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News - Joe Elliott Says Def Leppard Unsure Of Next Album Format

Sunday, 13th May 2012

Joe Elliott Sheffield 2008.

Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott spoke to 97.7 HTZ-FM radio in Hamilton, ON last month and said there will be no Hysteria anniversary concert.

Joe also said the band are not sure of how to record or release their next studio album or whether fans want one. Also that the band would consider working with Mutt Lange again but not any other producers.

Joe confirmed there will NOT be a Hysteria anniversary concert this year. Then again he did speak to the South American press two weeks after this interview (confused yet? keep reading...).

In an 11 minute interview Joe talked about touring with Heart/Poison, the 35th anniversary of the band starting, the top 3 highlights of his career in music (Don Valley 1993/Hysteria going to Number One/playing ATYD's at the Freddie Show), would the band ever play OTTN/HND/Pyromania or Hysteria in full in concert (Joe says No), will there be a new Def Leppard album and would the band consider working with Mutt Lange again.

Paul Morris Show - Joe Elliott Interview Quotes

Playing the Hysteria album in full?

"We're not doing it this year, I can say that much. But it's something that's a possibility."

Will there be a new Def Leppard studio album?

"I would like to say so yes. You know, to be quite honest sometimes in the band we have different opinions on how we should do things. You know like on the last album, on the Mirrorball album we decided to put some new music out there on the end of the live tracks. There's three brand new songs and we just wanted to give people a taste of the fact that we can still write, we still do write and we still want to make new music."

"Instead of waiting around until two years time here's three new songs now. Which put some of us in the head space of like why don't we do them in blocks of three and just put them out on the internet. Then when we've got four blocks of three out bang them all together on an album. And then you've got a record. It's not necessarily a new record then it's more like a collection of songs that you've already released but still it's an album."

"We just don't really know how we're gonna approach things. We just don't know how important they are to a vast amount of our audience. Whether they want us to keep making new music, you know in bunches of 12. Maybe they'd be more happy to have two or three new songs once every nine months as opposed to a new album every three years. It's one of those things we have to try, see if it works and then see if it's either a success or failure. We've no yardstick to gauge it against, it's really difficult to know what to do."

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