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Def Leppard - Announce N. American Tour With Poison And Tesla

Fresh off winning their fan voted Classic Rock Magazine Album of the Year award, Def Leppard announce they will return to the road this spring for a three month run across North America. The outing will storm through cities across parts of the U.S. and Canada. This new leg of dates follows the groups massive 70+ city 2016 tour and is set to kick off on April 8th in Manchester, NH and wrap on June 25th in Indianapolis, IN. Joining Def Leppard on select dates are Poison and Tesla.


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Posted: 17.01.2017 by Dominus | Comments (1)

Def Leppard - New Video Online

"Let's Go" is the first new video from UK's own Def Leppard for the new album, which can be seen below. The electric song is taken from Def Leppard's fresh self-titled record, which has been released on October 30th via earMUSIC. The album was written and recorded in three separate sessions over the course of the past year and a half. Have you checked out the album already?


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Posted: 01.11.2015 by Bad English | Comments (2)

Def Leppard - New Track Streaming Online

Def Leppard are about to unleash their upcoming self-titled effort, to be out on the 30th of October, 2015 through earMUSIC worldwide (excluding North America, Japan). Now the long-standing group has shared the track "Dangerous" online. You can see the video for it and hear the music below. This is another taste of the awaited new album.


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Posted: 21.10.2015 by Bad English | Comments (3)

Def Leppard - Present New Lyric Video

Def Leppard are just a couple of weeks away from releasing of their upcoming self-titled effort, to be out on the 30th of October, 2015 through earMUSIC worldwide (excluding North America, Japan). Now the band present the new official lyric video for their recently released single "Let's Go", available for streaming via YouTube player down below.


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Posted: 06.10.2015 by Bad English | Comments (2)

Def Leppard - Premiere New Song, New Album Details

Def Leppard have spilled the beans on their new album. It'll be self-titled and furthermore you can already hear "Let's Go," the first single from U.K. hard-rock veterans at this location. Out on the 30th of October 2015, the record will be released through earMUSIC worldwide (excluding North America, Japan). Take a look at the glass shattering cover below as well as more details.


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Posted: 15.09.2015 by BloodTears | Comments (9)

Def Leppard - Vivian Campbell's Cancer Returns

Unfortunately, guitarist Vivian Campbell of Def Leppard has announced some bad news in the last few days. The guitar player will be in treatment again for cancer after announcing last year that the disease was in remission. He was first diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma back in 2013. Hopefully, he will stay strong and win this fight.


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Posted: 21.06.2015 by BloodTears | Comments (5)

Def Leppard - 'Viva! Hysteria' Album Sampler

You can now get an audio preview of select tracks from the newest Def Leppard's VIVA! Hysteria Live At The Joint Las Vegas release in the video below. This new live release is now available on CD/DVD/Blu-ray and digital formats via Frontiers Records. The band played the album Hysteria in its entirety and this is their first full live show shot in HD released commercially.


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Posted: 15.11.2013 by Bad English | Comments (2)

Def Leppard - Theatrical Premiere Of 'Viva! Hysteria' Film In October

NCM Fathom and AEG Network Live partner have announced that they will present Def Leppard's new movie Viva! Hysteria as special screening worldwide. This all-out, no-holds-barred event was captured live over nine nights during the band's spring residency at The Joint located in the Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas and includes a set list that contains the top-selling album Hysteria performed in its entirety, plus many of the band's greatest hits - "Pyromania" and "Photograph" among them.


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Posted: 08.08.2013 by Bad English | Comments (0)

Def Leppard - Guitarist Vivian Campbell Recovers From Cancer

Def Leppard's guitarist Vivian Campbell has posted a message today on the band's official website revealing that he is currently recovering from cancer. He was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma. The band is set to play a series of festivals and headline shows across Europe and North America in June/July 2013 and Vivian Campbell will still be part of the tour and performing with the band.


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Posted: 10.06.2013 by BloodTears | Comments (5)

Def Leppard - New Live Album In June

Def Leppard has confirmed June 7th as the North American release date for their first ever live album Mirrorball (Bludgeon Riffola/Mailboat Records), which will be available exclusively at Walmart & Sam's Club locations in the United States and Canada.

The album will include a 50 minute DVD that contains live performances and intimate backstage footage of the band captured on the road. A special limited vinyl edition will also be made available. Mirrorball will also be available online, marking the first time the band's music will officially be made available for digital purchase.

Mirrorball was recorded across the world over the course of many of the band's sold-out dates and features all of the classic songs that have made Def Leppard one of the most respected and beloved power rock bands in the world. The album captures the group's legendary concert experience at its thunderous best, bringing together live versions of several classic Leppard hits.

Said frontman Joe Elliott: "To be able to say at last, we have a live album out & it be a three disc package which includes a DVD makes me very happy... it's the soundtrack of OUR lives...!"

Mirrorball tracklist:

Disc 1:
01. Rock! Rock! (Till You Drop)
02. Rocket
03. Animal
04. C'Mon C'Mon
05. Make Love Like A Man
06. Too Late For Love
07. Foolin'
08. Nine Lives
09. Love Bites
10. Rock On

Disc 2:
01. Two Steps Behind
02. Bringin' On The Heartbreak
03. Switch 625
04. Hysteria
05. Armageddon It
06. Photograph
07. Pour Some Sugar On Me
08. Rock Of Ages
09. Let's Get Rocked
10. Action
11. Bad Actress
12. Undefeated (new studio track)
13. Kings Of The World (new studio track)
14. It's All About Believin' (new studio track)

In addition to the album, Chronicle Books will be releasing Def Leppard: The Definitive Visual History, featuring photos of the band by legendary rock photographer Ross Halfin. His fully authorized visual history of the band follows them from their beginnings to their massive Pyromania and Hysteria albums to the sustained power of their records and tours today. The book will be available this June 15.


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Posted: 15.04.2011 by RcK | Comments (2)

Def Leppard - Working On Live Album

Def Leppard are planning to release their first live album in 2011.

Speaking to, frontman Joe Elliott revealed that the band are looking to put out a live record culled from their 2009 tour. They hope to add a four or five track EP of brand new material to go along with it.

"There'll be stuff from this century on it - "Rock On", "Nine Lives", "Come On Come On" - Elliott notes. "Vivian has been in the band 17 years, so I think he deserves a shot at being on a live record. We've got a live video out from the Steve era, "In the Round, In Your Face"; I've always said before that if you're desperate to hear us live, put that video on and turn your telly off and just listen to the sound."

The band, who are taking 2010 off, are also planning to release a brand new coffee table book after purchasing 250,000 classic images from photographer Ross Halfin.

"I think initially we're going to put out a coffee table book... that covers all aspects of our career, from On Through the Night through last year, with commentary from the band and the photographer and maybe a few celebrities and fans," Elliott says. The group intends to follow with what he calls "an encyclopaedia collection of different eras from the band."


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Posted: 19.07.2010 by Thryce | Comments (2)

Def Leppard - Cartoon Planned

Taken from the BBC website:

The group has entered a deal with music publishing company Primary Wave, which is also developing Def Leppard video games and mobile phone applications.

The animation project is still in the early stages and has not been pitched to TV networks yet, according to the head of Primary Wave, Larry Mestel.


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Posted: 21.12.2009 by Baz Anderson | Comments (10)

Def Leppard - Indian Shows Cancelled

Def Leppard are sorry to report that due to unforeseen circumstances, the two shows in India (scheduled to take place on October 17 and 19 in Bangalore and Mumbai, resp.) have been cancelled. The band added: "We apologize to our Indian fans and we hope to be able to make up for it in the future."

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Event: Def Leppard: Indian Tour [CANCELLED]
Posted: 14.10.2008 by Abattoir | Comments (4)

Def Leppard - 'We're Not A Heavy Metal Band'

Tom Lanham of recently conducted an interview with Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott. A few excerpts from the chat follow:

On developing a bad back as a teen, lifting boxes incorrectly in a steeltown factory:

"And once you've got one, as everybody who has a bad back knows, you've got it for life.

On once having to see 41 chiropractors in 43 days:

"Every single day except for two we had to get somebody in to fix me, because I was bent in half, I was crippled. And every time they'd fix me up, I'd get onstage and do a jump here, a twist or shimmy there, and pop! Out goes the back again. And that was when I got my first steroid injection."

"I was forever being injected with steroids, but I didn't realize what they did. They took the pain away, but they also make you balloon in weight."

"So now I'm officially getting back on track. I'm pain-and-steroid-free for the first time in several years, and it's good not to wake up crippled, or just forever wondering why your trousers don't fit anymore."

On the "Yeah!" 14-track set of covers:

"...I just thought it was a great idea, ever since I had David Bowie's 'Pinups' in my arsenal of albums. I thought 'What a great concept. He's showing me where he came from.' ...If you actually got to hear your favorite artist's version of — say, with Bowie it was the Pretty Things, The Who and The Easybeats — it just made sense. You could actually hear those original songs."

On being lumped in with New Wave of British Heavy Metal bands:

"Lumping us in with Iron Maiden was as ridiculous as lumping us in with Depeche Mode. And we've spent 20-odd years trying to tell the whole world that we're not a British heavy metal band. Now, if people finally hear the songs that influenced us, they might finally get the picture."

On unlocking a secret or two about rockdom in the three-decade process:

"It's all about maintenance. In this business, you have to fend off the aging years as best you can, and I now see that there are two ways of doing it: You can have all that steroid stuff pumped in and end up looking like a hot water bottle, or you can do what Mick Jagger did. Which is, be as wrinkly as he is — but when he goes onstage people still go 'Holy s— ! How can he do that at his age?' Because he's looked after himself — that's how.


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Posted: 27.08.2006 by lordz | Comments (0)

Def Leppard - DVD Release Pushed Back

DEF LEPPARD have pushed back the release date for the companion DVD to the near-platinum "Rock of Ages" double CD to November 15 from the previously announced November 8. The release assembles the band's greatest videos for the first time on one DVD, along with the video for "Now" (previously unavailable in North America). Also included is the brand new, 2005 rehearsal bonus video for the band's song "No Matter What". As added bonuses, the audio has been remastered with DTS & Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound and Dolby stereo, a first track-by-track commentary by the entire band is included, and there is a Personal Playlist option, where the viewer gets to sequence each video to their liking.

"Rock of Ages: The DVD Collection" track listing:

01. Pour Some Sugar on Me
02. Photograph
03. Love Bites
04. Let's Get Rocked
05. Two Steps Behind
06. Animal
07. Foolin'
08. Rocket
09. When Love & Hate Collide
10. Armageddon It
11. Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad
12. Rock of Ages
13. Hysteria
14. Bringin' On the Heartbreak
15. Promises
16. Women
17. Slang
18. Work It Out
19. Now


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Posted: 24.10.2005 by Power | Comments (0)