Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott Reflects on ‘Hysteria’

As band releases 30th anniversary box set, singer explains how they fused rock with pop and made a modern masterpiece. The story of Def Leppard’s Hysteria – the monolithic pop-metal record that defined the latter part of the Eighties – reads like Homeric odyssey. The four-year gap between their 1983 mainstream breakthrough Pyromania and the release of the album was marked by tumultuous behind-the-scenes drama – including the exit and return of production genius Mutt Lange – completely rewritten songs and coping with the aftermath […]

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Athleisure Is Music’s Newest Tour Merch

Leggings, the elastic waist and spandex-centric pants. All were once relegated to the gym, yoga studio or spin class, but have stretched to encompass a whole new audience: concert goers. Bands and artists like Phantogram, Linkin Park, Zedd, Slayer, AC/DC and KISS have begun selling leggings at their shows and on their websites. Licensing merchandising companies like Epic Rights and Araca Group work with their clients to create special patterns, delving deeper into design. “Nobody is going to wear t-shirt […]

Céline Dion Lifestyle Collection to Debut at Nordstrom

The Grammy- and Oscar-winning diva has partnered with Nordstrom to launch her eponymous lifestyle collection in the U.S. in August. Nordstrom has snagged a ticket to Céline Dion. The singing diva, who unveiled her lifestyle brand at Project in February, has linked with the Seattle-based retailer to debut the fall 2017 collection at all its stores and online in August. The affordable handbags, luggage and small accessories collection has about 100 pieces, including the signature handbag that is part of […]

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The Last Hair-Metal Band: Inside Poison’s Never-Ending Party

Rolling Stone tagged along on Poison’s recent tour to find out how Bret Michaels & Co. turned a string of Eighties hits into a never-ending party. Inside a room inside an arena in Manchester, New Hampshire, the guys from the ancient Eighties hair band Poison are going about the rigors of the traditional meet-and-greet with fans, all of them putting on a good, enthusiastic show but only one of them really flinging his heart and soul into it. That would be […]

Dell Furano: The Guy Who Made Concert Tees Cool Looks Back

“Go talk to Dell.” Those four words, uttered by legendary promoter Bill Graham, changed the course of Epic Rights founder and ­merchandising pioneer Dell Furano’s career. It was the early 1970s, and Furano was taking a year off to learn the concert business before heading to law school. He was employed at Graham’s renowned 5,500-seat Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco, where he had worked part time during his ­undergrad years at Stanford University. The then-wife of Grateful Dead drummer Bill […]

Watch: Celine Dion’s Heart-Wrenching Performance at 2017 Billboard Music Awards

Celine Dion marked the 20th anniversary of her heart-wrenching love song, “My Heart Will Go On,” by performing from inside a mile-high chandelier that hung from the venue’s ceiling at Sunday night’s (May 21) 2017 Billboard Music Awards. As it elevated, so did Dion’s vocals. While she sang the emotive lyrics, scenes from Titanic — including the iconic kiss shared between Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet on the bow of the doomed ship — played on the screen behind her. As the song reached its emotional climax, shimmering lights […]

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Available Now: Aerosmith-Themed Online Slot Game From ZYNGA

According to Licensing.biz, Zynga has released an Aerosmith-themed slot game as part of its “Hit It Rich!” series. The free-to-play game, which is available on the app store for iPhone and iPad and on Google Play for Android devices, combines casino-style graphics and sounds with some of Aerosmith’s best-known classics. “Zynga has taken the personality and attitude of Aerosmith and translated it into a mobile game experience,”Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry said in a press release. “The social aspect is very cool. I […]

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Chris Stapleton & Kevin Bacon Rewrite ZZ Top’s “Legs” On The Tonight Show

Late-night TV performances by Chris Stapleton are becoming a can’t-miss event, especially as he unveils live versions of the songs on his new album From A Room: Volume 1. The songwriter appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Monday night to sing the smoldering “I Was Wrong.” (Watch the video below.) But he also gamely joined the host and guest star Kevin Bacon in a ZZ Top-themed skit – donning an even-longer-than-usual beard. In the latest installment of […]

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Chris Rock talks His New Tour and Starting Over

After a bitter divorce, and frustrated with Hollywood, Chris Rock wondered if he could still kill – so he’s spending a year on the road finding out. Last October, Chris Rock drove from his New Jersey home to Greenwich Village’s Comedy Cellar and slipped inside undetected. The Comedy Cellar charges patrons $24 to see anonymous comics, with the unspoken tease that you might see Louis C.K. or Amy Schumer working on new material. Tonight was no different. The patrons sipped […]

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Looking Back: The Illustrious Career of Celine Dion

Near, far, wherever you are, you know the voice of Celine Dion. The Canadian superstar has sold nearly 250 million albums in a career spanning more than 35 years. Dion moved a boatload of those albums—roughly 50 million—in 1997 and ‘98, when her song “My Heart Will Go On” had fans of the blockbuster film Titanic leaving theaters singing, “Near, far, wherever you are…” in between sobs. The chart-topping mega-ballad appeared on the Titanic soundtrack and Dion’s own Let’s Talk […]

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Def Leppard, Poison & Tesla Kick Off Tour

    Def Leppard, Poison and Tesla have started their 2017 summer tour, which marked its first date April 8 at the SNHU Arena in Manchester, N.H. This year’s trek is scheduled to continue through late June, with Def Leppard appearing at all 38 tour stops, including four festival shows and four solo dates. Poison is set to join them at the other 30 dates, marking the first time the band’s four original members have played onstage together in over […]

Aerosmith Headlines NCAA Music Festival

Epic Rights client Aerosmith is set to headline the 2017 NCAA March Madness Music Festival in conjunction with the 2017 NCAA Men’s Final Four.   NCAA and Turner Live Events, alongside official NCAA corporate champions Coca-Cola and Capital One recently announced a selection of A-list acts performing at the 2017 NCAA March Madness Music Festival.  The three-day, free music festival, annually produced by Turner Live Events, will make its way to Margaret T. Hance Park in Phoenix this year as part […]

KISS: Bicycle Now Available

Those masters of merchandising have done it again! Whenever you’re “hotter than hell,” you can now cool off by going for a spin on an officially licensed KISS bicycle. The band has teamed up with Sciacallo Bikes to provide those interested with options for customizing their own KISS bicycle. The black-and-white frame features the iconic KISS logo, while the back rim has the four make-up schemes and lightning bolts. The carbon-fiber KISS road bike allows the purchaser to have a […]

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