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.
SLASH, Joan Jett and Billy Corgan were honoured with career achievement prizes at the inaugural Alternative Press Music Awards (APMA) in Cleveland, Ohio on Monday night (21Jul14). The former Guns N' Roses star was presented with the Guitar Legend Award by Aerosmith rocker Joe Perry, Jett accepted the Icon Award, and Smashing Pumpkins rocker Corgan was handed the Vanguard Award during the ceremony at Voinovich Park, behind the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame building.
Corgan said of the awards ceremony, "What's great about Alternative Press is it still kind of stands for the alternative counter culture. Maybe it's not as much of a counter culture as it once... I'm happy to just be part of the alternative culture," while Slash added in a post on Twitter.com, "Receiving the Gtr (Guitar) Legend award from APMA was quite the honour. Receiving it from friend & mentor Joe Perry put it over the top."
Other winners included Panic! At The Disco frontman Brendon Urie, who won the Best Vocalist prize and took to the stage to perform Frank Sinatra classics Luck Be A Lady and Fly Me To The Moon with the Contemporary Youth Orchestra.
The show, hosted by Blink-182 star Mark Hoppus, also included performances from The Misfits, Fall Out Boy and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts.
Swedish dance music superstar Avicii has recruited Chris Martin, Billie Joe Armstrong and Jon Bon Jovi, among other big names for his next album.
The follow-up to last year's (13) True will also feature a duet between Wyclef Jean and Matisyahu.
And, teaming up with Coldplay star Martin has been beneficial for Avicii's health - he has been giving the DJ/producer nutrition tips after he was forced to cancel his appearance at the Ultra Festival in Miami, Florida in March (14) due to exhaustion.
He explains, "Chris has been like a brother and helps out with my nutritionist. I find it hard to gain weight, so I drink shakes in the morning."
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Robert Downey, Jr. has been named Hollywood's highest paid actor for the second year running.
The Iron Man and The Avengers star has topped a new Forbes magazine rich list with estimated earnings of $75 million (£44.1 million).
Action man Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson comes in second thanks to his salaries from G.I. Joe: Retaliation and the Fast and Furious franchise, while Bradley Cooper is third with an estimated $46 million (£27 million).
Leonardo DiCaprio and Thor star Chris Hemsworth round out the top five.
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.
Singer/songwriter Lucinda Williams' new album will feature a tune inspired by the words of her poet father. Author and academic Miller Williams' Compassion has been realised in musical form by his daughter on Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone.
Williams won acclaim when a poem he wrote was read at U.S. President Bill Clinton's second inauguration.
The new album, which is set for release in September (14), will feature The Faces keyboard player Ian McLagan, guitarists Bill Frisell and Tony Joe White and the Wallflowers stars Stuart Mathis and Jakob Dylan.
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The Purge: Anarchy has more ideas than you might expect. But it also has more ideas than it knows what to do with.
Somewhere in the cobbled mess of the second Purge movie to get the green light, there are discussions about class warfare and the oppression of the impoverished. There is even a somewhat earnest attempt to access the psychology of a killer — to tap into what might make an ordinary joe stand up and purge his heart out once a year. There are dissections of the morality behind purging. Is it okay if it's for revenge? Is it okay if it's to level the playing field? Is it okay if we're turning the hounds back on those who released them? Is it ever okay? Lots of questions at bay in The Purge. Lots of ideas.
Unfortunately, none of them are given the attention that they need to blossom into anything truly interesting. Instead, that attention goes (unsurprisingly) to the brutality and tension that spans the length of the movie. As three sets of Purge Night victims (a mother and daughter whose financial distresses are obstinately spelled out at the forefront of the story, an uppity young married couple on the brink of separation, and a well-armed man of mysterious intentions) band together in a feat of survival, we witness efforts so grim and vile that they're inclined to turn a sane viewer off of violent movies for the foreseeable future.
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But we're not quite sure if that's what The Purge: Anarchy wants, opting ultimately for the cathartic joys of the shoot-'em-up climax on which any number of nihilistic blockbusters have relied. In the wake of this incongruity — tapping into the disparate messages of striking back against the tyrannical rich, but also finding compassion and rejecting the urge to purge — we have no idea what The Purge wants us to take away. And that leaves us assuming that it doesn't really want us to take away anything.
So, we're left with the bare bones: 100 minutes of upsetting violence, paper-thin characters, grotesque cinematography, and laughable dialogue. If we can't hang our hats on the occasional interesting point it tries to bring up, we don't have a great deal remaining.
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Legendary blues rocker Johnny Winter has died, aged 70.
The veteran musician passed away in Zurich, Switzerland, according to Blabbermouth.net, but no more details about his death were available as WENN went to press.
Motley Crue rocker Nikki Sixx was among the first to pay tribute to the star, writing in a post on Twitter.com, "So bummed to hear about Johnny Winters (sic) passing. I spend (sic) many many years soaking up his music late into the night. #Original #TheBlues."
Winter began his music career as a teenager, landing a record deal at the age of 15 with his band Johnny & the Jammers, and he later released his first solo album, The Progressive Blues Experiment, in 1968. He became a big success with his second record, Johnny Winter, in 1969 and was among the performers at the iconic Woodstock music festival that year.
He continued to enjoy success in the 1970s, and turned to production, heading into the studio with Muddy Waters. Three of the albums they worked on together won Grammy Awards. Winters also received a number of Grammy nominations for his own records, but failed to win.
He is believed to have performed with Jimi Hendrix in a number of jam sessions which became unofficial bootleg recordings after they were stolen from the guitar legend's home after his death.
In later years, Winter was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame.
Winter's death comes just weeks before he was due to release a new album, Step Back, which features stars including Eric Clapton, ZZ Top rocker Billy Gibbons and Aerosmith's Joe Perry.
The record is slated to hit shelves in September (14).
If you're not following Parks and Recreation actress Retta on Twitter, here are 10 reasons you've been failing at life. Sorry to be harsh, but—really—you must follow Retta on Twitter! She is the unofficial queen of live-tweeting (or "real time" tweeting, as she calls it), and she brings light and magic to all of your favorite shows. We have proof below that she is truly the GOAT.
1. She calls out horrifying cliches on House of Cards.
Did ol’ girl just run into the woods? #OkSookie <<mad side-eye>> #HouseOfCards
— Retta (@unfoRETTAble) July 15, 2014
2. She shared all of the very necessary World Cup memes, this one being the greatest. Ever.
“@papermagazine: Very necessary. RT @evachen212 : #GERvsARG RT @RelatableQuote: pic.twitter.com/I0NJor7J6E” #Dead
— Retta (@unfoRETTAble) July 13, 2014
3. Her True Blood grief is expressed perfectly.
.@JoeManganiello Joe Joe Joooeee Why all my TV boos gotta go out like that? Y’all tryna kill a bitch. #ItAintRight
— Retta (@unfoRETTAble) July 9, 2014
4. She offers helpful critiques on the #CloneClub dance moves.
Wow Helena is really killing it at this clone dance party . . . and not in a good way. #MakingElaineBenesLookGood #OrphanBlack
— Retta (@unfoRETTAble) June 30, 2014
5. Even when she's late (and not live-tweeting), she's still perfect.
Watching #BeingMaryJane for the 1st time and this shit is No. Joke. I think I cried 3x on the 1st episode. #IAmMaryJane #WheresMyTrueLove
— Retta (@unfoRETTAble) June 9, 2014
6. Whilst live-tweeting, she invents new ways to spell slang words, like "hella." This is no small feat.
P.S. Grey Worm with his broken English is helluh sexy. #FeelinThisUnsullied #GameOfThrones
— Retta (@unfoRETTAble) June 5, 2014
7. Every once in a while, she throws in a screen shot for emphasis. Can't be mad at that.
This shit just went in2 some #AHSAsylum type shit. Ima need u 2 step off my swollen abscessed lips bruh. #OrphanBlack pic.twitter.com/As7CEoREtP
— Retta (@unfoRETTAble) May 29, 2014
8. Seriously. It just doesn't get any better than this.
He did that shit!!!!! Oh my God this shit is bananas!! #GameOfThrones pic.twitter.com/r9JpUCwFlH
— Retta (@unfoRETTAble) May 21, 2014
9. Most of us are waiting for The Good Wife to return, for the sole purpose of moments like this.
“Kalinda has a way with Cary. We’ve exploited this before.” Ooooooooooweeeeeeee #TheGoodWife
— Retta (@unfoRETTAble) May 21, 2014
10. She even live-tweets your favorite commercials. #NextLevelTweeting #Dedication
Oh Gawd. There’s a NEW DirecTV marionette commercial?? #TheyKillinMe
— Retta (@unfoRETTAble) July 3, 2014
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Back in the summer of 2011, It wasn't easy to envision what a post-Harry Potter world would look like, but we definitely didn't expect to see Daniel Radcliffe with a pair of knobby horns sprouting from his head, seeking revenge for his murdered girlfriend and sporting an American accent. Credulity runs pretty deep around these parts- You need to believe in the unbelievable to watch so many movies - but can we really buy Daniel Radcliffe as a tough guy?
In the new trailer for Horns, which you can watch here, we’re asked to believe just that. In the upcoming horror flick, based on the novel by Joe Hill, Radcliffe plays Ig Perrish, who after a rough night of heavy drinking wakes up with horns protruding from his head. While rather unsightly, the horns do give Ig the ability to get people to confess their deepest, darkest sins, and Ig uses this newfound ability to discover who raped and killed his girlfriend, a crime of which he was accused. This supernatural mystery sounds interesting, but so much of the film's success will be hinged on Radcliffe and his ability to play a tough guy. A classic anti-hero, Ig fosters a deep need for revenge coursing through him. A darkness ready to erupt. And from what we've seen of Radcliffe via his filmography, we're not sure the young Gryffindor has it in him.
Now, Radcliffe is an intensely likable human being. He's almost supernaturally affable. And over his stints in the theater, both Broadway and London’s West End, he’s developed into a fine young actor. He’s absolutely stuffed with charm and affability, but he still doesn’t have that hard edge to him that makes us think he could be believable as a man seeking bloody revenge for his lost love.
With all that said, it is an actor's job to throw away who they are and morph into someone new, and it would be unfathomably silly to not give Radcliffe the benefit of the doubt. He's impressed us before and we wouldn't want to see the actor typecast in soft and sensitive roles for the rest of his career. Radcliffe has the ability to be so much more than just Harry Potter, and you can almost feel the actor trying his best to break away from the character that has come to define him. Let's hope that Horns is a showcase for the actor's diverse range. Hopefully, the boy that lived can finally die away.