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“Adrenalized: Life, Def Leppard, And Beyond” By Phil Collen With Chris Epting – SPECIAL BOOK SIGNING EVENT TO TAKE PLACE IN HUNTINGTON BEACH

Posted in books, classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , , on October 1, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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Who: PHIL COLLEN – Lead guitarist for the Legendary band DEF LEPPARD with
OC-Based writer, Chris Epting

What: Exclusive Book Signing and Q&A Event with Phil Collen

When: Monday October 19, 2015 7:00 PM

Where: Barnes & Noble – Huntington Beach
Bella Terra
7881 Edinger Ave. #110
Huntington Beach, CA 92647


Details: Phil Collen, lead guitarist of the legendary band Def Leppard, will discuss and sign his new memoir, Adrenalized: Life. Def Leppard, and Beyond. He’ll be joined by his co-author Chris Epting for a Q&A session. Chris Epting is an award-winning journalist and the author of 25 books.

In the mid-1980s, Def Leppard catapulted to rock n’ roll superstardom with their blockbuster album Pyromania – until tragedy threatened to put a quick end to their rocket ascent. Now, surviving lead guitarist Phil Collen reveals the truth behind the mythology of the band with his memoir ADRENALIZED: MY LIFE IN DEF LEPPARD AND BEYOND (Atria Books; October 27, 2015/ ISBN 9781476751658/ $26.00), setting the record straight in a rags-to-riches story populated with biggest names in music history.

A voyeuristic peek into the inner-sanctum of rock stardom, ADRENALIZED is more than the usual cautionary tale; Phil Collen – an unlikely rock star from the start — offers an inspirational portrait of self-discipline and human resilience.

Special Instructions:
This is a wristband event. Wristbands will be distributed beginning at 9:00AM on October 19 with the purchase of Adrenalized. Please call 714.897.8781 for more details.


Source: MAD Ink PR






Posted in books, classic rock, Hard Rock, Music, rock guitarists, rock music with tags , , , , on May 15, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Adrenalized - Phil Collen - autobiograpy - promo cover pic - 2015 -#0515MODL

(NEW YORK) – May 15, 2015. Atria Books has acquired North American and audio rights to a memoir by Phil Collen, lead guitarist for rock band Def Leppard for more than 30 years. ADRENALIZED: Life, Def Leppard, and Beyond, written with veteran journalist and author Chris Epting and scheduled for publication on October 27, is the first book written by a member of the group that holds claim to being one of only five rock bands with two original studio albums selling over 10 million copies in the U.S. Featuring personal, never-before-seen photos of Collen and his band mates on stage and off, Adrenalized is a fascinating account of the failures, triumphs, challenges, and rock-hard dedication it takes to make dreams come true.

“It’s fascinating for even me to look back at my life from working in a factory at 16 years old to eventually traveling the world selling over one hundred million records and all the experiences that come with that journey,” Collen says. “I realize that there is a constant evolution of ‘me’ that is still a work in progress even as I continue to be vital and dynamic in my same occupation for the past 35 years well into my late fifties.”

Def Leppard will be touring this summer with Styx and Tesla. The 48-date outing will kick off in Tampa, Fla., on June 23 and will wrap in Jacksonville., on Oct. 17.

The book was acquired by Atria’s Vice President and Editorial Director Peter Borland from Peter McGuigan at Foundry Literary+Media.

Phil Collen is the lead guitarist of the legendary rock band Def Leppard. He has been a vegetarian for thirty-one years, alcohol-free for twenty-eight years, and vegan for over four years, busting the myth of the classic rock star stereotype.

Atria Publishing Group is a division of Simon & Schuster, a part of the CBS Corporation. Simon & Schuster is a global leader in the field of general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for consumers of all ages, across all printed, electronic, and audio formats. Its divisions include Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, Simon & Schuster Audio, Simon & Schuster Online, and international companies in Australia, Canada, India, and the United Kingdom. For more information about Atria, visit our website at


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Some Metal and Rock ‘N Roll Thoughts – Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Posted in books, Death Metal, Metal, metal music, movies, Music, news, rock music, rock music news, weather, world news with tags , , , , , , , , on March 6, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Carnifex - Die Without Hope - promo cover pic - 2014

That CARNIFEX album cover is atop this post for a reason. I bought this new CARNIFEX CD, Die Without Hope, on Tuesday, March 4th. It’s the only CD I’ve bought in the past two weeks. Yes, this new CARNIFEX offering scorches, blazes, burns and tears apart my Metal soul, blah, blah, blah. I highly recommend it too.


As it stands now, I do solemnly believe we live in a world that is runneth over with countless governments and Hollywood fat cats that can give two shits about the people that continue to make them filthy rich. Let the U2 bands of the world sink in the same pitiful ship of arrogant fools that bow at the altar of the billionaires club. Those bands are far too gone; they can only relate to red carpets, narcissistic thought patterns and the plastic societies that they’ve succumbed to.

With so much bullshit going on around us, all over the planet, I hereby plead for all of us Metalheads, Hell Rats, Punks, Children Of The Damned, Bottom Feeders, Classic Rockers, Underground Dwellers and Fiends to UNITE like never before!

Music is our universal language and our passion; therefore, let’s continue to get along like we have been doing and show the artificial idiots of the world how real civility is conducted! Music inspiresMusic heals. Music unites. Music is a mystical force that can never be contained. Hallelujah and ring the Metal bell for peace.


With all of that said, I’d like to share with you all this very cool QUIET RIOT concert flyer for their June 13th, 2014 show:

Quiet Riot - St. Louis Mo - June 13 - 2014 - promo flyer

I love QUIET RIOT and appreciate this concert flyer. For those who might be offended, I make no apologies for being a red-blooded dude who digs art. Just take a long look at the endless line of violent and smutty movies coming out of Hollywood for the last several decades and this concert flyer pales (light years) in comparison. QUIET RIOT RULES.


This USA Winter of 2014 has broken countless weather records for freezing temperatures and snow totals; with many, many death related stories due to this Winter’s wrath. To tally all these bizarre Winter records here would probably take me 24 hours of non-stop keystroking. Electric, gas and fuel bills do not lie about non-stop freezing weather. From this Winter forward, the words greenhouse affects and climate change are filthy rotten words to me… and to think I practically jumped on board that dumb-ass bus of unfounded science!

Certainly, there will forever be meteorologists, scientists and misinformed individuals that live in the mild southern regions and Tropics that cling onto the idealistic view that Mother Earth is losing her polar caps. Everyone, build a bunker! Relocate to a base on the Moon! Maybe, perhaps, they should ALL read that classic children’s book about jumping to conclusions:

Chicken Little - childrens book - promo cover pic

Or these same champions of ozone depletion can watch the animated film:

Chicken Little - Walt Disney - movie poster - animated - #33908

Thank you for visiting, reading or hardly reading this post. Regardless, your visit will make the site stats increase on Metal Odyssey; resulting in my (hopefully) not being fired by my boss. Metal be thy name.


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Posted in books, classic rock, classic rock bands, Hard Rock, hard rock bands, Heavy Metal, heavy metal bands, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on August 30, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

Kiss - solo paperbacks - promo pic - 2013

KISS – Four tales featuring the individual fantasy persona of KISS on solo adventures are collected in this trade paperback.

The Four-Who-Are-One go it alone! The Demon, Starchild, Celestial, and Catman each get the spotlight shined on them in four individual tales by writers Chris Ryall and Tom Waltz, who are joined by artists Angel Medina, Tone Rodriguez, and Alan Robinson.

The KISS SOLO paperback is in stores everywhere now!


(Source: KISS)

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“Weird Al” Yankovic – Setting Sights On 7 Cities In 7 Days U.S. Book Signing Tour

Posted in books, children's books, comedians, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on May 30, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

Al Yankovic - My New Teacher And Me - promo cover pic

“Weird Al” Yankovic will be doing a whirlwind 7-cities-in-7-days U.S. tour next month – only this time instead of the stage he’ll be hitting bookstores, signing copies of his brand new children’s book My New Teacher and Me!

This marks Al’s second foray into children’s literature, after his 2011 New York Times best-selling picture book When I Grow Up.

My New Teacher and Me! once again features Billy, a small boy with a big imagination. Mr. Booth is his new teacher – a serious man with a strict lesson plan. When the irresistible force of Billy’s unrestrained creativity meets the immovable object of Mr. Booth’s fixed worldview, one thing is obvious: someone is going to learn a lot this school year!

Al Yankovic will be in person in the following cities signing copies of his new book:

Barnes & Noble – 2:00 PM
2100 North Snelling Ave.
Roseville, MN
(651) 639-9256

Blue Willow Bookshop – 5:00 PM
(281) 497-8675

Off-site location:
West Houston Community Center
725 Bateswood Drive
Houston, TX

Barnes & Noble – 6:00 PM
95 N. Moorland Road
Brookfield, WI
(262)7 96-8550

Anderson’s Bookshops – 7:00 PM
123 W Jefferson Ave.
Naperville, IL
(630) 355-2665

Joseph-Beth Booksellers – 7:00 PM
2692 Madison Rd.
Cincinnati, OH
(513) 396-8960

Quail Ridge Books & Music – 7:00 PM
3522 Wade Ave.
Raleigh, NC
(919) 828-1588

Children’s Book World – 11:00 AM
10580 ½ W Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
(310) 559-2665

If you’re not able to make it to a signing, you can call any of these stores beforehand to purchase your very own autographed copy of My New Teacher and Me! Please contact the store directly for ordering and pick-up/shipping information.

My New Teacher and Me! (HarperCollins) will be officially released on June 25, available online and at retail stores everywhere.


(Source: “WEIRD AL” YANKOVIC facebook page)

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