Def Leppard just released their new self-titled album today, their first new studio album since 2008’s Songs from the Sparkle Lounge. “Let’s Go” was already released as the first single, but now it gets its own futuristic music video, with plenty of spaceships and robots.
Vocalist Joe Elliott talked to Rolling Stone last month about the first track from the new album:
“(Bassist) Rick Savage wrote 80 percent of the song. I wrote the verses, he wrote all the music and the choruses. He came in with it, and we knew it was a classic Def Leppard song. It’s that three-minute pop-rock stuff with big chunky guitars and a big chorus. And it has that swaggering, mid-tempo rhythm, like “Sugar,” and “Rock of Ages.” The idea was, we wanted something familiar. I mean, when AC/DC comes back after years away, you’re not going to get “Bohemian Rhapsody” from ’em, you know? And you don’t want it, either — you want “Back in Black,” or something like it. For us, this is what we do. And it’s something we enjoy doing.”
Def Leppard apparently enjoyed touring with Styx and Tesla, too, as they recently announced that after 50+ tour dates with the two bands that they’ll be coming back for more, confirming 13 more dates here in the US in early 2016.