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Def Leppard hit the Jackpot at Chumash Casino Resort

by on Nov.01, 2014, under LINKS, ROCK NEWS, ROCK TOUR DATES

Def Leppard hit the Jackpot at Chumash Casino Resort

Def Leppard played the first of three special California Casino shows at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, California on October 30th and I was lucky enough to be in attendance.

The anticipation for the band was heightened as the lights went down with The Who's 'Won't Get Fooled Again' pumped through the Samala Showroom. The band continued paying tribute to their British influences, by rocking the last bit of the track live before kicking into 'Let It Go.' That was followed by Leppard's cover of The Sweet's 'Action.' Seeing the band in an intimate setting such as this was a rush that continued for the entire set.

'Animal,' 'Foolin', 'Love Bites' and 'Armageddon It' followed in the set, with the crowd loving every minute of it. A great rendition of 'Make Love Like A Man' lead into a mini-acoustic portion of the show, with 'Two Steps Behind' and 'Bringin' On the Heartbreak,' before the band cranked it back up on 'Bringin' for the later half of that track and 'Switch 625.'

Steve Brown of Trixter did a more than admirable job filling in on guitar for Vivian Campbell, who is continuing to undergo stem-cell treatment to fight Hodgkin’s lymphoma. They found exactly the right guy to fill in for Viv, as Steve delivered with big time solos and fantastic interplay with Phil Collen and the rest of the band.

In regards to Vivian Campbell, Joe Elliott tell Billboard "The latest that I'm aware of with Viv, they were harvesting stem cells from him and do whatever they do in a Petry dish with them, and then they were gonna carpet bomb him with chemo for a week and he was gonna be kept in the hospital...Then they're gonna put the stem cells back in and do whatever they do, wave the magic wand and say 'Abracadabra.' Hopefully by the middle of November they're gonna let him out. We were under the impression he would be in the hospital until Christmas, but the last email he sent me, which was about two weeks ago, said, 'It looks like I may be able to get out of here by mid-November."

Fan favorites rounded out the set, with 'Hysteria,' 'Rocket,' 'Let's Get Rocked,' 'Pour Some Sugar On Me' kicking the crowds ass before the set wrapped up with the encores of 'Rock Of Ages' and 'Photograph.' It was an amazing night of rock, ending with a promise by Joe Elliott that the band would return at some point to the Chumash in the future. Here's to hoping they do!!

There was no media photo credentials issued for the show, but I had to snap this photo below with my phone.

Def Leppard California Casino Shows:
October 30th - Santa Ynez, CA (Chumash Casino Resort)
November 1 - Rancho Mirage, CA (Agua Caliente Casino)
November 2 - Temecula, CA (Pechanga Theater & Casino)

Special Thanks to Mike Traphagen of Chumash Casino Resort. For more info and a complete lineup of upcoming shows go to


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Softcover edition of ‘108 Rock Star Guitars’ book to be available November 11

by on Oct.21, 2014, under LINKS, ROCK BOOKS, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Softcover edition of ‘108 Rock Star Guitars’ book to be available November 11

Hal Leonard Books will release a softcover edition of '108 Rock Star Guitars' by photographer/author Lisa S. Johnson on November 11. This exquisite book, originally issued as an embossed, red leatherette-bound hardcover in limited quantity that USA Today called, “…a monster of a coffee table book…” will now be available to a much wider audience at a more affordable retail price of $54.

Hailed as “impressive,” “jaw-dropping,” “masterpiece” and “elegant” by media and artists alike when it was released in October 2013, 108 Rock Star Guitars received widespread accolades for its overall design and the artistry of the images—up-close portraits of the cherished guitars belonging to some of the world’s most iconic players. American Photo magazine named it one of the “Best Photo Books of the Year” for 2013, while Brian Setzer called it, “The classiest guitar book I have ever seen.”

Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen, Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Jeff Beck, Nancy Wilson, Bonnie Raitt, Slash, Dave Mustaine, Phil Collen, Carlos Santana, Jack White, Ronnie Wood, Lou Reed, Ace Frehley, Billy Gibbons, Don Felder, Joe Walsh, Robby Krieger, Willie Nelson, Johnny Winter, and Les Paul, who also wrote the foreword, are among the rock stars whose instruments are featured.

The softcover, with French flaps, includes many of the same features of the original book in a slightly smaller size (9×10.5”): 396 pages, 486 gorgeous color images, reproduced using a six-color printing process, on high quality paper, and cover art that replicates the hardcover’s award-winning design.

“I am thrilled that Hal Leonard, with its global distribution channels, will publish the softcover edition of 108 Rock Star Guitars,” Johnson commented. “Even at a lower price, it was essential that this version maintained the style and beautiful quality of the hardcover edition, and I think anyone who sees this book will appreciate the care and detail that went into the new presentation.”

In 108 Rock Star Guitars, Johnson’s extreme close-up images capture the intimate details of her six-string subjects in a fresh and distinctive way revealing the beauty and art in these magnificent instruments, and giving insight into the personality of the musicians who play them. Additionally, she provides personal anecdotes describing her 17-year quest to photograph these guitars and documents her travels from the backstage hallways of some of the world’s most famous venues to the artists’ private homes.

A portion of the proceeds from sales of the softcover edition will benefit the Les Paul Foundation, which supports music education, engineering and innovation as well as medical research. Pre-order now at


Lisa S. Johnson grew up in an artistic family, where she fell in love with melody and imagery and pursued a career in photography. After a successful 10-year stint working at Eastman Kodak, she met the owner of a vintage guitar shop in Memphis, Tenn., and began exclusively photographing guitars. She lives in Las Vegas.


Les Paul was a guitar player, inventor, and recording artist, and an innovator throughout his career. In 1941, he built his first solid-body electric, helping shepherd into existence rock music as we know it. A pioneer whose name graces some of the most beloved six-strings ever manufactured, Paul died in Mahwah, N.J., where he had spent much of his life, in 2009 at the age of 94.


The mission of the Les Paul Foundation is to honor and share the life, spirit, and legacy of Les Paul by supporting music education, engineering and innovation as well as medical research. The foundation awards grants to music, music engineering and sound programs that serve youth, establishes music-related scholarships at schools and programs for students, provides grants for medical research and programs related to hearing impairment, and supports public exhibits displaying Les Paul’s life achievements.

Check out a few video clips with Lisa sharing her interactions with some of the guitars featured in this fabulous book!

Rock Star Guitars book

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Def Leppard/KISS Summer co-headlining tour announced (video)

by on Mar.18, 2014, under ROCK NEWS, ROCK TOUR DATES, VIDEO

Def Leppard/KISS Summer co-headlining tour announced (video)

KISS and Def Leppard will rock North America for a 42-city co-headlining tour that will kick off on June 23rd in West Valley City, Utah and wrap up August 31st in Woodlands, Texas. Tickets will go on sale starting Friday.
The groups announced the tour yesterday at the House of Blues in Los Angeles. You can watch the entire press below.

KISS guitarist Paul Stanley promised the tour will “deliver good news and excitement,” with Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott adding that he and Gene Simmons first discussed the idea of the two bands touring together when he and the Kiss bassist played some South American dates two years ago as part of a rock-and-roll all-stars tour. “It’s finally happened, which is fantastic,” Elliott says.

It’ll be the first time the two bands have shared a bill, though Stanley says, “We’ve run into each other at festivals. It just seemed to be a natural fit.” Stanley also noted that one of guitarist Phil Collen’s pre-Def Leppard bands, Girl, opened for KISS in the U.K. during the early ’80s.

Simmons says a dollar from each ticket sold on the tour will go to to the Wounded Warrior Project and other military non-profits including the USO, Hire a Hero, Project Resiliency/The Raven Drum Foundation, and The Augusta Warrior Project. “Politicians fart through their mouth,” Simmons said. “Only the military makes freedom possible.”

Stanley added that the group also plans to hire vets again for its crew. “We try to find a couple of vets who want to go out and be part of the team,” he says. “This is a chance for somebody to travel and be part of the KISS Army.” KISS has done this on past tours as well.

Elliot says he doesn’t see any rivalry developing between the groups while they’re on tour. “It’s two great bands that are going to be playing for the same amount of time,” he says. “It’s joint forces. I don’t see it as competitive at all.”
KISS/Def Leppard
Jun. 23 - West Valley City, UT - USANA Amphitheater
Jun. 25 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center
Jun. 27 - Ridgefield, WA - Sleep Country Amphitheater
Jun. 29 - Auburn, WA - White River Amphitheatre
Jul. 2 - Concord, CA - Concord Pavilion
Jul. 3 - Wheatland, CA - Sleep Train Amphitheatre,
Jul. 5 - Irvine, CA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Jul. 6 - Chula Vista, CA - Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Jul. 8 - Los Angeles, CA - The Forum
Jul. 9 - Phoenix, AZ - Ak-Chin Pavilion
Jul. 12 - Austin, TX - Austin360 Amphitheater
Jul. 13 - Dallas, TX - Gexa Energy Pavilion
Jul. 15 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center
Jul. 16 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena
Jul. 18 - Atlanta, GA - Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
Jul. 19 - Charlotte, NC - PNC Music Pavilion
Jul. 20 - Raleigh, NC - Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
Jul. 22 - West Palm Beach, FL - Cruzan Amphitheatre
Jul. 23 - Tampa, FL - MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
Jul. 25 - Bristow, VA - Jiffy Lube Live
Jul. 26 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
Aug. 1 - Mansfield, MA - Xfinity Center
Aug. 2 - Atlantic City, NJ - Boardwalk Hall
Aug. 3 - Camden, NJ - Susquehanna Bank Center
Aug. 5 - Saratoga Springs, NY - Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Aug. 6 - Wantagh, NY - Nikon At Jones Beach Theatre
Aug. 8 - Virginia Beach, VA - Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
Aug. 9 - Scranton, PA - Pavilion at Montage Mountain
Aug. 10 - Hartford, CN - Xfinity Theatre
Aug. 12 - Toronto, ON - Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Aug. 13 - Darien, NY - Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Aug. 15 - East Troy, WI - Alpine Valley Music Theatre
Aug. 16 - Tinley Park, IL - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Aug. 17 - Minneapolis, MN - Target Center
Aug. 20 - Des Moines, IA - Wells Fargo Arena
Aug. 22 - Noblesville, IN - Klipsch Music Center
Aug. 23 - Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
Aug. 24 - Burgettstown, PA - First Niagara Pavilion
Aug. 26 - Cuyahoga Falls, OH - Blossom Music Center
Aug. 28 - Maryland Heights, MO - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Aug. 29 - Tulsa, OK - BOK Center
Aug. 31 - Woodlands, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

KISS Def Leppard tour 2014

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Bret Michaels solo album to feature all-star cast of contributors

by on Jul.13, 2012, under CD/DVD RELEASES, ROCK NEWS

Bret Michaels solo album to feature all-star cast of contributors

Poison frontman Bret Michaels has teamed up with an impressive cast of rockers and other musicians for his new solo album that's slated to arrive this summer. 'Bret Michaels and Friends: Get Your Rock On' features guest appearances by Aerosmith's Joe Perry, former Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley, Chickenfoot's Michael Anthony, Def Leppard's Phil Collen, .38 Special's Bobby Capps and Lynyrd Skynyrd's Rickey Medlocke and Peter Keys.

The record also will feature Jimmy Buffett, country legend Loretta Lynn and rapper Lil Jon. Michaels told, "I have either jammed with, partied with, or hung out with every friend that joined me on this album. There is such an awesome and diverse mix of talent on this record...It was truly one of the highlights of my career."

Michaels recently debuted a video for the first single from the album, the title track. The tune features guitar work by Def Leppard's Collen.

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Bret Micheals talks on ‘The Talk’ and ‘Get Your Rocks On’ album with Loretta Lynn (video)

by on Feb.14, 2012, under FUNNIES, ROCK NEWS, TV ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Bret Micheals talks on ‘The Talk’ and ‘Get Your Rocks On’ album with Loretta Lynn (video)

Bret Micheals stopped by CBS-TV's 'The Talk' to 'talk' about re-doing you. The Poison rocker, philanthropist, entrepreneur and most of all, true survivor Bret Michaels shares some hard-earned lessons about taking control of your life.

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This from Bret Michaels' upcoming solo album, 'Get Your Rock On,' will include a few friends. "Loretta Lynn and I are gonna redo 'Every Rose Has It’s Thorn' together," he tells Rolling Stone. "And, for me, growing up in a family that my father loved country music and Coal Miner’s Daughter, this is gonna be a really awesome time."

How did the two come together? "I met her at Thanksgiving and it was really great. We were out at her ranch in Hurricane Mills and we sat there, me and her, and after everyone, the whole family and my crew sort of dissipated we sat there and started writing some songs together," he says. And one of the ideas she had was redoing 'Every Rose Has It’s Thorn' and I thought it would be unbelievable for me and her to do that together."

Among the other guests on the album are Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen and Jimmy Buffett. "The song 'Get Your Rock On' has Phil Collen from Def Leppard playing guitar with me and it also has guitarist Sal Costa from My Darkest Days, really, really good guitar player and good friend," he says. "Jimmy Buffet and I did a live version of 'Margaritaville' together."

Michaels says the two duets, with Lynn and Buffett, will be "two bonus tracks." And of the rest of the record he says, "It is just straight up in your face rock & roll."

"Every Rose Has It's Thorn" is just one of the songs that came from his Thanksgiving jam session with Lynn. There will be more. "There are two songs we wrote together. One of them is going to appear, she’s a doing a new album with T-Bone Burnett, we’re gonna go down and do one on that," he says. "And then we’re gonna do one [on] an album that’s called Me, My Guitar And I, it’s a record that will come out either later in the year or sometime next year."

Michaels will be very busy in 2012, with Poison hitting the road this summer with Def Leppard in addition to his two planned solo albums.

Advice expert Bret gives advice on how to properly destroy a hotel room:

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