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7/14/17:

DEF LEPPARD: TRAILER FOR 'STEP INSIDE: HYSTERIA AT 30' MINI-DOCUMEMTARY:

    A trailer for the forthcoming Def Leppard mini-documentary ‘Step Inside: Hysteria At 30’ can be seen below.
    Def Leppard will celebrate the 30th anniversary of its seminal album ‘Hysteria’, one of the best-selling and most influential releases in music history, with the release of ‘Hysteria (Remastered 2017)’. Set to debut on August 4, the re-mastered anniversary edition will be released in various formats via Bludgeon Riffola/Mercury/Ume — Super Deluxe Edition, Deluxe Version, 1 CD Vanilla Version, 2-LP Black Vinyl Version, and limited-edition 2-LP Colored Vinyl Version. The reissue boasts B-sides and live tracks, plus the audio for "In The Round In Your Face (Live)" on CD for the first time.

   Frontman Joe Elliott says: "It's hard to believe that it’s been thirty years since the release of 'Hysteria'. In some respects, it really does seem like only yesterday. So, to mark this milestone, we wanted to do something very special for our fans and give them the definitive version of the album, one that incorporates all of the memories and milestones that we caught on tape and some of the madness that we got up to on the road. We hope it means as much to you as it does to us."
  Adds guitarist Phil Collen: "I look back at the whole 'Hysteria' experience with excitement along with fond and tragic memories. It was our commercial zenith, thanks to Mutt Lange's insistence that we create an artistic hybrid between hard rock and pop Top 40 music using every genre available as an inspiration. It was a rock album that would garner seven hit singles. Mission accomplished."
   Essential listening for fans across the board, ‘Hysteria’ indisputably ranks as one of the most decorated and revered rock albums of all time. As the group's second consecutive RIAA Diamond-certified record (10 million sales in the U.S.), it would go on to sell over 30 million copies worldwide and 12 million in the U.S. Moreover, the record staked a spot in the U.S. Top 40 for 96 weeks matched only by ‘Born In The U.S.A.’ Rolling Stone touted it on the prestigious "500 Greatest Albums of All Time" list, and a poll in Q placed it among the "100 Greatest Albums of All Time". Dominating multiple charts, it captured No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 and U.K. album charts, bolstered by immortal Top-5 anthems such as "Pour Some Sugar On Me", "Animal", "Love Bites", "Hysteria", "Rocket" and "Armageddon It".

    ‘Hysteria’ left an indelible mark on rock 'n' roll. Powered by stadium-filling drums, rapturous guitars, and unshakable choruses, the record saw Def Leppard rightfully claim their place among rock's divinities forever. As a result, its influence now reverberates through three generations of artists to follow. It also historically marked their third straight collaboration with producer Robert John "Mutt" Lange.
   Among the new versions, the Super Deluxe Edition boasts 5-CD/2-DVDs including four books — "Story Of"; a Ross Halfin photo book; Discography; Hysteria Tour Program and Tour Poster. The Deluxe Version features 3 CDs, the Vanilla Version is 1-CD, and the Vinyl Version is 2 Black LPs. In addition, there will be a limited-edition, 2-LP Colored Vinyl available via D2C channels for the first time.

‘Hysteria’ 30th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition" track listing:
Disc I: (Re-mastered ‘Hysteria’)
1.)”Women”
2.) “Rocket”
3.)”Animal”
4.)”Love Bites”
5.)”Pour Some Sugar On Me”
6.)”Armageddon It”
7.)”Gods Of War”
8.)”Don't Shoot Shotgun”
9.)”Run Riot”
10.)”Hysteria”
11.)”Excitable”
12.)”Love And Affection”
Disc II:
1.)”Tear It Down” (B-side)
2.)”I Wanna Be Your Hero” (Retro Active)
3.)”Ride Into The Sun” (Retro Active)
4.)”Ring Of Fire” (B-Side)
5.)”Women” (Radio Edit)
6.)”Rocket” (Lunar Mix) (Radio Edit)
7.)”Love Bites” (Radio Edit)
8.)”Hysteria” (Radio Edit)
9.)”Pour Some Sugar on Me” (Radio Edit)
10.)”Armageddon It” (Radio Edit)
11.)”Release Me” (Stumpus Maximus)
Classic Album – ‘Hysteria’ (BBC Radio Documentary)
Disc III:
1.)”Rocket” (The Lunar Mix - Extended Version) (B-Side)
2.)”Armageddon It” (The Nuclear Mix) (12" Single)
3.)”Animal” (Extended Version)
4.)”Pour Some Sugar On Me” (Extended Version)
5.)”Excitable” (The Orgasmic Mix) (B-Side)
6.)”Rocket” (Lunar Mix) (B-Side)
7.)”Rock Of Ages” (Live) (B-Side)
8.)”Love And Affection” (Live) (B-Side)
9.)”Billy's Got A Gun” (Live) (B-Side)
Disc IV: ‘In The Round, In Your Face’ (Live)
1.)”Stagefright”
2.)”Rock! Rock!” (Till You Drop)
3.)”Women”
4.)”Too Late For Love”
5.)”Hysteria”
6.)”Gods Of War”
7.)”Die Hard The Hunter”
Disc V: ‘In The Round, In Your Face’ (Live)
1.)”Bringin' On The Heartbreak”
2.)”Foolin'”
3.)”Armageddon It”
4.)”Animal”
5.)”Pour Some Sugar On Me”
6.) Phil Solo
7.)”Rock Of Ages”
8.)”Photograph”
DVD I:
1.)”Rocket” (Top Of The Pops)
2.)”Pour Some Sugar On Me” (Top Of The Pops)
3.)”Animal” (Top Of The Pops)
4.)”Pour Some Sugar On Me” (Brit Awards)
5.)”Women” (Promo Video)
6.)”Animal” (Promo Video)
7.)”Pour Some Sugar On Me” (Promo Video)
8.)”Pour Some Sugar On Me” (U.S.) (Version Live)
9.)”Hysteria” (Promo Video)
10.)”Love Bites” (Promo Video)
11.)”Rocket” (Promo Video)
12.)”Armageddon It” (Live) (Promo Video)
DVD II: (Classic Albums)
1.) Introduction
2.)”Animal”
3.)”Hysteria”
4.)”Rocket”
5.)”Love Bites”
6.)”Pour Some Sugar On Me”
Bonus Material:
7.) Initial Recordings Of Animal
8.) Rick Gets Hysterical
9.)”Hysteria” (Acoustic Performance)
10.) Drumming - Return To The Status Quo
11.) The Album According To Joe
12.) Sugar Stripped Down
13.)”Pour Some Sugar On Me” (Acoustic Performance)
14.) Guitars, Guitars, Guitars
15.) Windmill II And The Gods Of War
16.) Mutt's Vocals In The Mix
17.) The Album Is Finally Released


LYNCH MOB TO RELEASE 'The Brotherhood' ALBUM IN SEPTEMBER:

    Lynch Mob’s new album, ‘The Brotherhood’, will be released on Friday, September 8 via Rat Pak Records. Produced by Chris ‘The Wizard’ Collier (Flotsam And Jestsam, Prong KXM), the disc features eleven brand new hard rock tracks.
   ‘The Brotherhood’ highlights the unique pairing of Oni Logan and George Lynch, and, along with Sean McNabb (bass) and Jimmy D'Anda (drums), the band has created a solid offering from start to finish. From the heavy guitar riffs of the opening track, "Main Offender", to the melodic album finale, "Miles Away", Lynch Mob has once again proven it remains on top of its game.

    Logan comments: "After doing quite a few miles together with this latest lineup of Sean McNabb and Jimmy D'Anda, we consider ourselves a pack of wolves, and we came up with the name 'The Brotherhood' for the title of the next Lynch Mob album. It's got more of an adventurous sound in part and maybe a darker, colder sound to it.
   "We are always willing to go farther. We come from the early '90s and it's when we released the first Lynch Mob album which set a sound and course for us. Here we are 27 years later [and] George and I are still able to keep on stretching. As a player, as a writer, that is very important to us. Otherwise, we would be fooling ourselves and fooling you."
    Lynch adds: "We wrote this album as a band and the name of the record reflects what the band is about and what all my bands have been about since I've been a kid. This is my second family. These are my brothers. You go through a lot together and have a lot of experiences together. And that then becomes a part of the music."

‘The Brotherhood’ track listing:
1.)” Main Offender”
2.)” Mr.)” Jekyll And Hyde”
3.)” I'll Take Miami”
4.)” Last Call Lady”
5.)” Where We Started”
6.)” The Forgotten Maiden's Pearl”
7.)” Until the Sky Comes Down”
8.)” Black Heart Days”
9.)” Black Mountain”
10.)” Dog Town Mystics”
11.)” Miles Away”
12.)” Until I Get My Gold” (bonus track)

 

L.A. GUNS RELEASE VIDEO FOR 'Speed' FROM 'The Missing Peace' ALBUM:

    The current version of L.A. GUNS — which includes singer Phil Lewis and the band's co-founding guitarist Tracii Guns — will release its new album, "The Missing Peace", on October 13 via the Italian record label Frontiers Music Srl. The disc's cover artwork was created by the Las Vegas portrait painter Kahla and can be seen below.
    As the revival of the classic '80s hard rock and heavy metal scene continues unabated here in the 21st century, one reunion has been at the top of the wishlists of many a fan for a long time: the songwriting combination of Tracii Guns and Philip Lewis under the L.A. GUNS banner. What once seemed like a distant memory with no hope of returning has now come around and fans are about to be rewarded for keeping their fingers crossed and their hopes up.
    Today, the first video for the album's debut single has been released. Watch the clip for "Speed" below.

    Guns describes the song as "a response to the extremely fast-paced 'I want it now!' world we are living in." Hard rock aficionados should keep their ears opened for a nod to the great Deep Purple's legendary track "Highway Star" in one of the verses.
‘The Missing Peace’ track listing:
1.)” It's All The Same To Me”
2.)” Speed”
3.)” A Drop Of Bleach”
4.)” Sticky Fingers”
5.)” Christine”
6.)” Baby Gotta Fever”
7.)” Kill It Or Die”
8.)” Don't Bring A Knife To A Gunfight”
9.)” The Flood's The Fault Of The Rain”
10.)” The Devil Made Me Do It”
11.)” The Missing Peace”
12.)” Gave It All Away”

    “'The Missing Peace' is truly an album by definition," said Guns. "It's a collection of music that I have been working on for about twelve years with various styles of rock music. From blues to classical influences, these are all hard-hitting songs. I am very proud of all of the contributions to this album by other members and writers. L.A. GUNS fans are in for a treat."
    The last time Lewis and Guns joined forces was back in 2000 with legendary producer Andy Johns for the making of what would become "Waking The Dead".
    Speaking with Express & Star, Tracii said: "With Phil and I in particular, we have a certain chemistry that's undeniable. And, you know, when you're at your loneliest, you wanna go home, right? So, we both felt like it was time to go home and be comfortable with that undeniable relationship that we have musically. I mean, right away, the first time we got back together and played, you know, it's so obvious, you can't deny it. At some point in your life, you can't deny what's real."
    Regarding the sound of the new L.A. GUNS material, Tracii said: "Phil's vocal style and his way of writing kind of offsets that balance of the heavy music, that's something that's possibly more mainstream or identifiable, so there's a lot of, you know, kind of typical sleazy L.A. GUNS, high-energy riff rock. There's a little bit of sloppy New Orleans, kind of sweaty, kind of bluesier stuff too. It's a big record."
    L.A. GUNS' present lineup is rounded out by Shane Fitzgibbon on drums and Johnny Martin on bass with Michael Grant on guitar as a touring member.
    On the topic of the decision to use the L.A. GUNS moniker for the new album, Guns told LA Weekly: "When you put Phil and I together, that's the sound of L.A. GUNS. There's no way around that. As much as I love certain other [former] members of the band, it's hard to say what their contribution to the overall sound of the band was — but Phil Lewis and Tracii Guns, the band's gotta be L.A. GUNS. It can't be anything else."
    Back in December, Phil announced that he was leaving the L.A. GUNS version that included drummer Steve Riley.
L.A. GUNS 2017 is:
Phil Lewis – Vocals
Tracii Guns – Guitars
Johnny Martin – Bass
Michael Grant – Guitar
Shane Fitzgibbon – Drums

 

 

ALICE COOPER TO RELEASE 'Welcome To My Nightmare’ (Special Edition) DVD IN SEPTEMBER:

    Alice Cooper's ‘Welcome To My Nightmare Special Edition’ DVD will be released on September 8 via Eagle Rock Entertainment. The DVD features the 1975 TV special “Alice Cooper: The Nightmare", now available on DVD for the first time, along with the 1976 ‘Welcome To My Nightmare’ concert film.
    Aired on ABC in the U.S., "Alice Cooper: The Nightmare" showcases every song from the legendary "Welcome To My Nightmare" album, which had just been released at the time. With Cooper taking on the role of Steven, and Vincent Price serving as The Spirit Of The Nightmare, this special was a unique introduction to his new album, drawing fans even further into the dark fantasy.
    Melding horror, theater, and rock music, Alice Cooper's "Welcome To My Nightmare" was a stage show the likes of which was never seen before. Hits and classics songs like "School's Out", "Only Women Bleed", "Billion Dollar Babies", "Welcome To My Nightmare", "No More Mr. Nice Guy", "I'm Eighteen" and "Department Of Youth" were backdropped with giant spiders, skeletons, a cyclops, and the voice of horror royalty Vincent Price. This groundbreaking theatrical presentation scintillated, horrified, and thrilled audiences, delivering an experience unlike any concerts at the time. He truly brought spectators into a living (or unliving) nightmare and they loved every minute of it.
    The combination of the "Welcome To My Nightmare" concert film and "Alice Cooper: The Nightmare" TV special demonstrates the true genius of Alice Cooper. He is beyond music, and beyond horror — Alice Cooper is an experience, who continues to frighten and thrill audiences to this day.

‘Welcome To My Nightmare: Track listing
1.)” The Awakening”
2.)” Welcome To My Nightmare”
3.)” Years Ago
4.)” No More Mr. Nice Guy”
5.)” I'm Eighteen”
6.)” Some Folks”
7.)” Cold Ethyl”
8.)” Only Women Bleed”
9.)” Billion Dollar Babies”
10.)” Devil's Food”
11.)” The Black Widow”
12.)” Steven”
13.)” Escape”
14.)” School's Out”
15.)” Department Of Youth”
The Nightmare’:
1.)” Welcome To My Nightmare”
2.)” Devil's Food”
3.)” Some Folks”
4.)” Only Women Bleed”
5.)” Cold Ethyl”
6.)” The Black Widow”
7.)” Years Ago”
8.)” Department Of Youth”
9.)” Years Ago (Reprise)”
10.)” Steven”
11.)” The Awakening”
12.)” Ballad Of Dwight Fry”
13.)” Escape”
14.)” The Awakening (Reprise)


Vandenberg’s Moonking’s: Performance Footage Of New Song ‘Tight Rope’:

    Fan-filmed video footage of Vandenberg’s Moonking’s the Dutch rock band led by former Vandenberg and Whitesnake guitarist Adrian Vandenberg, performing a brand new song, "Tight Rope", on July 9 at Streetrock in Bakel, The Netherlands can be seen below. The track is expected to appear on Vandenberg’s Moonking’s sophomore album, tentatively due this fall.
   Vandenberg’s Moonking’s self-titled debut album was released in February 2014 via Mascot Label Group.
   "Vandenberg's Moonkings" included a newly recorded version of Vandenberg's ex-band Whitesnake's classic "Sailing Ships". Special guest David Coverdale added his unique vocals to the equation, to complement Vandenberg's powerful riffs for a welcome moment of nostalgia.
    Asked how Coverdale's guest appearance on "Vandenberg's Moonkings" came about, Adrian told Myglobalmind: "Well, David has been pushing me a lot over the last ten years to record a record. Finally, when I told him that I was working on one, David said that 'it would be an honor for me if I could sing a song on your album.' I replied that the honor would be completely mutual. David was then on the road for the whole year, so we didn't have the time to write a new song.

    "I always wanted to do another version of [Whitesnake's] “Sailing Ships”, because I wrote the song and the music for it actually for my mom," he continued. "She was always saying for me to write another acoustic song for the album. I originally intended it to be a little more understated than it ended up on the 'Slip Of The Tongue' album. I really thought that I could add something to it by making it a little bit more melancholic and more reflective. Bringing in real violins, which I had always pictured with it, so I made it a little slower. I thought it would be great to do a different version and also what I like about how it ends up on the album is that it is like a symbolic nod to my years with WHITESNAKE. I thought that it worked great, because if I had put like a new track somewhere in the middle of the album, it would have been strange."
\VANDENBERG'S MOONKINGS is:
Adrian Vandenberg (guitar)
Jan Hoving (vocals)
Sem Christoffel (bass)
Mart Nijen Es (drums)

 

 

JOHN SYKES: 'Sy-Ops' TENTATIVE TRACK LISTING & SOUND REVEALED:

Legendary English guitarist John Sykes (Tygers Of Pan Tang, Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake, Blue MURDER, SYKES) will release his first album in seventeen years, ‘Sy-Ops’, before the end of 2017.
The tentative track listing for the effort is as follows:
1.)” Dawning Of A Brand New Day”
2.)” Believe In Yourself”
3.)” My Guitar”
4.)” Out Alive”
5.)” Jammin'”
6.)” Six String Gun”
7.)” Howlin' N' Moanin'”
8.)” Slave”
9.)” Who Are You”
10.)” Gates Of Hell”

    The 57-year-old completed the material for the disc three years ago. "But then my manager died," he explained. "With him I lost someone I could really trust. So I put the disc on ice."
    Sykes added that his first album since 2000's "Nuclear Cowboy" will live up to his fans' expectations. "People who like what I did on the 1987 [self-titled album] from WHITESNAKE and the two studio records from BLUE MURDER" will be pleased by the new material, he said.
   The new album will be released in a digipak format with a full-color six-panel artwork courtesy of David Dees.
The CD reportedly features guest appearances by the following musicians:
Josh Freese (Weezer, A Perfect Circle, Guns N’ Roses, DEVO) - Drums
Tony Franklin (The Firm, Blue Murder) - Bass
Chris Chaney (Jane’s Addiction) - Bass
Jamie Muhoberac (The All-American Rejects, Fleetwood Mac, The Rolling Stones): Keyboards
     Sykes's much-hyped collaborative project with drummer Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, Avenged Sevenfold, Adrenaline Mob) came to an abrupt end in January 2012. Portnoy later blamed the split on the fact that he "couldn't wait around any longer" for Sykes to get ready to enter the studio.
    Sykes announced his departure from Thin Lizzy in July 2009, explaining that "I feel it's time to get back to playing my own music."

 

 

DIRKSCHNEIDER: OFFICIAL TEASER FOR 'Live – Back To The Roots - Accepted!':

    Dirkschneider — the band fronted by former Accept and current U.D.O. singer Udo Dirkschneider — will release "Live – Back To The Roots - Accepted!" on August 4 in Europe and August 18 in the USA as a DVD/2CD, Blu-ray/2CD and gatefold triple vinyl in two different colors.
    After putting out the live double CD last year, fans were asking for a visual output, so finally, in December 2016, the show in Brno, Czech Republic was recorded for that purpose. Besides many classics from Dirkscheider's Accept era, there's a cover version of Frank Sinatra's "My Way" as a bonus track on the CD and vinyl.
Track listing digipak:

Disc I:
1.)” Intro
2.)” Starlight”
3.)” Living For Tonite”
4.)” Flash Rockin‘ Man”
5.)” London Leatherboys”
6.)” Midnight Mover”
7.)” Breaker”
8.)” Head Over Heels”
9.)” Neon Night”
10.)” Princess Of The Dawn”
11.)” Winter Dreams”
12.)” Restless And Wild”
13.)” Son Of A Bitch”
14.)” Up To The Limit
Disc II:
15.)” Wrong Is Right”
16.)” Midnight Highway”
17.)” Screaming For A Love-Bite”
18.)” Monsterman”
19.)” T.V. War”
20.)” Losers And Winners”
21.)” Metal Heart”
22.)” I'm A Rebel”
23.)” Fast As A Shark”
24.)” Balls To The Wall”
25.)” Burning”
26. Outro
27.)” My Way” (Bonus)
Blu-ray:
1.)” Intro”
2.)” Starlight”
3.)” Living For Tonite”
4.)” Flash Rockin' Man”
5.)” London Leatherboys”
6.)” Midnight Mover”
7.)” Breaker”
8.)” Head Over Heels”
9.)” Neon Night”
10.)” Princess Of The Dawn”
11.)” Winter Dreams”
12.)” Restless And Wild”
13.)” Son Of A Bitch”
14.)” Up To The Limit”
15.)” Wrong Is Right”
16.)” Midnight Highway”
17.)” Screaming For A Love-Bite”
18.)” Monsterman”
19.)” T.V. War”
20.)” Losers And Winners”
21.)” Metal Heart”
22.)” I'm A Rebel”
23.)” Fast As A Shark”
24.)” Balls To The Wall”
25.)” Burning
26.) Outro

The official teaser for "Live – Back To The Roots - Accepted!" is available below.

 

    Dirkschneider spent the last year and a half touring under the Dirkschneider banner, performing classic Accept songs for the last time. The trek, which was originally supposed to conclude with the band's North American run in January/February, has now been extended through early 2018.
   In a message on the Dirkschneider Facebook page, Udo explained his decision to continue touring as Dirkschneider, saying: "Originally it was our plan to go back to touring with U.D.O. in 2017. But we have received an incredible number of emails and letters from fans begging us to continue with Dirkschneider, and as there are still so many (Accept) songs left to be sung, we have decided to bow to your demands!

    "During the last tours with Dirkschneider, the audience had a lot of fun, and we as a band also had the time of our lives on stage. In fact, a whole lot of people in countries all over the world have been knocked out by these shows. Just check out all the media (especially from the U.S., where we have just finished a five-week tour) and you will read the caption 'tour of the year' multiple times…
   
"We are thrilled by the idea of continuing and we are really looking forward to seeing you all again live on tour!
  "Oh, we nearly forgot to tell you about possibly the most important point of all: From October 2017 on, Dirkschneider will tour with an almost completely NEW setlist. Of course, it will still contain only Accept hits, but this time with many different songs compared to the last tours."
  
Dirkschneider released a live album called "Live - Back To The Roots" in October via AFM Records. The effort, which was recorded on April 2, 2016 at Kaminwerk in Memmingen, Germany, was made available as two-CD digipak and gatefold three-vinyl in four different colors (black, gold, silver and clear).
  
In addition to Udo, the Dirkschneider band on the recent tours included his son Sven Dirkschneider on drums, Fitty Wienhold on bass, Andrey Smirnov on guitar and Kasperi Heikkinen on guitar. Kasperi has since left the group and was replaced by Bill Hudson.


 

 

 


 

 

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