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Def Leppard

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    August 29, 2014

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Week: August Alsina, Better Than Ezra, KISS, etc.

    August Alsina Warehouse Live, August 29 This show has already sold out, so time to hit up the "secondary market." But August Alsina is that hot, no thanks to rumors that he's now dating Nicki Minaj. She's definitely a fan of the New Orleans-bred singer's "No Love" single, because she appears on the ... More >>

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    August 20, 2014

    The Top 40 Charting Hard-Rock Songs: Part 2

    Welcome back to the show! We're counting down the Top 40 hard rock songs of all time, according to Billboard (sort of...). I'll take a moment to recap Nos. 40-31. 40. "Don't Tell Me You Love Me," Night Ranger 39. "Cumbersome," Seven Mary Three 38. "Trampled Underfoot," Led Zeppelin 37. "Back In Bla ... More >>

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    May 1, 2014

    All Hell Breaks Loose For Thin Lizzy Spawn Black Star Riders

    Of all the classic-rock bands that have been defunct for decades, few have had as big a commercial and critical resurgence as Thin Lizzy. While the band and any hopes for its continuance effectively ended with the 1986 substance abuse-related death of founder/singer/bassist/guiding light Phil Lynott ... More >>

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    October 9, 2013

    The 10 Worst Metal Bands of the '80s

    Look, the '80s are back in style in every way, and that's totally cool with me. I love it, actually, because it means pop music is more bearable than it's been in a long time. For someone who grew up on 106.9 The Point, this is a wonderful gift that I cherish. But I'm noticing a disturbing trend in ... More >>

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    September 24, 2013

    Five Genius Songs Written at the Last Minute

    Funny thing about songwriting. I can speak from personal experience: sometimes you spend days, weeks, or years getting a song right, and sometimes you just throw some crap into a microphone at the last minute and hope that someone doesn't hate it. In the hands of master musicians, though, that las ... More >>

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    August 13, 2013

    The Rocks Off 100: Eloy Contreras, Deathrazor's Sharp Thrash Vocals

    Welcome to the Rocks Off 100, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See the entire Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? Deathrazor had a rocky road to getting ... More >>

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    May 30, 2013

    Sugar, We're Going Down: Songs For the Candy Crush Craze

    Two weeks ago, I was a normal, well-adjusted American man. Now, I'm a fiend in need of repeated fixes. I'm a junkie who can't get enough of that sweet stuff. I'm addicted to Candy Crush Saga. Let's say your mail's addressed to the rock you live under. In that case, you may never have heard of C ... More >>

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    January 24, 2013

    Alamo Drafthouse Singalongs Bring '80s Music Videos to Big Screen

    The Alamo Drafthouse people are known for bringing you great movies and TV to their big-screens every week. Plus, the "coolest movie theater in the world" serves booze, which is never a bad thing, and their "no talking or texting" rules are even better. With locations coast to coast, the Austin-ba ... More >>

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    December 31, 2012

    Music That Will Officially Be Old In 2013

    One of my favorite pastimes is reminding my friends how old we are all getting, partly because I am cruel, and probably because even I am astounded that actor Steve Guttenberg is now three years older than Wilford Brimley was when they filmed Cocoon together in 1985. We can all think of things tha ... More >>

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    September 3, 2012

    Saturday Night: Def Leppard, Poison & Lita Ford at The Woodlands

    Def Leppard, Poison, Lita Ford Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion Saturday, September 1, 2012 Rewind: Lita Ford: Still Living Like A Runaway The Best Def Leppard Demos, Rarities, And Deep Tracks Lita Ford kicked off Saturday evening with her blazing cover of Elton John's "The Bitch Is Back." Consid ... More >>

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    August 31, 2012

    Lita Ford: Still Living Like A Runaway

    In the '80s, Lita Ford was one of the most prominent female voices in hard rock. With hits such as "Kiss Me Deadly" (which was named the 76th "Greatest Hard Rock Song Of All-Time" by VH1), "Back To The Cave," and "Close My Eyes Forever," she was on a winning tear. Plus she still had (and has) oodl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2012

    The Best Def Leppard Demos, Rarities, And Deep Tracks

    Def Leppard is one of the quintessential rock bands of the '80s. With such hits as "Foolin'," "Hysteria," and the ever-popular "Pour Some Sugar On Me" and countless others. Despite the numerous tragedies that have befallen the band, including the death of guitarist Steve Clark and a car wreck that ... More >>

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    July 20, 2012

    Meet the 2012 HPMA Showcase Nominees: Glasnost

    Rocks Off reached out to the artists playing this year's Houston Press Music Awards showcase Sunday, August 5, and asked them to introduce themselves. Here's what they sent back. Catch up with the other showcase nominees and see our the rest of our HPMA coverage Rocks Off: When and where was your ... More >>

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    July 16, 2012

    Pollstar: Woodlands Pavilion Now World's No. 3 Amphitheater

    The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, site of Sunday night's aromatic 311 show, has long been one of the country's busiest concert venues, usually ranking at or near the top in annual attendance. Now it's officially one of the busiest in the world. In concert trade publication Pollstar's new survey ... More >>

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    June 19, 2012

    Parental Advisory! Another Look at the PMRC's "Dirty 15"

    In 1985, the Parental Music Resource Center was formed as basically a watchdog group over popular music. Essentially, their goal was censorship. However, there was one big problem: The group was made up of the likes of Tipper Gore (wife of then-Senator and future Vice President Al Gore), Susan Bake ... More >>

  • Film

    June 14, 2012

    Corporate Rock Still Sucks

    Rock of Ages posits Tom Cruise as a hair-metal god and hair metal as something un-awful.

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    April 19, 2012

    The American Bandstand (Extended) Hot 100

    Somehow it's hard to believe that Dick Clark was only 82 years old when he died after suffering a "massive heart attack" Wednesday morning in Santa Monica, Calif. (Since I managed to survive one myself, I've noticed that anytime someone dies of a heart attack, it's always "massive."). Despite his yo ... More >>

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    March 28, 2012

    Readers Poll: The Best Third Albums Ever

    This week in 1980, Van Halen released their third album Women And Children First, which contained the hits "And the Cradle Will Rock...," "Everybody Wants Some!! and fan favorite "Romeo Delight." It's not the best VH album ever, but it was, in fact, their third album. Most VH super-freaks I know an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2012

    Pop Rocks: So Who's Going to Perform at Next Year's Super Bowl Halftime Show?

    If Janet Jackson's nip slip in 2004 threw ice water on the practice of using current entertainers for Super Bowl halftimes, M.I.A.'s middle finger salute dumped it in the Bering Sea. Finally, after eight years of K. Billy's Sounds of the '70s and Pete Townshend's belly (which somehow didn't draw *an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2011

    Friday Night: Def Leppard & Heart At The Woodlands

    Photos by Groovehouse​Def Leppard, Heart Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion September 23, 2011 Like so many of their 80s hard rock brethren, Def Leppard has always straddled the line between serious musical territory and the self-parody that threatens all bands associated with that era. On one ... More >>

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    April 20, 2011

    For 4/20: Hipgnosis' Greatest Bong Hits

    ​Rocks Off doesn't know if it's our Shot In the Dark photo show tomorrow or that batch of brownies someone sent us, but we've been in a really visual mood this week. We can't remember exactly what it is, but something told us today might be a good day to revisit the work of Hipgnosis. The gro ... More >>

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    March 15, 2011

    Upcoming: Billy Joe Shaver, Def Leppard, Stephen Marley, Etc.

    ​"20th Annual KTRU Outdoor Show" With Washed Out, Real Estate, Fat Tony, Young Mammals, Grandfather Child, The Tontons: Sat., April 9. Rice University. Billy Joe Shaver: Sat., June 18. Dosey Doe Coffee Company. Chingo Bling, DJ Ebonix: Fri., April 8. Bronze Peacock Room @ House of Blues. C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2010

    Today's High Schoolers Shrugging Off New Music

    ​During this part of the year, your humble narrator treks from school to schools selling contest music to bands and orchestras. It's a good gig, and it enables us to get a good gander at what the next generation of musicians look like. However, after several years of doing it, we started noti ... More >>

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    October 5, 2010

    Five Songs Classic Rock Radio Should Kill NOW

    ​Rocks Off is a prisoner of the airwaves. At home we can listen to just about anything we want thanks to the comforts of 24-7 satellite radio. Actually, we rarely tune in anything besides Outlaw Country, but that's another story. We can't bring the satellite receiver to work, where we spend th ... More >>

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    July 15, 2010
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    June 25, 2010

    When Keeping It Real Goes Wrong: Metal Edition

    ​Dave Chapelle teaches us that the art of "keeping it real" may sometimes go awry. According to urbandictionary.com, this occurs when "in the act of keeping it real, the outcome is unexpected and usually has a negative effect on the individual who decided to keep it real." Rock stars are not i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2009

    He Said She Said: Songs Guaranteed to Offend the Opposite Sex, Part 2

    It's been 25 years since Tipper Gore and the ladies of the PMRC (Parents Music Resource Center) self-righteously rode the the rescue of delicate ears across America, claiming that rock music was "infecting the youth of the world with messages they cannot handle." It was the 1950s all over again. Th ... More >>

  • Music

    August 13, 2009
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    August 12, 2009

    Bayou Beat: McKenzies Break Up, Live Nation Goes for (Almost) Broke, New Discovery Green Season, etc.

    Chris Gray​ Unfortunately, Houston power-pop prodigies the McKenzies (above) announced after Free Press Summer Fest they have broken up, for the usual reasons. "It's all on good terms," the band said via email. "It's just been really hard to do anything... everyone has personal things to do - scho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2009

    The Last Roundup: Something Fierce Rounds Out Tour Dates, Opening In the Watermarks, Pitchman Iggy Pop and More

    Kim DouglassWe just love running this Wild Moccasins picture... can't you tell? Something Fierce released the rest of the trio's tour dates on Hands Up Houston. Lords of the Loop pay poetic tribute to Def Leppard via haiku. 29-95 takes a look at the Wild Moccasins' (above) tour diary. Exactly three ... More >>

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    June 10, 2009

    What's Your Favorite Musician Joke?

    What do you call a musician without a girlfriend? Homeless. What do you throw a banjo player if he's drowning? His banjo. What's the difference between a saxophone and a lawnmower? You can tune a lawnmower. What's the difference between an accordion player and a terrorist? Terrorists have sympathize ... More >>

  • Music

    April 23, 2009

    Hello, Houston!

    Noise breaks down the months of live music ahead

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    April 1, 2009

    Happy April Fool's Day: Fools in Popular Music

    As you've hopefully been able to tell from our previous two entries (and yes, we were KIDDING about both of them), Rocks Off has been having some fun with April Fool's Day today. According to Wikipedia - unless, you know, they're joking - the day springs from a discrepancy when the measuring of days ... More >>

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    February 26, 2009

    Songs You Didn't Get As a Kid

    Did you know that ZZ Top's "Pearl Necklace" is essentially about a man ejaculating onto a woman's neck? No? Well, neither did I when I was 12. That is just disgusting. It is a disgusting, insanely catchy song, and I had no idea what it was about until I was an adult. I thought it was about a wo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2008

    Rock the Bayou…Can You Handle It?

    I’ve got one word for you people: Dokken. Yeah, Dokken. I said it, and you heard me. I’m also saying Bret Michaels, Twisted Sister, RATT, L.A. Guns, Alice Cooper, and Skid Row. It’s Rock the Bayou time, yes indeedy. As a child of the late 80s, I was into my hair metal like I was into m ... More >>

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    July 10, 2008
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    May 5, 2008
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    January 31, 2008
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    August 31, 2007

    Drenched in Blog: Kekkou desu, Mr. Roboto!

    At this point, after years of blistering irony and sarcastic hipster gushing, are Def Leppard, Styx and Foreigner really all that different from each other? Seriously, guys, wake up and smell the sweat-stained spandex. Most of these bands are sporting less than half their original members, plus they ... More >>

  • Film

    August 30, 2007

    Balls of Fury

    Answer all correctly and win a Def Leppard album

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2007

    Confessions of a Classic Rock Whore, or One Man’s Journey

    When the Press cast its net for a new Assistant Music Editor, the editors probably assumed they’d reel in one of those sniffy indie types who worships either Bright Eyes or Death Cab for Cutie and thinks Boston is a place with a lot of nice bookstores. Instead they got me, who within two days of w ... More >>

  • Music

    December 21, 2006

    Yellow and Green

    Paris Green's new CD Rambling Yellow Paper

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    December 13, 2006

    Best Albums of the Year, 2006

    In 2006, the pop singles market continued to dominate, in no small part because the pick-to-click-driven mentality of online music stores and ringtone sites gave consumers unparalleled freedom to Choose Their Own Musical Adventure. What suffered in the meantime, though, was the quality of pop/rock a ... More >>

  • Music

    December 29, 2005

    The Darkness

    One Way Ticket to Hell...and Back

  • Music

    December 8, 2005

    Pop Rocks

    Ten albums that'll snap and fizz in your ear buds all winter long

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    September 25, 2003

    Woodlands Wonders

    Meet Paris Green -- the newest entry in the next big thing from Houston sweepstakes

  • Film

    June 14, 2001

    Peak Performance

    Himalaya scales dangerous mountain passes while uplifting the spirit

  • News

    March 22, 2001

    Welcome to His Nightmare

    Michael Bruce gave voice to Alice Cooper - until the singer killed the band

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    January 25, 2001

    RodeoHouston: Some 'Splainin to Do

    Secret correspondence from the rodeo

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    August 1, 1996
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