In 1995, Def Leppard did a short tour supporting their first compilation album, Vault. This intimate pub gig in their hometown of Sheffield was recorded, and features some really well-executed acoustic renditions of some of their biggest hits, as well as a sensitive Bowie cover. Two Steps Behind -- Armageddon It -- When Love and Hate Collide -- Animal -- Pour Some Sugar On Me -- Ziggy Stardust. A post-grunge Def Leppard, with Joe Elliot looking like an older version of Kurt Cobain, drummer Rick Allen comfortable behind a fully acoustic drum kit, and then-newish guitarist Vivian Campell (now in his 23rd year with the band) on board. Joe's vocals are dropped a couple of vocals, and highly-polished Hysteria-era songs are thoughtfully re-imagined.
Classic Albums is a rock and pop documentary series, broadcast and on DVD, starting with The Making of Sgt. Pepper. There were 38 more albums covered, plus five more in the Netherlands... [more inside]
Rock band Def Leppard has decided upon a unique solution to the problem of making their music available for electronic distribution despite conflicts with Universal Music Group: Re-record their entire back catalog as accurately as possible. They're calling the songs 'forgeries.'
It has been nearly a decade since VH1 cancelled "Pop Up Video," but at noon ET today the show returns with 60 new episodes. Their first video: Britney Spears' Til the World Ends. The program's new incarnation will also allow viewers to DIY their own "pop up" videos and share them on Facebook and Twitter." [more inside]
You know you have truly made your mark on rock history when VH1 makes a TV movie about your band's catastrophic life. If this prompts me to re-buy Hysteria, I'll just cry.