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DEF LEPPARD To Play 3 Songs With BBC Concert Orchestra On Radio 2's PIANO ROOM

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Def Leppard have confirmed more details about their performance with the BBC Concert Orchestra on Radio 2's Piano Room show which is broadcast on 18th May.

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

As mentioned on 20th April the band will make it's live debut with an orchestra for BBC Radio 2 on 18th May.

The Piano Room show episode for 18th May will be broadcast during the Vernon Kay show who makes his debut on Radio 2.

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

3 Songs Confirmed/Press Release

A new press release has been published about the appearance and upcoming episodes featuring more details.

The band have commented on the show and confirmed they will play two Def Leppard songs and one David Bowie cover.

Joe and the band have between them covered over 20 over the years with the latest being 'Heroes' which has been played before recent shows in 2022 and 2023.

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.

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.

Now confirmed as two Def Leppard songs and one David Bowie cover to be performed with the orchestra.

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

BBC Piano Room - 18th May 2023 News Quotes

Radio 2 Piano Room - Def Leppard

"Def Leppard perform from the BBC's Maida Vale studios in Vernon's first Radio 2 Piano Room, with three-specially arranged tracks in collaboration with the BBC Concert Orchestra."

"Formed in 1976 in Sheffield, Def Leppard have sold more than 110 million albums worldwide, including two of the best-selling albums of all time, Pyromania and Hysteria, and they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2019."

This month the band released Drastic Symphonies - an album featuring some of Def Leppard's most-loved tracks dramatically reimagined orchestrally. And from the intimacy of the Piano Room, the band will be embarking on a UK and European stadium tour in May, June and July."

Def Leppard Quote

"We are so excited for our Radio 2 Piano Room performance from the legendary Maida Vale studios!"

"We’ll be playing a couple of our classic tracks reimagined with a very special Bowie cover thrown in."

"Performing these songs alongside the BBC Concert Orchestra is going to be spectacular!”."

View/Listen to the show on the BBC website when it is broadcast. - (New link with 14 minute length for show)

View/Listen to the show during the Vernon Ksy show on 18th May.

View the press release on the BBC website.

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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