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Def Leppard 2016 Recap Part 3 (March/Joe's Recovery Continues)

Monday, 26th December 2016

Def Leppard 2016.

A recap of all things Def Leppard in the year 2016 continuing with the month of March.

Another eventful year for the band is about to end and these updates look back at the major events that took place this year.

Featuring links to past news stories.

In March Last In Line saw their 'Heavy Crown' album enter the charts and a new vinyl edition of the current DEF LEPPARD album was announced for the UK and Germany.

Vivian updated fans on his health status as his current treatments continued to work and allow him to tour. He also said that Def Leppard would likely record new music in 2017 and possibly not play many live shows.

Joe reassured fans during many radio interviews that his vocal recovery work was going well and he expected to be back to full strength for the summer tour.

Visit the Album News section. For more news on new music (based on band member quotes) dating back to January 2011.

Vivian Campbell 2015.

1st March 2016 - Vivian Campbell Says Band Hope To Record New Album In 2017 - Read More

Vivian hints at another new album being recorded in 2017.

Vivian Campbell quote - "I would think next year in 2017 we'll probably not do so many live shows if any at all. And I think now we're gonna focus a little bit more on making records too because I think we're - like I said we're very encouraged by the response to this. So I wouldn't be at all surprised if in 2017 Leppard's back in the studio."

Vivian Campbell 2015.

2nd March 2016 - Vivian Campbell Says Latest Tests Show Less Cancer Activity - Read More

Vivian gave an update on his current medical condition and his latest treatments which seemed to be working.

Vivian Campbell quote - "In fact I just did some scans earlier this week. CT and PET scans that I do every three months and these latest scans are very encouraging. There's a lot less cancerous activity in the tumours. So like I say you know it's all good. We're on this. We got this."

Vivian Campbell 2016.

2nd March 2016 - Vivian Campbell Says Def Leppard Will Be Back In The Studio Next Year - Read More

Vivian talked about the positive reaction to the current album and again suggested new music would be recorded in 2017.

Vivian Campbell quote - "I'm very encouraged by the response. I think as a result of that, we'll probably go back into the studio a lot sooner. Probably by next year, we'll be back in working on another record."

Jeff Keith/Phil Collen 2016.

4th March 2016 - Phil Collen/Tesla Song To Feature On Mechanical Resonance Live Album - Read More

Phil reveals the song he co-wrote, played on and produced for Tesla would be released on their new live album in the summer.

Phil Collen quote - "We finished one track for their new album that's coming out this year. A live album. We've done a bonus track for that."

Sunrise, FL 2016.

7th March 2016 - Joe Elliott Says His Voice Is Now Coming Back After Tour Break - Read More

Joe gives another update on his recovery following the tour postponement in February.

Joe Elliott quote - "It's just needs a good break. Proper rest and wait for the cough to dissipate and it has done and everything's coming back. Here I am - It wasn't like it was an injury. It was akin to, I don't know, a quarterback getting a strained arm. he'll be fine in a couple of months sort of thing and that's what I'm expecting."

Def Leppard 2015.

8th March 2016 - Def Leppard Album Vinyl Picture Disc Released For UK Record Store Day - Read More

A new double LP picture disc version of the current DEF LEPPARD album is announced for Record Store Day in the UK and Germany in April.

News quote - "For Record Store Day 2016 this phenomenal album is being made available in a limited edition, double-vinyl picture disc format."

Sunrise, FL 2016.

10th March 2016 - Joe Elliott Says His Haemorrhaged Vocal Cord Was Due To Coughing - Read More

Joe gives more insight into his vocal issues as he continues to recover.

Joe Elliott quote - "I've got a haemorrhaged vocal cord through coughing. Through coughing. I got sick over Christmas and I coughed and coughed and coughed and I just did immense damage to my throat that just wouldn't - you know it takes two seconds to break you leg and four months for it to heal."

Def Leppard 2016.

11th March 2016 - Def Leppard/Styx To Play Pensacola, Florida Show In May - Read More

Another show added to the Summer Tour 2016 in Pensacola, FL. The first show in the city since April 2003 would be the opening date of the summer tour.

Joe Elliott quote - "The tour will storm through 55 cities across all parts of the U.S. and Canada. It is set to kick off on May 2nd at Pensacola Bay Center in Pensacola, FL and wrap on October 10th in Cedar Rapids, IA."

Sunrise, FL 2016.

12th March 2016 - Joe Elliott Working With Vocal Coach During His Recovery - Read More

Joe says he is working with a vocal coach during his recovery ahead of the summer tour.

Joe Elliott quote - "So I've just been doing the usual things that singers do which is not over stretching it. And just doing exercises that I do with a vocal coach anyway. Just to kind of rebuild what got destroyed over Christmas. So I'm not envisaging any problems long term."

Def Leppard 2016.

21st March 2016 - August Show In Tampa, FL Added To Def Leppard's 2016 Summer Tour - Read More

Another Florida show added to the Summer Tour 2016 in Tampa, FL for August. A return after playing there in June 2015.

News quote - "And then on Aug. 15, Def Leppard is returning to Tampa, with a headlining concert at Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater. They'll be joined by REO Speedwagon and Tesla at the gig."

Sunrise, FL 2016.

23rd March 2016 - Joe Elliott Says His Voice Seems To Be Coming Back OK - Read More

Joe gives another update on his vocals saying he'll be OK after resting up and that there was no major damage.

Joe Elliott quote - "So you know I was just told it's a haemorrhaged vocal cord. Needed four to six weeks rest. No major damage. No polyps. No nodes. So you know it's just like a sports injury more than anything else and it seems to be coming back OK."

Phil Collen 2016.

29th March 2016 - Phil Collen/Delta Deep Kick Off East Coast Tour In Washington D.C. - Read More

Phil Collen and Delta Deep started the East Coast leg of the ongoing 'Sugar Shack' tour in the US capital. They would end up re-recording their live album on this leg and renaming it 'East Coast Live' - an album that as yet has no confirmed release date.

This show included the debut of a new original song called 'Bless These Blues' which is set to be included on their second album.

Visit the March 2016 News Section to view all the news stories in full.

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