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Mary J. Blige Covers Journey, Tom Cruise Does Def Leppard For ‘Rock Of Ages’

Mary J. Blige Any Way You Want It Journey Rock Of Ages
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The guitars are loud and the hair is high in upcoming movie musical Rock Of Ages (out June 15), which features Tom Cruise as fictional ’80s metal god Stacee Jaxx and Mary J. Blige as Venus Club owner Justice Charlier. A video for Mary J., Constantine Maroulis and Julianne Hough’s cover of Journey‘s 1980 hit “Any Way You Want It” highlights some of the head-banging action we’ll see in the flick. (Blige also performed the song on Dancing With The Stars last night).

Meanwhile, a snippet of Cruise’s cover of Def Leppard’s smash anthem “Pour Some Sugar On Me” was played on Ryan Seacrest‘s KIIS-FM radio show yesterday. Watch Mary J.’s video above, then catch her DWTS performance with Hough — and Tom’s singing — after the jump! More »

Drunk Def Leppard Fan Turns Into Pyromaniac After Getting Kicked Out Of Show

How not to react after you get tossed from a concert, courtesy a 28-year-old man who got the boot from a Def Leppard show in Utah after being drunk (but who apparently wasn’t smashed enough to successfully sneak back into the show before being caught by the venue’s security guards one more time):

Instead of trying to re-enter the show, however, he went to a field just west of the amphitheater and started a fire…. The fire truck could not immediately reach the flames because the concertgoers were leaving the show, according to a jail booking statement. The fire burned a 30-by 50-foot patch before it was extinguished.



Let this be a lesson to you, people who get forced out of the Reading and Leeds Festivals for stagediving: The pyrotechnics need to stay on the stage. It’s for your own safety! Plus if you get tossed into jail, your musical deprivation will go on even longer.


Man kicked out of concert starts nearby field on fire [Salt Lake Tribune via Buzzgrinder]
Def Leppard – Photograph [Dailymotion]

The PMRC’s “Filthy Fifteen” Sure Looks Cute In 2009

Twisted Sister’s Stay Hungry is being reissued, the latest example of getting every piece of pop music ever made back out there before the recorded-music industry goes tits-up, and the press release about the new version touts the fact that “We’re Not Gonna Take It” was a member of the Filthy Fifteen. That was a list of songs put together in 1985 by the Parents’ Music Resource Council, the group of moms who were pretty much the driving force behind the now-ubiquitous “Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics” stickers on albums deemed too hot for young ears; they put together a playlist of songs that in their mind glorified sex, drugs, and violence in such a way that one had to conclude that The Pop Music Was Killing Our Kids. Given that “We’re Not Gonna Take It” seems positively benign right now, I decided to remind myself of the list’s other contents. The artists whose songs were cited fall into two categories for the most part: Heavy metal bands and people who worked with Prince, including the man himself. All 15–complete with some filthy-in-85, safe-for-work now clips–after the jump!

1. Prince, “Darling Nikki”

2. Sheena Easton, “Sugar Walls”
3. Judas Priest, “Eat Me Alive”
4. Vanity, “Strap On Robbie Baby”
5. Motley Crue, “Bastard”
6. AC/DC, “Let Me Put My Love Into You”
7. Twisted Sister, “We’re Not Gonna Take It”
8. Madonna, “Dress You Up”
9. W.A.S.P., “Animal (Fuck Like A Beast)”



10. Def Leppard, “High N’ Dry”
11. Mercyful Fate, “Into The Coven”
12. Black Sabbath, “Trashed”
13. The Mary Jane Girls, “In My House”



14. Venom, “Possessed”
15. Cyndi Lauper, “She-Bop”

Obviously, the rationales for including different songs on the list were different: “Possessed” got heat for having references to the occult; “High N’ Dry” for being an ode to drinking all day; “Bastard” for employing rape analogies in the context of bad business deals. (Although I still don’t understand why “Dress You Up” was the Madonna song singled out. Was the prospect of including the word “virgin” in a song title on the list just too much for the fan-waving mothers?) I guess it isn’t really “funny” how now, so many of these songs are in the pop-culture firmament; after all, people thought “My Ding-A-Ling” was once offensive on levels beyond its aesthetic inferiority to most other songs out there, too. But looking at this list provides a neat snapshot of just what worried parents the most 24 years ago; the list is pretty much devoid of New Wave, hip-hop, and punk, and focuses on metal a lot. I guess it was because out of all the popular genres at the time, they looked the most threatening to parents?

The Coolest PMRC Links On The Net [Freewebs]
Twisted Sister releases one of the PMRC’s Filthy 15: Stay Hungry [Sleaze Roxx]

Jamie Foxx To Gold-Dig For Record Sales On “American Idol” Tonight

Jamie Foxx tonight’s Idol mentor [MJ]
• Pete Doherty thought to have swine flu by the always-calm British press (but honestly, dude has lived through so much else that swine flu is nothing, nothing at all) [STV via NME]
• Environmentally conscious Rothbury festival’s headliners: The Dead, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, and String Cheese Incident [JamBase]
• Def Leppard to continue country-crossover attempt with appearance on CMT Awards [DefLeppard.com]

Def Leppard, Cheap Trick, And Poison Team Up For The Tour Of The Century

We don’t post tour dates that much here at Idolator because we have much more important things to write about, like Katy Perry riding dildo-shaped stage props and what Patrick Stump is doing right at this very moment. But once in a while, a tour comes along that is so extraordinary that it must be covered. As many of you read on Tuesday, I am a Cheap Trick fan. Any new Cheap Trick tour gets me very excited, so that alone is good news. But how about throwing in a little Def Leppard on top of that? Sounds like mass hysteria (haw haw), right? Well, how’s about a little Poison with your… tricked-out… leopard? That’s right, guyliner pioneers Poison are on the bill as well. Can I say Tour of the Century? Sure, these bands are about as fresh as the Fresh Prince now, but how many hits do they have between them? A bajillion? Heck, Cheap Trick’s most famous record is a live record! I bet I would know every single song performed, unless somebody decided to trot out a new one.



Def Leppard vocalist Joe Eliott’s thoughts on this omnibus tour are refreshingly matter-of-fact and common sensical:

We’re going out with three bands, which limits’ the amount of time we can play to about 90 minutes. When you do your greatest hits and some new material or extra stuff you might throw in, you have got to push and shove and clamp down. No big long speeches from moi. You have to do the AC/DC thing and just bang through everything. I do realize that there are things we are destined play forever and that’s fine by me… Those songs are a big part of the cog. When you see the reaction of the crowd when you start the riff to ‘Photograph,’ there’s nothing like it.

Indeed. Look for double disc versions of Pyromania (yay!), Hysteria (yay!), and Adrenalize (…) to come later this year.

June 23: Camden, N.J.
June 25: Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
June 26: Darien Center, N.Y.
June 28: Scranton, Pa.
June 30: Mansfield, Mass.
July 1: Holmdel, N.J.
July 3: Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
July 4: Toronto, Ontario
July 7: Hartford, Conn.
July 8: Wantagh, N.Y.
July 10: Burgettstown, Penn.
July 11: Virginia Beach, Va.
July 12: Bristow, Va.
July 15: Cincinnati
July 17: Tinley Park, Ill.
July 18: Milwaukee, Wis.
July 20: Maryland Heights, Mo.
July 21: Kansas City, Mo.
July 23: Noblesville, Ind.
July 24: Clarkston, Mich.
Aug. 7: Raleigh, N.C.
Aug. 8: Charlotte, N.C.
Aug. 10: Nashville
Aug. 11: Birmingham, Al.
Aug. 13: West Palm Beach, Fla.
Aug. 14: Tampa, Fla.
Aug. 15: Atlanta
Aug. 18: New Orleans
Aug. 19: Houston
Aug. 21: Dallas
Aug. 22: Tulsa, Ok.
Aug. 24: Englewood, Colo.
Aug. 25: Salt Lake City
Aug. 28: Albuquerque, N.M.
Aug. 29: Phoenix
Aug. 30: Irvine, Calif.
Sept. 2: Mountain View, Calif.
Sept. 3: Sacramento, Calif.
Sept. 5: Las Vegas
Sept. 7: San Bernadino, Calif.

Only one question…with Tinted Windows blowing up, will Bun E. Carlos have time for this?

Def Leppard Unveils Summer Tour With Cheap Trick, Poison [Billboard]

Def Leppard: Not Really Clear On The Concept Of “Hockey”


It’s a sad sign of the once-proud NHL’s booking power when the only band they can get for their opening-night festivities these days is Def Leppard, the still-kicking British outfit that’s much better known for being riotous fans of footy. More evidence that the Leps probably have no idea what a “Nordique” ever was came during said show, when lead singer Joe Elliott was triumphantly handed the Stanley Cup by two Red Wings… and promptly put it on a nearby table upside down. (Of course, he explained the screwup by saying, “We’re soccer boys, what do we know?”) Given the relative fame of Def Leppard at this point, wouldn’t an act like The Zambonis have been a better choice for such a season-defining event? Or, heck, any band from Canada? [YouTube via Sleaze Roxx]

Def Leppard Asks Its Fans: “Do You Wanna Get Rock… zimityed?”


Because nothing sounds as sexy and rock-and-roll as an initiative with the word “marketing” attached to its title, snobby rockers Def Leppard will launch “Rockzimity Marketing,” a Bluetooth/wireless initiative for those fans who want to spend as much time at concerts checking their phone as actually watching the show, at a concert later this week. “You have to differentiate your music in today’s industry and how you introduce things to your audience,” Joe Elliott told whatever sucker was charged with writing this press release. Well, I guess when you’re at the point where you’re releasing cover albums and making desperate crossover attempts in an effort to stay relevant, “differentiating” yourself via idiotically named tech initiatives is just as good as actually writing a song, right? [Marketwire / YouTube]

Bret Michaels And Rikki Rockett Think Joe Elliott Is A Lip-Syncing Jerk

lens1463402_poison1.jpgLast month, Joe Elliott told an Irish newspaper that he thought his former Headbanger’s Ball cohorts Poison, Winger, and Warrant were “shite bands,” and that he was too busy chasing after the latest tunes by the Stereophonics to even think about touring with them. Well, Poison members Rikki Rockett and Bret Michaels were not happy to hear that news, especially since they’ve been doubting the veracity of his band’s live performances as of late. And Rockett wasn’t afraid to say something about that on his blog!

I was talkin’ with some friends last night and we were shaking our heads wondering when Joe became a rock historian. Well, Joe, when did ya? Do you think saying bad things about another band makes people like your band more? Oh, no. Can’t be it. Let me guess, “You were JUST being honest.” Look, I have always enjoyed Def Leppard. But, as of late that pre-programmed, Mutt Lang live record you guys are doing out there on tour is anything but “substance”. JUST being honest.

Joe! I’d be hurt if this were coming from John Lennon. Listen up, you are not quite that important there fella! Ya know, just like you I put my pants on one leg at a time, but when I put mine on Joe, they are cooler than yours! But, does it really matter? So it takes about 1 minute and 45 seconds to put on eyeliner. I suppose during that same time you were writing the next “Imagine”. In the words of the great Aerosmith, “Get a grip!” Oh, and by the way, just to add to your royal information pool of rock history, Sir Joe, in the 70′s it was “Glitter Rock”, in the 80′s it was Glam Rock.

“Pre-programmed, Mutt Lang live record you guys are doing out there on tour”–those are (misspelled) fighting words! (Albeit probably true ones, since I doubt Elliott and his cronies can hit those multi-octave harmonies the extra octave every night.) Meanwhile, Bret Michaels responded to Elliott’s allegations by slamming his lip-syncing on Dancing With The Stars and, perhaps more damningly, not saying that this fight was “turning him on a little bit”:

Clearly, there’s only one way that this will be solved: A Rock Of Love-off where the women have to choose between members of Def Leppard and members of Poison. (Oh, you know it’s inevitable. Just give Vh1 a season or two.)

Joe Elliott (Def Leppard) Slams Poison! [Rikki Rockett's MySpace Blog via Sleaze Roxx]
Michaels (Poison) answers to Elliott’s comment (Def Leppard) [YouTube]
Earlier: Def Leppard Will Not Be Tackling “Seventeen” On Its Next All-Covers Album

Def Leppard Will Not Be Tackling “Seventeen” On Its Next All-Covers Album

281x211_stewart.jpgDef Leppard frontman Joe Elliott told The Irish News that while he’s honored to tour with the likes of Styx and REO Speedwagon, don’t expect to see his band on the road with any of the bands who shared chart space with it during the Hysteria era. “We refused to go out with Poison or Winger or Warrant or any of those shite bands,” he said. “It’s a real pity that a lot of the newer bands we’ve dug over the years haven’t actually dug us. But that’s just music, man.” Those “newer” bands include Stereophonics and Manic Street Preachers, just to give you an idea of Elliott’s internal timeline and, uh, general assessment of what isn’t “shite.” Well! Let’s see what is and isn’t “shite” in your eyes, readers. I picked my favorite songs from each of the artists Old Joe disses–as well as one from his own band, and one from each of his U.S. touring partners this summer. Which do you prefer?


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OK, I’m realizing now this might not be that fair of a fight. Oh well, at least I know now that there’s a reason I woke up with “I Hate Myself For Lovin’ You” in my head this morning.

(FYI, I really tried to not use “Seventeen” as Winger’s pick. But there wasn’t much, unless you count that track Kip did with Fiona, which hasn’t aged all that well but which I still like:

He really does have super-nice teeth.)

Let’s Get ROCKED [Irish News via Sleaze Roxx]

Def Leppard Is “More Relevant Than Ever,” Says Defensive Frontman

AP060525039461.jpgIs Def Leppard’s decision to tour England with Whitesnake proof that the band no longer has the live draw of their youth? Nonsense, says Joe Elliott. The band just believes in giving their fans some “value.” “This is not like the Glitter Band, Mud and Suzi Quatro on the bus playing Butlins, this is Def Leppard and Whitesnake, both with new albums, both acts more relevant than ever, playing arenas. It’s not some saddoes tour, it’s not nostalgia. Of course there’s gonna be old songs in the set, but they get to play some new stuff and look valid, so do we, and people come to hear stuff they know.” Which isn’t nostalgia, no sir. It’s possible that Joe will explain why these bands are “more relevant than ever” when the rest of his interview with The Star is published tomorrow. Then again, he might not. [The Star]