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'The Dirt' Progressing (Apparently)

Looks like the Motley Crue biographic film The Dirt is moving forward... and will end up on Netflix and not get a big theatrical release. This doesn't surprise me.


In Honor of UK Record Store Day: 'The Def Leppard EP'

Happy Friday! This is exciting and fun news: From my inbox:

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 EP with 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.
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Richie Kotzen Premieres 'End of Earth' Video

My beloved Richie Kotzen is back with new music! He just dropped a video for the song "End of Earth" from the album Salting Earth to be released April 14. This is a very complex song with a killer guitar solo. It takes a couple listens to really appreciate everything that is happening - in some respects, it's like Richie stitched together three songs in one. What do you think?


Do Want - Queen Monopoly! 

I love board games. No one ever wants to play with me, but I'm a big fan of the classics. I especially love Monopoly. I have the original version and also the credit card one with the little swipe machine. The cards have security chips, ha! When I saw this music version advertised, I knew I wanted it! I love Queen. Now I just need to order this game... and find someone to play with me. 



Ok, James Durbin Sounds Good With Quiet Riot

Fair is fair. I was skeptical of this but James Durbin really does sound good with Quiet Riot. It's almost like Kevin DuBrow. Almost. I still think all these lineup changes are ridiculous, but we're here in 2017, where nothing makes sense anymore, anyway. Enjoy.


So This Happened - Bobbly Blotzer At It Again

So just go read this. It's Monday and I just can't. This business with Bobby Blotzer and RATT is out of hand.


Farewell Chuck Berry

The architect of Rock n' Roll, Chuck Berry, has died. He was 90. A lot of our music heroes took to Twitter to pay their respects:



Read this amazing New York Times remembrance - it follows Chuck's entire career!