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Def Leppard will perform with the BBC Concert Orchestra on Radio 2's Piano Room show in May ahead of The World Tour 2023 UK shows.

The new album Drastic Symphonies will be released on Friday 19th May.

The album will feature 16 classic Def Leppard songs reworked and reimagined with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios in London.

The first single 'Animal' was released to digital and streaming services on the same day as the announcement - listen below.

The World Tour 2023 started in Mexico City on 18th February 2023.

The UK/European leg begins in the band's home city of Sheffield on 22nd May.

BBC Piano Room Performance

Ahead of the tour starting up again the band will make it's live debut with an orchestra for BBC radio 2.

The Piano Room show episode for 18th May is now listed on the BBC website and shows that Def Leppard will be the guest just a day before the new album is released worldwide.

The Piano Room features artists performing at the historic Maida Vale studios in London with the BBC Concert Orchestra.

Typically playing at least two of their own songs and a cover version.

The show is broadcast in the morning during Gary Davies show on BBC Radio 2 and the footage is shown on the BBC Red Button and on the iPlayer.

Videos are also then added to Radio 2's YouTube Playlist.

Def Leppard's appearance follows on from a great recent performance by Depeche Mode who made their debut at the studios and with an orchestra.

Joe mentioned this show on his 11th March Planet Rock show after viewing the appearance by fellow UK band Suede.

First Show With Orchestra

As recently confirmed by the band's Classic Rock interview the band did not perform or record directly with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Abbey Road in 2022.

Therefore the first show the band will play with an orchestra is with the BBC Concert Orchestra next month.

Currently the show page linked below has a time of 10 minutes suggesting possibly just two songs will be played.

Return To Maida Vale

The band first played and recorded here in 1979 for their early radio sessions for Andy Peebles and The Friday Rock Show.

The last known time the band recorded a session at these studios was October 1995 during the Vault acoustic promo tour.

Visit the Tour News section. For more news on future tour plans.

Visit the Album News section for more news on new music (based on band member quotes).

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Def Leppard - BBC Piano Room

Thursday, 18th May, 2023 London, England @ Maida Vale Studios

The performance will be taped at the studios and broadcast along with an interview on 18th May.

All appearances on this show are taped in advance with some previews shown before broadcast.

BBC Piano Room - 18th May 2023 News Quotes

Def Leppard

"Def Leppard perform in Radio 2's Piano Room."

The Joe Elliott Show - 11th March 2023 Quote

Patti Smith

"Couple of weeks ago I saw a band called Suede playing the Piano Room. It's a show on the BBC. Where you do a couple of your own songs with an orchestra. And you do a cover. Well I couldn't get the rights to play the Suede version. So I thought I'd play the original. This is Patti Smith."

View/Listen to the show on the BBC website when it is broadcast.

View the BBC's Piano Room Playlist at

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Def Leppard - The World Tour 2023 Dates


Mon May 22, 2023 Sheffield, England @ Bramall Lane
Thu May 25, 2023 Mönchengladbach, Germany @ SparkassenPark Mönchengladbach
Sat May 27, 2023 Munich, Germany @ Koenigsplatz (King's Square)
Mon May 29, 2023 Budapest, Hungary @ MVM Dome (Budapesti Multifunkcionális Sportcsarnok)
Wed May 31, 2023 Krakow, Poland @ Tauron Arena Krakow


Fri Jun 2, 2023 Prague, Czech Republic @ Prague Rocks *
Sat Jun 3, 2023 Hannover, Germany @ Expo Plaza
Wed Jun 7, 2023 Solvesborg, Sweden @ Sweden Rock Festival *
Fri Jun 9, 2023 Hyvinkää, Finland @ RockFest *
Sun Jun 11, 2023 Trondheim, Norway @ Trondheim Rocks (Bryggeribyen EC Dahls Arena) *
Wed Jun 14, 2023 Copenhagen, Denmark @ COPENHELL *
Fri Jun 16, 2023 Clisson/Val de Moine, France @ HELLFEST (Main Stage 1) *
Sun Jun 18, 2023 Dessel, Belgium @ Graspop Metal Meeting *
Tue Jun 20, 2023 Milan, Italy @ Ippodromo del Galoppo di San Siro
Fri Jun 23, 2023 Lisbon, Portugal @ Passeio Marítimo de Algés
Sat Jun 24, 2023 Rivas-Vaciamadrid, Spain @ Auditorio Miguel Ríos
Tue Jun 27, 2023 Thun, Switzerland @ Stockhorn Arena


Sat Jul 1, 2023 London, England @ Wembley Stadium
Sun Jul 2, 2023 Lytham/Lytham St. Annes, England @ Lytham Festival (Lytham Green) *
Tue Jul 4, 2023 Dublin/Rathfarnham, Ireland @ Marlay Park
Thu Jul 6, 2023 Glasgow, Scotland @ Hampden Park - VENUE CHANGED
Thu Jul 6, 2023 Glasgow, Scotland @ Glasgow Green


Saturday, August 5th, 2023 Syracuse, NY @ JMA Wireless Dome
Tuesday, August 8th, 2023 Columbus, OH @ Ohio Stadium
Friday, August 11th, 2023 Fargo, ND @ Fargodome
Sunday, August 13th, 2023 Omaha, NE Charles Schwab Field Omaha
Wednesday, August 16th, 2023 Tulsa, OK @ Skelly Field at H. A. Chapman Stadium
Friday, August 18th, 2023 El Paso, TX @ Sun Bowl Stadium

* = Festival.

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