Def Leppard reveal track list and cover art for new LP

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Def Leppard have shared the track list and cover art for their eponymous new album.

The follow-up to 2008 LP Songs From The Sparkle Lounge is due for release on the 30th of November and was written over an 18-month period.

The song titles were revealed by frontman Joe Elliot via Instagram when he posted a picture of a hand-written note detailing the name of each track.

Guitarist Phil Collen recently described the new album as “probably the most diverse thing we’ve ever done,” adding: “I think it’s the best thing we’ve done since Hysteria – I really do. It’s the loudest rock guitars we’ve ever had.”

Def Leppard are set to tour the UK in December on a bill with Whitesnake and Black Star Riders.

The track list for Def Leppard is:

Def Leppard 2015 cover01. “Let’s Go”
02. “Dangerous”
03. “Man Enough”
04. “We Belong”
05. “Invincible”
06. “Sea Of Love”
07. “Energized”
08. “All Time High”
09. “Battle Of My Own”
10. “Broke ‘N’ Brokenhearted”
11. “Forever Young”
12. “Last Dance”
13. “Wings Of An Angel”
14. “Blind Faith”

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Def Leppard, Whitesnake and Black Star Riders team up for UK tour

Def Leppard, Whitesnake and Black Star Riders have confirmed that they will team up for a UK tour later this year.

The three bands will play 10 arena dates in the UK and Ireland in December.

Tickets for the shows will go on sale on the 1st of April via Live Nation.

Def Leppard are likely to have released their new self-titled album by then, with frontman Joe Elliot saying recently of the new material: “It sounds like Def Leppard, but it sounds like Def Leppard stretching their wings a little bit.”

Whitesnake’s David Coverdale recently confirmed details of their new album. Titled The Purple Album, it features covers of songs that Coverdale performed during his time fronting Deep Purple and is scheduled for release on the 18th of May.

Black Star Riders released their second album, The Killer Instinct, last month, an album that Def Leppard’s Joe Elliot was set to produce but had to pull out of owing to increasing commitments with his own band.

The three bands will play:

Dec 06th: Dublin 3 Arena
Dec 07th: Belfast Odyssey Arena
Dec 09th: Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
Dec 10th: Glasgow SSE Hydro
Dec 12th: Birmingham Genting Arena
Dec 13th: Nottingham Capital FM Arena
Dec 15th: Manchester Arena
Dec 16th: Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
Dec 18th: Wembley SSE Arena
Dec 19th: Sheffield Motorpoint Arena

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Def Leppard’s Joe Elliot starts campaign to fund movie

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Joe Elliot, frontman with globe-conquering Sheffield rock band Def Leppard, has begun a crowdfunding campaign to make a movie.

The Bridge will tell the story of a smalltown rock musician who has to decide between life or self destruction. Bobby Field, the man behind award-winning comedy Guy In Row Five, is in the Director’s chair.

As well as Elliot himself, cast and crew include Pixies guitarist Joey Santiago, Twisted Sister’s Eddie Ojeda, Sin Quirin and Al Jourgensen of Ministry and Ricky Warwick of Black Star Riders.

Says Elliot: “I think you should get involved. There are some brilliant people working in front of the camera and behind the camera.”

A wide variety of incentives are available to those who contribute to the campaign, including the opportunity to have Joey Santiago cook you dinner. Some of the funds pledged will also be given to the Fender Music Foundation charity.

“Your contribution is going to mean a lot to keep the integrity of this film and the vision of the artist,” says Santiago.

The Bridge is described as being about “the rise of small town music prodigy, Luke Weaver, who faces the decision to choose life or continue down his steadfast path to self-destruction. Suffocating in small town monotony, and going nowhere fast, Luke watches his hometown band – and life as he knows it – crumble, when his best friend and bandmate decides to moves on.”

You can find out more about the campaign, the movie and pledge funds via the project’s Indiegogo website.

You can also watch Joe Elliot’s official campaign video below:

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Def Leppard sponsoring Heavy Metal Truants charity bike ride

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Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliot has revealed that he is sponsoring the 2014 Heavy Metal Truants charity bike ride, and is urging all fans of rock and heavy metal music to do the same.

The ride – which raises money for Nordiff Robbins, Teenage Cancer Trust, and Childline – is a three day, 162 mile trek from London to the Download festival at Donnington Park.

The riders will set off from the UK capital on the 11th of June, and aim to arrive at Download around midday on the 13th June, just in time for the festival to begin. This year’s pack of riders includes Iron Maiden manager Rod Smallwood, who founded the Heavy Metal Truants, Metal Hammer magazine editor Alexander Milas, and the man that Def Leppard’s Joe Elliot is sponsoring, heavy metal fan Andy Huuns.

“This is a great cause,” says Elliot, “so I’ve decided to sponsor Andy, and I’m encouraging everybody to do the same thing – and if not Andy then somebody else they know.”

“London to Donington – that’s pretty hardcore,” continues the singer, before breaking out the Leppard puns. “These guys can’t do it in a day, so they’ll have to cycle on through the night, which would leave them high ‘n’ dry in the morning. They would have to start a campfire to warm up – hence being pyromaniacs. This in in turn would probably affect their brains, causing mass hysteria. And then they would need lots of Red Bull to adrenalise themselves to finish the race. And you can quote me on that!”

You can donate to Heavy Metal Truants here.

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Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell confirms cancer has returned

Def Leppard Viv Campbell

Vivian Campbell, guitarist with Def Leppard, has confirmed that his cancer has returned.

Campbell revealed he had been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in June 2013, but announced that it had gone in to remission in November. In a recent interview with Palm Beach radio station 98.7 The Gater however, he said it “…seems to be, kind of, coming back again.”

“I’m not concerned about it. I mean, it always was a little bit touch-and-go,” he continues. “But, you know, it’s just a process to get through… it’s something I need to start the process [for]. I need to get a handle on [it], so that I am free and clear to tour this summer. So, all good. You know what I mean?”

The guitarist has insisted that he wants to tour with his bandmates this year. In April Def Leppard confirmed a summer co-headlining tour with Kiss. Campbell also says that his illness will not impact on him completing the band’s new album, which is tentatively scheduled for release in Spring 2015.

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