Report: Joe Elliott Talks Side Project, New DEF LEPPARD Live Album

July 16, 2010, 7 years ago

news rock hard def leppard has issued the following report from Gary Graff:

Even as Joe Elliott releases the first album by his side project, DOWN N' OUTZ, DEF LEPPARD is hatching plans for some archival projects in 2011. Elliott tells that the group, which is taking 2010 off from touring, is putting together a live album culled from its 2009 tour that may include some new material as well.

"We've got tentative plans to do a four- or five-track EP of new songs as part of it," Elliott explains, citing inspiration from previous concert releases such as KISS' Alive II, IAN HUNTER's Welcome to the Club and GENESIS' Three Sides Live, all of which included fresh songs. The set will actually be Def Leppard's first full-scale live album, since the group has only released concert recordings on compilations and recent deluxe editions of Pyromania, Hysteria and Adrenalize.

"There'll be stuff from this century on it - 'Rock On', 'Nine Lives', 'Come On Come On', " Elliott notes. "Vivian [Campbell] has been in the band 17 years, so I think he deserves a shot at being on a live record. We've got a live video out from the Steve [Clark] era, [1989's] In the Round, In Your Face; I've always said before that if you're desperate to hear us live, put that video on and turn your telly off and just listen to the sound."

Elliott says Def Leppard is also thinking about a box set and is starting to put together a couple of books, after purchasing some 250,000 images from veteran photographer Ross Halfin.

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