Music notes: New book will fall on Def cheers

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JOE Elliott, who takes Def Leppard to Download festival tonight, has revealed a spot of envy spurred the Sheffielders into getting a “nice coffee table book” published.

Out next week, The Definitve Visual History gathers exclusive photos by rock snapper Ross Halfin.

Joe describes it as a Leppard encyclopedia, collating everything from 1979 at Crookes WMC all the way through to this century, that can “sit nicely on top of somebody’s coffee table”.

He recalls: “We used to check into hotels in Japan and America, go up to the concierge floor for coffee and some profiteroles and there’d be a Stones or Beatles book on the table.

“We would look at each other and go ‘Why don’t we have one of these?’.

“So we decided to do something about it.”

City visit is a right old Acari on

TOO often Scottish troubadour Dave Acari is written off as simply a bluesman with a beard.

But under those whiskers lies a brain that devotes his trusty National guitar to alt-blues, driven as much by punk, rockabilly and trash country as it is pre-war Delta blues.

No stranger to Sheffield, he turns his attention to The Greystones on Sunday after playing with the likes of country/Americana legend Steve Earle and veteran blues-rocker Robin Trower.

New Acari album Devil’s Left Hand has earned some rave reviews and radio play, building on previous releases Got Me Electric and Come With Me.

Busy backers in five-day frenzy

OUT of the 100 bands rocking Download festival this weekend, no other will be able to claim as much stage time as Sheffield act Rockaoke.

The UK’s leading exponents of live band karaoke landed at Castle Donington yesterday ahead of playing all five nights that The Doghouse club is open on site.

“We have put together classic rock designed to encourage festivalgoers to jump on stage and emulate their heroes by singing with a live band,” says Jonny Short, who joins Def Leppard and Bring Me The Horizon as the Steel City contingent.

“We will certainly be the hardest working band at Download, playing around 15 hours during the festival and the last band standing on Sunday night... headlining the festival therefore!”