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Def Leppard is back with their first new studio album since their 2015 self-titled LP, and they’ve offered up the first preview.

Due out May 27, Diamond Star Halos boasts 15 new tracks, including the lead single “Kick” that can be heard below and is available for streaming/download here. The track definitely has a fun, arena-rock-ready feel, but it won’t have any problems rocking a stadium when Def Leppard embarks on the highly anticipated 'Stadium Tour' with Motley Crue, Poison and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts.

As for the album itself, a press release notes, “‘Diamond Star Halos’ simultaneously in three different countries with Joe Elliott in Ireland, Rick Savage in England, and Phil Collen, Vivian Campbell, and Rick Allen in the United States. Without the pressure of timelines or a fixed schedule, they poured all of their energy into crafting 15 meaningful tracks with a mixture of classic spirit meets modern fire. Thematically, they nodded to their earliest collective influences such as David Bowie, T. Rex, and Mott The Hoople, among others. The title itself notably references T. Rex’s ‘Bang a Gong (Get It On).'”

The press release further notes, “They didn’t embark on this journey alone. The multi-Grammy award winning and legendary artist Alison Krauss lent her instantly recognizable and angelic voice to ‘This Guitar’ and ‘Lifeless,’ while David Bowie pianist Mike Garson performs on ‘Goodbye For Good This Time’ and ‘Angels (Can’t Help You Now).'”

Diamond Star Halos is available for pre-order in a variety of formats here with limited edition vinyl and merch available at A full track listing is below.

Def Leppard – Diamond Star Halos – Track Listing

  1. Take What You Want
  2. Kick
  3. Fire It Up
  4. This Guitar [feat. Alison Krauss]
  5. SOS Emergency
  6. Liquid Dust
  7. U Rok Mi
  8. Goodbye For Good This Time
  9. All We Need
  10. Open Your Eyes
  11. Gimme A Kiss
  12. Angels (Can’t Help You Now)
  13. Lifeless [feat. Alison Krauss]
  14. Unbreakable
  15. From Here To Eternity


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