DEF LEPPARD LAUNCH ‘SPARKLE LOUNGE’ MICROSITE:
April 26, 2008
To coincide with the release of the band’s new album “SONGS FROM THE SPARKLE LOUNGE” next week, the UK label have launched a new Sparkle Lounge microsite. TheSparkleLounge.com will give you opportunities to listen to samples of the new album, watch the video for leadoff single “NINE LIVES”, listen to samples of the new album, win Guitar Hero III prizes, watch a trailer for the bonus DVD (UK only), and more! Check it all out at TheSparkleLounge.com!
* “SONGS FROM THE SPARKLE LOUNGE” – NEW Album Out This Tuesday, April 29th!
* First Single “NINE LIVES” Currently At # 1 on Classic Rock Radio & # 14 on the Mainstream Rock chart
* Band to Debut Their New Hit Single on ABC’s ‘Dancing With The Stars,’ ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ and ‘The Ellen Degeneres Show’ Week of Release
* New Single “NINE LIVES” to be Exclusively Featured as part of ‘Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock’ out on April 24th!
Def Leppard, Great Britain’s premiere arena rock band, is set to debut their 14th studio album release this coming Tuesday, April 29th. “SONGS FROM THE SPARKLE LOUNGE” contains 11 new songs including the new hit single “NINE LIVES,” featuring a groundbreaking collaboration with country music superstar Tim McGraw. The song is currently sitting atop the Classic Rock chart at #1 and also holding at #14 on Mainstream Rock radio. The band will kick off the release of their new album with a slew of high profile television performances on ABC’s Dancing With The Stars (April 29th), Jimmy Kimmel Live (April 30th), and The Ellen Degeneres Show (April 29th).
“SONGS FROM THE SPARKLE LOUNGE”will include a limited edition custom PIKCARD(r), which unlocks the Def Leppard online “Vault” (named after the band’s best-selling greatest-hits CD). Inside the “Vault,” Def Leppard fans will have exclusive access to a variety of content, contests and memorabilia, featuring highlights such as personal photos from the road, registration to the band’s fan club, entry into an exclusive contest to win backstage passes and VIP access the next time Def Leppard comes to the winner’s town, new album lyrics – handwritten by Joe Elliott- and a personal messages from the band.
In addition to the album, Def Leppard have partnered with Activision Inc.’s (Nasdaq: ATVI) Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock on an epic three-song track pack that will give fans an exclusive opportunity to sample the band’s #1 new radio single, “NINE LIVES,” before their upcoming studio album hits stores. The track pack will be available starting April 24th and also features live versions of “PHOTOGRAPH” and “ROCK OF AGES,” two of Def Leppard’s most beloved chart-toppers from their multi-platinum “PYROMANIA” album.
Recorded last year during month-long stints at lead singer Joe Elliott’s Dublin studio, the album’s title refers to a backstage area called “The Sparkle Lounge” on Def Leppard’s 2006 tour where the band would go to write songs. In addition to the album’s hit single “NINE LIVES,” other standout tracks on the album include “C’MON C’MON,” which will be the album’s next single, “GO,” reminiscent of the band’s classic track “ROCKET” in its power and aggressive tribal beat; “LOVE,” an emotive and moving epic song; and the anthemic “TOMORROW,” a song written by guitarist Collen about the death of his father.
Def Leppard have also announced new US tour dates that will kick off this August. The dates include cities that the band postponed recently due to an upper respiratory tract infection affecting the band’s lead singer, Joe Elliott. New Def Leppard tour dates include:
August 1 – Nashville, TN – Sommet Center
August 2 – Birmingham, AL – Verizon Wireless Center
August 3 – Biloxi, MS – Mississippi Coast Coliseum
August 6 – Hamilton, ON – Copps Coliseum
August 7 – London, ON – John Labatt Centre
August 9 – Quebec City, QC – Colisee Pepsi
August 10 – Ottawa, ON – Scotiabank Place
August 13 – Winnipeg, MB – MTS Centre
August 15 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena
August 16 – Des Moines, IA – Iowa State Fair
August 17 – Omaha, NE – Qwest Center
August 20 – Ft. Wayne, IN – Memorial Coliseum
August 21 – Youngstown, OH – Chevrolet Centre
August 23 – Detroit, MI – Joe Louis Arena
August 24 – Syracuse, NY – New York State Fair
With more than 65 million albums sold worldwide and two prestigious Diamond Awards to their credit, Def Leppard–Joe Elliott (vocals), Vivian Campbell (guitar), Phil Collen (guitar), Rick “Sav” Savage (bass) and Rick Allen (drums)-continues to be one of the most important forces in rock music. Over the course of their career, the band has produced a series of classic groundbreaking albums that set the sound for generations of music fans and artists. The group’s spectacular live shows, filled with powerful melodic rock anthems, have become synonymous with their name and are an institution in the touring industry as they continue to sell out arenas worldwide.
Courtesy of www.defleppard.com