Although the year is winding down, the music keeps rockin’ at AXS TV especially on Sun., Dec. 29 when Def Leppard takes over the network providing exclusive commentary throughout the day’s 12 hours of concerts, including the broadcast premiere of the DEF LEPPARD: VIVA! HYSTERIA concert at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT.
Famous for rock classics such as “Rock of Ages,” “Love Bites” and “Pour Some Sugar on Me,” the award-winning band released the concert film, DEF LEPPARD: VIVA! HYSTERIA, nationwide in theaters last October but now, fans will be able to watch it for the first time on broadcast TV. Filmed earlier this year at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, the concert includes a full, front-to-back, live performance of the 12-time platinum album Hysteria, along with many of the band’s greatest hits.
Viewers will hear firsthand from Def Leppard members, Rick Savage (bass), Joe Elliott (vocals), Rick Allen (drums), Phil Collen (guitar, vocals) and Vivian Campbell (guitar), as they provide behind-the-scenes commentary about their Hysteria album in custom interstitial wraps throughout the marathon.
DEF LEPPARD: VIVA! HYSTERIA is part of a marathon dubbed “Day of Hysteria,” that also includes the broadcast premiere of CHEAP TRICK AT BUDOKAN: THE 35th ANNIVERSARY PERFORMANCE – LIVE FROM THE EL REY THEATRE at 9:35 p.m. ET (6:35 p.m. PT). AXS TV was on hand to film this historic concert shot at Los Angeles’ El Rey Theatre last April. The GRAMMY® Award-winning band performed the identical set they previously played at their legendary show in Budokan, Japan, in 1978. The album, Cheap Trick at Budokan, catapulted the band to super stardom with such hit singles as “I Want You to Want Me,” and “Ain’t That a Shame.”
In addition to these two network premieres, the “Day of Hysteria” marathon also features other concerts such as NEW YORK DOLLS, BON JOVI – LOST HIGHWAY; SAMMY HAGAR AND FRIENDS; and KISS MONSTER WORLD TOUR: LIVE FROM EUROPE. To view a video clip about AXS TV’s “Day of Hysteria,” visit: http://bit.ly/18CeeZW
The schedule for AXS TV’s “DAY OF HYSTERIA” MARATHON is:
Sun., Dec. 29 (All Times Eastern)
1:30 p.m. NEW YORK DOLLS – The New York Dolls, pioneers of glam and punk rock, blast through a set of newer tunes as well as classics like “Jet Boy” and “Personality Crisis.”
2:35 p.m. BON JOVI, LOST HIGHWAY-THE CONCERT – After three impressive decades, Bon Jovi tirelessly continues to rock and roll. They deliver a high energy, rousing performance off the album Lost Highway. (Repeats at 7 p.m.)
3:40 p.m. ALICE COOPER LIVE AT MONTREUX – Alice Cooper’s live shows are legendary for their sense of Rock Theater and sheer visual spectacle. Underpinning the visual assault has always been a collection of some of the best rock songs around delivered by one of the all-time great front men. This show includes tracks from across his career including all the classics fans would expect.
5:25 p.m. SAMMY HAGAR AND FRIENDS ANNUAL CABO WABO BIRTHDAY BASH – Rock ‘n roll legend Sammy Hagar granted an all-access, VIP pass to AXS TV for his much-anticipated 24th Annual Cabo Wabo Birthday Bash at the Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The telecast features performances by Hagar and the Wabos as well as some of the Red Rocker’s illustrious friends, including Mana’s Alex Gonzalez, Montrose’s Denny Carmassi and Chickenfoot’s Michael Anthony. (Repeats at 4:30 a.m. ET)
7:00 p.m. BON JOVI, LOST HIGHWAY-THE CONCERT (Rebroadcast)
8:00 p.m. DEF LEPPARD: VIVA! HYSTERIA (PREMIERE) – Filmed over two nights this year at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas’s venue The Joint, this sold-out concert includes a full front-to-back live performance of Def Leppard’s 12-time platinum album Hysteria, along with many of the band’s greatest hits. (Repeats at 1:20 a.m.)
9:35 p.m. CHEAP TRICK AT BUDOKAN: THE 35th ANNIVERSARY PERFORMANCE – LIVE FROM THE EL REY THEATRE (PREMIERE) – The legendary quartet from Illinois became super stars due to the success of their 1978 album, Cheap Trick at Budokan. The band recently re-visited this historic concert, performing the exact set that they did 35 years ago, and AXS TV was there to tape it for fans to enjoy. This edited version is the broadcast premiere and includes their top hits like “I Want You To Want Me.” (Repeats at 2:55 a.m.)
11:15 p.m. KISS MONSTER WORLD TOUR: LIVE FROM EUROPE CONCERT – AXS TV was on the scene to tape KISS’ Zurich, Switzerland concert live last May. This edited concert featured new staging, lighting and pyrotechnics as part of the band’s performance. (Repeats at 1:30 a.m.).
ABOUT AXS TV
Bringing music back to television, AXS TV, launched in July of 2012 by visionary entrepreneur Mark Cuban, has created a one-of-a-kind, live television environment for entertainment and other cutting-edge trends. AXS TV delivers relevant, unpredictable and irreverent programming offering an unparalleled experience to a nationwide audience by presenting unfiltered, uncensored and uncut access to entertainers and their performances. “AXS TV Concerts,” indicative of the network’s dedication to music programming, crosses genres and international waters to deliver everything from stadium tours to club acts to tribute bands to some of the most anticipated festivals on the calendar, including the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the Stagecoach Festival in California and the British Summer Time at Hyde Park Festival. A roster of diverse and unique talent is also a hallmark of the network with shows hosted by Dan Rather, Tom Green and Art Mann; performances by artists such as Carrie Underwood, Maroon 5 and Billy Joel as well as the top comics working the circuit on the signature “Gotham Comedy Live.” Sports programming is led by “AXS TV Fights” which produces over 40 live mixed martial arts broadcasts a year in addition to the longest running weekly MMA news show on television, “Inside MMA.” The network is available in the United States via AT&T U-verse, Charter, Comcast/Xfinity, DIRECTV, DISH Network, Suddenlink, Verizon FiOS, and other TV providers. It is also distributed in Canada and the Caribbean. The network is spearheaded by a partnership including Mark Cuban, AEG, Ryan Seacrest Media, Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and CBS. For more information, visit the website, www.axs.tv; go to the Facebook page here and follow the company on Twitter, @axstv; on Instagram; Tumblr and YouTube.
ABOUT DEF LEPPARD
With more than 65 million albums sold worldwide and two prestigious Diamond Awards to their credit, Def Leppard–Joe Elliott (vocals), Phil Collen (guitar), Rick “Sav” Savage (bass), Vivian Campbell (guitar) and Rick Allen (drums)— continue to be one of the most important forces in rock music. Over the course of their career, the band has produced a series of classic groundbreaking albums that set the bar for generations of music fans and artists alike. The group’s spectacular live shows, filled with powerful melodic rock anthems, continue to sell out venues worldwide. Their epic live show and arsenal of hits have become synonymous with their name, leading Def Leppard to be heralded as an institution in both the music and touring industry.
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