Def Leppard's Vivian Campbell Working On Solo Album
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guitarist Vivian Campbell has revealed that he is currently working on a solo album and also says that he is writing new music for Def Leppard
. "I got together with [bassist] Lou Castro and [drummer] Glen Sobel today to run through 5 songs for my new record," posted Campbell on Tuesday. "We'll be cutting demo tracks Dec 16th. Big excitement! Well, it is for me, at least..." Vivian shared additional details in a post on Wednesday. "A few peeps have asked questions about my upcoming recordings, so here are some of the facts: I'm making a rock record (lots of guitar). "I intend to sing, however, I may ask a real singer to help out if I fail miserably at the demo stages. I'm also writing for Def Leppard
(we all are) as Leppard will be recording new music in February. So, all in all it's a busy time creatively." more on this story hennemusic is an official news provider for antiMusic.com. Copyright hennemusic - Excerpted here with permission. Def Leppard
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Def Leppard Release Online Sampler For VIVA! Hysteria
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are streaming an audio sampler of their recently-released live package, "VIVA! Hysteria", which captures the band during their 2013 spring residency in Las Vegas. The stream features previews of 11 songs from the set, which is available in multiple formats: 2CD+DVD digipak, Blu-ray, DVD and digital album download. The UK rockers played 11 shows at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino this past spring, following in the footsteps of Motley Crue and Guns N' Roses. Check out the sampler here. hennemusic is an official news provider for antiMusic.com. Copyright hennemusic - Excerpted here with permission. Def Leppard
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Def Leppard, Sex Pistols Members Team for Manraze
... Manraze - the trio fronted by Def Leppard
lead guitarist Phil Collen and consisting of Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook and bassist Simon Laffy - will return with a new EP, I Surrender, on November 12th. Premiering here, the three-song release is a succinct representation of the group's assorted musical approaches, from Collen's soulful, stripped-down "All I Wanna Do" and the roaring live jolt of "Connected" to the shimmering, layered studio number "I Surrender."See Where Def Leppard
's 'Hysteria' Ranks on the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time"The whole concept of Manraze has always been doing exactly what we want, and that involves being quite diverse," Collen tells Rolling Stone. "I Surrender represents that diversity. I've been told that this song sounds like a combination of the Police, Pink Floyd, the Sex Pistols and Def Leppard
. I take that as a compliment."The title track dates back eight years, according to Collen, who had forgotten about the song after Manraze first attempted it soon after their 2004 formation. While on tour in 2012, it finally took shape. With backing vocals from Debbi Blackwell-Cook (who also appears on "All I Wanna Do") and the capable rhythms of Cook and Lafffy, Collen ranks "I Surrender" as Manraze's finest moment to date.When Manraze isn't working together, Collen forges on with his day job with Def Leppard
. Meanwhile Cook has been collaborating with both Edwyn Collins and original U.K. punks Subway Sect. As for Laffy, who first played with Collen in Girl more than three decades ago, he has recently penned Red Sunrise and Seed of Satan,two soon-to-be-published historical novels. RelatedDef Lepard Rejuvenated By Guitarist's Cancer ScareSex Pistols Flip Off Hall of Fame Def Leppard
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Def Leppard (1977-)
Joe Elliott (vocals) 1977-
Pete Willis (guitar) 1977-1981
Rick Savage (bass) 1977-
Rick Allen (drums) 1979-
Steve Clark (guitar) 1977-1991
Phil Collen (guitar) 1981-
Vivian Campbell (guitar) 1992-
Tony Kennerig (drums) 1977-1978
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Their name was originally spelled Deaf Leopard. They got the idea to alter the spelling from Led Zeppelin.
Rick Allen lost his left arm in a car accident on New Year's Eve, 1984 when he was racing his Corvette on a road in Sheffield, England. He flew through the windshield and his arm was ripped off by the seat belt. He quickly expressed his desire to stay with the band, and learned to play with a specially designed, computer-assisted drum kit.
Guitarist Steve Clark died of a drug and alcohol overdose in 1991.
They formed in England, and Rick Savage lives in the band's hometown of Sheffield. Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell as well as drummer Rick Allen all live in California. Joe Elliott lives in Ireland; the tax laws are much more favorable for entertainers there.
Steve Clark was dubbed "The Riff-Master" because of his ability to make lots of catchy riffs for the band, many of which were not recorded to songs.
Clark and Collen were known as "The Terror Twins," a reference to Aerosmith's Toxic Twins. (thanks, matt - Lee's Summit, MO, for above 2)
Thomas Dolby played keyboards on the Pyromania album. He is credited as Booker T. Boffin.
Allen was once criticized by Queen Elizabeth because of the Union Jack boxers he wore onstage. The Union Jack is the flag representing the United Kingdom.
Their first concert was in a room in a spoon factory in Sheffield, England. Only 6 people went to it. (thanks, Tom - Trowbridge, England)
Due to a lack of interest, the band had to release their debut album on their own label, Bludgeon Riffola Records.
On October 23 1995, the band played three 45-minute shows on three different continents. One show was in Tangier, Morocco, another was in London, and the last one was in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Before joining Def Leppard, Vivian Campbell played in Dio and Whitesnake. (thanks, Gavin - Colchester, England)
Phil Collen joined Def Leppard after the dismissal of founding member Pete Willis. Collen had previously been a member of a glam band named "Girl." (thanks, Michael - San Diego, CA)
While some individual members had serious problems with drugs and alcohol, the band was quite tame when they toured, avoiding the typical Rock mayhem and excess. Said Elliott: "Since rock bands discovered accountants, they don't throw TVs out of windows at 500 quid a time."
Their two biggest albums, Pyromania and Hysteria, were released around the same time as Michael Jackson's Thriller and Bad, and spent a lot of time at #2 on the album charts as a result.
Many British bands move out of England when they become famous to avoid the heavy taxes, which is known as becoming a "Tax Exile." Def Leppard did this in 1984, moving to Ireland so they could keep more of their money.
It wasn't until their 1987 Hysteria album that they broke out in their home country of England. Their biggest success was in America, where Pyromania sold almost 7 million copies, but just 60,000 in England.
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