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.
Def Leppard are planning to release their first live album in 2011.
Speaking to Billboard.com, 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."
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."
Tom Lanham of InsideBayArea.com 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."
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.
The following message was posted on the Def Leppard site, refering to the guitarist solo album:
"Some two weeks ago, Vivian finished the recording of his upcoming blues solo album, scheduled for release around August. Next week, photos for the album cover will be shot by Viv's friend and rock photographer Robert Knight, who was also present at the recordings to take some candid shots. While we are not able to show you any of those shots yet, we do want to share a special photo taken by Robert, taken at the Guitar Centre Rockwalk blues inauguration a couple of weeks ago. Click on the thumbnail on the left for the photo, in which you can see Vivian with blues- and soul legends Roy Gaines, Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), Ike Turner, Robert Cray and Solomon Burke.
DEF LEPPARD's breakthrough 1983 album, "Pyromania", has been certified at the RIAA's (Recording Industry Association of America) diamond level (10 million copies shipped) last month, according to Billboard.com. Produced by Robert John "Mutt" Lange, "Pyromania" benefited greatly from MTV's relentless airing of the album's first two singles, "Photograph" and "Rock of Ages". The U.K. group continues to record and tour, their most recently release being 2002's "X" (Universal).
Also reaching new multi-platinum heights in July was PANTERA's "Vulgar Display of Power" (Elektra), which was certified double-platinum by the RIAA, signifying shipments of more than 2,000,000 units in the U.S. since its February 25, 1992 release.