Def Leppard 6/3/22

Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott says the band still believes in the art of the long form, full-album format. Blabbermouth reported that Elliott spoke in depth about the band in the current issue of Rock Candy magazine and explained why creating full-length LP’s still works for the band and its fans: “When we got together in 2014 we noticed a trend of people releasing one song a month. They might bang them all together on an album two years later. Other people were just doing EP’s.”

Elliott went on to explain, “Maybe for a younger generation, an album isn’t important, because they didn’t grow up when it was. But we did. We grew up in the era of (The Rise And Fall Of) Ziggy Stardust (And The Spiders From Mars)(The) Dark Side Of The MoonGoodbye Yellow Brick Road — the greatest double album of all time, in my humble opinion. That’s where we come from. You can’t unscramble an egg. We invested in laying on the bed and looking at the sleeve, reading every word.”

Joe Elliott, who’s thrilled with the reaction Leppard’s new album Diamond Star Halos has received, remains realistic about presenting new music in concert: “I don’t think many legacy artists perform new music. We do. We play new stuff, but it’s horses for courses. Leppard fans want ‘Photograph.’ They want ‘Pour Some Sugar. . .’ Only a fool goes, ‘I’m gonna play you my entire new album.’ Anyone who goes, ‘Here are 12 songs from my new album’ is going to clear the dance floor. Don’t batter people with the new s***. If it’s good enough, let it become part of the set further down the road.”

We caught up with Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen who’s celebrating his 40th year as an integral part of the Rock Hall inductees: [“It just flies by. I know more than I did the day before and we, we kind of take that approach with the band. It’s like, y’know, I honestly think so many artists and bands don’t reach their full potential, ’cause they actually give up before that happens. And I think will all that experience and everything that we’ve had in 40-odd-years, if you can apply that moving forward, then you’re way ahead of the game than anyone else because they never get to reach that magical period.”] SOUNDCUE (:25 OC: . . . that magical period)

  • Def Leppard / Motley Crue / Poison / John  Jett & The Blackhearts “The Stadium Tour” dates (subject to change):
    June 16 – Atlanta, GA – SunTrust Park
    June 18 – Miami, FL – Hard Rock Stadium
    June 19 – Orlando, FL – Camping World Stadium
    June 22 – Washington, D.C. – Nationals Park
    June 24 – Flushing, NY – Citi Field
    June 25 – Philadelphia, PA – Citizens Bank Park
    June 28 – Charlotte, NC – Bank of America Stadium
    June 30 – Nashville, TN – Nissan Stadium
    July 2 – Jacksonville, FL – TIAA Bank Field
    July 5 – St. Louis, MO – Busch Stadium
    July 8 – Chicago, IL – Wrigley Field
    July 10 – Detroit, MI – Comerica Park
    July 12 – Hershey, PA – Hersheypark Stadium
    July 14 – Cleveland, OH – FirstEnergy Stadium
    July 15 – Cincinnati, OH – Great American Ball Park
    July 17 – Milwaukee, WI – Miller Park
    July 19 – Kansas City, MO – Kauffman Stadium
    July 21 – Denver, CO – Coors Field
    August 5, 6 – Boston, MA – Fenway Park
    August 8 – Toronto, ON – Rogers Centre
    August 10 – Orchard Park, NY – New Era Field
    August 12 – Pittsburgh, PA – PNC Park
    August 14 – Minneapolis, MN – U.S. Bank Stadium
    August 16 – Indianapolis, IN – Lucas Oil Stadium
    August 19 – Houston, TX- Minute Maid Park
    August 21 – San Antonio, TX – Alamodome
    August 22 – Arlington, TX – Globe Life Field
    August 25 – Glendale, AZ – State Farm Stadium
    August 27 – Los Angeles, CA – SoFi Stadium
    August 28 – San Diego, CA – Petco Park
    August 31 – Seattle, WA – T-Mobile Park
    September 2 – Vancouver, BC – BC Place
    September 4 – Edmonton, AB – Commonwealth Stadium
    September 7 – San Francisco, CA – Oracle Park
    September 9 – Las Vegas, NV – Allegiant Stadium

TL; DR

  • Def Leppard‘s Joe Elliott explained to Rock Candy magazine why the band still believes in the full-length album as an art form: “Maybe for a younger generation, an album isn’t important, because they didn’t grow up when it was. But we did.”

FAST FACTS

  • Def Leppard‘s 12th studio album, Diamond Star Halos, was released on May 27th.
  • The new album — which gets its title from T. Rex‘s 1971 classic “Get It On (Bang A Gong)” — marks the band’s first since their 2015 self-titled set. 
  • Diamond Star Halo features two songs with Americana star Alison Krauss — best known in rock circles for her recent work with Robert Plant. Also contributing is David Bowie‘s frequent pianist Mike Garston.