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12 Years Ago Def Leppard Release ROCK OF AGES Definitive Collection

Wednesday, 17th May 2017

Rock Of Ages 2005.

Def Leppard released their Rock Of Ages The Definitive Collection album on this day in 2005 in the USA and Canada.

The second greatest hits compilation album to be released by the band and the North American version of the 'Best Of Def Leppard' release from 2004.

The 2CD set featured new single 'No Matter What' which was the first cover version released as a single in the USA. Also a first taste of the 2006 'YEAH!' covers album.

The single had been released the day before the album and was the first cover version released as a single by the band in North America.

35 songs were included over the 2 CDs featuring 27 singles as well as album tracks.

The album was supported by the five and a half month 'Rock Of Ages' tour which ran from June to mid November.

It included 26 minor league baseball stadium shows played with co-headliner Bryan Adams.

Read some quotes by the band from 2005 about the album.

Rock Of Ages 2005.
2005 TV AD

2005 - Phil Collen Interview Quote

"Disc One is the greatest hits, but Disc Two is really what people wanted to hear. Stuff like 'Wasted' off the first album, 'Mirror, Mirror' and 'Paper Sun' and stuff like that."

2005 - Phil Collen Interview Quotes

"The reason for doing this now is the fact that so many people aren't aware of who we are. I think the record label more than anyone else wanted to re-introduce Def Leppard to the world," says Collen, who hopes the album will reach a new generation."

"It's the teenagers that really make something really special. When you've got that on your side, then it works on a bigger scale."

2005 - Joe Elliott Interview Quotes

"It's a great way of reintroducing us, I think, to the masses who may have forgotten we exist. The hard core we're fine with, they're good. But it's the ones who stop you in the airport and go, `Hey, you guys still around?' This kind of lets them know we still are, on a slightly bigger scale.''

"I think we were concerned about not eliminating any part of our career. It would've been so easy for us to focus on the Hysteria, Pyromania and Adrenalize trio of albums, but I think it would've been a little unfair on us as artists and on the hardcore fans to not put anything off, say, Slang or off our first album, On Through the Night, on there. We wanted it to be balanced.''

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