DEF LEPPARD RELEASE BEST OF ALBUM AND VINYL SINGLES BOX SET TODAY

Closing out a banner 2018, legendary British rock n’ roll icons and 2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame® nominees Def Leppard debut a string of releases. The group have assembled a brand new greatest hits collection entitled The Story So Far – The Best Of, available in stores and online today. It is available in multiple configurations: a 2-CD set comprised of 35 tracks, 1-CD comprised of 17 tracks, 2LP vinyl, and digital. Among a blockbuster tracklisting loaded with timeless hits, all four versions feature two stellar new songs, including the official recording of the band’s recent fan favorite, and previously unreleased Depeche Mode cover Personal Jesus, and the original holiday song titled We All Need Christmas. Also included, is the previously unreleased radio mix of “Rock On.” As a bonus for collectors, the first pressing vinyl copies of The Story So Far feature an exclusive 7” single of Personal Jesus and We All Need Christmas. See full tracklisting below.

Essential for newcomers and longtime fans alike, The Story So Far plays out like the ultimate Def Leppard set upheld by stadium-size anthems.

The group also released Hysteria: The Singles, a new limited edition, 10-disc vinyl box set featuring all of the 7” singles from their eponymous multi-platinum album Hysteria, which celebrated its 30th anniversary last year. Hysteria: The Singles features repressed versions of all eight 7-inch vinyl singles for Hysteria including their Top-5 hits Pour Some Sugar On Me, Animal, Love Bites, Hysteria, Rocket and Armageddon It. Two bonus singles, Excitable”/”Run Riot (Album Version) and “Love and Affection”/”Don’t Shoot The Shotgun” (Album Version), are only available in this box set.

Housed in a beautiful box with a lift-off lid, Hysteria: The Singles features new cover art made up of all 10 of the single’s sleeves, including the rare Spanish Animal single, plus a booklet with a full band discography and an introduction written by Joe Elliott.

Capping off this robust release schedule, Def Leppard is offering a special color vinyl edition of their RIAA diamond-certified third full-length, Pyromania, available now as part of The Sound of Vinyl’s series of limited-edition releases.

Everything sets the stage for what promises to be an even bigger 2019. Be on the lookout for more from Def Leppard soon.

With more than 100 million albums sold worldwide and two prestigious Diamond Awards in the U.S., Def Leppard – Joe Elliott (vocals), Phil Collen (guitar), Rick “Sav” Savage (bass), Vivian Campbell (guitar) and Rick Allen (drums) — continue to be one of the most important forces in rock music. Over the course of their career the band has produced a series of classic groundbreaking albums that set the bar for generations of music fans and artists alike. The group’s spectacular live shows and arsenal of hits have become synonymous with their name, leading Def Leppard to be heralded as an institution in both the music and touring industry. Following the close of their historic 2018 co-headline stadium and arena run in North America, Def Leppard sold a staggering 1,000,000 tickets and the tour grossed over $100,000,000.00, a massive feat in today’s touring world. As always, the group keep pushing forward with their electrifying live shows and recorded music that continues to span generations.

The Story So Far track listing:

Disc 1:

1. Animal
2. Photograph
3. Pour Some Sugar On Me
4. Love Bites
5. Let’s Get Rocked
6. Armaggedon It
7. Foolin’
8. Two Steps Behind
9. Heaven Is
10. Rocket
11. Hysteria
12. Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad
13. Make Love Like A Man
14. Action
15. When Love & Hate Collide
16. Rock of Ages
17. Personal Jesus

Disc 2:

1. Let’s Go
2. Promises
3. Slang
4. Bringin’ On The Heartbreak
5. Rock On (Radio Remix)
6. Nine Lives (feat. Tim McGraw)
7. Work It Out
8. Stand Up
9. Dangerous
10. Now
11. Undefeated
12. Tonight
13. C’Mon C’Mon
14. Man Enough
15. No Matter What
16. All I Want Is Everything
17. It’s All About Believing
18. Kings Of The World

Hysteria: The Singles tack listing:

Disc One: Women / Tear It Down (US Version)
Disc Two: Animal / I Wanna Be Your Hero (US Version)
Disc Three: Hysteria / Ride in To the Sun (Int Version)
Disc Four: Pour Some Sugar on Me / Ring of Fire (US Version)
Disc Five: Love Bites / Billy’s Got A Gun (Live)(Int Version)
Disc Six: Armageddon It / Release Me (Can Version)
Disc Seven: Rocket / Woman (Live) (US Version)
Disc Eight: Excitable / Run Riot (Album Version)
Disc Nine: Love and Affection / Don’t Shoot Shotgun (Album Version)
Disc Ten: Animal / Tear It Down (Spanish Artwork Version)

Purchase The Story So Far – The Best Of here.
Purchase We All Need Christmas digital single here.
Purchase Hysteria: The Singles vinyl singles box set here.
Purchase Personal Jesus digital single here.
Purchase the limited edition color vinyl of Pyromania here.

Def Leppard online:

Official Website
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WRITER GREG PRATO REFLECTS ON RAINBOW’S “RISING”

Writer Greg Prato has written a feature article about Rainbow’s album, Rising, for Vintage Guitar Magazine. Excerpts from the column appear below.

Throughout the course of Rainbow’s history, one thing always seemed inevitable – except for Ritchie Blackmore, band members would come and go like the wind. And one of the quickest/most extensive overhauls took place after the band’s first album, 1975’s Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, when the former Deep Purple guitarist promptly sacked the album’s bassist, keyboardist, and drummer – only retaining the singer (a then-largely unknown Ronnie James Dio). And while their debut was not as hard rocking as his previous band’s output from 1970-1974 was, the line-up that he assembled for Rainbow’s sophomore effort, Rising, changed all of that in a jiffy.

Despite being a largely newly-assembled band (bassist Jimmy Bain, keyboardist Tony Carey, and drummer Cozy Powell were the recent arrivals), musically and stylistically, it sounded as if they gelled automatically. The resulting Rising is largely considered to feature Rainbow’s best line-up…

When I interviewed Carey for the 2016 book, The Other Side of Rainbow, he offered a glimpse into the album’s recording sessions. “It was quick. We knew most of the material, because we had played it live or played it in rehearsals…and a lot of the stuff was one or two takes for the band. I didn’t play live with the band – I overdubbed everything I played. They played just as a trio – with Ritchie, Jimmy, and Cozy, and of course, Ronnie overdubbed, and I overdubbed. Really quick. In and out…”

…While Rising did not exactly storm the charts Stateside..[it] has been heralded as a definitive heavy metal recording (coming in at #1 on Kerrang! Magazine’s “All-Time Top 100 HM Albums” list in October 1981 – above the likes of Back in Black, Led Zeppelin IV, and Paranoid). And to this day, it is deemed an all-time classic, as confirmed by metal expert Eddie Trunk. “Rising definitely. It’s a tough question, but Rising I think stands as the definitive Rainbow record, and a lot of that has to do with the fact that Stargazer is on it.”

To read the entire article, check out the December issue of Vintage Guitar Magazine.

To purchase a copy of The Other Side of Rainbow, please click here.

source: vintageguitar.com

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FORMER JUDAS PRIEST GUITARIST K.K. DOWNING AUCTIONING OFF SOME GEAR AND CLOTHING

Former Judas Priest guitarist K.K. Downing will be auctioning off some of his personal items, including instruments and clothing.

International auction house Bonhams has announced the sale of eleven of Downing’s guitars, including the 1967 Flying V that was K.K.’s main instrument on several of classic Priest albums — from Sad Wings Of Destiny to Point Of Entry — as part of the Entertainment Memorabilia auction. Other items for sale on December 11th at Bonhams’ New Bond Street premises in Central London include Marshall amp heads, guitar FX and a pair of leather jackets from the Turbo and Screaming For Vengeance tours.

To view all the items being auctioned, please click here.

The guitarist released his autobiography, Heavy Duty: Days And Nights In Judas Priest, on on September 18th through Da Capo Press.

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KISS ANNOUNCE ADDITIONAL “END OF THE ROAD” NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES, STARTING AUGUST 6TH IN FLORIDA

KISS have announced additional stops on their farewell End of the Road tour with a new round of 2019 North American dates. The second half launches August 6th in Sunrise, Florida and wraps September 16th in Oakland, California.
General public tickets go on sale starting Monday, December 3rd at 10 a.m. local time. The band’s meet-and-greet experiences will be available Tuesday, November 27th at 10 a.m. local time through their website. A series of Kiss Army fan club pre-sales will begin Wednesday, November 28th at 9 a.m. local time.

New KISS 2019 Tour Dates:

August:

6 Sunrise, FL @ BB&T Center
8 Charleston, NC @ North Charleston Coliseum
10 Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
11 Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
13 Virginia Beach, VA @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
14 Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
16 Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
17 Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena
20 Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
21 Hershey, PA @ HersheyPark Stadium
23 Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Amphitheater
24 Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
27 Syracuse, NY @ St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview
29 Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
31 Indianapolis, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center

September:

1 St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
3 Des Moines, IA @ Wells Fargo Arena
5 Little Rock, AR @ Verizon Arena
7 Bossier City, LA @ CenturyLink Center
8 San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
9 Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
11 Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater
12 Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
14 Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre
16 Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena

Previously announced dates:

January:

31 Vancouver, BC, Canada Rogers Arena

February:

1 Portland, OR Moda Center
2 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
4 Spokane, WA Spokane Arena
7 San Diego, CA Viejas Arena
8 Fresno, CA Save Mart Center
9 Sacramento, CA Golden 1 Center
12 Anaheim, CA Honda Center
13 Glendale, AZ Gila River Arena
15 Las Vegas, NV T-Mobile Arena
16 Los Angeles, CA The Forum
19 Corpus Christi, TX American Bank Center
20 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
22 New Orleans, LA Smoothie King Center
23 Memphis, TN FedEx Forum
26 Oklahoma City, OK Chesapeake Energy Arena
27 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center

March:

1 Milwaukee, WI Fiserv Forum
2 Chicago, IL United Center
4 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
6 Sioux Falls, SD Denny Sanford PREMIER Center
7 Omaha, NE CHI Health Center Omaha
9 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
10 Moline, IL TaxSlayer Center
12 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center
13 Detroit, MI Little Caesars Arena
16 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena
17 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena
19 Montreal, QC, Canada Bell Centre
20 Toronto, ON, Canada Scotiabank Arena
22 Long Island, NY NYCB LIVE’s Nassau Coliseum
23 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
26 Boston, MA TD Garden
27 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
29 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
30 Pittsburgh, PA PPG Paints Arena

April:

2 Quebec City, QC, Canada Videotron Centre
3 Ottawa, ON, Canada Canadian Tire Centre
6 Raleigh, NC PNC Arena
7 Atlanta, GA State Farm Arena
9 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
11 Tampa, FL Amalie Arena
12 Jacksonville, FL Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
13 Birmingham, AL BJCC

additional source: rollingstone.com

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OZZY OSBOURNE SAYS THAT WHILE HE LOVES HIS FORMER SABBATH BANDMATE, TONY IOMMI, HE DOES NOT ENJOY WORKING WITH HIM

Ozzy Osbourne says he doesn’t particularly enjoy working with Tony Iommi.

The original Sabbath singer has spoken about the guitarist in a new interview with The Times– and says he found it difficult working with him.

He says, “Do I like working with him? Not really. Do I like him as a person? Yeah, I love him as a person.

But if people were to say to me, ‘Was there a leader of Black Sabbath?’ I’d have to say it was Tony because without his guitar riffs, we’d be still sitting in fucking rehearsal with our thumbs up our arses going, ‘What do we do now?’”

Osbourne also states that he has moved on from his former band, who played their last show at Birmingham’s Genting Arena in February 2017. He states, “I’ll tell you what it was like. It’s like when you’re younger and you met a girl, Susie, and you break up and you don’t see her for 30 years.

Then she’s in town and you go, ‘Oh, I’ll give Susie a call,’ because your memory only remembers the good parts and you can narrow it then to a week and you go, ‘I remember that week and it was lovely.’ But then you go back and you go, ‘I forgot the f–king four and three-quarter years I was fucking miserable.”

Ozzy says he’s back “in control” now that he’s doing his solo shows and adds, “I get more pleasure out of doing the gigs now.”

Ozzy will headline a special Ozzfest on New Year’s Eve at The Forum in Los Angeles, where he’ll be joined by artists including Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie, Jonathan Davis and Body Count.

additional source: Classic Rock via loudersound.com

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NIGHT RANGER’S JACK BLADES SAYS “THERE’S NOTHING WORSE…THAN A MUSICIAN GETTING UP ON A SOAPBOX AND STARTING TO LECTURE PEOPLE”

Night Ranger bassist/vocalist Jack Blades recently spoke with Classic Rewind 949 JackFM. A few excerpts from the interview appear below (as transcribed by blabbermouth.net).

On whether he ever hopes to convey a certain “message” with lyrics to his songs:

“There’s nothing worse to me than a musician getting up on a soapbox and starting to lecture people. As far as I’m concerned, anybody who actually listens to a musician for their life’s guidance is an idiot. Musicians are not known for being the most straight-ahead, I’ve-got-my-s–t-together-type of person, so it’s kind of funny. What does strike me is that [with] Night Ranger, there has always been a positive sort of vibe. I think that’s a reflection, and definitely a function of the way my outlook on life is, and what I got from my parents, my family. For me, the cup is always half full.”

On what to expect from the band in 2019:

Jack: “We’re putting together a whole acoustic tour. Night Ranger never did an MTV “Unplugged,” so we’re going to put together a string of dates — a Night Ranger “Unplugged” string of dates, so we can just sit there with acoustic guitars and talk about the songs and tell stories and tell lies and bag on each other. It’s going to be fun… Of course, there will be some new music next year. We’re always going to be creating, because we believe when you stop creating, you start dying inside, so we’re going to keep creating and creating and creating.”

Night Ranger released their latest album, Don’t Let Up, on March 24th, 2018.

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