GUEST POST: Dave Smalley (Dag Nasty, ALL) of Don’t Sleep -Top Albums of 2020

Ghost Cult is kicking off our “End of Year Guest Post Extravaganza” with a slew of posts from bands, industry, PR types, and more! We’ll be sharing lists, memories, and other shenanigans from our favorite bands, partners, music industry peers, and other folks we respect across the globe. Today we have Dave Smalley (Dag Nasty, ALL, Down By Law) of Don’t Sleep with his top 10 releases of 2020. Don’t Sleep’s Debut Turn The Tide is out now via Mission Two Entertrainment and you can buy it here!Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Stan Bush – Dare To Dream

 

If the ’80s were your decade, then you’ve probably heard at least one song by Emmy winning US singer-songwriter Stan Bush, possibly without even realising it. From giving Jean-Claude Van Damme kung fu flicks Bloodsport, and Kickboxer a surge of synth-enhanced adrenaline with ‘Fight to Survive’ and ‘Never Surrender’, to giving criminally overlooked Charlie Sheen sci-fi ghost car movie The Wraith an extra helping of AOR cheese with ‘Hearts vs Heads’, Bush is arguably most famous for his musical contribution to 1986 animated classic Transformers: The Movie – ‘The Touch’.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Ellefson – No Cover

Cover songs can be tricky. A balancing act that often results in calamity. Lean too far one way and be accused of musical blasphemy; keep things too safe and be reliably informed you shouldn’t have bothered in the first place. So with that in mind, surely an album consisting entirely of cover versions is just asking for trouble, isn’t it?Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: AC/DC – POWER UP

 

After months of rumours fuelled by glimpsed sightings and blurry photographs taken outside recording studios, the worst kept secret in rock was finally confirmed at the end of September this year. With a sudden flurry of activity on their website, the announcement was clear. AC/DC was back.

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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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