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Real Rock News ‘Leftovers’ for August 11, 2017

Joe Elliott, Scott Stapp, Cliff Burton, Lindsey Buckingham + more

Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott recently spoke with Forbes magazine about the just-released 30th anniversary edition of Hysteria. In light of the recent suicides of Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington, he was also asked about the pressures of fame. Elliott said, "The path to rock and roll glory is littered with casualties. I don’t give advice because what works for me wouldn’t work for you, wouldn’t work for Chris Cornell, wouldn’t work for Chester Bennington... It’s not like the great Joe Elliott speaks and everybody goes, 'I want to stop taking drugs now.’ "When you look at our band we’ve got two casualties, we lost Pete Willis to alcohol, but he didn’t die. We lost Steve Clarke to alcohol and he did. Then you look at somebody like [Def Leppard guitarist] Phil Collen who’s 30 years sober, 26 years a vegetarian or the other way around ... he’s like the fittest almost 60-year-old man you’ll ever meet... So advice, to me, is a minefield."

Scott Stapp hopes that the deaths of Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington will lead people to take mental illness more seriously. The Creed singer told the Longview News Journal that he wasn't close to either man "but I definitely had a tremendous amount of respect for both of them and admired their work and felt connected to what their struggles were, because my struggles have been the same.” He added, "It's really not in their control. It's a disease just like cancer. Hopefully, with the string of deaths, it just raises awareness and people aren't so judgmental and make mockery of people who are suffering whether they are celebrities, friends or family members.” Stapp, whose struggles with mental illness and substance abuse have been well documented, also said, "I think the mental illness conversation is something that we all need to get more knowledgeable about and have more compassion about and less judgment, and realize it's a serious disease and treat it as such."

The sales of three Metallica albums are helping out a music school. Ray Burton, the 92-year-old father of the band's late bassist Cliff Burton, takes the royalty checks he receives from Kill Em All, Ride the Lightning and Master of Puppets and donates them to fund a music scholarship at Castro Valley High School in Castro Valley, California. It's the school Cliff Burton attended before joining Metallica. Ray Burton told the Metallica podcast Alphabetallica, "The kids that have won it thank me for it. I think Cliff probably would have done that with his money, because he was not against education by any means. He liked it very much.”

Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie have just announced a 22-date fall leg in support of their self-titled album. As it stands now, the duo, who received raves for their first string of dates apart from Fleetwood Mac, will launch the leg on October 14th in San Jose, California at City National Civic and wrap things up on November 16th in Sugar Land, Texas at Smart Financial Centre At Sugar Land. This time out, Buckingham and McVie will play multiple cities in California, Texas, and Florida -- while making a substantial swing through the Midwest including St. Louis on October 28th.

Ringo Starr shed light on his latest solo team-up with Paul McCartney on his upcoming album, called Give More Love, set for release on September 15th. McCartney is featured on two songs on the set -- the rocker, "We're On The Road Again” and the ballad, "Show Me The Way." Ringo explained to Rolling Stone how he got the mini-Beatles reunion to happen: "I just called him up and said, 'I got this song called 'Show Me the Way,' and I want you to play on it.' Because he is a really good friend of mine, he said he'd come to L.A. for it. It's about (my wife) Barbara. She shows me the way. I wanted it to be very personal. While he was there, he also played on 'We're On The Road Again.' That was very kind of him."

Billie Joe Armstrong posted a Throwback Thursday photo of himself on Instagram that's sure to have Green Day fans buzzing. It's a snapshot from 1977 of the then five-year-old singer at Fantasy Recording Studio in Berkeley, California, where he was actually cutting a record called "Look for Love." Sporting long curly blonde hair, Billie Joe stands between his vocal teacher, Mrs. Fiataroni, and the studio engineer. In the caption, he calls her an "amazing woman" who "basically taught me how to sing." He also points out that 16 years later, Green Day would record Dookie in the same studio. If you're curious about the single Billie Joe cut that day, you can watch it below. It's actually been posted there since 2011 and it's pretty amazing for a five-year-old. There's also an interview with him done right around the same time.

After celebrating a 4 week, #1 song with "Let You Down," Seether premiered a new video yesterday. "Betray and Degrade" is the second release from Poison the Parish. Seether is currently on the last leg of their North American tour, and in September, they will embark on their European tour. Russia, Germany, France, and the UK are included. In May, Poison the Parish debuted at #1 on Billboard's Hard Rock chart and is their seventh full-length studio album.

Mike Mushok hopes that last week's Staind reunion is a sign of things to come. The group did three songs last Friday at the end of singer Aaron Lewis' annual benefit concert in Florence, Massachusetts. It was their first performance in three years. Mushok told IRockRadio that they have been talking about doing shows again, but that the "timing needs to be right for it to happen.” Mushok would like any Staind comeback to include new music, but explained, "I don't think it's necessary for us to do a ten-song record. It's just so much work to get a good record done. [And albums] don't sell at all. You get the same bang for the buck if you put out one or three [songs], or whatever it is -- as long as it's great.” Mushok's Saint Asonia has a bunch of songs written for a new album. The band also has a producer picked out, but the project is on hold for a bit: Adam Gontier and his wife Jeanie are expecting their first child this month.

Live's debut album, Mental Jewelry, gets a deluxe reissue today with an unreleased studio track and a 1992 concert.

Kid Rock has lived up to his last name, but has also made a name for himself in country music. He just signed a new record deal in Nashville with BBR Music Group and their parent company BMG. He's not leaving the rock scene, but will be reaching out to both markets. The new label is set to release his next album, which follows 2015's First Kiss. So far, he has released two songs, "Po-Dunk," which Rolling Stone describes as a "Redneck anthem" and "Greatest Show on Earth." The latter is already a Top 20 song on the Media Base Active Rock chart. Kid Rock owns a home in Nashville and was most recently in the news when he started publicly toying with the idea of running for senate in his home state of Michigan.

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Def Leppard in concert on September 4, 2015 at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

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Def Leppard live at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre on September 4, 2015

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