Audiences From “London To Las Vegas” And Beyond Will Enjoy Def Leppard’s New Live Recording

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

The live music industry has been decimated so far this  year due to the health concerns raised around the world by the COVID-19 outbreak.  Festival shows have either been delayed or rescheduled until next year.  Tours around the world have been delayed with the hopes that what was going to take place in spring and summer would finally be able to happen by fall at the latest.  Articles from some well-known music magazines have quoted a bunch of so-called medical experts who have claimed without evidence that live concerts could be held off until next year.  It should be stressed here that the word “could” is not equal to the word “will.”  That means the statements of the so-called experts should be taken with a grain of salt.  One can only hope that live music will return much sooner than next year, proving the so-called experts who were polled – polls are more often than not used to push specific agendas of media and political personnel – wrong.  In the meantime, Eagle Rock Entertainment has another new live archived show for audiences to enjoy in the form of London To Vegas.  Scheduled for release May 29, the double live recording is a presentation that will appeal equally to Def Leppard’s most devoted fans and to classic rock fans.  That is due primarily to the noted fact that it is a double live show.  This will be discussed shortly.  The bonus content featured with the recording adds slightly to the presentation’s appeal, and will be discussed a little later.  The band’s performance in each recording couples with the shows’ production and mixing to make for the last (but most certainly not least) of the package’s most important elements.  Each noted item is key in its own way to the whole of London to Vegas.  All things considered, they make London To Vegas a presentation that the band’s fans and classic rock buffs around the world will enjoy from beginning to end of each concert.

Def Leppard’s forthcoming live recording London to Vegas is among the best of this year’s new live recordings overall.  It is a presentation whose appeal is certain to be wide.  That is due in part to the general presentation.  Presented here is not one, but two separate concerts from one of the most respected bands in the modern history of rock and roll.  The first of the featured concerts was recorded in December 2018 at London’s famed O2 Arena.  The performance features the band performing its landmark 1987 album Hysteria in its entirety for audiences.  The record has gone platinum 10 times since its release more than 30 years ago.  The performance is just part of what makes this concert pivotal.  The other reason it is such an important performance will be addressed in the discussion about the package’s bonus content.  The second show was recorded in June 2019 during Def Leppard’s residency at Zappo’s Theatre in Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, NV.  While performing albums in whole has become increasingly commonplace for musical acts from across the musical universe, it still is not so commonplace that it is something that can be written off as cliché for any kind of act.  What’s more, it is widely known and accepted that no two acts perform their songs the same way live as they do in a studio setting, and audiences definitely get an enjoyable performance of Hyseria from Def Leppard in its O2 show.  The band performs more than just Hysteria here, too.  There are some other classic numbers that make up a handful of encores performed by the band after it finishes making its way through the album.  Those encores will be left for audiences to discover for themselves.

The Las Vegas residency show doesn’t stick to just one album, enhancing the overall experience for audiences that much more.  While Hysteria does get a lot of nods over the course of the 28-song set, which runs almost three hours, the band does lift from some of its other albums.  The band goes as far back as 1981 and is sophomore album High ‘N’ Dry in its set and as recent as its self-titled 2015 record, its most recently released album.  Along the way, the band treats audiences to songs from its equally popular 1983 album Pyromania, its 2002 album X, its 1992 album Adrenalize and even its 1993 rarities & b-sides compilation Retro ActiveSlang (1996) and Euphoria (1999) are even represented in this expansive set list.  The only albums not represented in the concert are the band’s 1980 debut On Through The Night, its 2006 record Yeah! and its follow-up, 2008’s Songs From The Sparkle Lounge.  Sure, those albums are missing from the concert’s set list, but even with that in mind, audiences still get a relatively comprehensive set list from this archived show.  Adding to the interest is that some of the songs performed at the Vegas show are works that the band had never performed live until that point, according to front man Joe Elliot.  He makes the revelation in front of the audience of hundreds if not more.  Between this concert’s extensive and rich set list and that of the band’s O2 show, audiences get here what is one of the strongest showings of Def Leppard’s catalog of all time and what is one of the band’s best live recordings to date if only for that reason.  The total run time of the two shows surpasses the five hour mark, which is even better for anyone who is looking to pass the hours cooped up indoors until all those unnecessary lockdowns are lifted across the country, and for anyone who just wants to enjoy a good live show (or two) any time of the year.

It goes without saying that the primary content featured in Def Leppard’s forthcoming new live recording London To Vegas goes a very long way toward keeping audiences engaged and entertained from beginning to end in each concert.  As much as the concert recordings do for this package’s presentation, they are but one part of what makes the presentation in whole so engaging and entertaining.  The bonus content that comes with the recording adds to that appeal.  The bonus content that accompanies the band’s London show features the revelation from the band members that up until that concert, the band had never previously performed at the O2 Arena.  The band members also discuss in the bonus content how the O2 concert came to be.  Not to give away too much, but it has to do with the band’s Las Vegas residency.  Audiences will be left to learn the rest of that story for themselves when they purchase this presentation on any of its many available platforms.  Along with that, there is also a tribute of sorts from the band members to famed producer Robert John “Mutt” Lange for his role in the creation of Hysteria.  The band members credit his work behind the boards for much of the album’s success.  For those unfamiliar with Lange’s work, he also has worked with the likes of AC/DC, Lady Gaga and Maroon 5.  His work with AC/DC is most well-known on the band’s breakout 1981 album Back in Black, which is one of the best selling albums of all time to this day.  His work with Maroon 5 came in 2010 on the band’s album Hands All Over.  Lady Gaga enlisted him to produce her mega-hit single ‘Born This Way’ in 2011.  Along the way, audiences also get to watch Def Leppard “Behind-The Scenes” as the band prepares for its O2 Arena show with brief snippets of the band checking out the arena and handling soundcheck.  That “behind-the-scenes” footage makes up all of the bonus content for the Las Vegas residency.  Audiences get to see the band prep for its residency, experiencing the band members talk about how its live shows will come together, noting where band members will stand, how different acoustic settings work, etc.  There is not much to it, but it is still at least slightly entertaining.  Between the two bonus segments, audiences get almost half an hour of extra content to accompany the primary content.  That extra content is factored into the presentation’s total run time, which again, comes to more than five hours, all things considered.  Considering the actual content featured in the bonus footage, some of it is better than other, but overall, it still does add some engagement and entertainment to the mix.  Coupled with the presentation’s primary content, the two elements give audiences quite a bit to appreciate, whether they are Def Leppard devotees, classic rock buffs or just rock and roll fans in general.  Keeping all of this in mind, the content featured in this recording is of the utmost importance to its presentation.  Of course, the content is only a portion of what will keep audiences engaged and entertained.  The recording’s general aesthetics are also worth noting for their roles in the package’s presentation.

The collective mixing and production of these two shows  joins with the band’s performance in each show to make this presentation even stronger.  The sound is expertly balanced in each concert from start to end.  No one performer overpowers his band mates at any point in either concert, showing that those behind the boards took into full account, the acoustics of each venue.  The camera angles give home viewers so many views that audiences who attended the concerts in person would not have had, enhancing the experience overall that much more for audiences.  The transitions from camera to camera are smooth, making for even more enjoyment.  The band’s performance plays alongside the production and mixing, adding its own share of enjoyment, too.  The band wastes little time stopping and slowing things down with lots of audience interaction.  Rather, the band lets its balanced energy from one song to the next do all of the talking for each member.  That focus from the band also allowed those behind the boards less challenges in terms of adjusting sound levels, and in turn less work for those who handled the concerts’ post production.  Honestly, those straight forward, energy-filled performances, coupled with the enjoyable aesthetics show that it is very possible to have an enjoyable show without a lot of unnecessary elements, such as pyro, fog machines, etc.  It shows that it is possible for a band to entertain audiences just by performing, and that is a very good thing.  When this is taken into consideration with the recording’s primary and secondary content (the performances and their bonus material), the whole of this expansive almost career-defining double concert set proves itself a must have for so many audiences, and without question, one of this year’s top new live recordings overall.

Def Leppard’s forthcoming new double live recording London to Vegas is an impressive new presentation from the veteran rock band. Whether one is a Def Leppard devotee, a rock and roll fan in general, or a classic rock fan, this collection of live material is certain to entertain almost anyone who watches these performances.  That is, as noted, due in large part to the expansive list of songs featured collectively throughout the two performances.  The bonus content that accompanies the concerts enhances the experience a little more for audiences.  The aesthetics of the concerts – the mixing, production and band performances – rounds out the most important of the recording’s presentation.  Between these elements, the wide variety of platforms on which the recording is available and their average price point, this presentation goes a long way toward proving its value to audiences.  It will be available April 24. Pre-orders are open now.  It goes without saying that considering all of this, London to Vegas proves itself a presentation that audiences from London to Vegas to points around the globe will enjoy.  More information on London to Vegas is available online now along with all of Def Leppard’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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Eagle Rock Entertainment Announces Release Date, Specs For New Def Leppard Live Recording

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Eagle Rock Entertainment will release a new Def Leppard live recording next month.

Def LeppardLondon To Vegas is scheduled for release April 24.  It will be available on 2BD/4CD; 2DVD/4CD; 2LP vinyl; Picture Disc and digital platforms.

Pre-orders are open now.  The pre-orders feature exclusive merchandise bundles that include items, such as a London To Vegas shirt, London To Vegas 12X12 lithograph, replica setlist, guitar pics and replica laminates from each show, as well as exclusive 4-song picture disc, titled Acoustic in Vegas.

The forthcoming live recording features two performances from the band, the first being the band’s December 2018 performance at London’s famed O2 Arena and the second from a June 2019 performance by the band recorded during its residency at Zappos Theatre in Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, NV.

The band’s December 2018 performance at the O2 Arena features the band performing its 10X Platinum album Hysteria in its entirety.  The Las Vegas residency show is a 28-song set that features the band’s most beloved hits and some of its lesser-known songs, such as ‘Too Late For Love,’ ‘Billy’s Got A Gun,’ ‘Slang’ and ‘Promises.’

A trailer for the recording is streaming now here.

Enhancing the experience for audiences, the boxed set features bonuses, such as a 40-page hardback book, a mini-documentary — HysteriaThen and Now — and behind-the-scenes featurette with the O2 Arena performance.

More information on Def LeppardLondon to Vegas is available online along with all of Def Leppard’s latest news at:

 

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Alter Bridge Impresses Again On Its Latest Live Recording

Courtesy: Napalm Records

This Friday, Alter Bridge will release its latest live recording, Live at the O2 Arena + Rarities in stores and online.  The band’s third live recording, this three-disc collection is easily one of this year’s top new live CDs.  That is due in part to the concert’s extensive set list, which will be discussed shortly.  The band’s performance thereof is just as important to note as the set list itself, obviously, so it will be discussed a little later.  The recording’s bonus material rounds out its most important elements, putting the final touch on the collection.  Each element is obviously important in its own right to the recording’s whole.  All things considered, the recording in whole shows easily why, again, it is one of this year’s best new live CD recordings.

Alter Bridge’s forthcoming live recording Live at the O2 Arena + Rarities is one of this year’s best new live CD recordings.  That is due in no small part to the recording’s set list.  The 19-song set list pulls from each of the band’s five current full-length studio recordings, and makes a valid attempt to represent each of those albums as fully as possible in the process.  The band’s latest album, 2016’s The Last Hero receives the most nods with six songs.  Its seminal 2007 album Blackbird gets the second most nods with five songs from that album being featured here.  Four songs are pulled from Fortress (2013) while III and the band’s 2004 debut One Day Remains each get two nods.  It would be interesting to know how the set list was chosen since each of the band’s albums presents plenty of enjoyable material.  That aside, the band is still to be commended for making the attempt to paint the fullest possible picture of its catalogue in this extensive 104-minute (1 hour, 44-minute) concert.

Looking even more deeply at the concert’s set list, audiences will be pleased to see that at no point does the set list ever stick to any of the band’s albums too long.  The set list starts at the band’s most recent album before quickly moving back to Blackbird and then on to Fortress and back to III in just its first four songs.  The change-ups remain just as constant from there on right to the end, with the band reaching into each album throughout.  In the same vein, that constant variety in the show’s set list also leads to a respectable variety in the songs’ energy, too.  The set’s first three offerings are heavy, driving compositions that eventually give way to something a little less heavy in ‘Ghosts of Days Gone By.’  The show’s energy picks right back up from there and stays high for a while before eventually pulling back again in the gentle, acoustic take of ‘Watch Over You.’  The songs’ energy rises and falls just as constantly from here, ensuring even more audiences’ engagement and entertainment.  Keeping in mind everything that has been noted so far, it becomes clear that the set list presented in Live at the O2 + Rarities is critical to the recording’s overall presentation.  It is only one of the recording’s critical elements, too.  The band’s performance of that extensive set list is just as important to the recording’s overall presentation as its set list.

The band’s performance of its nearly two-hour concert is important to note because as with any live show, a set list can only do so much for a concert.  If an act doesn’t put on a solid performance, then a show’s set list is worthless.  In the case of Alter Bridge’s performance here, the band clearly keeps its audience fully engaged and entertained throughout.  Those who didn’t get to experience the concert firsthand will find themselves just as engaged and entertained in experiencing the concert here.  From one song to the next front man Myles Kennedy, guitarist Mark Tremonti, bassist Brian Marshall and drummer Scott Phillips give their all in each song.  Kennedy’s vocals cut through like bolts of musical lightning in the concert’s most powerful moments while they move listeners just as deeply in the concert’s more reserved moments. Tremonti’s guitar work and that of his fellow musicians on their respective parts is just as impressive throughout.  The band wastes little time in-between songs with any banter, letting its collective performances do the talking for it as a whole.  The few times when it does spend some time on interludes, the most is made of those moments, too.  All things considered, the band’s performance shines here just as much as the set list that is performed.  Keeping that in mind, audiences will agree in hearing this concert that the band’s performance does just as much to entertain them as the set list itself.  Having discussed both of these key elements, the last important element to discuss here is the recording’s bonus studio recordings.

The recording’s bonus material includes two previously unreleased b-sides in ‘Cruel Sun’ and ‘Solace’ and a number of songs previously only available on exclusive editions of the band’s albums.  Those songs include ‘Breathe,’ which was also recorded during the Blackbird sessions, but was only included as an exclusive for Best Buy’s release last year of The Last Hero, ‘Never Born To Follow,’ which was released on exclusive U.S. and Japan editions of III, ‘Zero’ and ‘Home,’ both of which were also included in exclusive editions of III, along with others.  The songs themselves are impressive additions to the recording.  The fact that they are now all available in one setting makes them even more important to the recording’s whole.  It marks the first time that those exclusives have ever been available in one setting for audiences in a non-exclusive setting.  When this is considered along with the songs’ overall content (musical and lyrical), which impresses in its own right, the end result is a collection of songs that every Alter Bridge will appreciate.  When all of this is considered along with the concert’s set list and the band’s performance thereof, the whole of those elements makes Live at the O2 Arena + Rarities a live and studio offering that will impress any Alter Bridge fan, leaving them agreeing that it is indeed one of the year’s top new live CD recordings.

Alter Bridge’s new live recording Live at the O2 Arena + Rarities is one of this year’s top new live CDs.  That is due in part to the concert’s nearly two-hour set list that includes songs from each of the band’s five current full-length studio recordings.  The songs paint a clear picture of the band’s current catalogue while also balancing the concert’s energy from start to finish and those albums’ representation.  The band’s performance of that extensive set list is just as important to the recording’s whole as it is certain to keep fans who weren’t able to be at the concert just as entertained and engaged as those who were.  The bonus studio rarities and exclusives included in the set’s third disc round out its most important elements both because of the fact that it marks the first time they have been widely available for fans in one non-exclusive setting and because of their content.  Each element is important in its own right to the recording’s overall presentation.  All things considered, Live at the O2 Arena + Rarities proves in whole why it is one of the year’s top new live CD recordings.  One can only hope that a companion DVD and/or BD presentation of the concert will be released sooner rather than later to complete the recording.  More information on Live at the O2 Arena + Rarities is available online along with all of Alter Bridge’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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Queensryche’s Upcoming LP A Welcome Return To Form

Courtesy:  Century Media Records

Courtesy: Century Media Records

Queensryche is one of the most well known bands in the history of rock.  This Seattle based band survived the hair metal movement and the nu-wave movement of the 80s.  It also survived the grunge movement of the 90s and even the musical gold rush of 2000.  Throughout all of these different phases that the music industry has seen come and go, Queensryche has had its share of highs with iconic albums such as Empire, Operation: Mindcrime, Rage for Order, and to a slightly lesser degree, Hear in the Now Frontier and Promised Land.  While it did survive the musical gold rush of 2000, the release of its 2003 album, Tribe and its predecessor, Q2K (1999) were met with lukewarm reviews at best.  And 2011’s Dedicated to Chaos was perhaps its least warmly received album in its thirty year plus long career.  Things didn’t get much better after the less than pleasant split between the band and its now former front man Geoff Tate.  But it looks like the band is well back on track with a new front man and a self-titled album that takes long-time fans back to the days of Empire, Rage For Order, and even HITNF and Promised Land.

The very first thing that audiences should note with this new release is not much its musical side but its cover art and title.  Most people don’t pay much attention to any album’s title or even the cover art for its liner notes/booklet.  But in the case of Queensryche, both are of equal significance with this new release.  They are so significant because of the recent history between the band and its former front man.  The artwork for the standard edition of the album is simplistic, unlike that of many of the band’s previous releases.  It is simply the band’s logo set against a solid metallic background.  In its own way, one could argue that this is its own statement of the band redeveloping its identity through this fashion.  Just as the artwork is simple, so is the album’s title.  The band’s very first release way back in 1983 was a self-titled release.  Now three decades later, the band has offered fans another self-titled release.  Again, it seems insignificant on a small scale.  But considering everything that has happened with the band since 2012, making the album self-titled is another statement of rebirth for the band.  Just as Tate was delivering a statement with the title and artwork of his Queensryche album, Frequency Unknown, so is this Queensryche’s album title.  And it’s a statement that is as solid as the album’s musical content.

Musically speaking, this album is a rebirth for this Queensryche band in every way.  The ten songs that comprise the record are classic Queensryche, hands down.  Even with new front man Todd LaTorre manning vocal duties, listeners will be taken back.  If one were to listen to this record without knowing about the band’s rather acrimonious split with Geoff Tate, one would swear they were indeed hearing Tate.  That perhaps is the most intriguing fact of all about this record.  Forget the fact that the classic bombastic guitar work of Michael Wilton and the equally impressive drumming of Scott Rockenfield are back.  LaTorre’s vocal style and sound are near mirror images so to speak of that of the band’s previous singer.  It’s incredible how similar the two sound.  And it is because of this and the album’s overall old school sound (not to mention the statement of the album’s artwork and title), that fans that grew up with Queensryche will cheer happily once more.  It is everything that those fans have awaited for so many years.

Queensryche is currently wrapping up the U.S. leg of its tour in support of its new album.  It will kick off the European leg of its tour beginning October 2nd at the O2 Academy Islington.  Fans can get a complete tour listing and all of the latest tour updates and general news from the band on its Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/QueensrycheOfficial and its official website, http://www.queensrycheofficial.com

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