Def 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?
Is 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.” More »
It’s long been argued that the poodle-rock audience moved to pop-country in the late ’90s, and the new Def Leppard video, “Nine Lives,” is a logical extension of that. More »
– Mutt Lange will reunite with Def Leppard to record a few songs for the group’s new album. We’re so happy, we don’t even have a sub-par kicker joke to insert. [The Def Leppard Satellite Of Love] – Will.I.Am is designing the Hard Rock Cafe’s new uniforms, which come in size S, M and XXLame. More »
– If you go here and click on the “Hodiau Direkton” banner, you can hear what is supposedly a snippet of a new Radiohead song. If the link doesn’t work, simply put two owls on speakerphone to get the same effect. More »
The pictures look like arse, but for those of you wondering what muse played a role in My Chemical Romance’s new Sgt. Pepper-patrols-Hot Topic look, we muckrakingly point you in the direction of Def Leppard’s 1992 “Let’s Get Rocked” video. More »
Welcome to the first installment of The Cover-Song Showcase Showdown, in which we pit two versions of the same beloved song against one another, and let you determine which is superior. Why? Because we’re all about spreading democracy. That, and goosing our page-view count. More »