Def Leppard is on track to release a new album this fall, and guitarist Phil Collen tells us it will be the quintet's first self-titled set.
The "Def Leppard" name was chosen, he says, to reflect the independent manner in which the group made the 12-song set:
"We started writing all these stupid names down like we normally do, and I said, 'Why don't we call it 'Def Leppard' 'cause this is like, who knows if there will be another Def Leppard album, per se, with the way the industry is, and the fact that this record actually represents us. It doesn't represent someone else's, you know, a label, a business agenda or anything else's idea of what Def Leppard is. This is actually Def Leppard's version of Def Leppard. That's actually why we called it it."
The "Def Leppard" album is due out during mid-October, according to Collen with a single expected later this month. Def Leppard returns to the road on September 16 in Auburn, Wash., and also has dates booked in Japan, Australia and the U.K. before its Hysteria on the High Seas cruise sets sale January 21 out of Miami.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.