by Matt Bishop | January 12, 2017

British hard rockers Def Leppard have announced a massive 2017 North American Tour with very special guests Poison and Tesla. The trek kicks off on April 8 in Manchester, NH at the SNHU Arena and wraps up on June 25 in Indianapolis, IN at the Klipsch Music Center.  Tickets go on sale January 20 and January 21 in respective markets via Def Leppard Rock Brigade Members will have special access to pre-sale tickets and VIP Meet & Greet Packages on January 17.

April 8, Manchester, NH SNHU Arena
April 10 Montreal, QC Bell Centre *
April 12 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
April 14 Baltimore, MD Royal Farms Arena
April 15 Uniondale, NY Nassau Coliseum
April 17 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
April 19 Green Bay, WI Resch Center
April 21 St Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
April 22 Sioux Falls, SD Sanford Premier Center
April 24 Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena
April 26 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Cneter **
April 27 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
April 29 Ft Myers, FL Fort Rock ***
April 30 Jacksonville, FL Welcome to Rockville ***
May 2 Tuscaloosa, AL Tuscaloosa Amphitheatre
May 3 Atlanta, GA Lakewood Amphitheatre
May 5 Charlottesville, VA John Paul Jones Arena
May 6 Charlotte, NC Carolina Rebellion ***
May 24 Lincoln, NE Pinnacle Bank Arena
May 26 Pryor, OK Rocklahoma ***
May 27 San Antonio, TX River City Rockfest ***
May 29 Colorado Springs, CO Broadmoor World Arena
May 31 Bozeman, MT Brick Breeden Fieldhouse
June 2 Edmonton, AB Rogers Place *
June 3 Calgary, AB Scotiabank Saddledome *
June 6 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena *
June 7 Spokane, WA Spokane Arena
June 9 Seattle, WA White River Amph
June 10 Portland, OR Moda Center
June 12 Fresno, CA Save Mart Center
June 14 Ontario, CA Citizens Bank Arena
June 16 San Diego, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre
June 17 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena
June 19 Salt Lake City, UT ASANA Amphitheatre
June 21 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center **
June 22 St Louis, MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
June 24 Chicago, IL Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
June 25 Indianapolis, IN Klipsch Music Center

• Def Leppard only
** Def Leppard and Poison only, no Tesla
*** Def Leppard festival dates


Remembering The Irreplaceable David Bowie Ten Things You Might Not Know

(PCM) It’s been a year since the world lost a great man in Mr. David Bowie. Mr. Bowie was a worldly enigmatic chap. He was an amazing musician, an innovator, and an actor just to name a few. We look back at ten things you may or may not know about the late singer.

  1. Rock guitarist Peter Frampton was Bowie’s friend at school – his dad was head of the art department. He’s gone on to play guitar with Bowie many times during his career.
  2. On Jun. 19, 2004, David Bowie was playing for a crowd of around 7,500 at the Norwegian Wood Festival in Oslo, Norway. Due to circumstances that remain mysterious, a lollipop flew from the crowd to the stage area, miraculously landing and lodging into the performer’s left eye. The singer stayed on stage after help from an assistant. He ended up playing an incredible 27 songs. He remained on the stage for over two hours and 20 minutes.
  3. He started playing the saxophone when he was 12 years old.
  4. He later changed his name to Bowie to avoid confusion with Monkee Davy Jones.
  5. He released his debut album, the self-titled David Bowie, in 1967 after playing in a host of pub and club bands.
  6. Bowie’s first hit in the UK – 1969’s Space Oddity – was used by the BBC in its coverage of the moon landing.
  7. David Bowie’s first US number one was his single Fame in 1975. It was co-written by John Lennon and features the former Beatle on backing vocals.
  8. In the 1986 Jim Henson movie Labyrinth, Bowie plays Jareth The Goblin King.
  9. Bing Crosby recorded his last-ever single with David Bowie. Their duet version of The Little Drummer Boy was recorded for Christmas 1977. It was a hit five years later.
  10. His hit Ziggy Stardust is about Vince Taylor, who wrote Brand New Cadillac – later covered by The Clash.

David Bowie will be sadly missed, but he left us enough material to fill a spaceship. Rest Easy STAR MAN.



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U2 Will Headline Bonnaroo! Band Announces The Joshua Tree Tour

(PCM) We are super excited to share the news that U2 is set to headline Bonnaroo 2017!  They will be performing a set that will include the career-defining 1987 release The Joshua Tree
in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the classic album.  The band’s Bonnaroo performance will mark the band’s first-ever headlining appearance at an American festival.

In addition to Bonnaroo there is even more exciting news from U2 as well!  The band will return to select stadiums this year with U2: The Joshua Tree Tour 2017, in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the band’s classic album. Each show will include a performance of The Joshua Tree in its entirety, with support from one of a number of special guests including Mumford & Sons, OneRepublic and The Lumineers in North America and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds in Europe.

Released to universal acclaim on March 9th 1987 and featuring hit singles “With Or Without You”,“I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” and “Where The Streets Have No Name”, The Joshua Tree was U2’s first #1 album in the U.S., topping the charts globally including the U.K. and Ireland, selling in excess of 25 million albums worldwide, and catapulting Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr “… from heroes to superstars” (Rolling Stone). Time Magazine put U2 on its cover in April 1987, proclaiming them “Rock’s Hottest Ticket” in a defining year for the band that saw their arena dates roll into stadium shows to accommodate escalating demand – setting them on course to become one of the greatest live acts in the world today. The 12 months that followed saw the band create now-iconic moments: the traffic-stopping Grammy Award-winning music video on the roof of a Los Angeles liquor store, winning a BRIT Award and two Grammys – including Album of the Year – their first of 22 received to date, distinguishing U2 as the most awarded rock band in Grammy history.

U2’s fifth studio album The Joshua Tree was produced by Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois, and featured iconic artwork which cemented the career of photographer and director Anton Corbijn. Recording took place in Dublin at Windmill Lane Studios and Danesmoate, the house which subsequently became bassist Adam Clayton’s home.

It seems like we have come full circle from when The Joshua Tree songs were originally written, with global upheaval, extreme right wing politics and some fundamental human rights at risk. To celebrate the album – as the songs seem so relevant and prescient of these times too – we decided to do these shows, it feels right for now. We’re looking forward to it.” – The Edge

Recently I listened back to The Joshua Tree for the first time in nearly 30 years… it’s quite an opera. A lot of emotions which feel strangely current, love, loss, broken dreams, seeking oblivion, polarisation… all the greats… I’ve sung some of these songs a lot… but never all of them. I’m up for it, if our audience is as excited as we are… it’s gonna be a great night.” – Bono

We are off to play a few shows with U2! It’s the 30th anniversary of The Joshua Tree – one of the greatest albums ever made, in our opinion, and something well worth a good celebration. It’s a record that did so much for us all when we discovered it individually and if ever a record stands the test of time its that one. So when the lads gave us a call to invite us to play a few gigs opening for them it was our great honour to accept. It’s gonna be such a good few nights… “ – Mumford & Sons

I can remember covering the U2 song “One” in bars back in NYC 10 years ago, with Jer on drums. A lot has changed since then, but still – I NEVER thought we’d get the chance to open for such a legendary band, on such a legendary album – The Joshua Tree. Their songs are so timeless and transcendent, it’s impossible to imagine a time when they didn’t exist. That type of songwriting has always been the mountaintop for us – songs that can transcend generations.” – Wesley Schultz, The Lumineers

The Joshua Tree is the first album I ever heard from U2 because it came out when I had just started my love affair with music as a young kid… it’s the album that made me want to write songs and start a band. Joining them for this tour will be the experience of a lifetime, leaving the bucket list fully checked.” – Ryan Tedder, OneRepublic

It will be both a pleasure and an honour to play my part in what still remains the greatest show on earth.” – Noel Gallagher

Following the groundbreaking iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour’s arena shows in 2015, U2: The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 will see the band return to the stadium stage for the first time since 2009-2011’s record-shattering U2 360° Tour, the most successful tour in history seen by over 7.3 million fans worldwide.

U2: The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 will kick off in Vancouver on 12th May for a run of dates across North America and Europe, and will include U2’s first ever U.S. festival headline appearance at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival this summer, as well as a hometown show in Dublin’s Croke Park on 22nd July.

Tickets for the U2: The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 are on sale Monday, January 16th in Ireland, the UK and Europe and Tuesday, January 17th in the US and Canada. As usual, there is an exclusive priority presale for U2 Subscribers at from Wednesday, January 11th (9am) through Friday, January 13th (5pm) local times. Tickets will be general admission on the floor and reserved seating in the stands. There will be a 4 ticket limit for subscriber purchases and a 6 ticket limit commencing with public sales. In North America, all floor tickets will be paperless unless otherwise noted.

U2: The Joshua Tree Tour is produced by Live Nation Global Touring. UPS is the Official Logistics Provider of the tour.

For complete tour and ticket information, visit: &


May 12 – Vancouver, BC – BC Place*
May 14 – Seattle, WA – CenturyLink Field*
May 17 – Santa Clara, CA – Levi’s Stadium*
May 20 – Los Angeles, CA – Rose Bowl+
May 24 – Houston, TX – NRG Stadium+
May 26 – Dallas, TX – AT&T Stadium+
June 3 – Chicago, IL – Soldier Field+
June 7 – Pittsburgh, PA – Heinz Field+
June 8-11 – Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo Festival
June 11 – Miami, FL – Hard Rock Stadium^
June 14 – Tampa, FL – Raymond James Stadium^
June 18 – Philadelphia, PA – Lincoln Financial Field+
June 20 – Washington DC – FedExField+
June 23 – Toronto, ON – Rogers Centre+
June 25 – Boston, MA – Gillette Stadium+
June 28 – East Rutherford, NJ – MetLife Stadium+
July 1 – Cleveland, OH – FirstEnergy Stadium^

* with Mumford & Sons
+ with The Lumineers
^ with OneRepublic

July 8 – London, UK – Twickenham
July 12 – Berlin, DE – Olympic Stadium
July 15 – Rome, IT – Olympic Stadium
July 18 – Barcelona, ES – Olympic Stadium
July 22 – Dublin, IE – Croke Park
July 25 – Paris, FR – Stade de France
July 29 – Amsterdam, NE – Amsterdam Arena
August 1 – Brussels, BE – Stade Roi Baudouin

with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

Bonnaroo will announce the full 2017 lineup and put all tickets on sale this Wednesday, January 11 at 8am ET.
The 2017 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival will take place June 8 – 11.
For more information, please visit

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by Matt Bishop | January 3, 2017

This May, Foo Fighters will play their first show on U.S. soil in 19 months as they headline BottleRock in Napa Valley, CA on May 26-28. Also headlining are Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (who are celebrating their 40th anniversary this year) and Maroon 5. Other rock and alternative acts include Modest Mouse, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, Silversun Pickups, Band of Horses, Fitz & The Tantrums, Gavin DeGraw, Catfish & The Bottlemen, The Hunna, Judah & The Lion, and the return of Live with vocalist Ed Kowalczyk. Tickets are available HERE.

Taylor Hawkins – Foo Fighters [© Matt Bishop Photo]

Tom Petty [© Matt Bishop Photo]

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A Brew To Rock Your Morning! Megadeths’ David Ellefson’s Thrashin’ Coffee Brand ‘Ellefson Coffee Co.’

(PCM) We seem to be noticing a trend that is blending coffee and metal hand in hand and we couldn’t be more overjoyed! We not big alcohol drinkers, so coffee has always been our drink of choice and to see it blended in with rock and metal (which also happened to be our other passion) is both refreshing and incredibly exciting.

We have already had a chance to sample rocker Zakk Wylde’s Valhalla Java blend for Death Wish coffee which we absolutely adore, so we absolutely can’t wait to get our hands on some crafted by Megadeth bassist David Ellefson. PCM writers Stephen Nepa and Kristyn Clarke also host a podcast called “Coffee & Conspiracy” so we look forward to discussing Ellefson’s rocking new brand on our next upcoming episode as well!

Ellefson Coffee Co., the boutique Coffee brand of Megadeth bassist David Ellefson will open its first brick and mortar Ellefson Coffee Co. shop next week in David’s hometown of Jackson, MN. In addition to serving a variety of custom blends of Ellefson Coffee Co brands, including Roast In Peace, She Wolf, Kenya Thrash, and Urban Legend, ECC will also be a retail outlet for Ellefson Coffee products and memorabilia, as well as a satellite retail outlet for titles and merchandise from Ellefson’s EMP Label Group.

The store will also serve as a “Museum of Deth” featuring permanently displayed artifacts and memorabilia from Ellefson’s personal collection , as well as memorabilia from other artists. After teaming up with local Jackson Coffee shop Coffee Choices (one of Ellefson’s personal Jackson haunts) and owner Susan Reiter for their Urban Legend blend, David’s ECC (and EMP) partner Thom Hazaert suggested taking the partnership farther.

“One day Susan and I had a conversation about the idea of sort of re-branding Coffee Choices into something more aligned with the ECC brand, and us coming in as partners.” Says Hazaert. “I pitched the idea to David, we had already discussed the idea of opening a brick and mortar outlet maybe in Phoenix, and we all loved the idea, being David’s hometown, and Susan’s amazing history in Jackson, and her experience running Coffee Choices.”

Adds Ellefson, “I’ve been blessed to travel the world year after year as a musician but my roots have always stayed in Jackson, MN. So, it’s a true honor for our coffee brand to have a retail shop on the main street USA I grew up on, and to serve the very community I was born and raised in. Aside from some great coffee and a fun Rock N’ Roll atmosphere, our store is a go-to destination for coffee that also tells my story of heavy metal and global music history. I look forward to seeing you there!”

And any Megadeth fan already knows Jackson well, even if they don’t know it, as the connections to this small Midwest town run deep in Megadeth lore. Loon Lake Cemetery, that spawned the legend of Mary Jane, immortalized on So Far, So Good, So What is a few miles down the street, while the Ellefson family farm that inspired Megadeth hit “Foreclosure of a Dream” is also a stone’s throw from where ECC is setting up shop.

Hazaert adds, “Not only will Ellefson Coffee Co. now have a permanent face in David’s hometown, but being able to tie in EMP, and everything else we do, and with the huge sense of Megadeth history in Jackson, we are excited to be able to create a really unique and amazing fan (and Coffee) experience, that we are sure will not only be a highlight for the people of Jackson, but a destination for Megadeth fans from around the World.”

The first day of business officially as Ellefson Coffee Co. will be Monday, January 10th, with a grand opening coming later in the Spring. You can pay ECC a visit at 404 Second St, Jackson, MN, 56143.


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Exclusive Interview: Milow The Girl Talks ‘Days Of Power’ Film, New Album, Touring And More!

(PCM) It is not very often that you come across an artist who completes the entire package. Not only is Milow The Girl aka. Sylvia G an incredibly talented performer and vocalist, but she is also a humanitarian and strong supporter of animal rights.

Having an extraordinary upbringing surrounded by various types of wild animals, Sylvia’s love for animals began at an incredibly young age. She only later in life discovered her musical ability and now has the amazing opportunity to have both of her passions working together side by side.

Milow the Girl has been hard a work recently dropping her delightfully catchy new album “Dreams” which debuted at # 1 on the AC charts and has also completed work on the upcoming film “Days Of Power” which is based upon the horror that is the puppy mill industry.  A synopis for the film which will be released on February 10, 2017 reads “On their 2010 tour, Milow The Girl and band mates mysteriously disappear. As past and present merge, they find themselves searching for answers and fighting for more than just their own lives when a concealed industry is revealed.”

We had a chance to check out a trailer for the upcoming film and it looks as if it is going to be an epic thrill ride that will keep us on the edge of our seats until the very end. We are eagerly anticipating release day!

Never one to slow down we caught up with Milow the Girl at her recent performance at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, PA at a showcase for her label Realize Records. Check out our exclusive interview below:

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