Live Nation – Def Leppard Announce North American Tour With Poison and Tesla, Set to Kick off on April 8th in Manchester, NH!

NEW YORK, Jan. 12, 2017 Fresh off winning their fan voted Classic Rock Magazine Album of the Year award, Def Leppard announce they will return to the road this spring for a three month run across North America. The Live Nation promoted outing will storm through cities across parts of the U.S. and Canada. This new leg of dates follows the groups massive 70+ city 2016 tour and is set to kick off on April 8th in Manchester, NH and wrap on June 25th in Indianapolis, IN. Joining Def Leppard on select dates are Poison and Tesla. Please see full tour routing below. Tickets will go on sale on January 20th and 21st at Def Leppard Rock Brigade Concert Club presales begin on January 17th also at


Front man Joe Elliott says, “We’re thrilled to be able to take this tour to cities we didn’t play in 2016. The demand for us to return, or rather extend the tour was phenomenal! There’s a great buzz around the band right now and we’re loving the fact that we can do this with the latest album being so well received.”

In conjunction with the announcement of their North American tour, Def Leppard also premieres the live video for “Animal” via Brave Words. Click here to view, we encourage you to post and share! The live video clip is from the band’s recently announced concert film, And There Will Be A Next Time – Live From Detroit which will be released on February 10th in partnership with Eagle Rock Entertainment. Click here to purchase.

Guitarist Phil Collen says, “Our last full concert DVD, excluding Viva! Hysteria, was 1987’s in the round in your face which was shot on video. We felt an updated version was way overdue so here it is, the brand new Def Leppard concert experience!”

With two prestigious Diamond Awards to their credit, Def Leppard—Joe Elliott, Phil Collen, Vivian Campbell, Rick “Sav” Savage and Rick Allen—continues to stand tall in the music industry and deliver some of the most iconic rock melodies and memorable anthems of all time. Most recently, their 2015 self-titled album featured singles “Dangerous” and “Let’s Go” which premiered via and hit #1 on the Billboard Top Rock Albums Chart.

The tour also marks the first time in over 5 years that Poison will tour with all original members. Members including Bret Michaels, CC DeVille, Bobby Dall and Rikki Rockett. Poison has sold over 40 million records and is set to perform some of its greatest hits including Nothin’ but a Good Time, Every Rose has its Thorn, Talk Dirty to Me, Unskinny Bop and Something to Believe In.

Front man Bret Michaels says, “I could not be more excited. I know all of us will give one thousand percent on stage and we are looking forward to performing our hits together. I personally could not be more thankful for the three generations of fans and I love the music of Def Leppard and Tesla. This will be an amazing night of rock and roll.”

April 8, 2017 Manchester, NH SNHU Arena
April 10, 2017 Montreal, QC Bell Centre *
April 12, 2017 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
April 14, 2017 Baltimore, MD Royal Farms Arena
April 15, 2017 Uniondale, NY Nassau Coliseum
April 17, 2017 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
April 19, 2017 Green Bay, WI Resch Center^
April 21, 2017 St Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
April 22, 2017 Sioux Falls, SD Sanford Premier Center
April 24, 2017 Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena
April 26, 2017 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center **
April 27, 2017 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
April 29, 2017 Ft Myers, FL Fort Rock ***
April 30, 2017 Jacksonville, FL Welcome to Rockville ***
May 2, 2017 Tuscaloosa, AL Tuscaloosa Amphitheatre
May 3, 2017 Atlanta, GA Lakewood Amphitheatre
May 5, 2017 Charlottesville, VA John Paul Jones Arena
May 6, 2017 Charlotte, NC Carolina Rebellion ***
May 24, 2017 Lincoln, NE Pinnacle Bank Arena
May 26, 2017 Pryor, OK Rocklahoma ***
May 27, 2017 San Antonio, TX River City Rockfest ***
May 29, 2017 Colorado Springs, CO Broadmoor World Arena
May 31, 2017 Bozeman, MT Brick Breeden Fieldhouse
June 2, 2017 Edmonton, AB Rogers Place *
June 3, 2017 Calgary, AB Scotiabank Saddledome *
June 6, 2017 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena *
June 7, 2017 Spokane, WA Spokane Arena
June 9, 2017 Seattle, WA White River Amph
June 10, 2017 Portland, OR Moda Center
June 12, 2017 Fresno, CA Save Mart Center
June 14, 2017 Ontario, CA Citizens Bank Arena
June 16, 2017 San Diego, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre
June 17, 2017 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena
June 19, 2017 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre
June 21, 2017 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center **
June 22, 2017 St Louis, MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
June 24, 2017 Chicago, IL Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre^
June 25, 2017 Indianapolis, IN Klipsch Music Center
* Def Leppard only
** Def Leppard and Poison only, no Tesla
*** Def Leppard festival dates
^ Green Bay, WI and Chicago, IL on sale February 10

The Michael Jackson History Show: Artscape Opera House from 19 – 29 Jan

Showtime Australia presents this spectacular music tribute and full-scale stage production honouring the one and only King of Pop, Michael Jackson.

Celebrate Jackson’s creative genius and unsurpassed talent with riveting live performances spanning his entire catalogue including Thriller, Billie Jean, Smooth Criminal, Bad, Beat It, ABC, Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough, Human Nature, PYT, They Don’t Really Care About Us and many more.

Get the full Michael Jackson concert experience with accomplished impersonator Dantanio – electrifying in his role as Jackson – plus a live band, choreographed dancers, authentic costumes, state-of-the-art sound and theatrical lighting, vision and effects.

“The ultimate tribute to the King of Pop…”

Exclusive interview with Arno Carstens prior to his Franschhoek Cellar show Sunday 15 January at 3pm

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Arno Carstens

Happy New Year and what better way to get 2017 started than chatting to the amazing Arno Carstens who only last week was on M Net on Sunday night (8 Jan) with Arno and friends and fresh from that show is at the Franshhoek Cellar this Sunday from 3pm.

Arno is a Platinum selling, award winning, singer-songwriter who has released 12 albums He’s had over 20 top ten singles and won 5 SAMA Awards. We caught up with him over a cup of coffee last week

How are you?

I am well. Kind of ready for 2017 the adventures, curve balls, highs and lows. Bring it on and lets see.

What does music mean to you?

It’s been the backbone to my existence for many years and its not done with me yet.

Any Purple Rain moments?

Since Prince died I have been doing that song every now and then. I have been a massive fan of Prince and Bowie for many years so 2016 will always be remembered as the great cull regarding musicians.

Your hero’s?

They come and go but the legacies remain. They kind of shape your youth and give comfort when you get older. I am a fan of many I consider myself rich in that regards.

Life in Cape Town?

This question reminds me of something someone said to me about Stellenbosch.

Living in Cape Town is like living in a fool’s paradise. Being a fool is a small price to pay for living in some kind of paradise.

It’s your round what are you drinking?

It’s the last drink of the night so everyone gets a litre of water to take to there rooms.

The song you wished you wrote?

“ Slave to love” by Bryan Ferry

But there are so many other songs I love and am jealous off.

Dream gig to do?

That will be the still to be discovered breathless venue with bunch musical friends where music and sound compliment the scenery and atmosphere.

What makes you stand out?

A good interactive or appreciative audience makes parts of my body glow in the dark.


Arri or Cassi or Klein Jos

If you were not a musician what would you do?

A Struggling fine artist.

Pick five words to describe your band?

Of the cuff brilliance.

5 Desert Island Discs?

It will be a compilation of many artist including Harry Belafonte, Friendly Fires and many more.

Greatest Movie Ever Made?

Meet Joe Black

Who do you love?

My family.

What does the usual mean?

Feeling healthy and content or not at all, the usual is in constant fluctuation.

Favorite Fashion Garment

Vintage Garments and Kilts

Give us some slang

Sharp my Bra.

Do you have famous phone numbers on your phone?

If you mean the numbers of socially awkward people then yes.

What do you complain about most often?

Life, but it’s also the thing I celebrate most.

What is your fear?

Total health and financial failure being unable to take care of my family.

Happiness is?

A Blissful moment in time where nothing else matters.

On stage I tend to?

Loose control every now and then it sometimes works and sometimes bombs but am still working on fine-tuning the performance thing.

What are you doing next?

Id like to see Springbok Nude Girls doing something this year also I’m working on an art exhibition.


Arno Carstens at Franschhoek Cellar this Sunday 15 January at 3pm

Don’t forget Arno Carstens this Sunday at Franschhoek Cellar for a fantastic climax to a wonderful season of sell out shows.
The cellar has hosted Prime Circle ,Watershed ,and Ard Matthews and this show on Sunday with Arno is sure to be a sellout.

Franschhoek Country house and Villas are also on board and the PA is provided by Paul Bothner Music.

The host of the show in non other than James Stewart former lead singer of the band the Usual

James now has a wonderful solo career as a singer songwriter and last year took part in the first ever

BMI songwriting camp held in Cape Town in September in conjunction with Music Exchange the annual global music conference based
in Cape Town

Book at Webtickets and the show starts at 3pm in the Cellar with lunch being served from 12noon on the terrace.

Ticket price for the show excludes the lunch.

U2 to tour with The Joshua Tree Tour 2017in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the band’s classic album


– Tour Kicks Off In North America On May 12 with European Dates Starting July 8

– U2 Confirmed for Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival–Band’s First Ever U.S. Festival Headline Appearance

– Tickets On Sale Starting January 16 in Europe & January 17 in North America –

– U2 Subscriber Exclusive Pre-Sale Access Starts January 11 –

“The title befits a record that concerns itself with resilience in the face of utter social and political desolation…The Joshua Tree is an appropriate response to these times, and a picture bleaker than any U2 has ever painted: a vision of blasted hopes, pointless violence and anguish… Music of great sadness but also of unutterable compassion, acceptance and calm.” – Rolling Stone, 1987

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 9, 2017 – Live Nation today announced that U2 will return to select stadiums this year with U2: The Joshua Tree Tour 2017, in celebration of the 30thanniversary of the band’s classic album. Each show will include a performance of The Joshua Tree in its entirety, with support from one of a number of special guests including Mumford & Sons, OneRepublic and The Lumineers in North America and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds in Europe.

Released to universal acclaim on March 9th,1987 and featuring hit singles “With Or Without You”,”I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” and “Where The Streets Have No Name”, The Joshua Tree was U2’s first #1 album in the U.S., topping the charts globally including the U.K. and Ireland, selling in excess of 25 million albums worldwide, and catapulting Bono, The Edge, Adam Claytonand Larry Mullen Jr “… from heroes to superstars” (Rolling Stone). Time Magazine put U2 on its cover in April 1987, proclaiming them “Rock’s Hottest Ticket” in a defining year for the band that saw their arena dates roll into stadium shows to accommodate escalating demand – setting them on course to become one of the greatest live acts in the world today. The 12 months that followed saw the band create now-iconic moments: the traffic-stopping Grammy Award-winning music video on the roof of a Los Angeles liquor store, winning a BRIT Award and two Grammys – including Album of the Year – their first of 22 received to date, distinguishing U2 as the most awarded rock band in Grammy history.

U2’s fifth studio album The Joshua Tree was produced by Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois, and featured iconic artwork which cemented the career of photographer and director Anton Corbijn. Recording took place in Dublin at Windmill Lane Studios and Danesmoate, the house which subsequently became bassist Adam Clayton’s home.

“It seems like we have come full circle from when The Joshua Tree songs were originally written, with global upheaval, extreme right wing politics and some fundamental human rights at risk. To celebrate the album – as the songs seem so relevant and prescient of these times too – we decided to do these shows, it feels right for now. We’re looking forward to it.” – The Edge

“Recently I listened back to The Joshua Tree for the first time in nearly 30 years… it’s quite an opera. A lot of emotions which feel strangely current, love, loss, broken dreams, seeking oblivion, polarisation… all the greats… I’ve sung some of these songs a lot… but never all of them. I’m up for it, if our audience is as excited as we are… it’s gonna be a great night.”- Bono

“We are off to play a few shows with U2! It’s the 30th anniversary of The Joshua Tree – one of the greatest albums ever made, in our opinion, and something well worth a good celebration. It’s a record that did so much for us all when we discovered it individually and if ever a record stands the test of time it’s that one. So when the lads gave us a call to invite us to play a few gigs opening for them it was our great honour to accept. It’s gonna be such a good few nights… ” – Mumford & Sons

“I can remember covering the U2 song “One” in bars back in NYC 10 years ago, with Jer on drums. A lot has changed since then, but still – I NEVER thought we’d get the chance to open for such a legendary band, on such a legendary album – The Joshua Tree. Their songs are so timeless and transcendent, it’s impossible to imagine a time when they didn’t exist. That type of songwriting has always been the mountaintop for us – songs that can transcend generations.” – Wesley Schultz, The Lumineers

“The Joshua Tree is the first album I ever heard from U2 because it came out when I had just started my love affair with music as a young kid… it’s the album that made me want to write songs and start a band. Joining them for this tour will be the experience of a lifetime, leaving the bucket list fully checked.” – Ryan Tedder, OneRepublic

“It will be both a pleasure and an honour to play my part in what still remains the greatest show on earth.” – Noel Gallagher

Following the groundbreaking iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour’s arena shows in 2015, U2: The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 will see the band return to the stadium stage for the first time since 2009-2011’s record-shattering U2 360° Tour, the most successful tour in history seen by over 7.3 million fans worldwide.

U2: The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 will kick off in Vancouver on 12th May for a run of dates across North America and Europe, and will include U2’s first ever U.S. festival headline appearance at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival this summer, as well as a hometown show in Dublin’s Croke Park on 22nd July.

Tickets for the U2: The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 are on sale Monday, January 16th in Ireland, the UK and Europe and Tuesday, January 17th in the US and Canada. As usual, there is an exclusive priority presale for U2 Subscribers at from Wednesday, January 11th (9am) through Friday, January 13th (5pm) local times. Tickets will be general admission on the floor and reserved seating in the stands. There will be a 4 ticket limit for subscriber purchases and a 6 ticket limit commencing with public sales. In North America, all floor tickets will be paperless unless otherwise noted.

U2: The Joshua Tree Tour is produced by Live Nation Global Touring. UPS is the Official Logistics Provider of the tour.

For complete tour and ticket information, visit: &


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Arno Carstens at Franschhoek Cellar this Sunday 15 January at 3pm

Don’t forget Arno Carstens this Sunday at Franschhoek Cellar for a fantastic climax to a wonderful season of sell out shows.
The cellar has hosted Prime Circle ,Watershed ,and Ard Matthews and this show on Sunday with Arno is sure to be a sellout.

Book at Webtickets and the show starts at 3pm in the Cellar with lunch being served from 12noon on the terrace.

Ticket price for the show excludes the lunch.

: George Michael by Bob Lefsetz

The holidays are a bitch.

It’s the same media disconnect we experienced with the election. The stories say one thing, the truth is another. We read about all the shiny, happy people sitting around the fire surrounded by their loved ones and we wonder what happened to us, alone, or tolerating those we are related to by blood.

My source says it’s suicide. And I’m believing that. Because the odds of dying at 53 on Christmas Day are infinitesimal. But does it make a difference? He was here and now he’s gone. He entertained us but it did not make him happy, it did not solve all his problems, yet the music lives on, hermetically sealed, evidence of a different day when Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou could do no wrong, when he dominated, when the music he made not only soothed our souls, but was grease for our bodies to…

That’s when Wham! first resonated for me. I woke up after the first night with my ex-wife and “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go” was playing on the MTV. When that channel defined the culture, with a power not seen since. We Americans were still trying to figure out the transition from classic rock. We thought we killed disco, but we did not know what came next. Then the Brits came along and stole our lunch, not only Soft Cell and Human League, but Culture Club and George Michael. The sensibility was different. It was not about being coolly attached to what once was, but throwing out the baby with the bathwater and starting anew. Pop was no longer a dirty word. Synthesizers were as important as guitars. Limits were being tested and the acts seemed to be having so much fun, we found them irresistible.

And the winners, like Wham!, were bigger stars than ever before. Their clips played around the world, where they could tour and become even more famous and ever more rich and the rumor was that Andrew Ridgeley was just a pretty face and George Michael was the real talent and in 1987 George dropped his first solo album and therein started a juggernaut wherein he became the biggest star in the world. Michael Jackson had already peaked, with “Off The Wall,” with “Thriller.” It was now 1987. And…

Suddenly we all had faith.

Music, when done right, is undeniable. It doesn’t matter what the critics say, it doesn’t matter what you believed yesterday, it doesn’t matter what your friends have to say, you’re immediately infected, the sound just makes you feel good, puts a smile on your face, makes you glad to be alive.

The title track jitterbugged through your brain, a rhythm that got your limbs twitching, with a vocal that yanked you out of your seat and took you along for a ride wherein…

You were fully realized, you were your best self, the definitive exponent being “I Want Your Sex.” This was not Madonna begging for our love, we jumped right in, feet first, we couldn’t get enough of this.

The truth is no matter how much money you’ve got, that does not mean you can have a satisfying relationship, a good sex life, arguably it’s worse if you’re famous, because you can’t be sure of another’s motives, whether they love you for your status or…

That’s something George Michael had to battle for decades. You think you make it and all your problems will be solved. But the truth is they’re just beginning. You can never recover your anonymity, oftentimes you’re not built for your dreams, and when your sexual preference does not square with societal mores…

But he couldn’t be gay, could he? He was so self-confident, so sexy in those clips, with all those women… Some didn’t care, some didn’t believe, but deep inside George Michael knew who he was.

But the hits from “Faith” kept coming. “Monkey” is what Bruno Mars is doing now, only George Michael did it three decades ago, he created the blueprint.

And then there’s my personal favorite, “Father Figure”… With George as a cab driver… He could do gravitas too. He was three-dimensional. He could not be dismissed.

And then…

He sued Sony.

The judge said no, my sources said yes, that the allegations were true.

But it doesn’t matter. Michael was out of the scene for too long, his label was no longer behind him, and if you think you can make it with non-believers, if you think you can make it with nobody at all, you’ve never been inside the belly of the beast, you’ve never been in the fame game.

Very few succeed. It’s a team effort. Talent is not enough.

It was over.

He made more records. But after some initial disappointments the public moved on. And then there was the arrest in Beverly Hills and in time, all George Michael was left with was his fame and his money, and that’s just not enough.

No one is bigger than the machine. The record business had to teach George Michael a lesson. And this is the end result, he’s gone. The perp is making money off his music and George…

Will be six feet under.

The well-adjusted do not succeed. We are not looking for normal people. We’re looking for those willing to sacrifice everything to reflect our humanity back upon us, to satiate us, to make us whole.

Like George Michael.

He needed to create. In a world where there’s no path. This is not engineering, this is not medicine. While the rest of the world jumps through the hoops to get to a safe place, our artists walk into the wilderness without a safety net and out of thin air create diamonds that shine forever. How do they do this? Lord only knows. If the label could figure it out, they would, because they hate dealing with the mercurial, unpredictable artists who have to do it their way. But history is littered with stories where the artists knew best. But today, the fat cats want to buy insurance, they want you to co-write, use their go-to people, because the investment is too great and they don’t like the odds.

But when George Michael started he didn’t care about the odds. He didn’t care about being ripped-off, he just needed to do it. With a desire so strong that he broke through, his name was on everybody’s lips.

And then it fell off.

I don’t know what gets you through. Maybe you’re lucky, maybe you’ve got a significant other, a family, a friend, who understands you, who will be there for you. But the rest of us…

We’re on our own. Oftentimes putting one foot in front of the other is oh-so-difficult. And the only thing that gets us through, that keeps us keepin’ on is…


We put on a record, we feel the artist understands us, is speaking just to us, that there’s someone in the world who gets us, and if we keep soldiering on our lives will work out.

That’s what George Michael represented.

Alas, it didn’t work out so well for him. Who you gonna turn to when you’ve made it to the mountaintop and all you’re surrounded by is sycophants and naysayers? Your productions are set in amber, but you’ve got to keep on livin’ every day. You might think it’s easy, then again, you never cut an album that sold 20 million copies.

This is a story that occurs far too often. We lionize those we kill.

In this case was it the sexuality, the lawsuit, or something deep inside George, the same thing that allowed him to make this music, is that what kept him unhappy?

I don’t know.

But your job is to hold on. To know that despite being in the depths today, you can be surprised tomorrow. I’m not saying everything works out, but I am saying life is worth living. One laugh can make your whole day.

Did George Michael not get proper help? Was it a momentary thing, just one night of depression or debauchery? We’ll learn more, but we’ll never get the whole truth. Because life is a mystery. You’re doing well if you know yourself, you can’t possibly truly understand another human being.

But we try.

It’s too late to save George Michael from falling, but know he did it for you. To see your reaction, to see the effect of his music upon you, that’s why they all do it, the money is secondary.

Music is about freedom. In a world where we’re being told what to do constantly, where the haves are making war on the have-nots, where ignorance rules, we must look to artists for guidance, for a way out.

Let George Michael be our father figure.

Let him illustrate that the chains are in your mind, that you can pivot, that you can be the real you.

Don’t let the sun go down on you.

Because losing everything is what happened to George Michael.

And that just isn’t right.

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