Sunday, March 6, 2011

Def Leppard talk about upcoming live album

Reuters recently conducted an interview with Def Leppard regarding their upcoming live album. Here is an excerpt from that interview:

British rockers DEF LEPPARD are hitting the road this summer to support their first ever live album which aims to cement the band's reputation as one of rock's top touring acts 34 years into its career.

"It's the first time we've taken stock of what we've done and delivered the live album fans have been asking for, for years," lead singer Joe Elliott told Reuters.

Def Leppard chose the tracks for its new Mirrorball from among 45 shows on its 2008-09 tour to support recent studio album, "Songs from the Sparkle Lounge."

Def Leppard, whose upcoming tour begins June 7 in Belfast and includes at least 42 US dates, said the record shows how much tighter they've become since joining the ranks of rock superstars in 1983 with the diamond certified Pyromania.

"We couldn't sing back then," guitarist Phil Collen said.

The band is known for its obsessive perfectionism and long recording process in the studio -- it took 3 1-2 years to make 1987's Hysteria. Yet, for Mirrorball the members decided to include songs that had some imperfections to keep a feeling of "live" authenticity.

While it is billed as a live album, Mirrorball"slips in three new studio songs: 'Undefeated', which Elliott called a "classic arena rock anthem," 'It's All About Believin'' and 'Kings of the World'. The new album's release date has yet to be determined, but will be available before the tour starts.

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