Quick Takes On Def Leppard, Artists Appearing At Hurricaine Sandy Benefit Concert and Jimmy Page
Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott is hopeful that the band will have time to write its next studio set during their upcoming nine-date Las Vegas run. Elliott told Billboard that the time off stage during their stand at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino could be just as important as the time on the boards: "This will be the first time in at least 10 years where we're all actually in one room banging out songs from scratch, We don't all live on the same continent, so it's increasingly more difficult for us to just do what people expect a band to do -- wander into a dusty old rehearsal room and go, 'What you got?' Getting together to write an album is an event. So the whole point of this Vegas thing when we're not on stage is to attack pieces of work we have that aren't finished songs -- 'I've got this riff.' 'Great, let's play around with it.' I'm sure everybody's got some individual ideas, and we'll go from there."
Def Leppard kicks off its nine-show Vegas run on March 22nd.
New York City rockers are coming out this week to support the victims of Hurricane Sandy at Manhattan's Cutting Room. On Friday night (January 25th) former Joan Jett & The Heartbreakers guitarist Ricky Byrd and his Rockers In Recovery All-Star Band will play and donate 100 percent of the ticket sales, merchandise, and auction items to The Graybeards (a non-profit Rockaway Beach-based organization), West Hamilton Beach Volunteer Fire Department, and The Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department.
Among the special guest appearing to raise money for Sandy relief are: Gary U.S Bonds, Ian Hunter, Michael Des Barres, the Crystals' LaLa Brooks, Billy J. Kramer, the Rascals' Gene Cornish, Free and Bad Company's Simon Kirke, the Dictators' frontman Handsome Dick Manitoba and Ross The Boss. The show will open with Queens' own doo-wop kings the Capris.
The Rockers In Recovery All-Star Band features former Billy Joel drummer Liberty DeVitto, former Aerosmith guitarist Richie Supa, Todd Rundgren's Utopia and Meat Loaf bassist Kasim Sulton, Christine Ohlman from the Saturday Night Live Band and Vanilla Fudge's Mark Stein
Among the items up for auction are a Carlos Santana signed guitar and a Kris Humphries Nets signed basketball.
The concert begins at 8 p.m. The Cutting Room is located at 44 East 32nd Street. Tickets are $50 for general admission. VIP meet-and-greet packages are also available for $150. To purchase tickets, please visit: http://ticketf.ly/1389Lg5.
Jimmy Page and hot blues guitarist of the month Guy Clark Jr. are the models for John Varvatos' latest fashion line. The pair appears together in print and TV ads. Varvatos told GQ: "Jimmy Page has been a music and fashion icon of mine since 1970. Gary Clark Jr. is the real deal -- amazing guitar player, singer, songwriter and friend. Having 'The Master' and the 'Young Guitar-Slinger' together in our campaign is a dream come true."
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