The Def Leppard Vault 1/14/21

Def Leppard fans are in for a treat with the newly launched Def Leppard Vault. The contents of the vault have been personally selected by the band members — Joe ElliottPhil CollenVivian CampbellRick AllenRick Savage, who due to the ongoing pandemic, had a chance to mine their personal and group collections for the material now spotlighted in the virtual museum.

The Def Leppard Vault will serve as a constantly curated museum, “including special installations where fans can gather to see the band’s history from 1977 to now.” The site will frequently be updated with new and rare content.

Frontman Joe Elliott explained, “After months of digging through our personal rock and roll closets (and warehouses, no less!), we present you our history! Our historic vault will continually be updated with installments you may have seen with some gems I promise you’ve never heard or seen! It’s a true backstage pass for any Def Leppard or rock and roll fan! Please. . . step inside and walk this way!”

The various section feature “On The Road” spotlights photos, historical instruments, backstage passes, and tour itineraries. The band’s stage wear is showcased in “Jacket Required,” which features jackets and assorted attire from the band’s personal collection. “All I’ve Got Is A Photograph” includes original promotional images. Also included is a track-by-track retrospective in celebration of the 25th anniversary of their first greatest hits album, Vault, featuring audio and video commentary courtesy of all five members.

In the video preview for the set, Joe Elliott lists the vault including, “cassettes from back in the day, vinyl, press cuttings, CD’s of unreleased songs or rough ideas.” Fans can now sign up for entry via leppardvault.com.

During Def Leppard’s 2019 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Joe Elliott spoke about how every time the band was about to be counted out, they not only rebounded — but came back stronger: [“And that’s the way that it always played out throughout our career. So, let’s face facts, people here: If alcoholism, car crashes, and cancer couldn’t kill us — than the ’90s had no (bleep-bleep) chance”] SOUNDCUE (:14 OC: . . . had no (bleep-bleep) chance)

SOURCE: Press release

TL; DR

  • Def Leppard fans are in for a treat with the newly launched “Def Leppard Vault.” The Vault “will serve as a constantly curated museum, including special installations where fans can gather to see the band’s history from 1977 to now.” The site will frequently be updated with new and rare content.

SIDE NOTES

  • Out now are stand-alone audio versions of Def Leppard‘s Hysteria At The O2 and Hits Vegas, Live At Planet Hollywood. The concerts, which were originally included in the band’s recent audio/visual boxed set London To Vegas, are now available as limited edition double-CD’s. Hits Vegas is also scheduled for limited release on transparent blue vinyl LP today (December 11th.)
  • Filmed in December 2018, Hysteria At The O2 features Def Leppard’s debut at the London venue and spotlights the band playing its diamond-certified, 10-times platinum album Hysteria in its entirety.
  • Six months later, Leppard was captured during the band’s sold-out residency in Las Vegas at Zappos Theatre in Planet Hollywood. Hits Vegas, Live At Planet Hollywood features a 28-song deep dive into the band’s greatest hits and favorite album cuts.