def-leppard in - CD Reviews, DVD Reviews, News

SKINLAB Frontman Forges Ahead With Side Project

DEF IGNITION, the San Francisco Bay Area-based band led by SKINLAB's Steev Esquivel, have completed their lineup and are currently recording their first "official" demo. "Things are going fast," Esquivel said. "We're not wasting anytime with this. The plan is to have a record out this year. I'm not sure where it will end up, ...

Read more

Posted in: News

DEF LEPPARD: No Plans To Tour With KISS

DEF LEPPARD have issued a statement via their official web site refuting the rumors that they are in talks with KISS about touring together later in 2004. "No matter what you read on any web site, no matter what you read in any article, no matter what you hear or see on any station, and ...

Read more

Posted in: News

SKINLAB Frontman Seeking Bassist For New Project

DEF IGNITION, the San Francisco Bay Area-based band led by SKINLAB's Steev Esquivel, are currently seeking a bassist. Applicants should be based in the "Bay Area or surrounding areas," says Steev, who is playing guitar in the new group. "Unknown [musicians are] preferred." Interested partied should write to: [email protected] DEF IGNITION's current lineup is rounded ...

Read more

Posted in: News

ROLLING STONE Magazine Publishes 'Greatest Albums Of All Time' List

The editors at Rolling Stone magazine recently polled an array of musicians, critics, and influential industry figures to come up with these 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time. Nearly 300 such music experts (including METALLICA's James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich, BLACK SABBATH's Geezer Butler and Bill Ward, ANTHRAX's Scott Ian, IRON MAIDEN's Bruce Dickinson, THIN ...

Read more

Posted in: News

KISS To Tour With DEF LEPPARD?

According to KissKollector.com, KISS manager Doc McGhee has confirmed that KISS are in talks with DEF LEPPARD about possibly touring together next year. As reported here yesterday, KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons has told the Associated Press that KISS will take a break from touring following their final dates with AEROSMITH later this month and will ...

Read more

Posted in: News

DIONYSUS Say They Are 'Extremely Proud' Of Their New Album

DIONYSUS, the Swedish/German melodic power metal act featuring the voice behind guitarist Luca Turilli's solo work, Olaf Hayer, and ex-SINERGY drummer Ronny Milianowicz, have posted the following message on their web site: "Hello dear fans! "It's time for a new DIONYSUS album, and the release date is finally set to January 19! Right now we're ...

Read more

Posted in: News

SKID ROW To Give Free Concert In Germany

SKID ROW will be giving a free concert on Thursday (November 6) at Musikzentrum in Hannover, Germany. The group, who are touring Europe in support of their latest release, "Thickskin", were forced to cancel their previously announced Nov. 6 gig in Hamburg due to "technical problems." Upcoming SKID ROW tour dates: w/ DEF LEPPARD: Nov. ...

Read more

Posted in: News

DEF LEPPARD Joined By BRIAN MAY For Rendition Of QUEEN Classic

DEF LEPPARD were joined by QUEEN's Brian May for a "rocking" version of the QUEEN classic "Tie Your Mother Down" during the finale of the band's performance at the London Apollo Hammersmith on Friday (October 31). In addition drummer Rick Allen's 40th birthday was celebrated on stage during the gig when Rick's mother surprised him ...

Read more

Posted in: News

DEF LEPPARD Perform In Edinburgh: Photos Available

DEF LEPPARD performed at The Playhouse in Edinburgh, Scotland on Saturday, October 18. Check out pictures from LFI. Upcoming DEF LEPPARD tour dates: Oct. 26 – Birmingham, UK @ Carling Academy Oct. 27 - Doncaster, UK @ Doncaster Dome Oct. 28 - Cambridge, UK @ Corn Exchange Oct. 30 - Bournemouth, UK @ ...

Read more

Posted in: News

UNIDA Announce Los Angeles Gig

UNIDA, the band featuring former KYUSS vocalist John Garcia, will be playing at The Garage in Los Angeles on October 17. Also appearing are FATSO JETSON and FAMILY BUTCHER. UNIDA have yet to secure a release for their much-anticipated full-length CD, which was originally completed in May 2001 while the band were part of the ...

Read more

Posted in: News

DEF LEPPARD Fan Fired For Going To Concert

Sheffield Star reports that a devoted DEF LEPPARD fan claims he was fired for going to watch his heroes in concert. South Yorkshire carpenter Glyn Wilkinson (photo) was given tickets by his daughter Kerry for the family to see the band's homecoming gig in Sheffield. He was working in London and decided to ...

Read more

Posted in: News

SKID ROW Announce U.K. Tour Dates

SKID ROW have announced the details of their upcoming U.K. headlining tour. The band, will be supporting DEF LEPPARD on the German/Swiss leg of their European tour in November, will then head off to the U.K. to do some headlining dates. The jaunt will mark SKID ROW's first trip to Europe in over seven years. ...

Read more

Posted in: News

DEF LEPPARD Drummer To Wed?

According to the Sheffield Star newspaper and several sources, DEF LEPPARD drummer Rick Allen and his girlfriend Lauren Monroe are getting closer to their wedding date. It is unclear when they will marry but an Oct. 18 date appears likely in the Los Angeles area. "The Sheffield rock legend tied the knot with Lauren Anne ...

Read more

Posted in: News

DEF JAM Hasn't Slowed ROADRUNNER's Indie Spirit

Tamara Conniff of the Hollywood Reporter reports that it's been 2-1/2 years since the Island Def Jam Music Group acquired a 50% stake in Roadrunner Records. However, the longtime rock-metal independent label still feels like an indie despite its major label parent, president Jonas Nachsin says. "In terms of the Roadrunner's indie spirit, I don't ...

Read more

Posted in: News

DECONSTRUCT To Open For DEF LEPPARD In California

DECONSTRUCT, the Sacramento, California-based band featuring HEATHEN/ANGEL WITCH drummer Darren Minter, will be opening for DEF LEPPARD at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheater in Southern California next Friday (October 3). This will mark the first Los Angeles-area appearance for the band. However, the group will return to L.A. for an industry showcase at the Whisky in ...

Read more

Posted in: News

SKINLAB's ESQUIVEL To Collaborate With Ex-PUSHED Singer

SKINLAB frontman Steev Esquivel has posted the following message to the band's official web site: "Hey what's up everyone. I wanted to give you the low down on DEF IGNITION. I entered the recording stages of the project. As of last week, I started collaborating with production team Marc Pattison and Luke Shedd of Bay ...

Read more

Posted in: News

SKID ROW To Support DEF LEPPARD In Germany

SKID ROW will be supporting DEF LEPPARD on the German/Swiss leg of their European tour in November. The group will then head off to the U.K. to do some headlining dates. The jaunt will mark SKID ROW's first trip to Europe in over seven years. Says bassist Rachel Bolan, "It's gonna be a blast being ...

Read more

Posted in: News

AEROSMITH's Former Manager Slaps Band With Libel Lawsuit

The former manager of AEROSMITH has slapped the band with a libel lawsuit over a VH1 "Behind the Music" special, according to the New York Daily News. David Krebs, who managed the Massachusets rockers from 1972 through 1984, claims AEROSMITH defamed his name and reputation in the show by suggesting that he stole from them ...

Read more

Posted in: News

DEF LEPPARD Percussionist Leads Drum Circle In Thousand Oaks

Sue Davis of InsideVC.com reports that DEF LEPPARD drummer "Rick Allen knows the healing power of drums and came to share it in Conejo Valley on Sunday afternoon [September 7]. "Allen's nonprofit organization, Raven Drum Foundation, sponsored a drum circle at Chumash Interpretive Center in Thousand Oaks that was attended by about 70 people. "The ...

Read more

Posted in: News

DEF LEPPARD Fan Convention To Be Held In The Spring

A DEF LEPPARD Fan Convention, dubbed Lepcon, will be held in the spring of 2004 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Lepcon is a non-profit event with all proceeds directly benefiting the Raven Drum Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by DEF LEPPARD drummer Rick Allen. Among the activities planned are fan meet-and-greets, raffles, silent auctions, prize giveaways, ...

Read more

Posted in: News

Review: DEF LEPPARD Warms Up Crowd Of All Ages At The Fairgrounds

Kat Main of Pennsylvania's The Express-Times reports that "Eighties rock icons DEF LEPPARD proved that their music is the rock of ages Tuesday night [August 26] at the Allentown Fairgrounds. "Playing for crowds of mothers, fathers, grandparents and children, the band — even though a little long in the tooth — eventually brought the crowd ...

Read more

Posted in: News

Report: Old Bands Draw New Generation To Concerts

David Hinckley of the New York Daily News reports that this summer's top concert performers include such veteran acts as KISS, IRON MAIDEN, METALLICA, and DEF LEPPARD. "While they can still draw 5,000-15,000 fans a night, that number includes more than the now-middle-aged fans who remember when music could be found in the grooves of ...

Read more

Posted in: News

DEF LEPPARD: Demo Song Posted Online

DEF LEPPARD have posted a demo version of the "X" cut "Gravity", originally titled "Perfect Girl", on their official web site at this location. "Although the basic rhythm and guitar tracks on this demo weren't changed much along the way," reads a message posted on the site, "the early version's lyrics and vocals ...

Read more

Posted in: News

DEF LEPPARD To Play India In November

DEF LEPPARD are set to perform in Mumbai and Bangalore, India before the end of the year, according to Mid-day.com. The band have visited the country before — although they have yet to play a large concert there. DEF LEPPARD are expected to perform in Mumbai and Bangalore in November, according to T Venkat Vardhan ...

Read more

Posted in: News