joeelliot400 Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott reports the band have completed the recording of their eleventh studio album.

Originally planned as an EP, the follow-up to 2008’s Songs From The Sparkle Lounge developed into a full album when the band completed a run of writing sessions last spring.

Elliott said on his Planet Rock radio show, “Yes, I do sound very jolly, don’t I? I’m jolly because we have finished the new album – apart from the mixing of it. We have sung our last word, played our last solo, hit our last drum. It’s done! And it will be out later this year.”

The band’s production schedule was disrupted last year due to live commitments and guitarist Vivian Campbell’s stem-cell treatment for cancer.

Elliott recently confirmed the launch would be delayed until later this year after Def Lep had received “an unprecedented amount of offers” of work.

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  • Eddie on

    All of that is great but the issue has always been Slash and Axl, nobody else

  • Mark Weichold on

    The Guns and Roses reunion is already a done deal, Steven is just drawing attention to it. Slash is touring with Duff and Gilby Clark’s bands opening for them. Their all sharing the stage for Paradise City at the end of Slash’s set (youtube). You will hear a big announcement early summer about the reunion.

    What does this have to do with the Def Leppard article?

    • Dana on

      I thought the exact same thing Mark, what does this have to do with Def Leppard? That comment would have been more appropriate under the Steven Adler story.

      Dana from 🙂

    • Jason Falkinham on

      Nothing, but Guns is way more entertaining to discuss.

  • lee Bug on

    No Axl, It’s Myles Kennedy with Matt Sorum and Steve Adler doing a double drum kit show. It’s all over South America news.

    • Jason Falkinham on

      How is that any different than Velvet Revolver, besides the fact that Kennedy completely ruins every Guns song he ‘sings’? VR burned out fairly fast. Slash may play decent sized venues overseas, but he plays clubs and theaters here. With Axl, he’ll be playing arenas, minimum. I’m a massive Guns fan, but if this is remotely true, I don’t see how this will be a big draw?

  • James K. on

    I’d be so excited if the first song they release for the new album is a slamming song in the style of “Let It Go” or “Another Hit And Run” (can you guess what my favorite Def Leppard album is?). But the truth is that they’re just not that type of band any more. Actually, a huge reason HIGH ‘N DRY sounds the way it does is because of Steve and Pete being on guitar. I have faith that the Leps still have the ability and hopefully the urge to come back one day with at least one more hard rocking album. They’ve always tried their best, especially the last 20-25 years, to distance themselves from being called anything close to “heavy metal”, which I’ve never thought of them as anyway and I’m sure all real metal and hard rock fans never have either. Joe stated in the Metal Evolution episode on the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal that all they wanted was to NOT be associated with it at all. So, in their quest to have radio friendly songs, be non-British sounding and be easier on the ears and closer to Pop Music that Hard Rock or Heavy Metal, they went into a different musical spectrum that I didn’t want to follow them in. But now, fast forward to the first episode of TMS this season and there’s Joe on the show! The guy who hates the thought of being associated with metal music was on That METAL Show! That alone has reignited my hopes that Def Leppard may be close to letting go, even if just a little, and bringing the harder edge side of the band back. I know it’s a long shot and probably won’t happen but it doesn’t hurt to have hope, does it?

    • James K. on

      Oops, I meant “Another Hit And Run”, not “Hit And Run”! “No No No”, “High ‘N’ Dry (Saturday Night)” and “On Through The Night” are great songs to. Even though it’s an instrumental, I’ve always liked “Switch 625”. I love how “Bringin’ On The Heartbreak” bleeds into it, almost like “Switch 625” is an extension of that song. I liked PYROMANIA when it was first released but HIGH ‘N’ DRY is a superior album, in my opinion. I’ve always thought that.

  • J J on

    New album…How many times have we heard “new album” from MANY of these washed up groups. Every time I go to a show and they play a song from a “new album” people usually use the restroom or do anything else but get into the music. Everyone wants to hear tunes that made these groups popular in it’s decade. I haven’t heard any 80’s artist make new material that stands the test of time of the songs of the era in which they were in. Save your money for other things and please don’t give it to musicians who didn’t budget money right in the first go around.

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