Tag: House of Blues
Def Leppard News: Joe Elliott talks re-recording classic tracks, USA Today profile, Youtube performance and Q&A
Def Leppard recently re-recorded new versions of 'Pour Some Sugar on Me' and 'Rock of Ages' after not being able to come to an agreement with their ex-record label about the digital rights to the band's back catalog. Now the band are aiming to re-record all their hit singles.
Frontman Joe Elliott told MTV Hive that’s just the start: "How can I put this politely? We were having a major disagreement with out ex record label about the digital rights for our back catalogue. We couldn’t come to a mutual understanding that seemed fair for both sides. So we finally decided to re-record all our hits. We started with Sugar and Rock of Ages and I think we did a pretty good job – but it’s hard work trying to recreate something you did 30 years ago.
Def Leppard will make "100% forgeries" of their originals, but Elliott says it would be a mistake to try changing any aspect of the tracks: "It’s not like a live version where everything a bit looser and you’ve got the ad libs, the longer guitar solos and the crowd in the background. We were very conscious of the fact that when people download our songs from iTunes they want it to sound like they remember it. There’s nothing worse than being let down by an artist you love. There’s a guy called Andrew Gold – back in the seventies he had a song called Lonely Boy that’s just wonderful. When we were on tour it popped into my head, so I went to download what I thought was the original. I ended up getting a re-recording. It was like a crappy karaoke version."
But don't expect any new videos to go along with the re-recorded track. Elliott says: "It’s easy to reproduce the sound and get it to match – but we can’t go in a time machine and get rid of the wrinkles. We are what we are. I’m 52; I’ll be 53 in a few months. It would be ridiculous."
Check out a new lyric video for 'Rock of Ages' and listen to the new version of 'Pour Some Sugar On Me' here:
This weekend, over 80 stations will air 'Off the Record' with Joe Benson featuring the music of Def Leppard and Joe's brand new conversation with singer Joe Elliott and bassist Rick Savage. Find a station to listen to it on here: www.unclejoe.com
Def Leppard recently recorded a live set on the Sunset Strip at the House of Blues in West Hollywood, CA. for youtube. Def Leppard rip through 7 songs including "Rock of Ages", "Foolin'", "Animal", "Hysteria", "Bringin' on the Heartbreak", "Pour Some Sugar on Me", and "Let It Go". It was all followed by a band Q&A with 'Rockline' host and legendary DJ Bob Coburn.
The 'Rock of Ages' tour with Poison and Lita Ford rocks on tomorrow in Denver, CO. and wraps up in Santa Barbara, CA on September 15th.
USA Today profiled the band earlier this week. Here's an excerpt:
Starting in Sheffield: During the late '70s, the nascent group had a hard time finding places to play in its hometown in England. Club owners realized "they could make more money employing somebody to spin discs rather than getting a band that would vomit all over the dressing rooms." The group played its first show in the dining hall of a local school, a hastily arranged gig designed to keep guitarist Steve Clark, who had joined six months earlier, from making good on his threat to quit. (He would remain a member until his death in 1991.) The second show took place in a dark field. "A couple of people put their (car) lights on so that the 12 people who were there could see us," Elliott says.
That's the way (they like it): In the early days, Def Lep once opened for the electro-pop Human League, who also formed in Sheffield in 1977. Decades later, the rockers taped a TV concert with country superstar Taylor Swift, who's a big fan. But neither of those was their weirdest bill: They once found themselves on the lineup with disco stalwarts KC & the Sunshine Band. Not that Elliott minded: "They were unbelievable. There were 11 of them onstage, and they were a machine. Just because we ended up in a rock band doesn't mean we don't appreciate (Shake, Shake, Shake)Shake Your Booty." Read the entire article here: www.usatoday.com/life/music
Steel Panther Invade Europe!, Vivian Campbell rocks the Fanthers at House of Blues Hollywood (video)
The Steel Panther european onslaught has begun and the band will be bringing you a new web series that documents their life on the road during the recent tour! Over the next few weeks, they will be releasing weekly webisodes featuring footage of backstage shenanigans, fans they can’t understand, the occasional boob signing and much more! The first webisode was posted yeaterday, but it was pulled becasue Lexxi Foxxx wasn't happy with his amount of facetime and has requested a relaunch of our first webisode, which will be re-posted shortly. Check out the teaser clip below.
The band sat down for an interview with Brian Adler from Adlercast recently and talked '17 Girls In a Row,' the 'Balls Out' album, vaginal rejuvenation and BVS, rocdocs, the 9 volt battery taste and more.
Guitarist Vivian Campbell (Dio, Whitesnake, Def Leppard, Thin Lizzy) rocked with Michael Starr, Satchel, Lexxi Foxxx and Stix Zadinia at House of Blues in Hollywood on May 28th. It was a return visit for Viv with Steel Panther, as he joined them back in January at one of their residency gigs at House of Blues Anaheim. This time they performed Dio's 'Holy Diver' and 'Rainbow In the Dark,' as well as Def Leppard's 'Rock of Ages.'
Def Leppard in partnership with YouTube will play a one-time exclusive 'YouTube Presents' club gig at the House of Blues in West Hollywood, CA on June 6th at 11:30 (ET)/2:30pm (PT). Fans will get in for free on a first-come, first-served basis. The performance will be followed by a Q&A of fan questions with the band. Get your questions in by June 5th.
Both the performance and Q&A will be available on YouTube here in full, at 9am ET/12pm PT on June 7th.
Singer Joe Elliott and bassist Rick Savage break down all the details in this video clip:
Steel Panther was joined onstage last night at The House of Blues on the Sunset Strip by Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit in Hollywood for a rendition of Van Halen's 'You Really Got Me.' Durst proceeds to attempt a bit of crowd surfing before finishing his vocals and high-fiving with the audience.
In February Lil' Wayne announced that Limp Bizkit had signed with DefJam. Fred Durst confirmed the news in March and the band has been recording their first release for the label. Limp Bizkit will be touring this summer, starting in Madrid, Spain on May 25th, and continuing with headlining and European festival gigs in the UK, Poland, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Netherlands, and Belgium. The band also has three gigs in Russia during June.
Steel Panther continue their world onslaught! Here's their slate of gigs in May:
Duff McKagan and his former band Guns N' Roses will be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland on April 14, and to coincide with the induction, Duff will celebrate with a book reading at the House Of Blues in Cleveland on April 13. His appearance is billed as 'A Punk's Revue.'
McKagan will read selections from his memoir, to be released on paperback on March 20, with musical accompaniment by Mike Squires on guitar, Jeff Rouse on bass and Paul Huxtler on pedal steel guitar. The presentation will include photos and video as well.
McKagan told Cleveland.com, I want to make my book come alive. I'm a book nerd....I've been to readings. Henry Rollins is a great reader. But I'm not that intense, like he is. When I read Upton Sinclair's 'King Coal' or something, it's a 3-D story. You're on that mountain. And you're in that coalmine. And you smell the mules. I thought, 'How do I do this?' My story is 3-D, too, hopefully.
"So I got this band behind me. . . . These guys play music, little snippets from my whole career. Even punk-rock stuff that I read about. It's really interesting. Really cool. Really fun."
McKagan was asked if there was any chance one or more of his former GN’R bandmates might join McKagan onstage at the House Of Blues book reading?
"I don’t know," he said. "That would be awesome. I should probably put the invitation out first. I think it would be a lot of fun to get somebody there.
“I’m doing this book thing because I’m gonna be there. If I find out somebody else is going, I’m gonna definitely invite ’em. And maybe get somebody to read a chapter.
“Who knows? I don’t know. That’s a month away, and it seems like it’s about five years away. There’s been so much made of this thing.”
Fans in Los Angeles can look forward to a signing at Book Soup on March 24. Read the first 20 pages of the book here: www.scribd.com