Vivian Campbell releases new ‘Holy Diver’ Les Paul

Vivian Campbell releases new worldwide ‘Holy Diver’ Les Paul

Debut Signature Epiphone

Epiphonethe leader in affordable professional instruments proudly presents the new Vivian Campbell “Holy Diver” Les Paul Outfit, the debut signature model by Vivian Campbell, the iconic guitarist for Dio and Def Leppard.  The ‘Holy Diver’ is based on Vivian’s prized Les Paul used on Dio’s classic albums Holy Diver and The Last in Line and features a Mahogany body with a Maple cap, DiMarzio® X2N open coil humbuckersan EpiLiteTM case, and a hand-signed Certificate of Authenticity. Available for a limited time only. See Authorized Epiphone Dealers for details and for more information, visit: 

Vivian Campbell’s ‘Holy Diver’ Les Paul was designed with Epiphone’s team of luthiers in Nashville, TN and is directly modeled on Campbell’s first Les Paul purchased as a teenager in Belfast, Ireland.  This original Les Paul went on to be Campbell’s primary touring and recording guitar when he joined Dio in 1983.


First of all, I’m flattered that Epiphone would do this for me, says Vivian Campbell. “It’s a quality guitar. Over the decades I’ve amassed a lot of guitars, but my original Les Paul is certainly the most valuable. It’s been quite a journey that we’ve been on. I hope the Epiphone ‘Holy Diver’ means as much to some young guitar player as my own heroes did to me back in the day.” 

The Epiphone Vivian Campbell “Holy Diver” has a classic Les Paul profile made from Mahogany with a Maple cap in a Black Aged Gloss finish, a 3-piece Maple neck with volute, an Indian Laurel fingerboard, and medium jumbo frets.  To power the “Holy Diver,” Campbell chose DiMarzio® X2N humbuckers with wide bar pole pieces that produce a powerful magnetic field to easily push your amp into overdrive. Hardware includes a brass nut and output jack, an ABR-1 LockToneTM Bridge and Stopbar tailpiece for fast and reliable intonation, and chrome Epiphone Strap Locks. An EpiLiteTM case and a Certificate of Authenticity signed by Vivian Campbell is included. Look for the Vivian Campbell “Holy Diver” Les Paul Outfit at Authorized Epiphone Dealers everywhere in Fall 2019. 


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Big stage, bigger set list surprises – Def Leppard Hits Vegas

Def Leppard is back in Las Vegas for the Sin City Residency. Watch the new vlog with behind the scenes footage and a sneak peek at the new setlist!

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Def Leppard takes care of its fans on opening night of Sin City Residency

There was little doubt Def Leppard’s new engagement at Planet Hollywood’s Zappos Theater would be successful. The British band, newly inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has been filling much larger venues in Las Vegas for tour stops in recent years and played another concert series, “Viva Hysteria,” at the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel in 2013. Most important, the quintet maintains a rabid fan base across the country, people who want nothing more than to see Def Leppard live and rock out to their many hooky hits, ‘80s-era riffage like “Photograph,” “Rock of Ages,” “Rocket,” “Hysteria” and “Pour Some Sugar on Me.”

And the guys in Def Leppard know that. They opened this new 12-show run, “Def Leppard Hits Vegas: The Sin City Residency,” Wednesday night with two powerful hours of music seemingly crafted only for those fans who traveled to Las Vegas — plus quite a few locals willing to brave the Strip on a week night — to see something special. They started promptly after 8 p.m., opened with “Pyromania” track “Die Hard The Hunter” — which the band hasn’t played live in more than 25 years — and rolled right into 1987 smash “Animal” while vintage Vegas neon signs flashed on massive video screens behind them. In just a few minutes, Def Leppard had already delivered a rare concert experience for its dedicated following.

It continued without breaks until 10 p.m. Lead singer Joe Elliott prepped the audience for more gems from “Pyromania,” Def Leppard’s breakthrough third album released in 1983, and other songs that have never been performed live. Two of those, “Let Me Be the One” and “We Belong,” were played in a mid-show acoustic mini-set on a satellite stage pushed far out into the crowd. That segment spotlighted individual contributions from each band member: guitarists Phil Collen and Viv Campbell, drummer Rick Allen and bassist Rick Savage.

Then it was time to reignite the rock. A string of hits including “Let’s Get Rocked,” “Love Bites” and “Armageddon It” kept the audience out of its seats and pumping its fists along with Elliott. The one-two punch of Collen and Campbell trading licks and creating that signature Def Leppard sound is the core of the band’s live show.

Video footage of the group’s successes over the years, including its Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony, played during “Hysteria,” one of Def Leppard’s most timeless and catchy creations. After a huge singalong for “Sugar,” a three-song encore of “Let’s Go,” “Rock of Ages” and “Photograph” closed out the first night of what promises to be one of the most fun and fan-friendly residencies this venue has seen.

Def Leppard is back at Zappos Theater August 16, 17, 20, 23, 24, 29 and 31, and September 1, 4, 6 and 7.

Joe Elliott’s Down ‘n’ Outz – New Album Announced (Pre-Order Now) 🎸

Down ‘n’ Outz, the project headed up by Joe Elliott, are set to release their third studio album titled This Is How We Roll available 11 October 2019.

Download + Stream New Single “This is How We Roll” Now HERE
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The band, competed by The Quireboys’ Paul Guerin (Guitar), Guy Griffin (Guitar) and Keith Weir (keyboards), plus Share Ross (Bass, ex Vixen) and Phil Martini (drums, Wayward Sons), take a different approach on “This Is How We Roll” to previous album. The album only features one cover version (The Tubes “White Punks On Dope) – alongside eleven original Joe Elliott penned tracks.

Guitarist Guy Griffin says, “(“This Is How We Roll”) is absolutely fantastic, probably one of the best records I’ve worked on. It doesn’t sound like Leppard or the first two Down n Outz records. It’s kind of all the stuff Joe grew up with, a lot of piano type stuff, a bit Elton John, one track a bit 10cc, a couple of good rockers… a real mix of stuff. Joe’s voice sounds amazing and it’s great fun to do.”

Joe Elliott says, “Boy, has this has been a long time coming?! Recorded in infrequent bursts of activity over a 5-year period whenever our respective motherships allowed, I’m extremely proud of what we’ve achieved with this album. I’m blessed to have worked with such a superb bunch of musicians on this collection of songs. To a man, and woman (!), they completely got my vision of what I wanted us to convey on this record & as usual, working with a world class producer/engineer in Ronan McHugh has guaranteed the sound of the record to be top notch! I couldn’t be more proud.”

Along with the announcement of the new studio album, Down ‘n’ Outz also release the rock out of title track and lead single “This Is How We Roll”, available to listen to HERE

From breathless opener “Another Man’s War” to the lush “Last Man Standing”, to the epic six minute “Let It Shine”, this is an album that draws on all the influences that have shaped both Joe Elliott and the previous Down ‘n’ Outz albums to create a stunning collection of original songs. “This Is How We Roll” was produced by Joe Elliott with co-production by Ronan McHugh. The album was recorded at Joe Elliott’s own studio Joe’s Garage.

 “This Is How We Roll” will be released on via UMC on 11th October 2019. The album will be available on CD, LP, digitally and also on limited edition 12” Picture Disc LP.

“This Is How We Roll” is now available to pre-order HERE

The Down ‘n’ Outz project was born in 2009 when Mott The Hoople reformed and asked long-time friend and fan Joe Elliott to get involved. Joe formed the Down ‘n’ Outz with Paul, Guy, Keith and Phil. Together they looked to bring songs by Mott The Hoople and spin off projects of Mott, Ian Hunter and British Lions to a wider audience.

In 2009 Down ‘n’ Outz supported Mott The Hoople at one of the band’s five Hammersmith Apollo shows. The fan interest eventually led to the band looking to put together an album and. 2011 saw the release of the critically acclaimed debut My Re-Generation through Mailboat Records (Joe Perry, Walter Becker, Chris Isaak, Jeff Bridges). My Re-Generation included the singles “England Rocks” and “Overnight Angels,” that reached No 4 and No 1 respectively on the US Media Base Rock chart -keeping Eric Clapton’s new single off the top of the chart for 2 weeks. The band then released a live DVD taken from those initial shows called “Live at Hammersmith Apollo.” A second studio album The Further Adventures of… was released in 2014 and featured the single “Rock and Roll Queen”. New bassist Share Ross (Vixen) debuted on 2017’s live album and DVD “The Further Live Adventures Of…”

A stunning live act – having toured with the likes of Paul Rogers across the UK (Including The Royal Albert Hall) and festival performances including High Voltage and Planet Rockstock, Down ‘n’ Outz are planning live dates to support “This Is How We Roll”.

“This Is How We Roll” track-listing is as follows

Another Man’s War
This Is How We Roll
Goodnight Mr. Jones
Last Man Standing
Music Box
Boys Don’t Cry
Walking to Babylon
Let It Shine
Music Box Reprise/Griff’s Lament
White Punks on Dope
The Destruction of Hideous Objects Part 3

LP / Picture Disc
Side One
Another Man’s War
This Is How We Roll
Goodnight Mr. Jones
Last Man Standing
Side Two
Music Box
Boys Don’t Cry
Walking to Babylon
Let It Shine
Music Box Reprise/Griff’s Lament*
White Punks on Dope
The Destruction of Hideous Objects Part 3

Listen to Joe Elliott’s Favorite Songs from July

Did you know Joe Elliott has his own show on Planet Rock Radio every week? You can expect to hear mighty fine rock along with some of the most influential tracks around. Each month we’ll publish a recap of Joe’s playlists, so you can listen along to some of his favorite tracks!


Tune in to hear JOE ELLIOTT on SATURDAYS at 6pm (GMT) / 1pm (EST) – repeated every Tuesday from 9pm (GMT) / 4pm (EST).

For those in the U.K. tune into Joe’s weekly radio show on

For those listening outside the U.K. or in the U.S. listen live from this site HERE. Please note this internet site may not work in some countries. As a quick fix, please download a VPN application and set it to the UK territory. Then download the Planet Rock app and boom, it works.