For you last minute Mother’s Day Shoppers, here are 5 ideas for your Hard Rocking Moms!
5. For that mom who is still a bad girl, buy her the new Whitesnake CD, Good To Be Bad. No rocker mom will be unhappy with this gift.
4. If your mom prefers a little sparkly, get her the new Def Leppard CD, Songs From the Sparkle Lounge.
3. Does your mom like a lot of affection? Get her the Kissology DVD sets 1 – 3. You can’t go wrong with a bunch of kisses.
2. Is your mom a dog lover? Pick her up a copy of The Poodles CD, Sweet Trade, and avoid those untimely accidents to her carpet.
1. For the traveling mom, get her tickets for the Rocklahoma Music Festival in July.
Def Leppard hasn’t been known for hard rock in over two decades. The band moved more towards a pop rock sound ages ago. Fans have been longing for the band to return to the sound that made them famous in the early 80′s. Songs From the Sparkle Lounge isn’t a Pyromania or Hysteria part two, but this album does have some of the heaviest tracks that the band has done in quite a while. The songwriting on this record took a more simplistic approach. Most cuts on Songs From the Sparkle Lounge have an anthemic quality about it. As a result, the lyrics are easy to remember, easy to sing along with, and the band could have their first hit record with new material since 1993′s Retroactive. Yes, the band has had Gold Albums since then, but none of their releases, aside from their Greatest hit compilations, have sold more than a million copies since 1993′s Retroactive.
Those of you fearing that Def Leppard is going to tread down the road that Bon Jovi went down, I can gladly say, they did not. This album has a couple of heavy cuts. Just listen to the first track Go, and you will understand how much of a difference the sound is over the past few records. This is the first album where I have heard Vivian Campbell cut loose on a Def Leppard album, and all I can say is, ITS ABOUT TIME! The band has not jettisoned their pop rock sound on this disc, so the fans of the NWOBHM Def Leppard albums, probably won’t enjoy this record as much. Those of you looking for a disc full of good pop songs, will probably be quite happy with this disc. Songs from the Sparkle Lounge probably has more in common with Adrenalize than any of Def Leppard’s prior work.
Yes, Tim McGraw sings the intro on Nine Lives. His involvement with the song adds absolutely nothing to the song or the record. It is easily a quick marketing grab for Def Leppard, who could draw a few fans from the music buying Country Music audience. Either way it is probably a smart move for the band, especially when most bands are struggling to sell records in 2008.
Like most Def Leppard albums, Songs From the Sparkle Lounge has a power ballad, called Love. This song has more syrup than IHOP. This song has a center part that gives it a Queen like feel to it.
So far my favorite cuts are Go, Cruise Control, Hallucinate and Bad Actress.
Songs From the Sparkle Lounge isn’t a terribly long affair. It clocks in just shy of 40 minutes. This isn’t Def Leppard’s best work, but it is far from their worst. Will this new album be enough to garner new success for Def Leppard? It just might. I had low expectations for this record, and as a result I enjoyed it. I think most of you will too.
You can listen to samples of this album at the Sparkle Lounge Micro site.
Def Leppard is:
Joe Elliott – Vocals
Phil Collen – Guitars
Vivian Campbell – Guitars
Rick Allen – Drums
Rick Savage – Bass
Def Leppard has released a new video, for the song Nine Lives. This video also features, Country Music star, Tim McGraw.
The following info was posted on the Def Leppard website on Thurday, January 3rd.
Many rumors are currently going around regarding Def Leppard’s 2008 tour…..but this upcoming Monday, your guessing game will come to an end as an official tour announcement will be made, containing all the dates and places of the first (North American) leg of the band’s tour! Right now, we can tell you there will be some 20 dates on this leg and that the band’s touring partners will indeed be Styx and REO Speedwagon. Well, actually, we can announce eight of these dates already, so here goes:
|DATE||CITY||VENUE / EVENT|
|THU||03.27||Greensboro, NC||Greensboro Coliseum|
|SUN||03.30||Estero, FL||Germain Arena|
|THU||04.03||Reading, PA||Sovereign Arena|
|TUE||04.08||Uncasville, CT||Mohegan Sun|
|FRI||04.11||Quebec, QC||Colisee Pepsi Arena|
|WED||04.16||Winnipeg, MB||MTS Centre|
|FRI||04.18||Grand Rapids, MI||Van Andel Arena|
|SAT||04.19||Detroit, MI||Joe Louis Arena|
Tickets for these eight shows will go on sale next week (exact dates/times to be announced on Monday), and as usual, members of the Def Leppard Fan Club will get access to the presales, two days before the general onsale dates.
Stay tuned…..all will be revelead on January 7. Watch this space!
Louisville, Kentucky’s Velcro Pygmies have been playing and touring clubs in the south for a few years now.
American Muscle is the band’s second CD, and a pretty good one at that. I can hear some definite Def Leppard and Van Halen influences in the band’s tunes.
Fans of 80′s style hard rock are going to love American Muscle. There isn’t a bad song on the disc. American Muscle is filled with songs that have infectious sing along choruses, and heavy guitar riffs. This is an 80′s style glam metal CD disc that simply delivers!
This CD hasn’t left my playlist since I picked up! This CD reminds of an era where music was supposed to be fun. The Velcro Pygmies may not be original, but they most certainly do 80′s style hard rock right! I think most hard rock fans are going to love this disc.
The band also has a brand new website, VelcroPygmies.com. Go check them out, you will be glad you did!
The video below is for the song Don’t Call It Love! Enjoy!!
Rating:Out of 10
1. Sweet Miranda
2. Rich Bitch (All Over You)
3. Building Up To Feel So Good
4. Don’t Call It Love
5. Ready To Go
6. The Punchline of Pretty
7. Beauty In A Box
8. The Best It Ever Gets
9. Get Away
10. Sweet Home Alabama
Velcro Pygmies are:
Cameron Flener – Vocals
Chris Eddins – Drums
Delicious – Guitar
Jason Reed – Bass