Def Leppard have postponed their upcoming Las Vegas residency so they can record a new album. The British group was planning to hit Sin City for a string of shows in November (14), but frontman Joe Elliott has revealed he and his bandmates are desperate to get back in the studio to work on a follow-up to 2008's Songs From The Sparkle Lounge.
He says, "We are going to go back (to Vegas) and probably do Viva! Pyromania, but it'll not be until towards the end of next year because we have a new record in the making."
Def Leppard are currently on tour with KISS and Elliott adds, "When this tour ends in mid-September, we'll take a couple of weeks off to see our families and then we're going to get back on the horse and finish the new album.
"We did a month of writing and recording in February and for two weeks in May. We're going to spend the rest of the year when the tour is done recording this album so we can get it out next spring.
"If we can do that, we'll get back on the road by April. I think we're going to head off to Australia, Japan, the Far East, South Africa and then Europe. I think we're going to be back in Vegas in 2015."
The band's Viva! Hysteria gigs at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino last year (13) proved to be a big hit with fans.
Sir Paul McCartney is adamant his recent health crisis has not made him change his mind about retirement, insisting he will go on performing for as long as he can. The Beatles legend axed his Asian tour earlier this year (14) after he was hospitalised in Japan with a virus. He also postponed a number of U.S. dates, but he resumed the trek on 5 July (14) after taking several weeks off to recover.
Many fans speculated the health scare could convince the 72 year old to finally hang up his guitar, but McCartney is adamant he has no plans to retire and cites the Rolling Stones as an example of how veteran musicians can continue playing well into their twilight years.
He tells Rolling Stone magazine, "Obviously, when you get to a certain age, it's going to be on the cards... When will you give up? When will it give out? Who knows? But the margin has been stretched these days. The (Rolling) Stones go out now, and I go to their show and I think, 'It doesn't matter that they're old gits. They can play great.' And I talk to young kids who say exactly the same thing: 'They play good'... I think that's the deciding factor."
McCartney also insists he enjoys touring, adding, "A lot of people get fed up with life on the road, particularly when you've got a really nice home life. But for me, I want it all. I've got a great home life, and I've got a great life on the road - it's not like we're on a Greyhound bus anymore - and the audiences are just so warm, and the feedback is so good."
Sir Paul McCartney made the best of his recent ill health as the break from work allowed him to spend more time with his wife and take his first proper vacation in years. The Beatles legend was hospitalised in Japan in May (14) after he fell sick with a virus, prompting him to cancel the rest of his Asian tour and push back his planned dates in the U.S.
McCartney returned to his native U.K. to recover, and was later pictured bouncing back to health on a sun-soaked vacation with his wife Nancy Shevell in Ibiza, Spain before restarting his American tour on 5 July (14).
The 72-year-old musician has now revealed he actually enjoyed his sick leave as he relished the chance to rest and recuperate.
He tells Rolling Stone, "People say to me, 'Aw, that must have been terrible for you.' Well, no, actually. No one ever tells me to rest! It was like summer holidays in school or something. I thought, 'Yeah, I can get into that'. I just took it really easy at home in England..."
McCartney reveals he had time to read a film script written by his son, experiment with some new music, and take up jogging before heading off on a vacation.
He adds, "My son-in-law had a film script - plenty of time to read that. I started jogging a bit. The weather was great, so that was cool. And then I went into my recording studio and did some music that I didn't have to do, some experimental stuff. That was a really nice musical awakening, and it made me feel better... One part of this rest program was, I said to Nancy, 'Hey, we can take a holiday! A real holiday, where we go away.' So we went away to Ibiza."
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Martin Scorsese's long-delayed movie adaptation of historical novel Silence is set to hit theatres in late 2015, eight years after he first unveiled plans for the project.
The legendary filmmaker began developing the idea for a film based on Shusako Endo's 1966 book of the same name back in 1989 and he announced his intention to direct the picture in 2007.
Now studio executives at Paramount Pictures have picked up the U.S. distribution rights to Silence and are eyeing a November, 2015 release.
The movie will star actors Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver as troubled Jesuit missionaries who travel to Japan to search for their mentor in the 17th century.
The project will also feature Batman Begins co-stars Liam Neeson and Ken Watanabe. Silence is due to begin production in Taiwan later this year (14).
Actor Chace Crawford is single again after splitting from his girlfriend.
The Gossip Girl star has been dating model Rachelle Goulding since early last year (13), but Crawford has now confirmed the romance is over.
During an appearance on The Kyle and Jackie O Show on Australian radio station KIIS 1065 on Wednesday (16Jul14), Crawford was asked whether he is still dating "that Canadian model... the hot chick," and he replied, "Ah, no. I'm not. I'm not... It's totally good. It's totally good. You have fun."
When pressed about the breakup, the star blamed the split on moving from New York to Los Angeles, explaining, "I actually moved out of New York, I live in L.A. now," and he is embracing single life as he settles into California, adding, "I am travelling too much right now (for a relationship). I am just trying to move in and I have a couple of independent films (I am working on) right now."
Justin Timberlake gave his blessing to a group of Broadway stars who covered his songs in a special cabaret show on Monday night (14Jul14).
The Mirrors hitmaker is currently in the middle of his own The 20/20 Experience World Tour, but took time to send a special delivery to the cast of Broadway Sings Justin Timberlake in New York City.
A post from the official Broadway Sings Twitter.com account featured a photo of a bouquet of four dozen white roses, along with a handwritten note which read, "Break legs! I am very honored (sic). Best, JT."
Broadway stars including Tony Award winner Lena Hall and former Smash actor Andy Mientus were part of the showcase, which included covers of Timberlake's hits such as Cry Me a River, Suit & Tie and a number of 'N Sync tracks.
The concert was sold out, but the cast will take to the stage again next Monday (21Jul14).
Actress Emilie De Ravin has reportedly filed for divorce from her estranged husband. The former Lost star wed actor Joshua Janowicz in 2006, but six months later, she filed for divorce. He was never officially served with legal papers until June 2009 and they announced their split.
However, following a trip to Japan in October (09), de Ravin, 32, and Janowicz, 31, reconciled and decided to give their marriage another go.
But now it seems the pair has fallen out once again, as legal documents obtained by TMZ.com reveal Janowicz filed for divorce earlier this week (begs07Jul14).
In the papers, he cites irreconcilable differences and notes they have been separated since last November (13).
Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto is taking time off from his music career after be was diagnosed with throat cancer. The world-renowned musician announced on Thursday (10Jul14) that he was given the news he has oropharyngeal cancer last month (Jun14), and has decided to cancel all his upcoming appearances and concerts to focus on his health.
Sakamoto says in a statement, "After much thought and consideration, I have decided to take time off of work in order to concentrate on treating it. I promise to return after a full recovery."
The 62 year old did not reveal the current stage of his cancer, but he has axed planned gigs in Japan later this month (Jul14), and also stepped down as one of the directors of the Sapporo International Art Festival, which is scheduled to begin next week (begs14Jul14).
With a career spanning three decades, Sakamoto has been a pioneer of the electric pop genre, and even won the Best Original Score Oscar in 1987 for Bernardo Bertolucci's The Last Emperor, and has also earned trophies from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), the Grammys and Golden Globes for his compositions.
Actress Elle Fanning has reportedly been cast to star in the movie adaptation of Neil Gaiman's 2006 short story How To Talk To Girls At Parties.
John Cameron Mitchell will direct the film, which will centre on an alien tourist who wants to escape her tour group and finds love with a schoolboy who enjoys art and music.
A bizarre video of Angelina Jolie pacing around a filthy New York City apartment has emerged online.
The 16-minute clip, which is believed to have been shot at the Ansonia Hotel building in New York City in 1999, was posted online by U.S. tabloid the National Enquirer on Tuesday night (08Jul14).
Angelina Jolie In Dirty Drug Den
It shows Jolie looking extremely thin, with messy, dyed blonde hair, walking around an untidy room covered in soda cans and piles of clothes, and talking on the phone.
She is heard discussing family issues with a caller said to be her actor father Jon Voight.
The man who shot the footage, a former drug dealer named Franklin Meyer, alleges the actress was one of his clients and the video was taken with her consent.
Jolie has been open about her past battles with drugs before she turned her life around and became a Hollywood superstar.