Def Leppard, Britain’s greatest arena rock band, are set to release a brand new live album, “MIRRORBALL“, this summer featuring a mix of live Def Leppard classics (recorded throughout The Sparkle Lounge Tour), three brand new studio songs and a bonus DVD that contains energetic live performances and intimate backstage footage captured on the road. “MIRRORBALL” is Def Leppard’s first ever live album and features rock classics such as “ANIMAL”, “POUR SOME SUGAR ON ME”, “PHOTOGRAPH”, “NINE LIVES” and “ROCK OF AGES”. The album also brings together three brand new studio tracks – “UNDEFEATED”, “KINGS OF THE WORLD” and “IT’S ALL ABOUT BELIEVIN’” taking their place with ease within this classic setlist.
Full tracklisting is as follows:
1. Rock! Rock! (Till You Drop)
4. C’Mon C’Mon
5. Make Love Like A Man
6. Too Late For Love
8. Nine Lives
9. Love Bites
10. Rock On
1. Two Steps Behind
2. Bringin’ On The Heartbreak
3. Switch 625
5. Armageddon It
7. Pour Some Sugar On Me
8. Rock Of Ages
9. Let’s Get Rocked
11. Bad Actress
12. Undefeated (new studio track)
13. Kings Of The World (new studio track)
14. It’s All About Believin’ (new studio track)
“MIRRORBALL” will also be available online, marking the first time the band’s music will officially be made available for digital purchase. Def Leppard will also be releasing their new community based website in May, which is being developed to be the ultimate Def Leppard fan experience and go- to destination for all things on the band.
Also set for release this summer is Leppard’s first coffee table book titled “Def Leppard – The Definitive Visual History“, with exclusive photos by legendary rock photographer Ross Halfin. The book is released on the 1st June 2011.
Def Leppard remain one of the world’s biggest and most successful live acts. The band last played the UK and Eire in 2009 – headlining Download festival that year after a hugely successful sold out UK Arena tour in 2008. 2011 will see Def Leppard headline Download Festival for the second time in three years. The band will also play Arena shows in both Dublin and Belfast with legendary special guests Alice Cooper and Thin Lizzy. Full details below:
Tues 7th June 2011 – The Odyssey Arena, Belfast, N. Ireland
Wed 8th June 2011 – The O2, Dublin, Eire
Fri 10th June 2011 – Download Festival, UK
Belfast and Dublin tickets are priced £41.50 (Belfast) E59.50 (Dublin) – (subject to booking fee)
In person: From 100 Ticketmaster Outlets Nationwide
By Telephone (24 Hour): ROI – 0818 719 300, Northern Ireland – 0844 277 44 55
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The Odyssey Arena, Belfast. Odyssey Arena Box Office: Tel. 02890 739074
Book On Line: www.odysseyarena.com
Download tickets are onsale now. For information please refer to www.downloadfestival.com
With more than 65 million albums sold worldwide and two prestigious Diamond Awards (Def Leppard are one of only five rock bands to have two consecutive 10 million plus selling albums in the U.S. – the others are The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Van Halen) to their credit, 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, filled with powerful melodic rock anthems, continue to sell out venues worldwide. Their epic live show 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.
“MIRRORBALL” will be released through Bludgeon Riffola/Mailboat Records. For dates, see below:
Germany / Switzerland / Austria – June 3
UK & Europe – June 6
North America – coming this summer, exact date to be announced
Do you live near Southhaven, Mississippi? Tennessee rockers Tora Tora and Every Mother’s Nightmare will be opening for Whitesnake at the Snowden Grove Amphitheater in Southhaven, Mississippi on Tuesday, May 24th! This will be one awesome night of rock!!!
Atlantic recording group Shinedown has announced details of their forthcoming live, multi-disc CD/DVD collection. ”SOMEWHERE IN THE STRATOSPHERE” will arrive in stores and at all DSPs on May 3rd.
The collection — which received its title from a member of the “Shinedown Nation” fan community — will include material filmed and recorded on Shinedown’s two epic 2010 headline tours: the inaugural “Carnival Of Madness” tour, in which they topped a stellar lineup of today’s biggest rock acts including Chevelle, Puddle Of Mudd, Sevendust, and 10 Years; and the highly praised “Anything & Everything” acoustic tour, which featured stripped-down versions of both chart-topping hits and fan favorites alongside intimate conversations with the audience about the stories behind the songs. The Jacksonville, Florida-based band has long been hailed as one of rock’s most dynamic live acts. “SOMEWHERE IN THE STRATOSPHERE” showcases both the energy of their electric show and intimacy of their acoustic sets with a CD/DVD dedicated to each tour (see track listing below).
Frontman Brent Smith: “The Carnival of Madness and Anything & Everything tours were some of the most intense and rewarding shows we’ve ever played. ’SOMEWHERE IN THE STRATOSPHERE’ allows us to relive those special times with all the fans that came out, and share the experience with those that we didn’t get to see on the road.”
The pre-order for “SOMEWHERE IN THE STRATOSPHERE” will begin April 12th on www.shinedown.com. Every order includes immediate MP3 downloads of “Diamond Eyes (Live from Washington State)” and “45 (Live Acoustic from Kansas City)”. A Premium Pack will also be available, allowing fans to choose from the Standard or Deluxe album, plus a poster and t-shirt. The deluxe version of the multi-disc CD/DVD set includes an expanded 16-page booklet with the four discs each packaged in die-cut baby jackets and housed in a special box.
In other news, Shinedown recently made history when “Diamond Eyes (Boom-Lay Boom-Lay Boom),” the latest single from their RIAA platinum certified third album, “THE SOUND OF MADNESS,” hit #1 at Active Rock radio outlets nationwide. In a truly remarkable feat, ALL six singles from the acclaimed album have now reached the top of the rock airplay rankings. What’s more, “THE SOUND OF MADNESS” is one of only two platinum-selling albums by a rock band on the current Billboard 200 chart.
Produced by multiple Grammy Award-winner Rob Cavallo (Kid Rock, Green Day), “THE SOUND OF MADNESS” debuted at #8 on the Billboard 200 upon its 2008 release before spending 120 consecutive weeks on the chart. Since then, each of the album’s five singles prior to “Diamond Eyes” — “Devour,” “The Sound of Madness,” “The Crow and The Butterfly,” the gold certified “If You Only Knew,” and the double-platinum certified crossover smash, “Second Chance” — have peaked at #1, marking a genuinely stunning streak of rock radio hits.
Shinedown’s unprecedented domination of multi-format rock radio initially began with their RIAA platinum certified 2003 debut “LEAVE A WHISPER” and its gold certified 2005 follow-up, “US AND THEM.” Together, both albums yielded a staggering seven consecutive top 5 radio hits, including “Fly From the Inside,” “45,” “Simple Man,” “Burning Bright,” “Heroes,” “I Dare You,” and of course, the #1 classic, “Save Me.” Shinedown is currently hard at work writing their hugely anticipated fourth studio album.
Shinedown is: Brent Smith (vocals), Barry Kerch (drums), Zach Myers (guitars), and Eric Bass (bass).
For further news and information, please visit www.shinedown.com.
TRACK LISTING BELOW
“SOMEWHERE IN THE STRATOSPHERE“
Available in-stores/online May 3rd
Somewhere In The Stratosphere -
LIVE from Washington State (Electric)
Sound Of Madness
I Dare You
Cyanide Sweet Tooth Suicide
If You Only Knew
The Crow & The Butterfly
Her Name Is Alice
Fly From The Inside
Somewhere In The Stratosphere -
Anything and Everything
LIVE from Kansas City (Acoustic)
If You Only Knew
Sound of Madness
Shed Some Light
I Dare You
Times Like These
The Crow & The Butterfly
With A Little Help
The band was formed in 2007 when guitarist Michal “Stempel” Stemplowski (along with drummer Luksus and bassist Kuba) recruited vocalist Wojciech “Susel” Kaluza for his new rock project. Soon, out of a few loose ideas came a material that felt like the stench of the muddy waters of Louisiana mixed with a warm breeze of the wind traveling across the Nevada deserts. The American style of stoner rock and southern metal dominated their music completely, eventually giving life to Jack Daniels Overdrive. They self-released their debut EP called “Pure Concentrated Evil”, which received a bunch of great reviews in various webzines and magazines. They played their very first show supporting Jesus Chrysler Suicide and the following two opening for Beatallica. In the meantime the band experienced two line-up changes, welcoming in their ranks drummer Lukasz “Jooras” Jurewicz and bassist Lukasz “Peo” Pomietło. In March 2009 they were given the honor of performing in Krakow with the living legend of stoner metal – Phil Anselmo’s Down. In the following months came the inevitable – they changed their name to J. D. Overdrive to avoid legal problems with the Tennessee tycoon. And just when they thought that nothing can surprise them – on March 9th, 2011 they opened for Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society in Warsaw.
Wojtek “Suseł” Kałuża – vocal
Michał “Stempel” Stemplowski – guitar
Łukasz “Joorek” Jurewicz – drums
Łukasz “Peo” Pomietło – bass
As recently reported here at Hard Rock Hideout, Poison has decided that the best way to celebrate their upcoming 25th Anniversary is by releasing a greatest hits album. This would be Poison’s sixth greatest hits package. They’ve only released six studio albums (seven if you count Poison’D, but that’s a covers album, so I don’t). Aerosmith has just announced they will be releasing another greatest hits album, this one containing only their best ballads. That’s five greatest hits albums from Aerosmith since their last studio release of new material.
Kiss was always notorious for releasing endless amounts of repackaged music to sell to their fans. Even I, one of the biggest Kiss fans in the world, a fan who had to own every official release from the band whether it was repackaged music or not, got tired of all the best of bull. I stopped buying/caring when Kiss released Ikons, the 4 disc, best of compilation set that had 1 disc of each member’s songs. What a joke!
Enough is enough already. How many different versions of greatest hits can be released by a band? And unfortunately, 70s/80s metal acts are the worst of the worst. An excellent example of this is Aerosmith, Kiss, and Poison. Let’s look at some other culprits though. Cinderella has more greatest hits albums than they do studio records! How is that possible? They too have released a Best Ballads album. They too are annoying with all the greatest hits releases. How about some new music? Winger released a new album. Def Leppard has been making new music for years. Why not Cinderella? Don’t they think the fans would buy a new Cinderella album much quicker than they would go out to purchase yet another package of songs that they already own?
Iron Maiden has just announced another compilation as well. This one contains only their newer songs. It’s called From Fear To Eternity and has their best songs from 1990 – 2010. While another Maiden Best Of is disturbing, at least this band gets it right. They admit that long time fans are tired of repackaged material. They admit that the album is aimed at newer fans that might not own all of their albums and just want a collection of their best material. They acknowledge that there are fans out there who might get upset about paying for a packaged album just to get the artwork. They also do something about it. Iron Maiden is offering the artwork and CD booklet for free when the album is released on May 23rd. They will allow anyone to go online and download a PDF of the booklet. That covers the best of both worlds. Plus, Maiden still releases new music, so their latest greatest hits album isn’t a re-shuffling of a former disc with one additional song thrown on.
I know the old argument, if you don’t like the repackaged music, then you don’t have to buy it. However, I think that statement is garbage. As a fan of the band, I want new music. Just give us some new music already! Warrant is. The Cars are. Whitesnake has. Even Kiss is finally hearing the cry of their fans and working on another studio album. Don’t be afraid that the record may not sell or put a chink in your legacy. If done right, the fans will purchase your latest album.
I’ve always viewed greatest hits albums as filler until the next studio album is available. However, in the case of some bands, it’s not filler, it’s all they can release. Certain bands aren’t going into the studios to make new music, so they churn out another repackaged album to steal more money from the fans. Poison, are you serious? Another greatest hits record instead of new music? I’m sure that’s what all the fans want. I can’t wait to see how well this package doesn’t sell.
Uriah Heep’s new song, “Nail On the Head” is from the band’s new album, “Into the Wild” due out on April the 15th 2011 in Europe and on May the 3rd 2011 in North America.
Check out the video clip below!