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Def Leppard To Release “The Def Leppard EP” For Record Store Day 2017

As you’ve noticed there’s been a lot on the Metal docket today and there’s much more to come so let’s not dance around and instead get right to the news about Def Leppard’s release of “The Def Leppard EP” for this years Record Store Day. The full press release is below and then I’ll close out with some thoughts.

The Press Release:
Def Leppard Announces “The Def Leppard EP” For Record Store Day 22nd April 2017

“This is the EP that shone a light on this fledgling bunch of wannabes and set us on our way to international stardom (eventually…)! Recorded at Fairview Studios, just outside Hull in North Yorkshire, a studio we were extremely happy to frequent as it had been used on numerous occasions by the late great Mick Ronson. It took 2 days to record and cost £148.50 – money borrowed from my Dad (a feat financially and time wise we would never get close to achieving again, EVER!!!!)” – Joe Elliott,

Def Leppard and UMC/Mercury are pleased to announce the release of “The Def Leppard EP” in conjunction with Record Store Day 2017. This release marks the start of a series of catalogue releases over the next few years for Def Leppard.

22nd April 2017 will see the band release their original first EPwith replica art and picture cover. This is a 12″ version of the EP playing at 45rpm – a one off special for Record Store day and the first time it will be available in that format. The release is fully supported by the band. Track listing is as follows:

1. Ride Into The Sun (2:57)
2. Getcha Rocks Off (3:44)
3. The Overture (7:56)

The EP was originally recorded in November 1978 at Fairview studios in Hull and self-produced by the band. Released in January 1979 through the bands own Bludgeon Riffola label, this was the EP that launched one of the most successful and critically acclaimed rock bands of all time.

Def Leppard continues to release new music, most recently with their self titled studio album that was released to widespread critical acclaim in late 2015. The band also recently hit #1 with their live concert DVD, “And There Will BE A Next Time…Live From Detroit,” released in February 2017. With more than 100 million albums sold worldwide and two prestigious Diamond Awards in the USA, 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 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. Most recently, the band won the fan voted Classic Rock Magazine Album of the Year award.

PiercingMetal Thoughts: Having been a fan of Def Leppard for a very long time, and I am speaking from around the time of “High and Dry” when it was first released on vinyl, I think something like this is super cool. I vaguely remember hunting down a Def Leppard item way back when with my rocker circle because one of the girls in our group was a huge fan. Though I am not sure about what we were hunting, it could have very well been this very album. Back then there were tons of record shops in the East Village and we went to quite a few of them without question. I thought that girl was super duper awesome and probably would have followed her to the moon if she wanted me to but I digress. Hopefully more bands will get on point and see to releasing this sort of thing for their fans because early day stuff is always such a treat. I also hope that sometime in the future they decide to put this on a CD since I don’t always get to play my vinyl and still need a new player for the stuff. What do you readers think about this one? Let me know down in the comments section below.

Official Website: http://www.defleppard.com

Def Leppard Cancels Remaining Tour Dates Due to Illness

Tour - Def Leppard - Winter 2016

From Def Leppard Site:

DEF LEPPARD has postponed the remaining dates on their Winter 2016 tour due to illness. All shows from Feb. 2 (San Antonio, TX) through Feb. 17 (Allentown, PA) will be rescheduled including the previously postponed dates in Greensboro, NC (Jan. 27) and Orlando, FL (Jan. 30).

Cancelled Tour Dates:
February 02, 2016—San Antonio, TX—AT&T Center
February 03, 2016—Lafayette, LA—Lafayette Cajundome
February 05, 2016—Corpus Christi, TX—American Bank Center Arena
February 06, 2016—Hidalgo, TX—State Farm Arena
February 09, 2016—Little Rock, AR—Verizon Arena
February 10, 2016—Bossier City, LA—CenturyLink Center
February 13, 2016—Uncasville, CT—Mohegan Sun Arena
February 14, 2016—Atlantic City, NJ—Boardwalk Hall
February 16, 2016—Brooklyn, NY—Barclays Center
February 17, 2016—Allentown, PA—PPL Center

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Def Leppard Extend Tour Due to Overwhelming Demand

You fans of the classic years of eighties Metal and Hard Rock are sure going to love being supporters of that sound with the news that Def Leppard has extended their tour and will commence with a couple of weeks of dates right after their Def Leppard Cruise. They’ll up the rock and roll ante of course with the addition of both Styx and Tesla on these shows as well. Check out the official press release below and then I’ll chime in a little more at the close.

Tour - Def Leppard - Winter 2016

The Press Release:
Following the announcement of their new self-titled studio album, Def Leppard have just extended their massively successful North American tour due to overwhelming demand. The tour supported by Styx and Tesla will commence in Greensboro, North Carolina on January 27, 2016.

Def Leppard debuts new track “Dangerous”, the second off their long-awaited new studio album that will be released on October 30, 2015, via Billboard.com today. “Dangerous” follows their current #1 classic rock single “Let’s Go” which is climbing the rock and active rock radio charts. The new album was recorded earlier this year at front man Joe Elliott’s studio in Dublin, Ireland. The album will feature 14 tracks in total. This self-titled album release will mark their first new collection of material in seven years and Def Leppard’s 11th official studio release.
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Def Leppard’s “On Through The Night” Still Driving At 35 Years

Just a quick break from the everything else that is going on here at the PiercingMetal Command HQ to raise a few pairs of horns in honor of the Def Leppard debut album “On Through The Night” based on its being released thirty five years ago today. Now historically speaking in terms of my own Hard Rock and Metal years at the time, I was not following the band at the time of their debut. My own first go at them would come with the “High And Dry” album based on the song “Bringin’ On The Heartbreak” being in semi-regular rotation on the radio stations that played heavy music and of course the U68 video channel. As I think about that song, I think I also saw it a lot on MTV since the fledgling music video network was giving those who had it a solid introduction to bands like this but I digress. Despite the late introduction to the band I clearly remember heading into the West Village of NYC to scour the record shops because one of the girls in our circle was looking for one of the bands 12” releases and would not sleep until she found it. There were about five of us tagging along and she was very easy on the eye with her rocking self so there were no complaints from us lads as we walked up and down street after street. At one of these shops I picked up my own copy of “On Through The Night” and mostly because I had to learn the tunes “Wasted” and “Hello America” to jam with some other musicians who entertained playing it in a band. The cover of this album always made me smile since it was a great image of a truck hauling a guitar in the night sky. It reminded me a little of the Heavy Metal Magazine kind of stuff and that was a science fiction magazine that had nothing to do with music in case you wondered. Now let’s take a look at the complete track list from the album and pick up again after that.
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Def Leppard Announce Summer Tour 2015 w/Styx & Tesla

The press copy just arrived in my In-Box and since it is so brutally cold in NYC, this made me long for the arrival of Summer all the more as Def Leppard released their touring plans and will be bringing along both Styx and Tesla for a sure to be rocking show. You can check out the finer details after the poster which I have posted below.

Tour - Def Leppard - Summer 2015

The Press Release:
Def Leppard returns to the road this summer for an extensive North American tour. The Live Nation-promoted tour hitting nearly 50 cities across the U.S. and Canada will kick off on June 23 in Tampa, Fla. at MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre. Joining Def Leppard on their massive summer outing are rockers Styx and Tesla. Please see full tour routing below. Citi(r) cardmembers will have access to pre-sale tickets beginning Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 12 p.m. local time through Citi’s Private Pass(r) Program. For complete pre-sale details, visit www.citiprivatepass.com. General tickets for the tour go on sale starting Friday, Feb. 20 at 10 a.m. on www.livenation.com. Continue reading Def Leppard Announce Summer Tour 2015 w/Styx & Tesla