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Def Leppard Announces Las Vegas: “The Sin City Residency”

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It wasn’t too long ago when a music cruise or a Las Vegas residency was a rare and uncommon thing but now we find them at every turn and with that being said its time to share the news that Def Leppard has just announced their second Las Vegas residency which will take over the place in late August and early September. Read on my friends.

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The Press Release:
2019 will be another influential year for legendary British rock ‘n’ roll icons Def Leppard. In addition to being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame® on March 29, 2019, the band will be taking over the Las Vegas Strip later this year with their exclusive headlining residency show. Promoted by Live Nation and Caesars Entertainment,Def Leppard Hits Vegas: The Sin City Residency kicks off Wednesday, Aug. 14 at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

Said lead singer Joe Elliott, “Five years ago, we played our first ever residency in Las Vegas which was relatively new ground for a rock band giving this kind of experience…I have to say, we really enjoyed it! Being in one place for the best part of a month is vastly different to our normal city to city touring routine. Breaking this cycle adds another element to the experience for both us and the audience. We look forward to seeing you at the Zappos Theater this summer!”
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Def Leppard & Journey Announce Co-Headlining Tour

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The Press Release:
NEW YORK, NY (January 25, 2018) – Following the huge buzz surrounding last week’s announcement that two of the world’s greatest rock bands – DEF LEPPARD and JOURNEY – are teaming up for a massive co-headlining North American tour, special fan presales and VIP packages have now been announced, as well as additional on sale details.

Tickets for most dates go on sale to the general public beginning Saturday, February 3 at 10 AM local time at Ticketmaster.com. American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public in select dates beginning Tuesday, January 30 at 12 PM local time. A full list of tour dates and on sale details can be found below.

Additionally, Def Leppard and Journey fan presales will begin Monday, January 29 at 12 PM local time. Def Leppard VIP Packages will also be available beginning Monday, January 29 at 12PM local time through Epic Rights, visit http://www.DefLeppardRockBrigade.com for all information. Journey VIP Packages will be available beginning Monday, January 29 at 12PM local time through VIP Nation. For more information, visit http://journeymusic.com.

Promising to be one of the top tours of the year, the North American trek will be composed of both stadium and arena concerts, with half of the shows being closed by Journey and half by Def Leppard. The tour, promoted by Live Nation, kicks off May 21st in Hartford, Connecticut, at the XL Center and will feature complete sets and all-new production from both bands, and an arsenal of their hits such as “Pour Some Sugar on Me,” “Lights,” “Photograph,” “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Rock of Ages” and “Faithfully.”

The 58-city tour will hit ten stadiums – Toronto’s Rogers Centre; Atlanta’s Sun Trust Park; Detroit’s Comerica Park; Chicago’s Wrigley Field; Denver’s Coors Field; Minneapolis’ Target Field; Boston’s Fenway Park; St. Louis’ Busch Stadium; San Francisco’s AT&T Park; and San Diego’s Petco Park – as well as world-famous arenas, such as Madison Square Garden in New York and the ‘Fabulous’ Forum in Inglewood, California.

Neal Schon said, “These co-headlining Journey/Def Leppard dates will be epic classic rock shows. So many hits. It will be great to see you all, friends!”

Said Joe Elliott, “This tour is going to be a blast! We’ve toured together before and it was massive. This time it’s going to be even bigger and better!”

Jonathan Cain added, “We are all anxious to share our sound with the world again and, along with Def Leppard, we are part of a world-class package to the rock stage that spans decades and represents a multi-platinum legacy.”

Added Rick Savage of Def Leppard, “12 years ago we embarked on a US tour with Journey and it was an absolute blast. Looking forward to hooking up again. Believe me, this will be even more spectacular.”

The Tour Dates:
May 21: Hartford, CT @ XL Center**
May 23: Albany, NY @ Times Union Center
May 25: Hershey, PA @ Hersheypark Stadium
May 26: Buffalo, NY @ KeyBank Center**
May 28: Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena**
May 30: Cincinnati, OH @ U.S. Bank Arena
Jun 01: Toronto, ON @ Rogers Centre
Jun 02: Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena
Jun 05: Raleigh, NC @ PNC Arena
Jun 06: Knoxville, TN @ Thompson Boling Arena**
Jun 08: Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
Jun 09: Charlotte, NC @ Spectrum Center
Jun 11: Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center**
Jun 13: New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
Jun 15: Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
Jun 16: Baltimore, MD @ Royal Farms Arena
Jul 01: Atlanta, GA @ SunTrust Park
Jul 03: Noblesville, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
Jul 04: Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest Rock Stage
Jul 06: Memphis, TN @ FedExForum
Jul 07: North Little Rock, AR @ Verizon Arena Fri, Feb 2
Jul 09: Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center
Jul 11: Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center
Jul 13: Detroit, MI @ Comerica Park** Fri, Feb 9
Jul 14: Chicago, IL @ Wrigley Field** Sat, Feb 17
Jul 16: Wichita, KS @ INTRUST Bank Arena** Fri, Feb 9
Jul 18: Sioux Falls, SD @ Denny Sanford PREMIER Center
Jul 19: Lincoln, NE @ Pinnacle Bank Arena
Jul 21: Denver, CO @ Coors Field
Jul 23: Des Moines, IA @ Wells Fargo Arena**
Jul 25: Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center**
Jul 27: Minneapolis, MN @ Target Field Fri, Feb 9
Jul 28: Fargo, ND @ Fargodome** Fri, Feb 9
Aug 11: Boston, MA @ Fenway Park**
Aug 13: Virginia Beach, VA @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
Aug 15: Columbia, SC @ Colonial Life Arena
Aug 17: Ft Lauderdale, FL @ BB&T Center
Aug 18: Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena
Aug 20: Birmingham, AL @ Legacy Arena @ The BJCC
Aug 22: Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center
Aug 24: St. Louis, MO @ Busch Stadium** Fri, Feb 2
Aug 25: Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
Aug 27: New Orleans, LA @ Smoothie King Center
Aug 29: Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
Aug 31: San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
Sep 01: Houston, TX @ Toyota Center**
Sep 05: Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater
Sep 07: Phoenix, AZ @ Talking Stick Resort Arena
Sep 08: Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile Arena**
Sep 21: San Francisco, CA @ AT&T Park
Sep 23: San Diego, CA @ Petco Park
Sep 25: Salt Lake City, UT @ Vivint Smart Home Arena
Sep 26: Nampa, ID @ Ford Idaho Center Arena **
Sep 28: Portland, OR @ Moda Center
Sep 29: Seattle, WA @ Gorge Amphitheatre
Oct 01: Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
Oct 04: Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center
Oct 06: Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum

**Not ticketed by Ticketmaster

About Journey: JOURNEY – Neal Schon (founding member and lead guitarist), Ross Valory (co-founding member and bassist), and longtime members Jonathan Cain (keyboardist), Steve Smith (drummer) and Arnel Pineda (lead singer) – is one of the most popular American rock bands of all time, creating some of the best-known songs in modern music, with iconic hits such as “Lights,” “Faithfully,” “Any Way You Want It,” “Wheel In The Sky,” “Separate Ways,” “Who’s Crying Now,” and the seminal “Don’t Stop Believin’,” which is the top-selling digital catalog track in history. Since the group’s formation in 1973, the band has earned 19 top 40 singles and 25 Gold and Platinum albums and has sold nearly 100 million albums globally. Their Greatest Hits album is certified 15 times-Platinum, bringing Journey into the elite club of Diamond-certified award holders. The band continues to tour and record into the 21st century, performing concerts for millions of fans worldwide, and received the prestigious Billboard “Legends of Live” touring award. Journey received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame, and is the subject of the award-winning documentary, ‘Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey.’ In 2017, Journey was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

About Def Leppard: With more than 100 million albums sold worldwide and two prestigious Diamond Awards in the U.S., 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 ground-breaking 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.Def Leppard’s influential career includes numerous hit singles and ground-breaking multi-platinum albums—including two of the best-selling albums of all time, Pyromania and Hysteria, capturing the group’s legendary tracks, bringing together classic Leppard hits such as “Rock of Ages”, Pour Some Sugar on Me” and “Foolin.” The band’s most recentself-titled studio album debuted at #1on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums and Top Independent Albums charts. The album also took the #5 spot on Billboard’s Top Current Albums and #10 spot on the Top 200, as well as claiming 15 top 10 debuts around the world. For the first time, in January 2018 Def Leppard debuted their full recording catalog worldwide via streaming and download platforms, and their music is already in the Top Ten on the Billboard Charts in over 20 countries.

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

Last In Line @ Mexicali Live (3/24/2017)

Artist: Last In Line
Venue: Mexicali Live (Teaneck, NJ)
Opener: Gothic Knights, Tempt
Date: 3/24/2017
Label: Frontiers Records

Written By: Katie N. (copyright 2017) for PiercingMetal.com
Performance Photos By: Rich Catino of Metal Asylum

Perhaps I am oblivious due to the fact that I grew up decades after the roaring energy of the 70s and 80s, but attending intimate club shows exposes and propels the crowd into an ambience unbeknownst to that of the grandeur of the festival stage. Sure, at the end of the day, it’s all about the music, but there’s just something warmer about the closeness and enthusiasm of being face to face with the music.

Mexicali Live in Teaneck, NJ embraced such an atmosphere. At first glance, I wondered how the 20X30 inch stage could provide sufficient room for Vinny Appice’s legendary drum setup along with the loud and grandiose movements of Vivian Campbell, but there was more than enough space for the guys to bring the house down. In fact, the only area that seemed cramped was the floor due to the fact that the show sold out. The first band was Lunatic Fringe and I’m always surprised and beyond ecstatic to see a younger generation embracing rock-n-roll and heavy metal. They were an eclectic bunch with an age range from braces to beards and an energy level of 11 measured on the classic 1-10 scale. Behind the energy was a very heavy and dark sound most reminiscent of Ozzy Osbourne’s “Blizzard of Ozz” album. Although the venue wasn’t full at this point, there was an impressive showing and enough people standing to merit the group a large ovation.

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Last In Line by Rich Catino (2017)

Tempt: This one was an interesting addition to the night’s lineup. Although the band brought a more Bon Jovi-like vibe, they had more than enough vigor to drive the night onward. Most songs included an identifiable and melody mixed in with enough poppy synth and extravagant guitar solos to give me more of a feel of what the 80s actually sounded like. The growing crowd was more than happy with their performance.
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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

The Last In Line Announces Some East Coast Gigs

The other day those merry men in Last In Line announced a handful of East Coast gigs and since there isn’t a poster along with this I’ve used the logo in its place. Dig in. Don’t worry I’ll be back after the rundown.

The Facebook Brief:
Northeast, USA – It’s your turn! Here some dates to get psyched for! We will be adding additional cities soon! Tickets on sale now!

The Tour Dates:
March 24 – Mexicali Live (Teaneck, NJ)
March 25 – The Space at Westbury Theater (Westbury, NY)
March 30 – Venu (Buffalo, NY)
March 31 – The Chance Theater, (Poughkeepsie, NY)
April 01 – Sherman Theater (Stroudsburg, PA)

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: Well, that’s not really a lot of gigs to get to see the band is it? Hopefully they’ll mark out some additional stops and depending on when or if they do, I’ll either append this post or make a new one. Only time will tell. The band now features Phil Soussan on the bass in place of the late great Jimmy Bain who left us in 2016. So what do you readers think about this former members of Dio united and touring with Dio’s classic repertoire along with new material? Let me know in the comments section below. I’ll poke around for the new album “Heavy Crown” that they’ve recorded and released and try to get a review up here soon enough. After seeing and hearing singer Andrew Freeman on some YouTube clips, I can say that the spirit of Ronnie is with his pipes for sure. Stay tuned for that and until next time I bid you farewell.

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