First off, the new Springsteen single is growing on me… While I think he is trying a bit too hard to create an anthem to rival “Born in the USA” in both style and message, one realizes that even mediocre Springsteen is better than most people’s best work. That is not to say this is mediocre… Hardly… It is just that we have come to expect so much from Bruce. We go in with huge expectations… huge wants and desires… and yes, huge needs for him to deliver on our own listening aspirations. “We Take Care Of Our Own” seems to be a scathing look at the current state of the union and while it hits the nail on the head and the body straight in the heart, folks will take from it whatever they need… or think they need. It is a good, solid song.
Looking at the tracks and titles I am not expecting a happy album, but more of a real, honest look of the way things are… not the way we wish they would be. Regardless, I am excited for a new Bruce album… and more excited for a new Bruce tour.
Def Leppard – Pyromania
Metal/Pop… Hard Rock… Whatever you call it, Def Leppard was one of the biggest bands of the ’80s and continue to rock!
I saw them open for the original line up of Van Halen and they were great.
I have heard them on two different stations, two days in a row… realized I had not done any of their albums here and knew I was in the mood to rock things… hard.
I was tempted to do their latest, Mirrorball – Live & More or Rock of Ages since they have so many songs I love and grew up on… but I opted for this one, which is great on its own.
Def Leppard was formed in 1977, and the current line up is twenty years in, which in this business is amazing.
Joe Elliott (vocals), Rick Savage (bass guitar)… They are both founding members… Rick Allen (drums), who came in about a year later… Phil Collen (guitar) who came in around 1981, and Vivian Campbell (guitar) who joined the band in the ’90s.
This is the third album and the one that made Def Leppard Rock n’ Roll stars! They have sold more than 100 million albums… That does not suck… and continue to tour.
They “have two albums with RIAA diamond certification, Pyromania and Hysteria. They are one of only five rock bands with two original studio albums selling over 10 million copies in the U.S”
I do not have the deluxe edition, which has an edited version of a show they did at the LA Forum in 1983. Obviously they are an amazing live band… Well, I can tell you that firsthand!
There are the songs you know by heart… the truly great rock songs like “Rock Rock (Til You Drop)“, “Photograph“, “Too Late For Love”, “Foolin'” and “Rock of Ages“… but also amazing tracks that I overlooked like “Die Hard The Hunter“, “Billy’s Got A Gun” and “Comin’ Under Fire.”
“It’s better to burn out, then fade away.”
Perhaps, perhaps… but Def Leppard is still on fire and I definitely want to rock n’ roll.