Def Leppard’s Rick Allen: “There’s Always New Music On The Go. And I’m Happy To Announce That In The Not-Too-Distant Future We’ll Be Able To Present That”

During a recent interview with The Metal Voice, Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen offered an update on the band’s new material. He said the following:

“There’s always new music on the go. And I’m happy to announce that in the not-too-distant future we’ll be able to present that. I think that’s one of the nice things about technology these days is that we can be all over the planet and still sharing ideas or coming up with new songs. So, yes, that’s a given [that there will be a new DEF LEPPARD album]. It’s always something that we pride ourselves in, is the fact that we come up with new music and we don’t try and rest on Christmas past.”

[via Blabbermouth]

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Joe Elliott Says Def Leppard Have Written New Songs Amid The Pandemic

During a recent interview with Download festival host Kylie Olsson, Joe Elliott revealed that Def Leppard have written new songs during their coronavirus downtime. However, the singer went on to say that the band are not sure what they are going to do with the new material.

Elliot said the following:

“We have written some songs — I can’t deny that we have written some songs remotely as an exercise to see if we could, and I can announce it was very successful. What are we gonna do with those songs? That’s to be seen. We’ve gotta wait and see, because, obviously, everybody’s in different continents, in different cities and all that kind of stuff. So there’s a lot of work to be done before we get to a finished product. But we have not let the year go to waste.”

He also added the following about not needing to release full albums in today’s times:

“The industry being what it is, we’re all aware of the fact that there’s an element of the media that can’t let go of the fact that records aren’t that important anymore. And I know that’s a sad thing to say, but it’s a fact of life. Touring is massively important — way more than it was when you went out promoting records when they were important. Especially for legacy bands or whatever you wanna call ’em. Listen, I went to see THE ROLLING STONES in 1989 in case one of them died. That’s 1989. They haven’t had a death since the 1960s.

I’m aware of the fact that when you’ve got a history — whether it be THE EAGLES or FLEETWOOD MAC or any of the bands from the ’80s, like us and [IRON] MAIDEN and whoever else, we’ve got this legacy audience as well that wanna see us continue the journey, if you like. And that’s become way more important.

When we finished that [2015] album, we never really thought about making another record until we just felt the timing was right. And we always just fall into place. We’re constantly writing songs, so when it comes to piecing songs together, it’s not like they’re all absolutely brand spanking new, just written, hot-off-the-press stuff. Some of them are ideas that have been percolating for a year or two with a piece missing. And you wait and you wait and you wait, and then you have this epiphany, or one of the other guys goes, ‘Why didn’t you ask? I’ve got a bit that would fit in there perfect.’ So there’s been a lot of that going on. But that’s a constant; that’s nothing to do with coronavirus. We’ve been doing it since the ‘Def Leppard’ album came out, and we will continue to do it, whether we release an album or not. We’ve got songs in our heads.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Def Leppard, Mötley Crüe, Poison, And Joan Jett Postpone Stadium Tour To 2022

Def Leppard, Mötley Crüe, Poison, and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts have postponed their stadium tour once again due to the coronavirus pandemic. The trek is now scheduled for 2022. The following statement was issued:

“To all our loyal fans, we wanted to let you know that we learned today that the tour is getting moved to 2022. This is the only way to ensure that we can play ALL of the dates for ALL of you who have purchased tickets. We appreciate you hanging in there and can’t wait to get back on stage and bring The Stadium Tour to all of our fans. It is going to be one for the history books!”

2022 Tour Dates:

06/16 Atlanta, GA – Suntrust Park
06/18 Miami, FL – Hard Rock Stadium
06/19 Orlando, FL – Camping World Stadium
06/22 Washington, DC – Nationals Park
06/24 Flushing, NY – Citifield
06/25 Philadelphia, PA – Citizens Bank Park
06/28 Charlotte, NC – Bank Of America Stadium
06/30 Nashville, TN – Nissan Stadium
07/02 Jacksonville, FL – Tiaa Bank Field
07/05 St. Louis, MO – Busch Stadium
07/08 Chicago, IL – Wrigley Field
07/10 Detroit, MI – Comerica Park
07/12 Hershey, PA – Hersheypark Stadium
07/14 Cleveland, OH – Firstenergy Stadium
07/15 Cincinnati, OH – Great American Ballpark
07/17 Milwaukee, WI – American Family Field
07/19 Kansas City, MO – Kauffman Stadium
07/21 Denver, CO – Coors Field
08/05 Boston, MA – Fenway Park
08/06 Boston, MA – Fenway Park
08/10 Buffalo, NY – New Era Field
08/12 Pittsburgh, PA – PNC Park
08/14 Minneapolis, MN – U.S. Bank Stadium
08/19 Houston, TX – Minute Maid Park
08/21 San Antonio, TX – Alamodome
08/22 Arlington, TX – Globe Life Park
08/27 Inglewood, CA – Sofi Stadium
08/28 San Diego, CA – Petco Park
08/31 Seattle, WA – T-Mobile Park
09/07 San Francisco, CA – Oracle Park

Def Leppard To Release “Def Leppard – Volume Three” Box Set In June

Def Leppard will be releasing a new limited edition box set titled “Def Leppard – Volume Three” on June 11. The collection, which will be available as a nine-LP set and as a six-CD set, will come with three albums, “X,” “Yeah!,” and “Songs From the Sparkle Lounge,” and three compilations, “B-Sides”, “Yeah! Studio Covers,” and “Yeah! Live.” The sets will also be housed in rigid boxes with a hard-backed book containing rare photos by Ross Halfin and notes by Classic Rock’s Paul Elliott. Joe Elliott, Rick Savage, Rick Allen, and Phil Collen also contributed to the effort.

“Def Leppard – Volume Three” Track Listing:

“X”:

01. “Now”
02. “Unbelievable”
03. “You’re So Beautiful”
04. “Everyday”
05. “Long, Long Way to Go”
06. “Four Letter Word”
07. “Torn to Shreds”
08. “Love Don’t Lie”
09. “Gravity”
10. “Cry”
11. “Girl Like You”
12. “Let Me Be the One”
13. “Scar”

“Yeah!”:

01. “20TH Century Boy”
02. “Rock On”
03. “Hanging on the Telephone”
04. “Waterloo Sunset”
05. “Hell Raiser”
06. “10538 Overture”
07. “Street Life”
08. “Drive-In Saturday”
09. “Little Bit of Love”
10. “The Golden Age of Rock ‘n’ Roll”
11. “No Matter What”
12. “He’s Gonna Step on You Again”
13. “Don’t Believe A Word”
14. “Stay with Me”

“Songs From The Sparkle Lounge”:

01. “Go”
02. “Nine Lives”
03. “C’mon C’mon”
04. “Love”
05. “Tomorrow”
06. “Cruise Control”
07. “Hallucinate”
08. “Only the Good Die Young”
09. “Bad Actress”
10. “Come Undone”
11. “Gotta Let it Go”

“B-Sides”:

01. “Now – (Radio Edit)” (B-Side – “Now”)
02. “Long Long Way to Go (Radio Edit)” (B-Side – “Long Way To Go”)
03. “Kiss the Day” (X – Japanese Bonus Track)
04. “10 X Bigger Than Love” (B-Side – “Long Way to Go”)
05. “Love Don’t Lie” – B-Side – “Now” (Demo)
06. “Let Me Be the One – B-Side – “Now” (Demo)
07. “Gimmie A Job” – B-Side – “Long Long Way to Go”
08. “Now” – B-Side – “Long Long Way to Go” (Live Acoustic Version)
09. “Long Long Way to Go” – Limited Edition Bonus Track (Stripped Version)
10. “Nine Lives – Joe Only Vocal Version”
11. “Perfect Girl” – Website Exclusive (Phil Collen Demo)
12. “Love – Piano Version”

“Yeah! Studio Covers”:

01. “Only After Dark” – B-Side – “Let’s Get Rocked”
02. “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” – B-Side – “Have You Needed Someone So Bad”
03. “Little Wing” – B-Side – “Have You Needed Someone So Bad”
04. “Ziggy Stardust” – B-Side – “Slang”
05. “Under My Wheels” – B-Side – “Goodbye”
06. “Who Do You Love?” – B-Side – “Goodbye
07. “Rebel Rebel” – B-Side – “Now”
08. “Led Boots” – B-Side – “All I Want is Everything”
09. “Cause We Ended as Lovers” – B-Side – “All I Want is Everything”
10. “Search and Destroy” – Yeah! Bonus Disc Exclusive
11. “How Does it Feel” – Yeah! Bonus Disc Exclusive (iTunes Exclusive)
12. “Roxanne” – Phil’s Demo (Previously Unreleased)
13. “Dear Friends” – Yeah! Bonus Disc Exclusive
14. “Winter Song” – Yeah! Bonus Disc Exclusive
15. “American Girl” – Yeah! Bonus Disc Exclusive
16. “Heartbeat” – Yeah! Bonus Disc Exclusive
17. “Space Oddity” – Yeah! Bonus Disc Exclusive
18. “When I’m Dead and Gone” – Yeah! Bonus Disc Exclusive
19. “Stay With Me” – B-Side “Now”

“Yeah! Live”:

01. “Elected” – B-Side “Heaven Is”
02. “Action” – Yeah! Bonus Disc Exclusive
03. “No Matter What” – Yeah! Bonus Disc Exclusive
04. “Rock On” – Live 2006
05. “Travellin’ Band” – Radio Edit (Previously Unreleased)
06. “Now I’m Here” – B-Side “Tonight”
07. “20th Century Boy” – 2005 VH1 Rock Awards (Previously Unreleased)
08. “All The Young Dudes – Once Bitten Twice Shy” Exclusive Track

Pre-orders can be found HERE.

Def Leppard Team Up Project Presents For New Luxury Merch Line

Def Leppard have joined forces with Project Presents for a new luxury merch line. Key items in the range include a “Leppard Lyrics” insignia, which is exclusively licensed to Project Presents, and Black Light Project graphics screen-printed in UV ink. Fans will be able to get the merch at projectpresents.com. Bassist Rick Savage commented:

“I’ve known James [Holland ] for a long time, and his attention to quality, taste and workmanship is second to none. I know this will be reflected in the ‘Leppard Lyrics’ clothing line. I’m also delighted that they have asked Scott [Savage] to get on board with promoting this cool and exciting new brand.”

Def Leppard Launch Series Of Band-Curated Thematic Artist Compilations

Def Leppard have launched a new weekly series of band-curated thematic artist compilations. The group said the following about that:

“Rock rock, ’til you drop! Introducing: Def Leppard Thematic Artist Collections – a weekly series of playlists personally curated by Joe, Rick, Sav, Phil, and Viv 🤘 Kicking off the series – the hyper-charged ⚡️“Electric Warriors”⚡️, assembled by Joe. This Collection includes “Gotcha Rocks Off”, “Desert Song”, “Paper Sun”, and more!

▶️Listen here: https://DefLeppard.lnk.to/ElectricWarriors

Def Leppard Officially Launch “Def Leppard Vault” Digital Rock And Roll Museum

Def Leppard have officially opened their “Def Leppard Vault.” The digital rock and roll museum features never-before-seen photos, products, artifacts, videos, interviews, and more.

Frontman Joe Elliott commented:

“After months of digging through our personal rock and roll closets (and warehouses, no less!), we present you our history! Our historic vault will continually be updated with installments you may have seen with some gems I promise you’ve never heard or seen! It’s a true backstage pass for any Def Leppard or rock and roll fan! Please…step inside and walk this way!”

Inveniem’s Brad Mindich added:

“We are extremely honored to be trusted by the band to help them find, curate, and present their expansive history to fans in this new, digital environment. Def Leppard’s stories and artifacts are extraordinary, and their desire to want to create the ‘Def Leppard Vault’ so they can share their legacy directly with fans reinforces why they have been so impactful on music and culture for more than four decades. And the exciting part is that what fans will see starting today is just the beginning. There is so much more being discovered from the band and fans alike that will be added to the ‘Def Leppard Vault’ for months and years to come.”

Def Leppard Announce “Def Leppard Vault” Collection

Def Leppard have announced an official “Def Leppard Vault” featuring a “collection of the band’s artifacts and related stories.” The group commented:

“We’re thrilled to announce the Def Leppard Vault — the first ever collection of the band’s artifacts and related stories, curated from and told by Joe, Sav, Rick, Phil and Viv. The Def Leppard Vault will serve as a constantly curated museum, including special installations where fans can gather to see the band’s history from 1977 to now. 💥 Sign up now for a special message at 👉 LeppardVault.com 👈, and stay tuned for an email in which you will receive the date and a special code that will “unlock” the Vault! 🔐”

Def Leppard’s “Hysteria At The O2” And “Hits Vegas” To Be Released On Limited Edition Audio Formats

Def Leppard have announced that they will be releasing standalone audio versions of “Hysteria At The O2” and “Hits Vegas: Live At Planet Hollywood” on October 16. Both efforts will be available as limited edition 2CD sets. “Hits Vegas” will also be released on limited edition transparent blue vinyl on December 11. This news comes after the performances were previously released as part of a limited edition “London To Vegas” box set. “Hysteria At The O2” was filmed during the band’s December 2018 show at the O2 Arena in London in which they played “Hysteria” in its entirety and “Hits Vegas: Live At Planet Hollywood” was filmed during the band’s 2019 Las Vegas residency.

Def Leppard To Celebrate 33rd Anniversary Of “Hysteria” All Week Long

Def Leppard will be commemorating the 33rd anniversary of “Hysteria” with special content all week long. The celebration will launch today (August 3) with a listening party and live chat with Phil Collen at 9 a.m. PST. You can check that out via umusic.digital. The group commented:

“Follow along with the Def Leppard social channels all week long as we celebrate the album anniversary with ‘Hysteria’ artifacts, commentary, music videos, merch, a contest giveaway, and more!”