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10 Years Ago DEF LEPPARD Record Live Session At ABBEY ROAD Studios

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Def Leppard recorded a live session at the legendary Abbey Road Studios on this day in 2008.

The session was filmed for the TV show 'Live From Abbey Road' during the week as the UK release 'Songs From The Sparkle Lounge' album.

Two days earlier they had performed a secret show at London's Islington Academy.

The band recorded the session at the legendary London studios on 8th May 2008. Using Studio 2, the same room The Beatles used to record most of their biggest albums in the 1960s.

The show was broadcast on the Sundance Channel in the USA on 31st July 2008 and More4 TV in the UK on 1st August.

Three songs in all were recorded and filmed - 'Rocket', 'Rock On' and 'C'mon C'mon' plus short interviews with the band members.

Five seasons of the show were produced between 2007 and 2012.

View photos from the show below.

The 'Live At Abbey Road Studios' 12 inch vinyl was released this year for Record Store Day on Saturday 21st April.

All three songs were included having been newly remixed in 2018.

The retro cover art is similar to the Def Leppard EP and features the large logo from the 1980 'On Through The Night' album and 'Hello America' single. Also included is the street sign from the studios in North West London and the same red stamp title seen on 'The Lost Session' iTunes EP from January.

Watch 'C'mon C'mon' from the 2008 TV show below courtesy of director Annabel Jankel.

Def Leppard 2018.

Def Leppard Live At Abbey Road Studios (RSD2018) - Details

  • SIDE A (01) - C'mon C'mon (Live)
  • SIDE A (02) - Rock On (Live)
  • SIDE B (01) - Rocket (Live)
  • Format - 1 Disc (12" Vinyl - 180 gram)
  • UK Label - UMC/Mercury UK
  • US Label - Island
  • Price - £14.00 - (listed on a UK record store site)
  • US Quantity - 4,000
  • UK Quantity - 1,000
  • Catalogue Number - 6729347
  • Release Date - 21st April 2018

8th May 2008 Studio Session - Photo Gallery

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Record Store Day 2018 - News Quote UK

"3 track EP of a session recorded at Abbey Road - unreleased from 2008."

Record Store Day 2018 - News Quote USA

"Three tracks recorded at Abbey Road in 2008 and never previously released."

Live From Abbey Road TV Show 2008 - News Quotes

"Joe Eliott starts Def Leppard's segment by explaining how the industry has changed so dramatically since the 1980s. When Def Leppard began, bands had five albums in which to prove their staying power, often not breaking through until the third or fourth. In the '90s, however, the standard procedure became to cut a band if its second release wasn't a million-seller. He theorizes that there'd be no Def Leppard if there hadn't been a third record (which was, by the way, Pyromania!). And that would be a shame, as the band makes quite clear as it fires up "Rocket" from 1987's Hysteria."

"The band members give their all on a cover of "Rock On" and it's amazing! Then, they play a new one called "C'mon C'mon", from this year's Songs From the Sparkle Lounge, and it's not only good, it's a prime example of rock and roll in top form. At one point during the interviews, Elliott is saying that they all saw Marc Bolan, David Bowie and Queen growing up, and guitarist Viv Campbell states matter-of-factly "Rock and Roll was a religion back then. It was something that you focused on and it changed your life."

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