The first episode of DEF LEPPARD‘s “Stories So Far”, in which singer Joe Elliott talks about the making of the band’s iconic track “Pour Some Sugar On Me”, can be seen below.

Released in 1988, “Pour Some Sugar On Me” peaked at No. 2 on Billboard‘s Top 100 singles chart and started an explosion of over a million copies of the “Hysteria” album to be shipped in a single day.

As previously reported, DEF LEPPARD will release a brand new greatest-hits collection titled “The Story So Far – The Best Of”, on November 30. It will be available in multiple configurations: a 2-CD set comprised of 35 tracks, 1-CD set comprised of 17 tracks, 2-LP vinyl, and digital. Among a blockbuster tracklisting loaded with timeless smashes, all four versions feature three new songs, including the official recording of the band’s recent fan favorite DEPECHE MODE cover “Personal Jesus”, “Rock On (Remix)” and the original holiday song “We All Need Christmas”. As a bonus for collectors, the first pressing vinyl copies of “The Story So Far” feature an exclusive seven-inch single of “Personal Jesus” and “We All Need Christmas”.

“The Story So Far” track listing:

Disc 1

01. Animal
02. Photograph
03. Pour Some Sugar On Me
04. Love Bites
05. Let’s Get Rocked
06. Armaggedon It
07. Foolin’
08. Two Steps Behind
09. Heaven Is
10. Rocket
11. Hysteria
12. Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad
13. Make Love Like A Man
14. Action
15. When Love & Hate Collide
16. Rock of Ages
17. Personal Jesus

Disc 2

01. Let’s Go
02. Promises
03. Slang
04. Bringin’ On The Heartbreak
05. Rock On (Radio Remix)
06. Nine Lives (feat. Tim McGraw)
07. Work It Out
08. Stand Up
09. Dangerous
10. Now
11. Undefeated
12. Tonight
13. C’Mon C’Mon
14. Man Enough
15. No Matter What
16. All I Want Is Everything
17. It’s All About Believing
18. Kings Of The World

British extreme metallers CRADLE OF FILTH will return to North America once again to promote their latest album, “Cryptoriana – The Seductiveness Of Decay”. For the second leg of its North American onslaught, the band has enlisted industrial/metal shock rocker WEDNESDAY 13 as well as theatrical metal newcomers RAVEN BLACK.

Comments CRADLE OF FILTH vocalist Dani Filth: “As a band, we are very much looking forward to the upcoming second leg of our U.S./Canadian ‘Cryptoriana’ world tour. The first, at the beginning of last year, was such a success that we decided to come back armed with a bigger, better show coupled with two awesome bands in support. We can’t wait to bring the noise back to our favorite hunting ground! Ia! Ia! Cthulhu Fhtagn!”

A special BLABBERMOUTH.NET presale for most of the shows will begin on Thursday, November 29 at 10:00 a.m. local time and end on Thursday, November 29 at 10:00 p.m. local time. When prompted, type in the presale code “BLABBER” to access tickets before the general public. (Note: Individual ticketing links will be added to this page before the presale launch on Thursday, November 29.)

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, November 30 at 10:00 a.m. local time.

Mar. 07 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
Mar. 08 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
Mar. 09 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
Mar. 11 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
Mar. 12 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
Mar. 14 – Billings, MT – Pub Station Ballroom
Mar. 15 – Calgary, AB – Marquee
Mar. 16 – Edmonton, AB – Starlight Room
Mar. 18 – Winnipeg, MB – Burton Cummings Theatre
Mar. 20 – Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theatre
Mar. 21 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
Mar. 22 – Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
Mar. 24 – Grand Rapids, MI – Intersection
Mar. 25 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
Mar. 26 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
Mar. 27 – Toronto, ON – Opera House
Mar. 29 – Guelph, ON – Guelph Concert Theatre
Mar. 30 – Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre
Mar. 31 – Quebec City, QC – L’Imperial Bell
Apr. 01 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
Apr. 02 – Huntington, NY – Paramount Theater
Apr. 03 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
Apr. 05 – Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony
Apr. 06 – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
Apr. 07 – Newport News, VA – Boathouse Live
Apr. 09 – Greensboro, NC – Cone Denim Entertainment Center
Apr. 10 – Charleston, SC – Music Farm
Apr. 12 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
Apr. 13 – Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall
Apr. 14 – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
Apr. 15 – San Antonio, TX – Aztec Theatre
Apr. 17 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
Apr. 18 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues

Released in September 2017, “Cryptoriana – The Seductiveness Of Decay” was recorded at Grindstone Studios, Suffolk, U.K. by Scott Atkins, who has been the resident go-to producer for CRADLE OF FILTH for several albums.

Earlier in the year, Filth told Rock Sins that CRADLE OF FILTH has commenced writing material for the follow-up to “Cryptoriana – The Seductiveness Of Decay” album. “We’ve got some really good ideas and we need to sit down and work on them, but they’re really fresh and exciting; I’m excited by it,” he said. “Obviously it’s going to be very different from the last two records. I think we pushed that envelope as far as we could go, and I think the next one is going to be a bit of an eye opener. I think we are going to do a lot more shorter songs, and we are going to experiment a lot more, but I think there’s going to be a lot of things where people go, ‘Fuck me! That’s intense!’ I mean, we know what works. Like when we were on Sony and everybody was expecting us to be the next BACKSTREET BOYS and we brought out a 78-minute-long album that was literally falling off the edge of the CD, that was probably the most extreme thing we ever did and I’m proud of that, and I’m proud of the fact that we spent £180, 000 on the album [laughs] and got this massive orchestra because I think that was the last time any money was spent in an extreme market, on being that exotic, and I’m all about that.”

Asked what it is about the current CRADLE OF FILTH lineup that makes it so special, Dani said: “It’s because everyone is so into the band and there’s no egos; we treat each other like idiots and with respect. We spend a lot of time together. Tonight I’m going to stay at Rich‘s [Richard Shaw, guitar]. Lindsay [Schoolcraft, keyboards] has been there for a week, then we’re going to go walking around mountains with him in the summer. We just spend a lot of time together. When we write, we go over to the Czech Republic. I stayed over at Lindsay‘s in Oshawa in Canada. We’re just good friends. It’s kind of like a Trivial Pursuit piece — everyone has their own little triangle and it forms a good hub. I mean, the whole ego thing, that fact that people can talk to each and see the benefits we get, everybody is available to do stuff.

“There was always this whole miasma about me being a tyrant, and it never was — it was always people making that up, because they couldn’t get their views across and I don’t know why,” he added. “And now everybody is cool with each other, everyone’s got their own place and everyone knows what they’re doing. People come up with great ideas and you go, ‘Fucking hell! That’s great. We’ve gotta do that,’ whoever comes up with it, so we’re comfortable with ourselves.”

DREAM THEATER keyboardist Jordan Rudess will perform a two-piano classical concert event with his longtime Juilliard school friend, pianist Judith Lynn Stillman, on Saturday, December 15 at Sapinsley Hall in Providence, Rhode Island. They will be playing the greats: Mozart, Brahms and a special treat for DREAM THEATER fans.

“It’s taken a lot of shredding, I mean practicing, leading up to this special evening, with so much new repertoire to learn, but I am beyond thrilled to be taking the stage with my dear friend, Judith Lynn Stillman,” Jordan said in a statement. “We met in the ’70s when we were piano students in Juilliard’s pre-college division. Through the years, although our careers have taken very different paths, we have stayed connected in our shared love of the piano. We have literally been devoted to mastering the piano for more than 50 years each. At the very least, come to this concert to witness what that level of commitment to the piano sounds like!!”

Saturday, December 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Sapinsley Hall
Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
600 Mt. Pleasant Avenue
Providence, RI 02908

Tickets can be purchased at this location.

Rudess recently embarked on a three-continent solo piano tour, “From Bach To Rock”, featuring the music of DREAM THEATER reimagined for the piano. The trek began on November 12 with performances in Japan, Taibei and Singapore, followed by seven shows in Australia and New Zealand and five shows in Argentina, Chile and Brazil.

In a recent interview with The Rockpit, Jordan spoke about how he first discovered rock music. “Well, when I was really little and really focusing on classical, I also was aware of things like THE BEATLES and had a bunch of the old 45 records,” he said. “I didn’t have a chance to really dive into that and get seriously into it; I was just into the fringe of the whole thing. But as I got older into being a teenager, then I had friends who would turn me on to some stuff they thought I would love, which I did, like GENESIS, YES and GENTLE GIANT, EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER, and those things had a huge influence. The thing that really led me astray from the classical way was listening to EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER‘s ‘Tarkus’ album; that was a huge influence in my life. I loved that album — I thought it was amazing — and it kind of made me think there was something more beyond classical that I wanted to really know about.”

DREAM THEATER‘s 14th studio album, “Distance Over Time”, will be released on February 22, 2019. The disc marks the first for the band’s new label InsideOut Music. The artwork was created by longtime cover collaborator Hugh Syme (RUSH, IRON MAIDEN, STONE SOUR). “Distance Over Time” was produced by guitarist John Petrucci, mixed by Ben Grosse and mastered by Tom Baker.