DEF LEPPARD performed a three-song mini-set on final night time’s (Wednesday, Might 25) episode of ABC‘s “Jimmy Kimmel Dwell!” The trio of “Rock Of Ages” (from DEF LEPPARD‘s “Pyromania” album),“Hysteria” and “Pour Some Sugar On Me” (each from “Hysteria”) can now be seen beneath.
DEF LEPPARD‘s new album, “Diamond Star Halos”, will arrive on Might 27 through UMe. The follow-up to 2015’s self-titled LP is out there for pre-order now in a number of configurations, together with a deluxe version, 2-LP vinyl, digital codecs and extra. Unique bundles together with newly designed album merch have additionally launched.
In a latest interview with Germany’s Rockland Radio, DEF LEPPARD singer Joe Elliott was requested why followers of his band ought to hearken to “Diamond Star Halos”. He responded: “In case you’re a DEF LEPPARD fan, I might think about there’s all the time a must hearken to some new music, as a result of as a lot because it’s nice to have this huge again catalog of music, new music is what retains a band alive, so we wanna share that with our followers.
“Why would they wanna hearken to it?” he continued. “Properly, I consider that this can be a career-defining album. For a band that is been round now for 45 years, to make an album that is this robust, I consider, at this level of our profession is definitely fairly an achievement.
“I have been evaluating the scenario — not the album, however I have been evaluating the scenario — ‘Diamond Star Halos’ for DEF LEPPARD, I feel, is able to being what ‘Lodge California’ was for THE EAGLES or ‘Rumours’ was for FLEETWOOD MAC. And what I imply by that’s what got here earlier than was wonderful; there was nothing fallacious with it. In actual fact, THE EAGLES‘ ‘Biggest Hits’, which was their earlier album to ‘Lodge California’ is among the biggest-selling information of all time; it speaks for itself. And the FLEETWOOD MAC situation — the Peter Inexperienced years, the Jeremy Spencer years — it was all good stuff. However then they put out ‘Rumours’ and THE EAGLES put out ‘Lodge California’, and it was a quantum leap.”
Circling again to “Diamond Star Halos”, Elliott added: “I consider that this album is a quantum leap. It isn’t a rehash of ‘Pyromania’ or ‘Hysteria’ or any of our albums. It is received all of the flavors that DEF LEPPARD have had prior to now, however it’s received some new explorations that we have by no means performed that I feel our viewers are prepared for this journey. As a result of it is 35 years since ‘Hysteria’ is launched, it is 39 since ‘Pyromania’ got here out, and our viewers are additionally older, like we’re. So I feel they’re prepared to listen to one thing a bit totally different. It is nonetheless received loads of DEF LEPPARD stuff — ‘Gimme A Kiss’, ‘SOS Emergency’, ‘Fireplace It Up’ [and] ‘Kick’; they’re all basic DEF LEPPARD — however there’s some stuff that, like our heroes QUEEN, it simply goes off on tangents which can be a bit totally different to the stuff that they’d performed prior to now.”
The art work for “Diamond Star Halos” follows pedigree with DEF LEPPARD‘s immediately recognizable album covers from their celebrated previous. With photographs by world famend photographer and director Anton Corbijn, styling ideas by Maryam Malakpour and graphics by the U.Okay.-based Munden Brothers, the design actually follows the band’s affect by their eyes in the present day.
Over the previous two years, DEF LEPPARD recorded “Diamond Star Halos” concurrently in three totally different nations with Elliott in Eire, Rick Savage (bass) in England, and Phil Collen (guitar),Vivian Campbell (guitar) and Rick Allen (drums) in america. With out the stress of timelines or a hard and fast schedule, they poured all of their power into crafting 15 significant tracks with a combination of basic spirit meets fashionable fireplace. Thematically, they nodded to their earliest collective influences similar to David Bowie, T.REX and MOTT THE HOOPLE, amongst others. The title itself notably references T.REX‘s “Bang a Gong (Get It On)”. Nonetheless, they did not embark on this journey alone. The multi-Grammy Award-winning and legendary artist Alison Krauss lent her immediately recognizable and angelic voice to “This Guitar” and “Lifeless”, whereas David Bowie pianist Mike Garson performs on “Goodbye For Good This Time” and “Angels (Cannot Assist You Now)”.
DEF LEPPARD‘s “The Stadium Tour” with MÖTLEY CRÜE, POISON and JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS was initially scheduled to happen in the summertime of 2020 however ended up being pushed again to 2021, after which to 2022, because of the coronavirus pandemic.