DEF LEPPARD’S CAMPBELL SAYS PLAYING WITH CANCER “LIKE THERAPY”
Longtime Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell says being able to perform onstage during chemotherapy sessions to battle Hodgkin’s lymphoma “was good therapy for me.” The musician says he received his diagnosis on “the first day of rehearsal” earlier this year for the band’s residency in Las Vegas, and admits, “(It) was just a little bit weird for me being in Vegas and doing these shows…and playing rock ‘n’ roll and knowing that I’ve got cancer…but it’s good mentally to keep moving forward…”
JETT SOUNDS OFF ON ILLS OF SOCIAL MEDIA
The new Joan Jett album, Unvarnished, arrived this week, and in a new interview with Rolling Stone, she was asked to share her thoughts on the surge of social media since her days in the Runaways. Jett said, “I just think that there is so much info out there, that people are now used to grabbing as much info on the person that they are looking up to. There used to be something called mystique that was a big part of show business. You always wanted to keep something from people that they wanted to know. When they find everything out about you they go, ‘OK. I’m moving on to this next person.’ People devour information.”
THE DOORS OPEN UP RARE FOOTAGE VAULTS FOR NEW DVD/BLU-RAY
If you think you’ve seen everything there is to see on The Doors, well, think again. On December 3, the new DVD and Blu-ray R-evolution will be available and will feature rare footage of the band culled from early television appearances, music films, and commentary from band members Robby Krieger, John Densmore and the late Ray Manzarek. R-evolution will also be available in a deluxe edition, featuring a 40-page book with lyrics, photos, and more.
SIXX SET TO TAKE THIRD WALK DOWN THE AISLE
Wedding bells will ring for the third time for Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx, who is slated to say “I do” to his model girlfriend Courtney Bingham, with whom he’s had a three-year relationship. Bingham broke the news that the pair will be wed on March 15 in what she says will be a “traditional” wedding with a “Parisian” theme. Sixx’s former wives include Playboy Playmate Brandi Brandt and actress Donna D’Errico.
NEW PHOTO BOOK CAPTURES SPRINGSTEEN ON AND OFF STAGE
Photographer Deborah L. Rothenberg has just released a new photo book focused on fellow New Jersey native Bruce Springsteen. Bruce Springsteen in Focus: 1980-2012 collects over 250 photographs of the Boss shot at a variety of venues, from tiny clubs on the Jersey shore to massive stadiums, and everywhere in between. Rothenberg, a concert photographer for the New York Daily News, says, “His shows today, in 2013 as a 64-year old, are as energetic and dynamic as they were when I first saw him when he was 31.”
NUGENT NOTES HE “CAN’T WAIT TO RECORD” NEW STUDIO ALBUM
According to Ted Nugent, coming up with a batch of “killer licks and riffs” is just what the doctor ordered in terms of getting back into the studio to work on his first all-new studio album in over six years. The hunt-happy right wing rocker said in a recent interview, “Your cravings for real, American, rhythm and blues, driven rock ‘n’ roll will be very, very happy when you hear my new songs. I have some killer riffs and licks and powerhouses, and we love the music. We can’t wait to record.” Nugent says he hopes to start recording in February or March. Meantime, his live CD/DVD, Ultralive Ballisticrock, arrives October 22.