Def Leppard on the prowl again

After 38 years in the "Rock Brigade", Def Leppard are still ready to Rock Rock (Till You Drop).

Last month the English hard-rock quintet, which formed in 1977 in Sheffield, released a new retrospective, Rock of Ages: The Definitive Collection, featuring hits, favourite album tracks and one new recording, a cover of Badfinger's No Matter What. The group will promote it all summer on tour, mixing its own dates with shows at minor-league baseball stadiums that will also feature Bryan Adams.

An all-covers album is also in the works, and singer Joe Elliott says that, if all goes as planned, Def Leppard will succeed in bolstering its popularity, which has slipped since the 1980s heyday of multiplatinum albums such as Pyromania (1983) and Hysteria (1987).

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