Thirty-Five Years Ago Dee Snider Defended Heavy Metal Against Censorship

The 1980s were a curious time for music. It was one of the most creative and cool times ever for all kinds of music from Rock, Heavy metal, Pop, Hip-Hop, and Dance Music. Art and music is an expression of society and what people are feeling, and rarely just artists pushing their opinions on fans. But forces were aligning against personal freedom, especially in the United States Government and the Parents Music Resource Center (The P.M.R.C.) led by Tipper Gore, wife of Senator and later Vice President Al Gore; Susan Baker, wife of Treasury Secretary James Baker; Pam Howar, wife of Washington realtor Raymond Howar; and Sally Nevius, wife of former Washington City Council Chairman John Nevius.  

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Dee Snider Confirms Funko Pop! Vinyl Figure On The Way 

Funko, the global sensation of popular vinyl collectible toys company has teamed up with Heavy Metal legend Dee Snider to create a Funko Pop! Vinyl figure  Dee confirmed the news in a tweet. Upcoming new Funko Pop! figures include Slipknot and N.W.A. Other artists who have gotten the Pop! Rocks treatment in the past includes Kiss, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, Ghost, Jimi Hendrix, Prince, AC/DC, Ozzy Osbourne, Def Leppard, and, Motley Crue, Lemmy, and Rob Zombie. Funko reported that these figurines increased its sales by 38 percent in the second quarter of 2019. The Funko brand went public with an IPO in 2018. International sales spiked 65 percent to $68.5 million, while U.S. revenue grew 26 percent to $122.7 million. Dee also recently confirmed in an interview with Ghost Cult (hear it here) his next album, book, and horror movie. His new live album For The Love of Metal Live! is out now via Napalm Records.

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Def Leppard Will Spend All Week Celebrating “Hysteria, Which Turns 33 

Def Leppard will celebrate the 33rd anniversary of its mega-selling album “Hysteria” with a week of special events. Kicking things off will be a listening party and live chat with guitarist Phil Collen today (Monday, August 3) at 9 a.m. PST, as well as a 33% off discount store-wide for the whole week.Def Leppard says: “Follow along with the Def Leppard social channels all week long as we celebrate the album anniversary with ‘Hysteria’ artifacts, commentary, music videos, merch, a contest giveaway, and more!”

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Def Leppard Share New “Inside The Album” Video from Their “High N Dry” Album

Def Leppard has released an “inside the album” style video for their 1981 album “High ‘N’ Dry”. The album will turn forty years old in July of 2021. During its formative years in the late 1970s, Def Leppard became one of the hottest properties to emerge from the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal. For its sophomore release, “High ‘N’ Dry”, the Sheffield quintet turned to a new producer, Robert John “Mutt” Lange, whose credits included AC/DC’s multi-platinum “Back In Black”.

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UPDATE: Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard, Poison And Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Rebook “The Stadium Tour” for 2021

 

In a post to social media, Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard, Poison And Joan Jett & The Blackhearts have issued an official statement regarding the status of their previously announced “The Stadium Tour”. The tour has been officially rebooked for 2021 with the full dates below! “The Stadium Tour”. Yesterday, Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard, Poison And Joan Jett & The Blackhearts released the following joint statement regarding the fate of the summer trek: Continue reading

Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard, Poison, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts Postpone Entire Tour until 2021

“The Stadium Tour’ featuring Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard, Poison, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts etc. have finally postponed the full tour until 2021. Crue shared an official statement representing all the bands on the bill. We are bummed but this was to be expected. All 2020 tickets will be honored for 2021 dates and a second announcement with new dates and refund information is expected at some point. 

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: May 29th New Music Releases

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Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard, Poison, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts Postpone First Two Shows

In a report published by Metal Sucks, “The Stadium Tour’ featuring Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard, Poison, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts etc. have finally postponed the first few dates. Industry experts have been perplexed by the delay in postponing the tour and even the bands themselves pandering to their fanbases by saying publicly they wouldn’t cancel. Ticketholders reportedly received e-mails announcing the postponements yesterday, Friday, May 15. We expect the full tour to be postponed soon.

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Queen to Share 1992 Freddie Mercury Tribue Concert ft Guns N Roses, Metallica, Elton John, David Bowie, Def Leppard, Tony Iommi, Robert Plant, George Michael and More!

Queen are sharing their famous 1992 Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for AIDS Awareness via Youtube. The band is raising money to donate to COVID-19 relief efforts and they’ll be sharing the show for 48 hours via their Youtube live on Queen’s Youtube from 2pm EST on May 15th. May.  Queen’s’ Benefit Concert took place in London’s Wembley Stadium on Easter Monday (20th, April). The surviving members of the band: Brian May, John Deacon, and Roger Taylor wanted to perform the benefit concert in memory of Freddie Mercury, who had passed away the previous November. The concert featured Queen and friends like David Bowie, Elton John, Axl Rose, and James Hetfield among others to pay tribute to Freddie Mercury. The setlist included some real treats like Bowie’s ‘Heroes’, ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’, and a special rendition of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’.

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: March 20th New Music Releases

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