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.
Country star Reba Mcentire has taken a stand against global unrest by releasing a free song called Pray For Peace and starting a campaign on social media.
The singer has offered up the track for download on her website and encouraged fans to spread her message of peace through websites such as Instagram.com. McEntire has asked supporters to post a picture of themselves flashing a 'peace' sign along with the #PrayForPeace hashtag.
Post by Reba McEntire.
In a statement posted on her website, she writes, "I feel this song is a gift from God. I have never worked on a song as long as this one. It went from a bass drum, fiddle and singers to guest artist singing with me, adding more instruments and even a choir and a bagpipe! It's an act of perseverance, prayer, hope, fellowship and mostly love."
The singer admits she is thrilled by the response to the campaign, but had no idea it would coincide with the headline-grabbing conflict in Israel and the tensions in eastern Europe after pro-Russian rebels in the Ukraine shot down a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet last week (ends18Jul14).
She tells People.com, "In a way, I'm totally amazed at the response. And in another way, I'm not because I knew this was a message that people would receive and share... It's very timely. We had no way of knowing what would be happening in the world when we decided to release the video this week. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the victims and families of the Malaysian Airlines flight as we continue to pray for peace."
Post by Keith Urban.
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.
Jazz trumpeter Lionel Ferbos has died, just days after his 103rd birthday. Ferbos, who was considered the oldest working jazz musician in New Orleans, Louisiana, died peacefully at his home in the city on Saturday (19Jul14), surrounded by friends and family. He celebrated his 103rd birthday on Thursday (17Jul14).
He began taking cornet lessons aged 15 and played with jazz bands in and around his hometown. He toured Europe eight times with the New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra and he also led the French Quarter's Palm Court Jazz Band for more than 20 years.
Ferbos remained an active musician even after he passed the 100-year landmark. He performed at his 102nd birthday and at every New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival until last year (13). He last played in public in March (14).
Backstreet Boys star Brian Littrell is nursing cuts and bruises after injuring himself on stage. The pop group is currently touring Europe, and the singer has revealed he hurt himself during a show this week (beg14Jul14) when he walked into a projection screen on stage.
Littrell shared a picture of his face covered in cuts, and added in a message on Instagram.com, "Ok I jacked my head pretty good the other night... Lights went out and BANG!!! Right into the low hanging screen... Saw some stars for a bit... Or maybe I was in a cage match... That sounds better... Haha..."
Sir Mick Jagger has opened up about the death of his girlfriend L'Wren Scott in a new TV interview, admitting it has been a "hard year" and he threw himself into work to cope.
The Rolling Stones frontman was asked about the tragedy during an interview on America's Today show, which aired on Friday (18Jul14) to promote the new James Brown biopic Get On Up that the singer produced.
Jagger looked sombre as he revealed he threw himself into work to deal with the pain of Scott's death. He said, "I'm doing okay. It's difficult. (It's been a) very hard year, but I got back into it by working on touring with the Stones in Europe and doing other things, including doing this great movie... (I've had) a lot of support... and I appreciate that."
Jagger was on tour with the band in Australia when his long-term partner took her own life at her apartment in New York City in March (14), prompting the group to postpone shows in Australia and New Zealand.
The veteran singer returned to the stage in Norway in May (14).
Police in Switzerland have confirmed blues legend Johnny Winter was found dead in his hotel room on Wednesday (16Jul14). News of the music legend's death broke on Thursday (17Jul14), and local officials have now revealed the 70 year old's body was discovered in a hotel just outside of Zurich.
The cause of death is unclear, but police do not suspect foul play. Officials have confirmed early indications suggest Winter suffered a medical emergency, and an autopsy has been ordered to determine the cause of death, according to Reuters.
Winter was on tour in Europe at the time of the tragedy, and was due to take his show to Canada on 23 July (14) before heading out on a major U.S. trek over the summer (14).
His passing has prompted tributes from stars including Motley Crue rocker Nikki Sixx and former Guns N' Roses member Matt Sorum, who writes in a post on Twitter.com, "I have just heard Johnny Winter has passed, I've just become close with (his brother) Edgar and am so sad for him and his family. They had plans to tour. RIP JW."
Singer Jason Mraz is aiming to follow in the footsteps of David Bowie and the Beastie Boys by becoming only the third musician to perform in each of New York's five boroughs on the same tour. The California-based I'm Yours hitmaker announced the mini Big Apple residency on Wednesday (16Jul14), during a press conference at the Empire State Building landmark, revealing he will play shows in Brooklyn, The Bronx, Queens, Staten Island and Manhattan in September (14) in celebration of his new album, YES!.
He will wrap up the gigs with two shows at the city's iconic Radio City Music Hall, before heading to Europe to continue his world tour.
Brooklyn natives the Beastie Boys previously completed the feat, while British rocker Bowie trekked across the five boroughs in 2002 as part of his Heathen Tour.
Actor Charlie Sheen has been branded a "d**k" by animal rights campaigners for attending the controversial Pamplona bull run in Spain.
The week-long Running of the Bulls event, in which groups of the beasts are let loose among crowds of onlookers on the streets of the Spanish city, ended on Monday (14Jul14).
It emerged Sheen had travelled to Europe for the festival when he was photographed on the balcony of a hotel in Pamplona with his porn star girlfriend Brett Rossi on Friday (11Jul14), but his attendance at the event has infuriated campaigners.
Mimi Bekhechi, associate director of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) UK, says, "Charlie Sheen, please don't make us call you a 'proper Charlie', which in England means being a d**k for going to the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona. We're sure that you see red, too, so you should be able to relate to the bulls who are killed in cowardly ways."
On Tuesday (15Jul14), the hard-living former Two and a Half Men star was back to his partying lifestyle in California as film footage emerged of him drunk at a fast-food drive-through restaurant.
In the short clip, the actor is seen chatting to fellow customers at the Taco Bell eaterie and slurring his words as he tells them, "Hi, I'm Charlie. Sorry I'm so f**king hammered."
He then shows off several of his tattoos before adding, "You're hilarious. Right on - cool!" and heading back to join his pals.
British singer Jake Bugg has been tapped to play at an upcoming concert in Glasgow, Scotland celebrating the start of the 2014 Ryder Cup. The musician is set to take the stage at the SSE Hydro venue on 24 September (14) as part of a gala in honour of the biennial golf tournament between players from Europe and the United States.
Bugg will be joined by artists including Twin Atlantic, Midge Ure and Nina Nesbitt, and the night will also include performances from the Scottish Ballet, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, National Theatre Scotland and Scottish Opera.
The event will be held two days before the 40th Ryder Cup competition kicks off on 26 September (14) at Gleneagles Hotel in Perth and Kinross, Scotland.