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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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

Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour) Writes The Forward for Definitive History Book of Hair Metal

Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor has written the forward to “Nothin’ But A Good Time”, described as the definitive, no-holds-barred oral history of 1980s hard rock and hair metal, will be released on March 16, 2021 via St. Martin’s Press. 1980s hard rock was a hedonistic and often intensely creative wellspring of escapism that perfectly encapsulated — and maybe even helped to define — a spectacularly over-the-top decade. Indeed, fist-pumping hits like Twisted Sister’s “We’re Not Gonna Take It”, Mötley Crüe’s “Girls, Girls, Girls”, and Guns N’ Roses‘ “Welcome To The Jungle” are as inextricably linked to the era as Reaganomics, Pac-Man, and E.T. 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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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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Funko Pop! Vinyl Figures of Aerosmith are Coming Soon!

Funko, the global sensation of popular vinyl collectible toys company has teamed-up with Aerosmith to offer Funko Pop! Vinyl figures of the “Toxic Twins”, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band has had other toys cast in their likenesses in the past, but now Aerosmith will have their debut as Pops, expected to be made available in May. Upcoming new Funko Pop! figures coming soon 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, AC/DC, Ozzy Osbourne, Def Leppard, and, Motley Crue, Prince, 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.

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Mötley Crüe Shares a New Music Video For “Kick Start My Heart”

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Mötley Crüe has shared a new music video for their classic track ‘Kick Start My Heart’! The band is gearing up for their massive summertime run of tour dates dubbed “The Stadium Tour” which will see the band play alongside co-headliners Def Leppard, with Poison, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and more! Continue reading

Def Leppard To Release “The Early Years 79-81” Boxed Set

In what is shaping up to be a huge year for 2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Def Leppard, they are releasing a new boxed set. Def Leppard The Early Years 79-81 will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the classic On Through The Night album, with tons of remastered vinyl, CDs, a gang of unreleased material from their early years, live concerts, and hopefully shine a spotlight on guitarist Steve Clark who was one of the driving forces of the early days of the band. The set features more highlights like the never before released Nick Tauber produced version of ‘Rock Brigade’ among others. Releasing on March 20th The Early Years 79-81’Boxset, the definitive collection of the band’s early music coming from UMC/Virgin. The band’s first two albums, On Through The Night (1980) and High ‘N’ Dry (1981), and has been prepared in conjunction with singer Joe Elliott who has acted as executive producer on the set. The mastering has been done by the band’s long-serving sound engineer Ronan McHugh. This deluxe set comes with 5-CDs consisting of the original album remastered, B-sides, rarities and re-mix versions, Radio One sessions, Live from Reading and the first-ever appearance of an unreleased and newly mixed show from Oxford in 1980. These remasters have been highly anticipated, and much requested, by Def Leppard fans globally. Def Leppard will co-headline with Motley Crue on the stadium tour in North America 2020, with Poison and Joan Jett And The Blackhearts this summer. Listen to ‘Rock Brigade’ right now! Continue reading

Ghost Cult’s Top 10 News Stories of 2019

As we barrel into the new year we want to take one last look at our most popular news stories (by topic) on our website in 2019. Thanks for being here with us and choosing us for your music news, interviews, reviews and other entertaining content we try to provide daily! Continue reading