Trixter guitarist Steve Brown has been recruited to stand in for Def Leppard star Vivian Campbell as the rocker completes his cancer treatment. The Pour Some Sugar on Me hitmaker announced he would be taking some time away from the group to undergo stem cell treatment in his continuing battle with Hodgkin's lymphoma, so his bandmates asked Brown to fill in.
The Trixster star made his debut with the band on Sunday (28Sep14) as part of the pre-game festivities before the American football clash between the Oakland Raiders and the Miami Dolphins in London.
Brown will also perform as part of Def Leppard at the group's upcoming concerts in California.
Campbell hopes to return to the band with a clean bill of health next year (15).
Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell is taking a break from touring to focus on beating cancer once and for all. The Pour Some Sugar On Me hitmaker announced his Hodgkin's lymphoma was in remission in November (13), but had to backtrack when medics advised him the disease had returned at the beginning of 2014.
In July (14), he was informed his cancer was in remission once again, but Campbell has been advised by doctors to pursue stem cell surgery to complete his treatment - and ensure he stays free of the disease.
In a message on the band's official website, he writes, "As many of you know, I've been scheduled to start a stem cell transplant and as soon as I got home from tour I began the necessary tests and preparations. I'll be admitted to hospital soon for all the yucky bits...
"Unfortunately, this means that I won't be able to perform with the band on the upcoming NFL (National Football League) broadcast on Sept. 28th, nor will I be able to do the shows scheduled for Oct/Nov. While I can't say that I'm looking forward to the process ahead, I'm very much looking forward to what I feel will be a most successful outcome.
"Next year will be very busy for Def Leppard with a new album and a world tour, and frankly, I don't think they would sound as loud without me, so I have no intention of letting the team down! See you all (with hair!) in 2015..."
Rockers Poison are in talks to hit the road again in 2015. Singer Bret Michaels and drummer Rikki Rockett and company often get together for corporate shows and are booked to perform their hits at private concerts booked for October (14) and January (15), and now there are plans to perform for the real fans again.
Michaels tells the Cleveland Scene, "It looks like it (tour) will happen. It's been a few years. We just want to put together the right package and show to celebrate with everyone.
"When the time's right, I'm sure it will happen. We are all just in different places right now, but we are never done making music."
Poison last regrouped for a tour as part of North America's Rock Of Ages dates with Def Leppard in 2012.
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Sir Paul McCartney has enlisted his famous friends including Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Kiss and The Cure to record a tribute album featuring covers of his songs.
Artists including Willie Nelson, Barry Gibb, Roger Daltrey, Brian Wilson, Def Leppard and Alice Cooper have also recorded tracks for The Art of Paul McCartney, which features songs from The Beatles, Wings and his solo career.
Notable inclusions are Chrissie Hynde's version of Let It Be, Billy Joel singing Live and Let Die, Bob Dylan's Things We Said Today, and The Cure's cover of Hello Goodbye, which they recorded with the music veteran's son James.
The album is set to hit shelves in November (14).
Rockers Def Leppard have signed on to headline the pre-game festivities at the first of this year's National Football League games at Wembley Stadium in London. Joe Elliott and his bandmates will perform before the Oakland Raiders and the Miami Dolphins take the field on 28 September (14).
Guns N' Roses spin-off supergroup Kings Of Chaos are swelling their ranks by recruiting Steven Tyler and Zz Top star Billy Gibbons for upcoming dates in South Africa. The part-time collective, which features Matt Sorum, Duff McKagan and Gilby Clarke, has lined up two shows in Sun City and Cape Town in November and December (14), and the core trio is taking some big names.
The Kings of Chaos evolved out of the Rock 'N' Roll Allstars, an 11-piece outfit that included Gene Simmons and Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott.
The line-up for South Africa will also feature Cheap Trick's Robin Zander and Extreme star Nuno Bettencourt.
Sorum, who was also a member of McKagan and Slash's supergroup Velvet Revolver, recently told Blabbermouth.net that the Kings of Chaos could easily become a priority for him, stating, "I'm at that stage of my career where I haven't really got the energy to go and try and create a band. I mean, how many bands do I have in my back pocket? I'd rather just get a bunch of great guys together that everybody knows and go and play a bunch of shows to 60,000 people.
"Even Velvet Revolver, it took us 18 months to build that up, and we were on the road, like, 20-year-old kids... I don't really want to go on the road for 18 months anymore, which will basically kill you, unless you're doing hard drugs and I don't do hard drugs anymore, and I don't drink anymore, and the rest of it's just kind of boring.
"I'd rather go and do great festivals and do two or three-week tours - go out and just have a blast and then go home and then think about the next thing."
Fired frontman Scott Weiland recently joked about auditioning for the his own vacant spot in Velvet Revolver, leading fans to think the band was active again after six years, but bassist McKagan recently shot down the rumours, insisting there were no immediate plans to restart to hunt for a new singer.
Richie Sambora, Tico Torres and David Bryan accepted Bon Jovi leader Jon Bon Jovi's ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by dunking freezing water over their heads. The former bandmates took the plunge to raise awareness about the condition and raise funds for the ALS Association after Bon Jovi nominated them to follow his example at the weekend (16-17Aug14), when he recruited New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft to tip an ice bucket over his head at a garden party.
Celebrities have been taking the challenge, filming it, posting the footage online and nominating famous friends to follow suit for weeks, boosting the charity's coffers and raising awareness about ALS, aka Lou Gehrig's Disease.
Sambora, who quit Bon Jovi last year (13), took the challenge in his back garden and nominated his reported guitarist girlfriend Orianthi and "friends and fans around the world" to follow his lead, while Gavin DeGraw and Ryan Cabrera were picked by keyboard player Bryan after he was dunked in his swimming pool.
Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres posted his Ice Bucket Challenge on the band's Facebook page and nominated Alice Cooper, who took the opportunity to cool off on Wednesday (20Aug14) when he was chilled onstage during a concert in Virginia Beach.
He nominated tour co-headliners Motley Crue and movie star pal Johnny Depp to take the plunge. Motley Crue quickly accepted Cooper's challenge with their own onstage dunking, and named Aerosmith, Def Leppard and Kiss to follow suit.
Paul Stanley has already accepted on behalf of Kiss, insisting he'll take on the challenge on Friday (22Aug14).
Cooper is also hoping to raise more money for the ALS Association by selling the stars and stripes T-shirt he was wearing when he was iced onstage and the bathrobe he changed into backstage to raise cash for the cause.
Veteran rockers Motley Crue were soaked on stage as they took part in the charity ice bucket challenge during a show in Virginia on Wednesday night (20Aug14). The Girls, Girls, Girls hitmakers were nominated for the stunt by fellow rocker Alice Cooper and they took up the challenge in front of thousands of fans at a concert in Virginia Beach.
Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee, Vince Neil and Mick Mars were drenched in ice water by members of their production crew to help raise funds for the ALS Association to help sufferers of Lou Gehrig's disease, also known as ALS and motor neurone disease.
Sixx posted a picture of the soaking online and revealed they had donated $10,000 (£5,882) to the charity and nominated fellow rock bands KISS, Aerosmith and Def Leppard to follow suit and complete the challenge onstage.
He writes in a series of posts on Twitter.com, "@MotleyCrue just called @KISSOnline @Aerosmith and @def_leppard to the ice bucket challenge. You have to (do) it onstage and match our 10k #ALS (sic)... Ps we each excepted many friends challenge including @RealAliceCooper tonight. Do it to raise awareness and money for research for #ALS."
KISS frontman Paul Stanley accepted the nomination and agreed to get soaked during the band's show with Def Leppard in Noblesville, Indiana on Friday (22Aug14). In a post on Twitter.com, he writes, "We accept Motley Crue's ALS Ice Bucket Challenge! Friday Night in Indy. $10,000 and a whole lotta ice water! (sic)."
Def Leppard star Joe Elliott has abandoned plans to produce the new Black Star Riders album because he's too busy touring with KISS. Frontman Ricky Warwick has revealed the Pour Some Sugar on Me hitmaker is no longer attached to the project.
He tells Rock N' Load, "He's not doing it anymore. Joe's, unfortunately, had to pull out of doing the album, just due to the fact that Leppard have gone insane. They're out with KISS and there's loads of stuff going on, so he, unfortunately, had to pull out.
"Both of us are very sorry... It's a real shame, 'cos it would have been great with Joe, 'cos he's such a friend and such a champion of the band. But he's gotta look after his boys, and Def Leppard's obviously his priority. I would have done the same thing.
"We have somebody else lined up who we're gonna announce very soon."
Def Leppard rocker Vivian Campbell is celebrating after another thumbs up from doctors in his ongoing cancer battle. The guitarist announced he was in remission in November (13), but had to backtrack when medics advised him the cancer had returned.
Now, Campbell reveals he's cautiously optimistic after receiving his latest prognosis.
In a new Facebook.com post, he writes, "I'm currently in Boston and I did a scan on Tuesday morning. The scan shows that the cancer is in remission. Great news, but I'm trying not to get too excited about it, as I heard that same phrase late last year - only to be disappointed again a few months after when it returned."
The rocker confirmed he had been diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma last summer (13), but his cancer battle isn't keeping him from playing and touring - he is continuing chemotherapy treatment in between Def Leppard dates this summer (14).
And he adds, "The plan is to do a stem-cell transplant as soon as the tour is finished. However, to keep me in remission, my doctors have recommended that I do another, third round of the chemo, so I'm back in hospital, all hooked up and doing my rock 'n' roll drugs."
Def Leppard are currently on tour with KISS.