Tag Archives: Def Leppard

Album review: THE STRUTS – Strange Days

THE STRUTS – Strange Days

Polydor [Release date 16.10.20] They may hail from Derby, but the Struts have that glam meets classic rock appeal that goes particularly well in the US. Neat idea behind this album to record it in ten days whilst in lockdown. … Continue reading

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DVD review: DEF LEPPARD – Hits Vegas

DEF LEPPARD - Hits Vegas

Eagle Rock Entertainment Initially only available as part of the highly popular “London to Vegas” live box set, Def Leppard are now releasing stand-alone versions of their “Hits Vegas, Live at Planet Hollywood” set, these being available in DVD/2CD, Blu-ray/2CD, … Continue reading

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Feature: Gigs of the Millennium – ROCK FEST 2003, Wisconsin, USA

Gigs of the Millennium- ROCK FEST 2003, Wisconsin, USA

Andy Nathan has caused much teeth-gnashing and fist-clenching amongst the GRTR! team with his enviable sorties to the States sometimes taking in a couple of festivals in one visit.  These include Summerfest and Moondance Jam.  Here he recounts a particularly … Continue reading

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Album review: DEF LEPPARD – From London to Vegas

DEF LEPPARD - From London to Vegas

Eagle Rock [Release date 29.05.20] The geewhizz numbers are overwhelming…twenty billion albums sold. Ok, an exaggeration, but the Def Leppard stats come at you so fast and ferocious that it’s genuinely impossible to absorb the enormity of what this UK … Continue reading

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Album review: GOTTHARD – #13

GOTTHARD - #13

Nuclear Blast [Release date 13.03.20] Back in the early 90’s I went to see a new local band whilst in Switzerland, and very good they were too. That band was Gotthard, and here we are nearly thirty years later and … Continue reading

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Album review: GIRL – Wasted Youth

GIRL - Wasted Youth

Cherry Red Records [31.01.20] Arguably, Girl was simply the launching pad for Phil Lewis – later to join The LA Guns; Phil Collen – later to join Def Leppard, and Gerry Laffy – later to carve out a significant career … Continue reading

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Album review: DOWN ‘N’ OUTZ – This Is How We Roll

DOWN

UMC [Release date 11.10.19] Third album from Down ‘N’ Outz who feature Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott, The Quireboys’ Paul Guerin (guitar), Guy Griffin (guitar) and Keith Weir (keyboards), plus the rhythm section of Vixen bassist Share Ross and Wayward Sons … Continue reading

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Gig review: DEF LEPPARD – Zappo’s Theater, Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas, USA, 14 August 2019

DEF LEPPARD- Zappo

Las Vegas used to be the place where musicians were put out to pasture- the white suited Elvis and other stars to be filed under ‘oldies’. My partner grew up in the area and apparently in the eighties the big … Continue reading

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Gig review: DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL- Donington Park, Leicestershire, 14-15 June 2019

Def Leppard

The fact that Download ranks alongside the very largest of all the UK festivals is tribute to the enduring, if underground, popularity of metal and heavy rock  in all its forms. However in some quarters it gets a bad rap, … Continue reading

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Album review: CRAZY LIXX – Forever Wild

CRAZY LIXX - Forever Wild

Frontiers [Release date 17.05.19] “Forever Wild” is the sixth studio album from Swedish band Crazy Lixx, and could very well be their best to date. This is good, solid melodic rock n’ roll that is full of those ‘80’s style … Continue reading

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Album review: THE TREATMENT – Power Crazy

THE TREATMENT – Power Crazy

Frontiers Music [Release date 22.03.19] The Treatment have been the bridesmaid in rock for far too long. They have been the perennial support band with some major tours under their belts but they have never managed to make the breakthrough into the … Continue reading

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Album review: BLOOD RED SAINTS – Pulse

AOR Heaven [Release date 22.02.19] Album number three from the Blood Red Saints, following hot on the heels of last year’s enjoyable ‘Love Hate Conspiracies’, an album which made a fair few year end best of lists. After searching the … Continue reading

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Gig review: DEF LEPPARD – Wembley Arena, London, 8 December 2018

In the Def Leppard career chronicles, 1987’s ‘Hysteria’ will always loom large. Although its predecessor ‘Pyromania’ was a 10 million selling phenomenon in the USA and opened a lot of doors for similar bands, ‘Hysteria’ was on a different scale level altogether. Four years in the crafting, the album fused a hard rock image with the crafted sensibilities … Continue reading

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Album review: ANGELINE – Shadowlands

Blow Your Fez Off Music [Release date 28.09.18] Angeline were formed in Sweden in 1987 and having taken a hiatus somewhere down the line the band reformed in 2010, since then they have released three studio albums, the latest being … Continue reading

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Gig review: DEF LEPPARD – Royal Albert Hall, London, 25 March 2018

DEF LEPPARD - Royal Albert Hall, London, 25 March 2018

For well over a decade now, the charity shows in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall, curated by Roger Daltrey, have been a landmark in the Spring gig calendar. As well as raising awareness of … Continue reading

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Album review: IGNORE THE SIGN – A Line To Cross

IGNORE THE SIGN - A Line To Cross

SPV/Steamhammer [Release date 23.02.18] Ignore The Sign are a new band formed around the trio of vocalist/keys/guitarist Ossy Pfeiffer, guitarist/vocalist Anca Graterol (Rosy Vista) and guitarist Steve Mann (MSG/Lionheart). The are joined by bass player Lars Lehmann (Uli Jon Roth),  percussionist … Continue reading

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Album review: DOWN ‘N’ OUTZ – My ReGeneration/The Further Adventures Of

DOWN

Frontiers [Release date 01.12.17] The Down ‘N’ Outz were formed by Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott, when he was asked to be involved in the Mott The Hoople reunion shows in 2009. For this he was backed by Quireboys’ members Paul Guerin … Continue reading

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Album review: BLOOD RED SAINTS – Love Hate Conspiracies

BLOOD RED SAINTS - Love Hate Conspiracies

AOR Heaven [Release date 26.01.18] Blood Red Saints return with their second album and joining the original trio of Pete Godfrey (vocals), Rob Naylor (bass) and Lee Revill (guitars) are guitarist Neil Hibbs (ex-Shy) and Andy Chemney on drums. There are a … Continue reading

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Quick plays: MARTIN SIMPSON, RIVERDOGS, HIRSH GARDNER

MARTIN SIMPSON Trails & Tribulations Topic Records [Release date 01.09.17] Trails & Tribulations’ is Martin Simpson’s twentieth album in a career spanning over 40 years. As he says the album “is a collection of songs about nature, about travels and … Continue reading

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DVD review: STYX – Live at The Orleans Arena in Las Vegas!

Eagle Rock [Release date 02.09.16] Another live Styx DVD and this one was recorded on the band’s 2014 US tour with Def Leppard. Slightly different style this time around as the main featured concert has interviews with the band and … Continue reading

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