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.
The Final Countdown rockers Europe are to tour the U.K. with Black Star Riders next spring (15). The joint tour will kick off in Glasgow, Scotland on 5 March (15). BSR will be touring to promote their new album All Hell Breaks Loose, which has been produced by Def Leppard star Joe Elliott.
Rocker Gene Simmons has dashed Kiss fans' hopes of an original line-up reunion following the group's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction in April (14), insisting there's "not a chance" of a get together. As Simmons and frontman Paul Stanley prepare for a residency in Las Vegas while touring with Def Leppard, devotees are hoping that Ace Frehley and Peter Kriss will join them onstage - but the bassist insists current bandmates Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer will never be replaced.
He tells The Tampa Tribune, "We've already danced that dance three different times. No way will we reunite. It wouldn't be fair to Tommy and Eric. It wouldn't be right."
Simmons and Stanley refused to perform at the Hall of Fame gala after learning Thayer and Singer would not be honoured alongside Frehley and Kriss.
The bass player adds, "We only did the induction with Ace and Peter because the fans wanted it. But it was a slap in the face that they didn't acknowledge Tommy and Eric. They've been in the band longer than Ace and Peter."
Rockers Kiss have confirmed plans to play a residency in Las Vegas. The group, led by Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, will play a nine-show run at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in November (14).
Tickets for the shows, which begin on 5 November (14), will go on sale on Friday (18Jul14).
The Joint has previously hosted residencies by Motley Crue, Guns N' Roses and Def Leppard.
The new KISS residency begins the day after the end of Kiss Kruise IV to the Bahamas.
Def Leppard rocker Vivian Campbell is battling cancer again just seven months after telling fans he was in remission. The guitarist went public with his Hodgkin's lymphoma diagnosis last year (13), but revealed he was winning the fight against cancer in November (13).
Now, as the rocker kicks off a new Def Leppard tour with KISS, he tells the Daily Herald in Utah the disease is back.
Campbell reveals, "The remission was a little bit premature. It came right back. I don't know if the cancer came back or it never totally went away, but the initial scan I did last fall after doing my chemo... came back clean.
"There was something about it the oncologist was unclear about and didn't feel good about, so I was referred to another specialist."
The second opinion was not good news for Campbell, and a follow-up scan revealed "there was definitely some growth coming back".
He adds, "I went to Dublin (Ireland) and started to record with the band, we started work on a new record, and as soon as I got back from that, I did another surgical biopsy and that showed that the cancer had definitely come back."
This time, the guitarist is getting tough with cancer, revealing he's part of a "clinical trial" using "new high-tech chemo treatment".
He explains, "I'm about halfway through it already, and it's really kind of easy going. It's the first new drug that's been discovered for Hodgkin's since 1977 and they made this discovery in 2011, and it's actually being pioneered at City Of Hope (in Los Angeles), so I'm part of this research clinical trial that's going on.
"I don't know how it works, obviously I'm not a medical person, but somehow or other it just manages to target the cancer cells. It's not like old-school, carpet-bomb chemo, where it kills all the fast-growing cells, so I haven't experienced any hair loss or any issues with my skin or nails or anything this time around, which is good.
"Assuming that it all works and I actually get to a perceived remission stage by August, then as soon as the tour is over in early September I'm going to get a stem-cell transplant, which I can't say I'm looking forward to, but I've been told if I don't do that, the cancer's going to just keep coming back every couple (of) years. And every time it's a little bit more resistant. It is what it is. It could be worse."
In the meantime, Campbell is planning to spend the summer touring with his bandmates, who played the first date of a 42-date trek on Monday night (23Jun14) in Utah.
The guitarist insists not touring was not an option for him: "When I was going through the chemo last year (13) and the band said to me, 'We've been offered these shows. Can you do them? Do you want to do them? Or we can get someone to cover for you?' I said, 'F**k that... I'm not having someone else do my job'.
"There's nothing worse than sitting around the house concentrating on the negative."
Rockers Kiss are set to become the latest act to play a set of shows in Las Vegas if signs dotted around Sin City are to be believed. Billboards hinting at a residency at the Joint at The Hard Rock Hotel And Casino this autumn (14) have been spotted throughout the resort in the past few days.
They read "...Be one of the first to find out about show dates and on-sale info".
KISS frontman Paul Stanley confirmed last year (13) that the band was considering a residency in Sin City, where Def Leppard, Guns N' Roses and Motley Crue have enjoyed concert runs in recent years.
Def Leppard rocker Vivian Campbell is undergoing a new round of chemotherapy treatment after doctors discovered his cancer had returned. The guitarist went public with his Hodgkin's lymphoma diagnosis last summer (13), but announced in November (13) that he was in remission.
However, Campbell has now revealed he has been struck down by the disease once more.
In a new interview with Florida radio station 98.7 The Gater, he insists he is "doing good", but admits the cancer "seems to be... coming back again".
Campbell claims he is "not concerned" about the devastating blow to his health, adding, "It's just a process. I mean, it always was a little bit touch-and-go. But, you know, it's just a process to get through. I mean, like I said, it's absolutely nothing I'm concerned about, but it's something I need to start the process, I need to get a handle on, so that I am free and clear to tour this summer."
Campbell is due to join his Def Leppard bandmates on tour this June (14) when they hit the road for a 40-city trek with KISS.
Meanwhile, Campbell's health setback is not expected to affect recording sessions for the Pour Some Sugar On Me hitmakers' next album, the follow-up to 2008's Songs From The Sparkle Lounge, which is coming together in segments.
He says, "Our third and final instalment will be in November, to finish up the record. We're hoping for a release for early spring, 2015."
Rockers Kiss have teamed up with organisers at Hiring Our Heroes to recruit two U.S. military members to work on their 40th anniversary tour. The legendary band is teaming up with Def Leppard to launch a 42-city North American trek this summer (14) and the new Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees are hiring two veterans to join them as roadies.
Gene Simmons tells U.S. breakfast show Today, "We're looking forward to honouring our brave, brave military..."
Bandmate Paul Stanley adds, "It's part of the organisation and part of the movement called Hiring Our Heroes.
"People have to realise that the freedoms and liberties that we enjoy here, we take for granted. The people that make it possible are part of the world's greatest volunteer army. These people risk limbs, they risk their lives for us. We owe them everything.
"So if we can hire a few of them just to bring attention to the fact that we owe them everything... God bless our troops, so we are here to hire two of them."
SLASH and Aerosmith are heading out on the road together this summer (14) after announcing plans for a huge North American tour. The Let Rock Rule trek will begin in New York on 10 July (14) and end two months later (Sep14) in Canada.
The two acts confirmed dates during a press conference at the Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles on Tuesday (08Apr14), during which Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler told fans and the media, "Looking forward to inciting a riot and building the tribal bonfire even higher - it's a win win with Slash."
The former Guns N' Roses guitarist added, "Aerosmith is one of my all time favourite bands, and one of the greatest rock 'n' roll bands of all time. It's an honour for me to go out and tour with them and keep the rock 'n' roll banner flying high."
Reports of the tour first surfaced last week (ends04Apr14) when Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry took to the streets of Los Angeles with graffiti artist Risk and 'tagged' various buildings with his band's logo, and the tour announcement date of 4.8.14. Drummer Joey Kramer hit buildings in Downtown Austin, Texas for a similar stunt with artist Chunk.
Slash and Aerosmith aren't the only big-name double act hitting the road in America and Canada this summer - Linkin Park will join 30 Seconds to Mars for a string of dates; KISS and Def Leppard have teamed up, and last week (ends04Apr14), Jeff Beck and ZZ Top announced plans for a co-headlining tour.
Guitar greats Jeff Beck and Billy Gibbons have become the latest rock icons to team up for a U.S. tour. Beck will join Gibbons' band ZZ Top on the road for a five-week summer trek, which begins in Montana on 8 August (14) and wraps up in The Woodlands, Texas a month later (12Sep14).
Each show will feature full sets from both acts and close with a collaboration.
Gibbons and Beck joined forces at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in 2009 to perform Jimi Hendrix's Foxy Lady and ZZ Top's Rough Boy, and in 2010, Beck joined Gibbons and his bandmates onstage during a show in Lucca, Italy.
Beck will be 70 when the new tour kicks off - his birthday is 24 June (14).
The rockers' trek won't be the only hot double act ticket this summer - Linkin Park will tour with 30 Seconds to Mars and Kiss will hit the road with Def Leppard.