, filing on stage amidst flashing red strobe lights and the sounds of Queen singing We Will Rock You.

Once they were there, the lights went white and flooded the house, and it was Action for a raucous, reminiscent 90-minute-plus set by the British quintet.

And if many of the 30-, 40- and 50-somethings in attendance have left their brash and boisterous tendencies to, as lead singer Joe Elliott advised, take the "f—ing roof off this place," behind, they still rocked out pretty good. But this '80s band has somehow managed to find a young following too, with a surprising number of youngsters snapping up seats.

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