LOS ANGELES (AP) — Def Leppard is pouring some video into “Guitar Hero.”
The rock band will be the first artist ever to debut a new music video through the long-running video game series.
The music video for “Dangerous” from the band’s recently released self-titled album will premiere Wednesday on “Guitar Hero Live,” the latest edition of the Activision rhythm game franchise.
“It seems like everything has been done, and MTV doesn’t really exist anymore, so it’s cool there’s another medium to represent the song now,” said Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen in an interview.
“Guitar Hero Live,” the first new entry in the series in 5 years, introduced live actors, a new guitar-shaped controller and the online music video network “GHTV,” which allows players to strum along to tunes as music videos or live performances are streamed in the background. “GHTV” currently includes more than 300 songs.
“I think music videos became painful for a while,” said Collen, who’s been with the veteran British rock band since 1982. “You had to do them. They cost so much money. It was very corporate. This is cool because it goes back to being artistic.”
“GHTV” will also add music videos for Def Leppard hits “Let’s Go” and “Rock of Ages.” Other videos being added to the service this week include The Strokes’ “You Only Live Once” and Miles Kane’s “Don’t Forget Who You Are.”
Def Leppard, also known for such songs as “Pour Some Sugar on Me” and “Photograph,” is currently on tour in the U.S. The band recently postponed performances after singer Joe Elliott lost his voice.
“We have our fingers crossed,” said Collen of a quick recovery for Elliott. “Hopefully, he’ll be OK for our Friday show. This is the first time this has happened in about 30 years.”
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DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — An organization that monitors jihadi sites says al-Qaida’s North Africa branch has released video of Swiss woman abducted recently in Timbuktu.
SITE Intelligence Group says the Sahara division of al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb posted the proof-of-life video of Beatrice Stockly Tuesday on Telegram and Twitter. It says a fighter in the video dated Jan. 16 demands the release of fighters imprisoned in Mali and one captured in Niger in exchange for her release.
Switzerland’s Foreign Ministry says it has called for Stockly’s unconditional release. It says it has been in contact with her family and Malian authorities since the kidnapping.
The Swiss woman, who had been briefly abducted back in 2012, was kidnapped again on Jan. 7 by jihadists who scaled the walls of her Timbuktu home.
CAIRO (AP) — A video showing a reporter and an actor handing Egyptian policemen condom balloons on the fifth anniversary of the 2011 uprising received more than 1 million views online but could land them in jail.
The video was filmed Monday, national Police Day, and the anniversary of the uprising that toppled longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak. The revolt was largely inspired by anger at police brutality.
The video, which has been shared 15,000 times on Facebook, showed the two men in their early 20s laughing as they unwrap and inflate condoms. “From the youth of Egypt to the police,” was written on the balloons.
The video later showed them in Tahrir Square — birthplace of the 2011 uprising — handing the balloons to unwitting police conscripts.
Tahrir was virtually empty on Monday except for several dozen supporters of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, the former general who overthrew an elected Islamist leader in 2013.
The two men in the video— actor Ahmed Malek and reporter Shady Hussein, who works for a satirical program— mimicked the el-Sissi supporters, waving Egyptian flags, kissing the ground and shouting “long live Egypt!”
Prosecutors are now reviewing complaints that accuse them of insulting the police. If charged and convicted, they face no less than six months in jail and a fine of 10,000 pounds ($1,250).
Police melted away following daylong street battles with protesters on Jan. 28, 2011. It took them nearly two years to fully assume their responsibilities. Nowadays, rights groups accuse the largely militarized force of returning to Mubarak-era practices like torture, random arrests and forced disappearances.
“What, why are you all worked up? I was joking,” Hussein wrote on Facebook in response to the uproar over the video. He argued that the prank, however offensive, paled in comparison to the police abuses he said he witnessed first-hand during the 2011 uprising.
People “have not forgotten and will not forget what you did,” he wrote, addressing the police. “I feel like my days outside prison are numbered,” he said.
Hussein’s status update was shared over 20,000 times in less than an hour.
Hussein’s colleague, Malek, also responded on Tuesday, but with an apology.
“Maybe this whole situation arose from the frustration associated with the lack of freedom of speech that my generation is enduring these days,” Malek wrote on Facebook earlier in the day. “Still, that does not give me the right to transgress or express my views in a way that encroaches on the rights of others.”
“I sincerely apologize to anyone insulted by the video, especially the police,” wrote Malek, who was referred to a disciplinary committee by the actors’ guild. The company that produces the satirical show Hussein reports for said it totally opposes what he did.
There has been no formal reaction from the Interior Ministry, but an unofficial Facebook page that claims to speak for the police demanded that the two be brought to justice.
“Congratulations, you have made an enemy of 37,000 officers,” it said.
MIAMI (AP) — A doctor at a Miami hospital is on administrative leave after a video surfaced on YouTube showing her hitting and screaming profanities at an Uber driver.
The Miami Herald (http://hrld.us/1Np2TiR) reports that Jackson Health System officials have removed fourth-year neurology resident Anjali Ramkissoon from clinical duties after Sunday’s incident. It was posted on YouTube Tuesday.
A hospital statement says an internal investigation will determine any disciplinary action, including possible termination.
The Herald says the incident took place in the Brickell area and was posted by someone using the YouTube account Juan Cinco. It shows a woman hitting the Uber driver in the face, then demanding a ride in a profanity-laced rant.
Miami police spokeswoman Frederica Burden told the Herald that officers were called for a disturbance, but no report was taken.
HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — The Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office says a 15-year-old boy faces a felony fire-setting charge after he used a cellphone to record video of himself setting fire to his bedroom.
The agency said in a statement Wednesday that the boy told investigators he poured rubbing alcohol onto his dresser, set it ablaze and then swiped the flaming liquid onto his bed at his home in Hagerstown. Investigators say the boy then ran from the house, dropping his cellphone in the process.
The agency says nobody was hurt but the fire caused an estimated $5,000 in damage.
The boy was charged as a juvenile with first-degree malicious burning and malicious destruction of property.
Hagerstown is a central Maryland city about 70 miles west of Baltimore.