Def Leppard has just released the video for its new cover of Depeche Mode‘s 1990 classic, “Personal Jesus.” The recording is one of two new tracks included on Leppard’s new double-disc greatest hits compilation, entitled The Story So Far – The Best Of, which drops on November 30th.
Guitarist Viv Campbell spoke about the song, telling Billboard: “‘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!”
Frontman Joe Elliott told us that the band has been together for so long, that they’ve come full circle and are more comfortable in sounding like Def Leppard than ever before: [“They have to have our identity in them or they might as well be Tom Waits, y’know, or R.E.M. We have a signature sound that we’re not scared of anymore. I think we were, right around theSlang period of our career (in 1996). We were frightening to death of ourselves, I think — but not so much anymore. Y’know, so, they’ve got the classic Leppard trademark of big guitars, drums, vocal harmonies to the high heavens, y’know?”] SOUNDCUE (:21 OC: . . . high heavens y’know)
Def Leppard performs on Saturday night (December 1st) in Dublin, Ireland with Cheap Trick.
- In addition to Def Leppard‘s best-loved hits and album favorites, The Story So Far – The Best Of includes the original holiday song “We All Need Christmas.” As a bonus, the first pressing vinyl copies of The Story So Far feature an exclusive seven-inch single of “Personal Jesus” and “We All Need Christmas.”
- The Story So Far – The Best Of will be available in multiple configurations: a double-CD set comprised of 35 tracks, one-CD comprised of 17 tracks, a double LP vinyl, and digital version.