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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Rock News Update for Saturday 26th February, 2011

Great Britain's Arena Rock Legends Def Leppard Announce US Tour Set to Hit the Road This Summer with Very Special Guests Heart
Tickets set to go on-sale March 4th!

PRESS RELEASE - Def Leppard, Great Britain's premiere arena rock band, have announced that they will make their triumphant return to the US with a summer tour kicking off on June 15 in West Palm Beach, Florida. Joining Def Leppard for this highly anticipated tour are Seattle rock legends Heart. 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". The anthemic rock megastars have earned their stripes as one of the most enduring and successful touring acts in history.

Heart showed the world that women can rock when they stormed the charts with hits like "Crazy on You," "Magic Man," "Barracuda," "Alone" and many more, a stream of hits showcasing the sisters, Ann and Nancy Wilson's, enormous talents as both musicians and singers, selling more than 30 million records. Tickets for the Live Nation produced tour will go on sale on beginning March 4th at and Additional dates to be announced soon.

"After having had the last 18 months off, Leppard are ready to get back on the road! Add Heart to the bill and it truly makes for a special evening," says singer Joe Elliott.

"Nancy and I are really excited to be bringing Heart to the stage this summer with Def Leppard. It's going to be a powerful, monster show. The real thing. The summer of 2011 will be amazing," says singer Ann Wilson.

Citi® cardmembers will also have access to presale tickets in select cities through Citi's Private Pass® Program. For complete presale details visit

The band has partnered with I Love All Access to provide a variety of VIP ticket packages for the show, including premium seats, pre-show parties and more.

Def Leppard's US tour dates with Heart are as follows:

June 2011
June 15 - West Palm Beach, FL (Cruzan Amphitheatre)
June 17 - Tampa, FL (1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre)
June 19 - Orange Beach, AL (Amphitheater at the Wharf)
June 22 - Charlotte, NC (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre)
June 24 - Raleigh, NC (Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion)
June 26 - Philadelphia, PA (Susquehanna Bank Center)
June 29 - Scranton, PA (Toyota Pavilion)

July 2011
July 2 - Uncasville, CT (Mohegan Sun Arena)
July 3 - Hershey, PA (Hersheypark Stadium)
July 5 - Milwaukee, WI (Summerfest)
July 12 - Wantagh, NY (Nikon at Jones Beach Theater)
July 13 - Holmdel, NJ (PNC Bank Arts Center)
July 15 - Chicago, IL (First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre)
July 17 - Cadott, WI (Rockfest)
July 20 - Dallas, TX (Gexa Energy Pavilion)
July 24 - San Antonio, TX (AT&T Center)

August 2011
August 8 - Sturgis, SD (Buffalo Chip)
August 10 - St. Louis, MO (Verizon Wireless Amphitheater)
August 13 - Des Moines,IA (Iowa State Fair)
August 21 - Buffalo, NY (Darien Lake Performing Arts Center)
August 27 - Kansas City, MO (Sprint Center)
August 26 - St Paul,MN (Minnesota State Fair) August 31 - Salt Lake City, UT (USANA Amphitheatre)

September 2011September 14 - Portland, OR (Sleep Country Amphitheater)

For complete ticket and tour information visit and
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To features audiophile surround sound mix, music videos, rare photos, liner notes & more -- available April 5th.

Rush's Moving Pictures celebrates its 30th anniversary this year with a spectacular Moving Pictures - Deluxe Edition via Mercury/UMe. The reissue of this seminal album on April 5, 2011, will be available in two formats: (1) a digitally remastered CD plus DVD and (2) a digitally remastered CD plus Blu-ray. For this Deluxe Edition, the DVD & Blu-ray discs will feature the album and three bonus music videos, "Tom Sawyer," "Limelight" and the previously unreleased clip "Vital Signs," in both a stunning 5.1 surround sound mix supervised by the band’s Alex Lifeson using the original multi-tracks and in newly remastered stereo from the original analog master tapes.

Both DVD and Blu-ray formats will boast the 5.1 surround sound and stereo audio in 96kHz/24-bit high-resolution audiophile playback which offers 256 times more resolution than CD audio, providing the listener with the closest experience you can have to what the artists hear in the studio. The DVD is playable on both DVD-Audio and DVD-Video players, the latter players will include Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound and PCM stereo playback. Blu-ray discs will also feature DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround sound in addition to 96kHz/24-bit PCM 5.1 surround sound and stereo.

The Moving Pictures experience has never sounded better or been more moving. Also included in the package is an extensive gallery with previously unreleased photos from the original recording sessions, new liner notes by renowned music journalist David Fricke and 30th anniversary artwork by original album designer Hugh Syme.

At quadruple platinum in the U.S., Moving Pictures was the band's eighth studio album and remains its biggest selling release to date, highlighted by the group’s best-known track, "Tom Sawyer," as well as the hit "Limelight," radio favorite "Red Barchetta" and Grammy®-nominated instrumental "YYZ."
Rush continues to garner new fans through new recordings and touring, and are a mainstay at Mainstream Rock radio. Last year, Rush had 100 different tracks get radio airplay, one of only 6 rock artists - including AC/DC, Metallica, Aerosmith, Pink Floyd, and The Rolling Stones - to have that deep a catalog. They also are one of only 16 artists to have remained in the top 40 in radio airplay for the last 10 years at Mainstream Rock. As singer-bassist-keyboardist Geddy Lee, lead guitarist Lifeson and drummer Neil Peart record their 20th studio album "Clockwork Angels" and continue their "Time Machine" tour in America and Europe this year - during which they will perform the entire album - Rush continues to stay true to the spirit that made Moving Pictures a classic.



Tom Sawyer
Red Barchetta


The Camera EyeWitch Hunt

Vital Signs


Tom Sawyer (Audiophile 5.1 Surround and Stereo)
Red Barchetta (Audiophile 5.1 Surround and Stereo)
YYZ (Audiophile 5.1 Surround and Stereo)

Limelight (Audiophile 5.1 Surround and Stereo)
The Camera Eye (Audiophile 5.1 Surround and Stereo)

Witch Hunt (Audiophile 5.1 Surround and Stereo)
Vital Signs (Audiophile 5.1 Surround and Stereo)

Tom Sawyer (Music Video – 5.1 & Stereo)
Limelight (Music Video – 5.1 & Stereo)
Vital Signs (Music Video – 5.1 & Stereo – Previously Unreleased)


Tom Sawyer

Red Barchetta
The Camera Eye

Witch Hunt

Vital Signs


Tom Sawyer (Audiophile 5.1 Surround and Stereo)
Red Barchetta (Audiophile 5.1 Surround and Stereo)

YYZ (Audiophile 5.1 Surround and Stereo)
Limelight (Audiophile 5.1 Surround and Stereo)
The Camera Eye (Audiophile 5.1 Surround and Stereo)
Witch Hunt (Audiophile 5.1 Surround and Stereo)
Vital Signs (Audiophile 5.1 Surround and Stereo)

Tom Sawyer (Music Video – 5.1 & Stereo)
Limelight (Music Video – 5.1 & Stereo)

Vital Signs (Music Video – 5.1 & Stereo – Previously Unreleased)


Greg Hampton (producer of the Tommy Bolin Whips and Roses CDs) and Warren Haynes (Gov't Mule, Allman Brothers) are currently co-producing sessions with some of the world's most famous and revered guitarists and singers for their upcoming Tommy Bolin Tribute CD (as yet unnamed). Fabrizio Grossi (Whips & Roses I & II, Glenn Hughes) is also on board as Associate Producer/Mix Engineer.
It's been inspiring to learn that all of these legendary guitarists are all fans of Tommy, and are excited about adding parts to original Tommy Bolin multitrack tapes that have never been made public.

Greg’s recent sessions with Steve Lukather which were especially poignant, as the drummer on that original multitrack was the late Jeff Porcaro with whom Lukather played in Toto. Completed sessions include:

• Steve Lukather (Toto, solo)
• Warren Haynes (Gov't Mule, Allman Brothers)
• Brad Whitford (Aerosmith)
• Nels Cline (Wilco, solo)
• Glenn Hughes (Trapeze, Deep Purple, solo)
• Oz Noy (Roger Glover, Nile Rodgers, solo)
• John Scofield (Billy Cobham, Miles Davis, Jaco Pastorius, solo)
• Prairie Prince (The Tubes, drums on Savannah Woman and Wild Dogs)
• Peter Frampton (Humble Pie, solo)
• Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge)
• Joe Bonamassa (Black Country Communion, solo)
• Steve Morse (Deep Purple, Dixie Dregs, solo)

Also in negotiation or committed to the project are Billy Gibbons, Ben Harper, Tom Morello, Derek Trucks and John Scofield.

Greg will keep us updated with more photos and news as the sessions progress, so keep an eye on the Bolin Board for announcements about updates on this page.

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