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Def Leppard Rocker's Cancer Returns

6/21/2015 4:15pm EDT
Vivian Campbell
Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell's cancer has returned.

The rocker shared the bad news on his Facebook page on Friday, writing, "I'm saddened by the fact that my cancer has returned. However, I'm beyond consolation that it's return will prevent me from being able to do my job for a while.

"I'm still working on a schedule of treatment with my doctors, but I will see you all very soon."

Campbell was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma in March 2013. The guitarist, who has also played with Dio and Whitesnake, was treated and announced that the cancer had gone into remission in late July ...

15 Greatest Songs By Def Leppard

3/20/2014 8:00am EDT
15 Greatest Songs By Def Leppard
As you may have heard, eighties rock band and leader of the New Wave of British Rock, Def Leppard is going on tour this summer with classic rock heavy hitters, KISS. To celebrate the occasion, we've put together a list of 15 of the best Def Leppard songs ever.

With any list such as this one, it is subjective and based completely on opinion, but without a doubt these songs will have you rockin' along in no time. With our top fifteen songs, we aim to showcase the band's wide range of talent -- both musically and vocally. So get hysterical. Get ready to get rocked. We're not foolin'. It's t...

10 Bands That Have Stood The Test Of Time

3/1/2014 10:00am EST
10 Bands That Have Stood The Test Of Time
Have you ever heard a song on the radio and thought "Well, these guys won't be around for long?" We've all been there (most of us thought that when we heard Justin Bieber's "Baby"), but this list is for those of us who heard a song or saw a music video and said, "Wow, now these guys/girls have something special."

To kick off our list, we will start with one of the best bands of the eighties. Def Leppard headed up the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal and steamrolled the United States with their first hit song here, "Bringin' On The Heartbreak". To followup their albums "On Through The Nig...

Def Leppard's Vivian Campbell Diagnosed With Hodgkin's Lymphoma

6/10/2013 6:38pm EDT
Vivian Campbell
Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell is battling cancer.

The 50 year-old rocker, who joined the Pour Some Sugar on Me hit-makers in 1992, went for tests earlier this year after developing a "cough that wouldn't quit." Medics have since diagnosed him with Hodgkin's lymphoma and recommended a six-month bout of chemotherapy.

A statement provided by Campbell to reads: "I'm about two months in and feeling rather spiffy, all things considered. Hodgkin's has an over 80 per cent cure rate, so by my reckoning, if you're going to have a cancer, Hodgie's is the one to have!"


Def Leppard's Vivian Campbell Files For Divorce

11/18/2012 7:22pm EST
Vivian Campbell
Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell has filed for divorce from his wife of 25 years.

The Love Bites hitmaker filed documents at Los Angeles County Superior Court citing irreconcilable differences as the reason behind his split from longterm partner Julie.

In the papers, obtained by, Campbell is asking for joint legal and physical custody of their two daughters Lily Rose, 13, and Una Marigold, 11.

Campbell is also asking the judge to deny spousal support for Julie.

© Adam Bielawski / PR Photos

Def Leppard's Phil Collen Donates $20,000 To Cancer Center

11/18/2012 2:42pm EST
Phil Collen
Def Leppard star Phil Collen handed over a $20,000 check to a California cancer center on Thursday after selling off one of his most prized guitars.

The rocker, whose father died from pancreatic cancer in 2004, put his special Jackson PC1 guitar up for auction in September and the instrument, which he played during the band's summer tour, netted $15,000 from the winning bidder.

Collen threw in an extra $5,000 donation, and on Thursday, he presented the money to executives of the Gerson Institute in San Diego to help mark November's Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.

He says, "I am very e...

Def Leppard Set For Las Vegas Residency

11/13/2012 7:20pm EST
Def Leppard
Def Leppard are planning to pour some sugar on Las Vegas next year after announcing a three-week residency.

The Animal hit-makers will play a total of nine concerts at the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, where they will perform some of their greatest hits, as well as their 1987 album Hysteria in its entirety.

The group will kick off Viva Hysteria! on March 22nd.

Frontman Joe Elliott says, "We've never done anything like this before in our entire career so the opportunity to do something completely different like this, in such an iconic setting, is very exciting and so...

Def Leppard Praises Tom Cruise's 'Rock Of Ages' Singing

6/14/2012 10:07am EDT
Tom Cruise Rock of Ages
The new musical Rock of Ages stars Tom Cruise as Stacee Jaxx, a rock star in the ‘80s. The film uses classic heavy metal music, some of which Jaxx performs of his own. With the original artists on set for filming, Cruise impressed even the originators of the tune. Director Adam Shankman recalled the moment when Def Leppard’s lead singer heard Cruise perform.

“How about Tom singing ‘Pour Some Sugar On Me’ in front of Def Leppard, that was freakin’ weird,” Shankman said. “I was scared out of my mind and then behind me, Joe Elliot was standing behind me and he said, ‘Oh my God he’s f***ing b...

Tom Cruise Sings Bon Jovi's 'Wanted Dead Or Alive' In New Trailer For 'Rock Of Ages' (Watch It!)

4/3/2012 9:34pm EDT
Rock Of Ages
The new trailer for this summer's sure-to-be-hit musical Rock Of Ages, starring Tom Cruise, Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Russell Brand, Alec Baldwin and Mary J. Blige was released Tuesday, and if you look close enough (near the end) you can catch Cruise, as aging rocker Stacee Jaxx, belting out a few lines of Bon Jovi's classic "Wanted Dead Or Alive".

The film features the music of numerous 80s hair bands, including Def Leppard, Journey, Poison, and Warrant.

Check out the trailer below!

Will you be going to see Rock Of Ages at the movies this summer? Let us know below in the com...

Def Leppard's Phil Collen Impressed With Tom Cruise's Rock Star Image

8/11/2011 9:45pm EDT
Phil Collen
Look out Joe Elliott! Def Leppard have their eyes on another frontman - Tom Cruise.

The band's guitarist Phil Collen recently visited the set of movie musical Rock Of Ages and tells VH1 the movie star is a bona-fide rock god in the film.

Cruise plays rocker Stacee Jaxx in the movie adaptation of the hit Broadway show - which features renditions of Def Leppard's "Pour Some Sugar on Me" and Bon Jovi's "Wanted Dead or Alive," among other rock classics - and Collen admits he was more than impressed with the actor's performing skills.

He says, "I was so impressed because he hadn't sung before...

Def Leppard Singer Joe Elliott's Father Dies

7/10/2011 1:00pm EDT
Def Leppard
The family emergency that brought Def Leppard's U.S. tour to a sudden halt has been revealed - singer Joe Elliott's father has died.

The British rockers scrapped a show with Heart in Cincinnati, Ohio on Thursday, revealing only that the ill health of a bandmate's family member had forced them to head back to England.

They also postponed a weekend show in Bristow, Virginia and scrapped dates in Wantagh, New York on July 12, and Holmdel, New Jersey on July 13.

And late on Friday it was revealed Elliott's father had died in a U.K. hospital after a long illness.

No more details were availab...

Def Leppard Forced To Scrap More Concerts

7/8/2011 11:24am EDT
Def Leppard
British rockers Def Leppard have postponed more gigs as a family member fights illness.

The rock group axed a show in Cincinnati, Ohio on Thursday, revealing few details but putting the cancellation down to the ill health of a family member. That gig will now take place on July 27th.

They have now cancelled more shows, scrapping dates in Wantagh, New York on July 12th, and at Holmdel, New Jersey on July 13th.

A planned show in Bristow, Virginia on Saturday has been postponed until July 31.

In a statement, a spokesman for the band says, "Def Leppard regrets the inconvenience and look...

First Photo Of Tom Cruise In 'Rock Of Ages' Released

6/18/2011 1:00pm EDT
Tom Cruise Rock of Love
A picture of a long-haired, shirtless Tom Cruise performing Def Leppard's Pour Some Sugar On Me have been posted online by Rock of Ages director Adam Shankman.

The photo is the first publicity shot for the movie musical, which is currently shooting in Miami, Florida.

Cruise plays rock star Stacee Jaxx in the film adaptation of the Broadway musical.

Shankman has previously tweeted photos of Russell Brand and Alec Baldwin in character from the set.

Def Leppard Honored At Kerrang! Awards For Their Inspiration (Full List Of Winners)

6/10/2011 12:02am EDT
Def Leppard
British rockers Def Leppard were honored Thursday night at the annual Kerrang! awards in London with this year's Inspiration Award. Thursday's even marked the 30th anniversary of the annual hard rock & heavy metal awards, put on by the British metal magazine.

But it was actor/rocker Jared Leto's band 30 Seconds to Mars who were the toast of the British rock scene after picking up two trophies.

The rockers beat out competition from frontrunners My Chemical Romance by winning awards for Best International Band and Best Single for their hit "Hurricane."

Leto took to to announce...

'Celebrity Apprentice' – Retro Rumble – The Final Two Part 1

5/16/2011 11:51am EDT
Retro Rumble
Last week: two terrible OnStar promo videos later, Star Jones was fired. There are now only four Celebrities still in the game; Meat Loaf, Lil Jon, John Rich and Marlee Matlin.

We return to the lounge, where Lil Jon and John Rich are awaiting Trump’s decision. They know that Meat Loaf will give as good as he gets, but worry that Star will triumph again. They are ecstatic to see Meat. But Marlee, the other survivor, is teary and upset. She’s lost her team mate, and the win for her charity. Meat Loaf tries to cheer her up, but she clearly would have preferred Star to remain.

No time to rela...

Def Leppard To Create Lullaby Versions Of 'Love Bites,' 'Animal' & More

5/6/2011 8:29am EDT
Def Leppard
Def Leppard stars Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell are turning the volume down on the group's hits for a new compilation of lullabies.

"Dreamin' with Def Leppard" is the latest installment in the popular "Rock The Cradle" album series, and when the guitarists heard about the project, they wanted to be a part of it.

So Collen and Campbell set to work on creating lullaby renditions of their songs.

The album features "lullified" versions of hits like "Pour Some Sugar on Me," "Love Bites," "Hysteria" and "Animal."

Arena Rock Legends Def Leppard Announce Summer Tour With Heart (Tour Dates)

2/25/2011 11:40am EST
Def Leppard Heart
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. H...

Def Leppard Tribute Band Searches For One-Armed Drummer

1/8/2011 4:36pm EST
Def Leppard
A top Def Leppard tribute band is on the hunt for a one-armed drummer so the line-up can look exactly like the real thing.

Texas-based covers act Pyromania want a real Rick Allen look-a-like after losing their drummer.

An advertisement they've posted on their page calls for all applicants to have "no prosthetics."

Allen lost his arm in a car accident in 1984 but continued drumming for the British rock band.

Def Leppard Slam Split Rumors

4/30/2010 4:00pm EDT
Def Leppard
Rockers Def Leppard have laughed off speculation of a split, insisting they couldn't "imagine doing anything else" if they ditched the band.

The Hysteria hit-makers prompted rumors of a break-up in October after they cancelled 23 dates on their North American tour, citing "unforeseen personal matters," and failed to reschedule the gigs.

However, singer Joe Elliott insists the trek was only cancelled so he could tend to his wife Kristine, who was expecting their first child.

He tells, "There wasn't any mystery to it really. My wife was pregnant and needed a bit of attenti...

Abercrombie Discriminates, Country Fans Don't Internet, Miley Jet Skis, & More (Links)

6/16/2009 7:39pm EDT
Abercrombie & Fitch Discriminates Prosthetic Amputee, Countr
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Spinal Tap 'Back From The Dead' With New Album June 16

5/4/2009 10:27am EDT
Spinal Tap
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the cult classic film 'This is Spinal Tap and now England's Loudest Heavy Metal Band, Spinal Tap, is celebrating with the release of their first new album in almost two decades, Back From The Dead (The Label Industry Records/Artist2Market/INgrooves), due out Tuesday, June 16. Spinal Tap's last album was 1992's Break Like The Wind.

On Back From the Dead, Tap members David St. Hubbins, Nigel Tufnel and Derek Smalls unearth their long-self-suppressed studio versions of the classic songs from the movie This is Spinal Tap, as well as six new addition...

'American Idol' Recap: Anoop & Megan Must Go

4/1/2009 8:42am EDT
American Idol
Random Thoughts While Waiting for the American Idol Contestants to Start Singing:

-It's amazing how four judges can combine to say absolutely nothing in the show open.

-What a strange theme. Why not just say, "pick whatever song you want"?. How does one define a 'popular' download? Conspiracy people!

-Just when you thought the product placement couldn't get any more shameless - Seacrest uses it to promote his own show!

-Wow, Ryan Seacrest plays drops of Simon Cowell and the "American Idol" theme on his show. Local FM Radio now seems like a bastion of creativity and w...

Collateral Damage From Robert Plant's Decision To Nix Zep Reunion

12/25/2008 5:00pm EST
Led Zeppelin
Since the surviving members of Led Zeppelin reformed last December for a one-off show to pay tribute to late Atlantic Records founder and legend Ahmet Ertegun, the man who discovered and brought us some of the most talented artists of all-time (seriously, we really could use another Ahmet right about now-- but since the almighty dollar overshadows the need for actual talent we can forget that) and gave a handful of folks in England the greatest holiday gift ever, there has been a weekly story about the band going on tour. And not going on tour. But wanting to tour. And not wanting to tour. ...

Slideshow: Putting The 'F' In 'Fugly'

11/14/2008 10:30am EST
Celeb Fuglies
So this morning I decided to make myself feel better about... myself. All these slideshows of beautiful people got me thinking, "gee, how do all the ugly stars feel about all the hotties getting slideshows all the time?" So I did something about it... and this is probably just the beginning...

Clay Aiken

Seriously, Clay Aiken looks like the female version of k.d. lang. Remember that banjo scene in Deliverance? Need I say more?

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Tori Spelling

Tori named her recent book 'sTORI ...

Tonight's 'Live From Abbey Road' Features Black Keys, Manu Chao

7/24/2008 5:31pm EDT
The Black Keys
Live From Abbey Road, the Sundance original music series, reaches its halfway point in episode 6 of the twelve part series.

The episode begins by featuring British self-described "Odd Pop" band, The Hoosiers. After recording their first album, The Trick To Life and securing two top ten hits on the UK charts, The Hoosiers are currently touring. They stop by the legendary recording studio Abbey Road to perform their hits "Goodbye Mr. A" and "Run Rabbit Run" off of their debut album along with Billy Joel's classic hit "We Didn't Start the Fire".

Blues-rock duo The Black Keys will al...

How Will We Categorize Our Current Decade of Music?

7/24/2008 8:45am EDT
50 Cent
We all know that the 70s was the decade of classic/arena rock, the 80s was the decade of hair metal/synth pop and the 90s was the decade of grunge/alternative rock. This brings up a question that a lot of music lovers must wonder: how will we categorize our current decade of music?

It's funny how music tends to change every generation. The 70s was the era of classic rock where groups such as Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith and Lynyrd Skynyrd took over the entire music scene. Next up was the 80s, where both hair metal rockers such as Guns 'N Roses, Def Leppard and Bon Jovi reigned, along with ...

Ozzy Osbourne To Be Honored At Rock Awards

7/23/2008 1:14pm EDT
Ozzy Osbourne
Legendary rocker Ozzy Osbourne will be presented with the Living Legend award at this year's Classic Rock Roll of Honor awards.

The former Black Sabbath frontman was confirmed as the winner of the award when the nominations were unveiled in London on Wednesday by Alice Cooper - who won the award himself last year.

Other previous recipients include Led Zeppelin star Jimmy Page and Lemmy from Motorhead. Page will also be in the running for an award at this year's ceremony; Led Zeppelin are up for three awards, including Band of the Year, DVD of the Year and Event of the Year for t...

Can Guitar Hero Top Itself?

4/10/2008 2:30pm EDT
Guitar Hero
When the first Guitar Hero was released for the Playstation 2 in November 2005, it was met with both critical acclaim and a lot of buzz: a video game that substituted a simulated guitar for the standard controller? Why, it was unheard of! The game sold a modest 1.5 million copies and was popular enough to launch an entire franchise that has only gotten better with time.

Take, for example, the setlists. The original game, with a mere 47 songs, was composed of almost entirely cover versions. Guitar Hero II, on the other hand, contained 64 songs, four of which were actually recorded by th...

Music Spotlight: 80s Hair Bands

1/2/2008 10:15am EST
Twisted Sister
Hair. It's a four letter word that made a big impact on bands during the 80s. During that time, Aqua Net super hold hairspray was a household name and big-bodied hair was the goal for some rockers. Bands such as Motley Crue, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, and Twisted Sister took big hair to a whole new level.

Short black locks and long blonde hair could only point to a band that doesn't follow the rules so well. Twisted Sister, fronted by Dee Snider, flaunted his thick, blond tresses during such anthems as, "We're not Gonna Take It" and "I Wanna Rock." Not only did he have big hair, his band...

Celebrity Birthdays, December 8

12/8/2007 3:00am EST
Kim Basinger
Happy Birthday to "Lost" co-stars Ian Somerhalder (1978) and Dominic Monaghan (1976), NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick (1975), New York Yankees pitcher Mike Mussina (1968), Irish singer Sinead O'Connor (1966), "Desperate Housewife" Teri Hatcher (1964), political pundit Ann Coulter (1961), Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen (1957), "8 Mile" actress Kim Basinger (1953), keyboardist Gregg Allman (1947), The Doors singer/poet Jim Morrison (1943; d. 1971), "Kill Bill" actor David Carradine (1936), comedian Flip Wilson (1933; d. 1998), Austrian actor Maximilian Schell (1930), Rat Packer Sammy Davis Jr....