Joe Elliott Confirms Def Leppard’s First New Album in Seven Years is Finished, Slated for 2015

Lead singer Joe Elliott has revealed that they are done recording the follow-up to 2008′s Songs from the Sparkle Lounge.

Opening up his radio show this week, Elliott said,

‘Yes, I do sound very jolly, don’t I?! I’m jolly because we have finished the new album. Yes, well, apart from the mixing of it. We have sung our last word, played our last solo, hit our last drum. It’s done!’

Towards the end of 2014, Elliott said that the new songs sound like

‘what Leppard should be doing at our age as well. It’s a bit more…I don’t wanna say ‘mature’ — that’s the worst word you could ever say. But it’s certainly not a childish record.’ He also added that

‘there’s a lot of cool stuff which is a lot more musical, if you like, and a lot more experimental, if you want, without being jazz or anything like that.’

Other than saying it will be out “later this year,” Elliott didn’t offer any details about when it will be available. However, last month he suggested that it will arrive when they have completed their upcoming tours. He told VH1 Radio’s Dave Basner that they were not going to perform any of their new songs yet because they didn’t want people to first hear them via “cheap, horrible versions on YouTube done on iPhones? No. No way.”

They will be going on tour with Styx and Tesla later this summer. Get tickets here for their show at The Starlight Theater in KC on August 11.

Metallica Has a Touring Washing Machine

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Think your band has ‘made it’? Think again. Metallica has their own touring washing machine! If you’ve ever wondered why they look so damn good on stage, wonder no more. When their clothes are clean, they feel confident enough to play some of their lesser-known songs like “Dryer’s Eve” or “Until it Spins”.

 

Pantera Responds to Band Who Vandalized Dimebag’s Grave

Pantera responded to the unknown band who vandalized the grave of late guitarist Dimebag Darrell. Pantera asked everyone to show respect to the guitarist and his grave.

They are disgusted by what happened and called the cops.

A band who uses the social media handle, “crustyplague” spit on Dimebag’s grave, wrote a homophobic slur and stole a pair of cowboy boots that were placed on the grave.

Rockfest 2015 Lineup Announced

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In case you hate videos, here’s the schedule:

 

Monster Energy Stage Harley Davidson Stage
Rob Zombie – 9:40pm Anthrax – 8:55pm
Volbeat – 7:55pm In This Moment – 7:25pm
Papa Roach – 6:25pm Nothing More – 5:55pm
Tech N9ne – 5:05pm Motionless in White – 4:35pm
Halestorm – 3:45pm We Are Harlot – 3:15pm
All That Remains – 2:35pm Otherwise – 2:05pm
Pretty Reckless – 1:25pm Crobot – 12:55pm
Sidewise – 12:00pm

Soundgarden Heading Into the Studio, New Album Slated for 2016

Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayill has revealed the band will start work on their seventh album in the coming weeks.

The follow-up to 2012 comeback King Animal is expected next year – although very little detail has been established.

Thayill tells the Sydney Morning Herald:

‘No studio has been chosen and no songs are written yet. We’ll spend a month or more working on it – it’s definitely going to happen.’

He adds that he ‘wouldn’t be surprised’ if the band reunite with producer Adam Kasper, who worked on King Animal with them.

Discussing their approach to songwriting, Thayill says:

‘Soundgarden has always written its own rules. We aren’t a meta-rock band that write rock songs about rock. We do our own thing – and that’s what works for us.

‘We don’t write radio hits. You can’t dance to our songs. And that’s why we are Soundgarden.’

Soundgarden are taking part in this year’s Soundwave touring festival in Australia. Their last release was rarities collection Echo Of Miles in November.

Jimmy Page Shares a Led Zeppelin Cover by Some Kids

Well, not just any kids: The Louisville Leopard Percussionists have received a huge Facebook endorsement for their xylophone-driven run through a series of Led Zeppelin classics.

Page shared the link out to his 1.6 million followers: