Def Leppard is covering David Bowie and Blondie to prove once and for all it's not a heavy-metal band

Joe Elliott is a gambling man, but not with the slots.

The Def Leppard frontman is calling from Atlantic City, N.J., one of the cities on the band's tour. The group plays the Hollywood Bowl tonight and the Hyundai Pavilion in Devore on Saturday. He says he's not tempted by the one-armed bandits.

"I like the idea of winning. I like the idea of putting 25 cents in a slot (machine) and 2 million bucks coming out and then walking away with it," Elliott says. "But the chances of that happening are pretty slim. What's the point?

"This job in itself is a big enough gamble."

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