Def Leppard have premiered a new video for their cover of Depeche Mode’s “Personal Jesus,” via Billboard. That song will be one of the bonus tracks on the band’s new greatest hits compilation, “The Story So Far – The Best Of,” which is set to be released on November 30. Vivian Campbell commented:
“‘Jesus’ is the sort of classic song that can be interpreted in many ways, and as Def Leppard has always been the kind of band that can blend genres, it was an easy choice for us. It was that or ABBA!”
In other news, the group have also shared episode one of their “Stories So Far” video series. This one finds Joe Elliott discussing “Pour Some Sugar On Me.”
During Billy Joel’s August 10 show at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts, Joe Elliott took the stage for a performance of Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar On Me.” You can see some fan-filmed footage of that below:
Def Leppard recorded two songs for Spotify’s “Spotify Singles” series, including their track “Hysteria” and a cover of Depeche Mode’s “Personal Jesus.” The tracks were recorded live at the Spotify studio in New York on May 16.
Def Leppard’s Phil Collen previously had to take a break from the band’s tour with Journey due to a family emergency, and now he has officially confirmed what happened. During an appearance on Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon he revealed his wife actually almost died while giving birth to their son.
Collen said the following:
“Helen, my wife [of eight years], was giving birth to our son, but there was real bad complications — she actually died and they brought her back to life, and internal bleeding and just craziness,” Collen revealed (hear audio below). “This isn’t common knowledge, but it is now. So I was actually on tour, and when this happened, I obviously had to go to California. So I flew out there. [Trixter’s] Steve [Brown] actually was coming to the show anyway. And I said, ‘Steve, I know you know Viv’s parts.’ He sings great; he can do all of this stuff. So he learned my parts, and my vocal parts, which is more serious than the guitar parts, I think. In our band, we have backing vocals — it’s an instrument.
“When Steve [Clark, late DEF LEPPARD guitarist] passed away, we actually said, ‘We want somebody who’s gonna fit in with us and someone who can sing,’ and a lot of guitar players can’t actually sing,” he explained. “With Steve [Brown], he can sing like a champ — he knows all Joe’s [Elliott, DEF LEPPARD singer] parts even; he sings amazing and he’s a great guitar player. So it was a no-brainer. And I said, ‘Can you step in for me?’ Everyone was cool; they said, ‘Go.’ I went, and everything was fine. Everything is great now. Little Jackson was born. He’s doing great, and Helen is doing great, and I’m back out on tour. Yeah, thanks to Steve; he really kind of saved the day there. That was wonderful.”
Def Leppard have joined forces with luxury sneaker brand Six Hundred Four to create four styles of limited edition shoes. Only 604 individually numbered pairs will be available and they can be pre-ordered HERE. One pair features the band’s logo, while the others are based on the album art for “On Through The Night,” “Pyromania,” and “Hysteria.” Each style will be on display on the band’s current world tour during their meet-and-greets starting July 1, and people that buy them can expect them to ship in October.
Def Leppard have premiered a new lyric video for their song “Let’s Get Rocked.” The band shared the clip as a way to promote the first volume of their four-volume career-spanning box set series, which is set to be released tomorrow (June 1). That set is simply called “The Collection: Volume One” and it will come with “On Through the Night,” “High ‘n’ Dry,” “Pyromania.” and “Hysteria,” along with a replica 7″ single, a 3″ CD of their original self-titled EP, a rarities collection, and a hardback book. It will be available on CD and imited-edition 180-gram heavyweight vinyl.
Def Leppard have recorded a two-song session for Spotify’s “Spotify Singles” series. Joe Elliott said the following about that during a recent appearance on “The Eddie Trunk Podcast”:
“[We recorded] just two songs. I won’t say any more because I don’t want to spoil the surprise for whenever it’s gonna get broadcast, but [it was a] bit of fun. [We laid down] one of ours and a cover of somebody else’s stuff.”