Def Leppard to Release New, Self-Titled Album
Here's some news that should cause a bit of hysteria with Def Leppard fans: The band has announced that its latest studio album will be a self-titled effort and will be released on October 30.
The 14-track album, which is the group's first collection of new tunes since 2008's Songs from the Sparkle Lounge, was recorded at Joe's Garage, frontman Joe Elliott's own studio in Dublin, Ireland.
Def Leppard's lead track and first single, "Let's Go," is streaming now exclusively at RollingStone.com. The tune features a variety of elements reminiscent of the band's classic 1980s hits, including Elliott's raspy-yet-melodic vocals, sing-along choruses, thrashing power chords and a soaring guitar solo.
Speaking with Rolling Stone, Elliott describes "Let's Go" as "a call to arms," adding that it's "that three-minute pop-rock stuff with big chunky guitars and a big chorus." He adds that the tune "has that swaggering, mid-tempo rhythm, like 'Sugar,' and of Ages.'"
Joe also explains to the magazine why Def Leppard decided to make the new album its first self-titled release.
"All the time we were working on the songs, we would be having these neighborly types of conversations with friends and colleagues, and everyone would ask, 'What does it sound like?'" the singer recalls. "And we found ourselves answering, 'Well, it sounds like Def Leppard!' I think after that kept happening over and over, it was [guitarist] Phil [Collen] who finally said, 'Why don't we just call the thing Def Leppard?'"
The album was co-produced by the band and longtime Def Leppard producer/engineer Ronan McHugh.
Def Leppard is currently on the road in North America continuing its joint summer tour with Styx and Tesla. At some of the later shows on the trek, which runs through to an October 17 date in Jacksonville, Florida, the bill will feature Foreigner and Tesla or Foreigner and Night Ranger joining Def Leppard.
Def Leppard Lets Get Rocked tour comes to Australia this November.