As Def Leppard prepare for their major tour with Journey, they have also begun thinking about a new album. Lead vocalist Joe Elliott says that the band has worked on some ideas for the follow-up to the band’s 2015’s self-titled album.
In 2015, the band released ‘Def Leppard.’ This came seven years after the previous studio album, 2008’s ‘Songs From the Sparkle Lounge.’ It appears the wait in between albums won’t be as long this time around.
During a brand new interview with radio station 106.7 The Eagle, Elliott talked about the planning for the next LP: “We’re always thinking. When this tour’s done, we’ll probably have all collected, individually written bits and bobs for what will be the next record,” Elliott added. “We share them with each other and go, ‘What would happen if we do this with that one and blah, blah, blah?’ and, all of sudden, we’ll have every bit of half an album written.”
In an interview last November with Classic Rock Revisted, guitarist Phil Collen said that the band had already “started writing” new music. “We have three songs on the go,” he said. “Rick Savage [bass] has one, a verse that he sent me, and Joe has this amazing idea and I have this one that’s kind of finished. I have melodies, a chorus and all the guitar parts. So we’ve started, officially, without even knowing it, the next album.”
Collen added that the new music will “come out in drips and drabs. It’ll probably be a traditional album, but you never know,” he said. “If someone says we need a new Leppard song, we’ll put it out. It’s great to have every option available.”
The band members do have side projects on the go. Elliott is heavily involved with his Down ‘N’ Outz group, which is a tribute to Mott the Hoople. Collen has released his blues project, Delta Deep and guitarist Vivian Campbell has the heavy metal group, Last In Line, that he also devotes time to.
‘Def Leppard’ entered The Billboard 200 chart at position #10. The band’s 58-city tour with Journey will kick off on May 21 in Hartford, CT and run through October 6 in Los Angeles.