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Thursday, April 14, 2011
Brief News Update for Thursday 14th April, 2011
THIN LIZZY CONFIRMS NEW GUITARIST
Thin Lizzy can officially announce Richard Fortus from Guns ‘n Roses will replace Vivian Campbell on guitar for all Thin Lizzy live shows whilst Vivian is back touring and recording with Def Leppard.
Vivian’s last show will be at Slane Castle in Ireland on May 28th.
Richard (formerly with The Psychedelic Furs), pictured second from right, joined the band on stage at their recent Chicago show for two songs and will appear with the band at all performances after Slane until further notice.
Scott Gorham: ‘Richard is a true pro who blew me away the first time I heard him play’, talking of the recent appearance in Chicago - ‘We literally ran through the songs once in sound check and Richard was spot on, he will make a great addition to the band and look forward to having him on the road with us’
Ricky Warwick:‘Richard, like myself is a life long Lizzy fan, a fantastic guitar player and great guy and I am sure will be welcomed by Thin Lizzy fans everywhere. We all can’t wait to get back on the road, so see you all this summer!’
Thin Lizzy’s European Summer Tour Dates are as follows:
May 2011 Sat/May-28 Dublin, Ireland - Slane Castle
Sun/May-29 Horsens, Denmark - Jelling Festival
Mon/May-30 Hillerod, Denmark - Frederiksborg Culture House
Wed/Jun-01 Ipswich, England - Regent Theatre
Thu/Jun-02 Swindon, England - MEC Arena
Sat/Jun-04 Kilarney, Ireland - INEC
Sun/Jun-05 Castlebar, Ireland - Royal Theater
Tue/Jun-07 Belfast, N. Ireland - Odyssey Arena
Wed/Jun-08 Dublin, Ireland - The O2 Arena
Fri/Jun-10 Castle Donington, England - Download Festival
Sat/Jun-11 Solvesborg, Sweden - Sweden Rock Festival
Sun/Jun-12 Uppsala, Sweden - Katalin and All That Jazz
Tue/Jun-14 Enschede, Holland - Atak
Wed/Jun-15 Ulm, Germany - Ulmer Zelt
Sat/Jun-18 Clisson, France - Hellfest
Sun/Jun-19 London, England - Finsbury Park Feis
Fri/Jun-24 St. Goarshausen, Germany - Lorely Festival
Sat/Jun-25 Dessau, Germany - Ferropolis Rock The Nation
Sun/Jul-10 Weert, Holland Bospop Festival
Sat/Jul-23 London, England - Victoria Park High Voltage Festival
NEW DEF LEPPARD LIVE ALBUM MIRRORBALL SET FOR RELEASE JUNE 7TH!
Release Marks the First Official LP from Def Leppard That Will Be Available Digitally
48 City US Summer Tour with Heart Set to Kick Off On June 15th
New Website DefLeppard.com Launching in May!
PRESS RELEASE - Def Leppard has confirmed June 7th as the North American release date for their first ever live album "MIRRORBALL" (Bludgeon Riffola/Mailboat Records), which will be available exclusively at Walmart and Sam's Club locations in the United States and Canada.
The album will include a 50 minute DVD that contains live performances and intimate backstage footage of the band captured on the road. A special limited vinyl edition will also be made available. "MIRRORBALL" will also be available online, marking the first time the band's music will officially be made available for digital purchase. Def Leppard will also be releasing their new community based website in May, which is being developed to be the ultimate Def Leppard fan experience and go-to destination for all things on the band.
Said Joe Elliott, "To be able to say at last, we have a live album out and it be a three disc package which includes a DVD makes me very happy ... it's the soundtrack of OUR lives ...!"
"MIRRORBALL" was recorded across the world over the course of many of the band's sold-out dates and features all of the classic songs that have made Def Leppard one of the most respected and beloved power rock bands in the world. The album captures the group's legendary concert experience at its thunderous best, bringing together live versions of classic Leppard hits such as "POUR SOME SUGAR ON ME," "ROCK OF AGES," "FOOLIN'," "HYSTERIA," "PHOTOGRAPH" and an incredible rendition of "BRINGING ON THE HEARTBREAK." With their creative juices at full flow, the band has also added three new studio tracks: "UNDEFEATED," "IT'S ALL ABOUT BELIEVIN'" and "KINGS OF THE WORLD," that are undeniably Def Leppard.
"MIRRORBALL" follows the band's 2008 studio release, "SONGS FROM THE SPARKLE LOUNGE", which debuted at #5 on the Billboard Top 200, marking the group's highest chart position since 1992's "ADRENALIZE".
1. Rock! Rock! (Till You Drop)
4. C'Mon C'Mon
5. Make Love Like A Man
6. Too Late For Love
8. Nine Lives
9. Love Bites
10. Rock On
1. Two Steps Behind
2. Bringin' On The Heartbreak
3. Switch 625
5. Armageddon It
7. Pour Some Sugar On Me
8. Rock Of Ages
9. Let's Get Rocked
11. Bad Actress
12. Undefeated (New studio track)
13. Kings Of The World (New studio track)14. It's All About Believin' (New studio track)
Last month, Def Leppard announced their triumphant return to US stages with a 48 city summer tour kicking off on June 15 in West Palm Beach, Florida. Tickets for the Live Nation produced tour and on sale now at Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com.
Joining Def Leppard for this highly anticipated tour are Seattle rock legends Heart.
New song, 'Undefeated' is being broadcast on You Tube now and it's not bad at all!
In addition to the album, Chronicle Books will be releasing "DEF LEPPARD: THE DEFINITIVE VISUAL HISTORY", featuring photos of the band by legendary rock photographer Ross Halfin. His fully authorized visual history of the band follows them from their beginnings to their massive "PYROMANIA" and"HYSTERIA" albums to the sustained power of their records and tours today. The book will be available this June 15.
QUEENSRYCHE TO ONCE AGAIN ROCK THE HIGH SEAS ABOARD SHIPROCKED 2011 CRUISE
THIRD ANNUAL ROCK CRUISE TO SET SAIL TOWARDS THE MAYAN RIVIERA FOR FIVE FUN-FILLED NIGHTS BEGINNING NOVEMBER 14, 2011
April 13th, 2011 - It was announced today that Queensryche — Geoff Tate, Michael Wilton, Eddie Jackson, Scott Rockenfield and Parker Lundgren — has been added to this year’s 'ShipRocked' cruise, which will feature a mix of high-intensity rock bands including Buckcherry, Hinder, Hellyeah!, Sevendust, Living Colour and In This Moment among others.
The band had so much fun on the ShipRocked cruise in 2009 that they quickly jumped at the chance to be a part of this year’s festivities shortly after the invitation was extended. “We’re excited to be a part of it once again,” comments Tate. “It’s late night hours with lots of fun… everything rock was meant to be. We look forward to hanging out with our fans on the Promenade deck. Mexico, ready or not, here we come!”
ShipRocked 2011 — a music and lifestyle cruise celebrating its third consecutive year — sets sail on November 14, 2011 towards the Mayan Riviera, returning five days later on November 19th.
ASK4 Entertainment’sAlan Koenig promises, “ShipRocked 2011 will be five days of wall-to-wall music, giving fans the rare opportunity to listen to, and hang out with their favorite rock stars on a luxury cruise ship. With the artists already confirmed combined with those yet to be announced, there’s enough music for whatever your heart rate can withstand.”
The setting for this year’s ShipRocked will once again be the MSC Poesia, which is one of the cruise industry’s most acclaimed new super cruise ships. It all begins in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, with stops and the premier Mexican ports of Costa Maya and Cozumel. Exuding her Italian roots, the Poesia features a luxurious Aqua Spa, two pools, four Jacuzzis, a state-of-the-art cardio gym, salon, sushi bar, wine tasting bar, a beautiful, three-level Las Vegas-style theatre and additional stages for ShipRocked bands and passengers to enjoy all day and night.
Prices start at only $799 per person, based on double occupancy, and include exclusive access to all ShipRocked concerts and general events, deluxe staterooms, meals, ship activities, ship entertainment and much, much more!
Space is limited so book soon to guarantee your cabin.
Tickets for ShipRocked 2011 are being sold on a first-come, first-served basis and are only available at http://www.getshiprocked.com/ or by calling 1-888-438-9509.
And here's the new album cover artwork for the band's next studio release, 'Dedicated to Chaos,' due out later this year on the band's new label, Roadrunner records.
Deep Purple have announced a handful of very special UK dates for November, where they will be performing along with an orchestra at each of the shows - and you can get your tickets early with a 24 hour Planet Rock Presale.
"THE SONGS THAT BUILT ROCK TOUR" will see Deep Purple play shows in GLASGOW, BIRMINGHAM, MANCHESTER and LONDON. The shows will see the band performing their greatest hits along with a full blown symphony orchestra, making them unmissable and unique events.
November 2011 Saturday 26 November - Glasgow SECC
Sunday 27 November - Birmingham LG Arena
Tuesday 29 November - Manchester MEN Arena
Wednesday 30 November - London 02 Arena
The Planet Rock presale starts at 9AM on THURSDAY and will run for 24 hours until general sale starts on Friday.
To get the tickets you will need to go to the PLANET ROCK HOMEPAGE and click on the button there after 9am on Thursday.