Def Leppard’s new self-titled album comes out tomorrow (October 30), and it’s definitely been getting a lot of buzz.
Guitarist Vivian Campbell spoke with Robyn Lane from WRAT-FM recently about the album, and while he echoed similar sentiments expressed by Phil Collen, he also discussed one downside to the album referring to his ongoing battle with Hodgkin’s lymphoma:
“I think this is the strongest record that Def Leppard has made in the 23 years that I’ve been a part of this band. That’s the good thing. The bad thing for me is it’s actually the record I’ve had the least to do with in the 23 years I’ve been with Def Leppard…But we made this record over the course of a year in Ireland over three different installments over that year. Each installment being 4,5 or 6 weeks. I was there for the first, and I was there for the last, and I missed the whole middle one, which undoubtedly is where most of the work was done. So, I gotta give almost all the credit to the other four guys in the band.”
As for some of his favorite tracks off Def Leppard, Campbell singled out one song in particular, which provided a first for the band:
“There’s a beautiful song that Joe [Elliott] wrote called ‘We Belong.’ It’s a very pretty tune, to begin with, but it’s very exciting for me and the rest of the guys, because for the first time ever we all take turns singing lead vocal. We sing a couple of line each in the verses. As Def Leppard, we’re known for our vocal prowess through the years, but it’s always been a collective thing. So, this is the first time we’ve ever actually showcased everyone individually.”
Def Leppard will be back on the road starting November 9th with their tour of Japan, followed by dates in Australia, Singapore, Ireland and the U.K. for the remainder of 2015. 2016, of course, will see the band setting sail on the Def Leppard cruise, followed by a series of tour dates in the U.S. For a complete tour itinerary, head over to DefLeppard.com.
Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock reporter who never leaves home without her iPod, because to her, there’s something very comforting about carrying around every piece of music she’s ever owned in her life.