When asked about DEF LEPPARD's upcoming Viva Hysteria! Las Vegas residency, during which the band will play its 1987 album, "Hysteria", in its entirety, guitarist Vivian Campbell said: "That's the really exciting thing for us. I mean, as much as we are really looking forward to the shows, we're only doing three shows a week — Wednesday, Friday and Saturday — so the days off in between, we're actually gonna write. So it's different for us. When we're on tour, we don't get in a writing mode, because you're in a bus every night and travelling. It's not very often that the five of us in DEF LEPPARD are in one place together with time on our hands, so we've got a little Pro Tools rig and we're just gonna actually record in our hotel room while we're there — get some new ideas for some long-overdue new DEF LEPPARD."
Set to kick off at the end of March, Viva Hysteria! follows Hard Rock residencies from MÖTLEY CRÜE and GUNS N' ROSES.
Black Flag have confirmed they'll reunite and play a series of shows that includes their first UK performance in nearly 30 years.
The hardcore punk legends are preparing to assemble with frontman Ron Reyes to perform at this year's Hevy Fest in August. It will be their only UK appearance in 2013.
Event organisers note: "There is a whole generation of musicians and fans who would cite Black Flag as being the most important band to have influenced them."
The band formed as Panic in 1976 and took on their better-known name two years later. Reyes fronted them from 1979 until 1980, followed by Dez Cadena then Henry Rollins.