Quick Takes: Journey, Def Leppard, Kiss

  • Journey has dropped "Don’t Give Up On Us" — the third new track from the band's upcoming album, titled Freedom, set for release on July 8th. Journey founder Neal Schon said of the new track: "It is a very melodic song. It’s soulful, coming more from that R&B place and a little more Motown sounding but it definitely rocks. I feel like it's got Journey all over it." (Press release)


  • Def Leppard has scored its eighth Top 10 album on the Billboard 200 albums list with the release of the new, Diamond Star Halos. The album sold 34,000 "equivalent album units" in the U.S. in its first week of release to bring the album in at Number 10.
    • Blabbermouth posted: "Diamond Star Halos' 34,000 units earned for the week, album sales comprise 32,000, SEA units comprise 2,000 (equaling 2.7 million on-demand official streams of the album’s songs) and TEA units comprise less than 500 units." (Blabbermouth)


  • Kiss has unveiled the full lineups for the Kiss Kruise XI, sailing from Los Angeles  to Cabo San Lucas and Ensenada, Mexico aboard Norwegian Jewel for two weeks on the high seas set for October 24th to 29th, 2022 (Week 1) and October 29th to November 3rd, 2022 (Week 2). The Kiss Kruise XI marks the fan extravaganza's first ever departure from Los Angeles and the final Kiss on-board live performances of the legendary band’s one-of-a-kind five-decade career. While Week 2 sold out in record time earlier this year, Week 1 pre-sales will be available beginning Thursday, June 16th with general on-sales following on Friday, June 17, exclusively at www.thekisskruise.com.
    • Each week boasts a completely unique line-up of hard rock heroes and heavy metal icons, with Week 1 including performances by Dokken (featuring a long-awaited reunion with founding guitarist George Lynch), Warrant, L.A. Guns, Bruce Kulick, All Hands on Deck Super Jam featuring Lita Ford & Friends, George Lynch & The Electric Freedom, Heart By Heart, the Big Deal, and Baron. Week 2 will see Kiss joined by Black Label Society, Buckcherry, Bruce Kulick, All Hands on Deck Super Jam featuring Sebastian Bach & Friends, Stryper, Vixen, Plush, the Wild Things, and Micky James. (Press release)