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Music Review: Def Leppard – Songs From the Sparkle Lounge

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

It's obvious that Def Leppard tries to compare themselves to The Beatles with the cover of their new album Songs From the Sparkle Lounge. One look and anyone who has paid attention to popular culture over the last 50 years will instantly see the similarities to the Beatle's hugely important Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band.

That said, there are a few things the two groups have in common, and they mostly revolve around riches, fame, and nationality. What the two groups don't share is a knack for experimentation and studio trickery – and that's where Songs From the Sparkle Lounge is largely a bust.

Named after a room backstage that the band utilized on their last tour to write songs and warm up, Songs From the Sparkle Lounge continues a trend and change in sound that Def Leppard has been toying with for years. In addition, for the lengthy amount of time it takes Def Leppard to make a record, Songs From the Sparkle Lounge sounds like it was hastily thrown together.

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Def Leppard Riffs on 'Sgt. Pepper' With Tim McGraw

Saturday, April 5th, 2008

While many of Def Leppard's peers seem content to rely on their tired back catalogs as they hop from shed to shed this summer, the rockers will be augmenting fan favorites like 'Photograph' and 'Pour Some Sugar On Me' with tracks from its new album, 'Songs From the Sparkle Lounge,' due April 29, which features a collaboration with country star Tim McGraw, and a cover inspired by 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band'.

"We had initially hoped to really pay tribute to [Sgt. Pepper]," guitarist/songwriter Phil Collen tells Spinner, "but it was turning out to be a real hassle. Putting Elvis Presley's image on it, for instance, would have been $1800. And the same went for a lot of the other images we wanted to use. And we thought about people like Hitler and the Stones, but we realized how much effort it would have been to get the art work finalized.

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Nine Lives radio broadcast recording

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

I've added a recording of Nine Lives, a new song from the upcoming album Songs from the Sparkle Lounge to the Audio section of the Def Leppard Archive. The song was played on New Zealand Radio and was recorded by Vineeth.

Songs from the Sparkle Lounge release delayed

Saturday, February 16th, 2008

The release date for Songs from the Sparkle Lounge has been pushed back. The album is now scheduled to be released on May 5, 2008 in the UK and May 6, 2008 in the rest of the world. The album is scheduled to have 11 tracks, but the final track names and order have not been released by the band.

Songs from the Sparkle Lounge release dates

Sunday, January 20th, 2008

The tentative release dates for Songs from the Sparkle Lounge have been announced. The album is currently scheduled to be released on March 17, 2008 in the United Kingdom and March 18, 2008 in the rest of the world. There's currently no information about the track listing except that the first single will be called Nine Lives.

Def Leppard Nearly Complete With 'Sparkly' New Album

Saturday, June 16th, 2007

Def Leppard is "about 85, 90 percent finished" with its next album, which frontman Joe Elliott describes as "a very rock album" tentatively titled "Songs From the Sparkle Lounge."

"I'm not gonna say it's radically different to anything we've ever done," Elliott tells "There's classic Def Leppard. There's stuff that sounds like it's going back to the middle, late-'70s AC/DC and new wave-type sounding stuff. There's definitely some moments on it where anybody that's familiar with our music will go, 'Whoa! I wasn't expecting that!' We've just been very adventurous, musically, on certain numbers."

Elliott says the "Sparkle Lounge" album title refers to a room the group maintained backstage during its 2006 tour dates, where the musicians would congregate with co-producer and live sound technician Ronan McHugh to work up and record ideas.

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Def Leppard Gets Busy On 'Menacing' New Album

Thursday, December 14th, 2006

Veteran British rock outfit Def Leppard will begin recording its next studio album in January at frontman Joe Elliott's house in Dublin. Basic ideas were hashed out on the road during the band's extensive tour in support of this year's covers album "Yeah!," a first for Def Leppard.

"We've got about five or six songs on the go, and there'll be 11 or 12 on the final version," guitarist Phil Collen tells "We're trying to get it out for next summer, which for us would be amazing. But we've never been this far along. We come off tour, wait six months, then we start writing. We've already got that sorted out.

Collen says the songs thus far have "absolutely" been influenced by the process of making "Yeah!," which featured Def Leppard's spin on songs popularized by Thin Lizzy, the Faces and Mott The Hoople. "We did that so quick," he says. "It was raw, and it didn't demand we sit around for months or years. That really inspired us."

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Details of "Hysteria: Deluxe Edition"

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006

The deluxe edition for the remastered version of Hysteria will be released on October 16, 2006. The album will be a 2 disc set with the track listing shown below. The set will also include a foreword by Rolling Stone editor David Fricke and an extended booklet.

Disc 1:
Hysteria Remastered
  1. Women
  2. Rocket
  3. Animal
  4. Love Bites
  5. Pour Some Sugar On Me
  6. Armageddon It
  7. Gods Of War
  8. Don't Shoot Shotgun
  9. Run Riot
  10. Hysteria
  11. Exciteable
  12. Love And Affection


Yeah! debuts at #16

Saturday, June 3rd, 2006

Yeah! debuted at #16 on Billboard's Top 200 Chart, selling 42,000 units its first week.

Added cover for Yeah! album

Friday, April 14th, 2006

I've added a large image of the cover art for Yeah! to the Pictures Section.

Yeah! release date

Friday, March 31st, 2006

Def Leppard's new album, Yeah! will be released on May 23, 2006, according to the band's official site. The track listing is expected to be as follows:

  • 10538 Overture – originally recorded by Electric Light Orchestra in 1972
  • 20th Century Boy – originally recorded by T.Rex in 1973
  • Don't Believe A Word – originally recorded by Thin Lizzy in 1976
  • Drive-In Saturday – originally recorded by David Bowie in 1973
  • Hanging On The Telephone – originally recorded by The Nerves in 1977, and Blondie in 1978
  • He's Gonna Step On You Again – originally recorded by John Kongos in 1971
  • Hell Raiser – originally recorded by Sweet in 1973
  • Little Bit Of Love – originally recorded by Free in 1972
  • No Matter What – originally recorded by Badfinger in 1970
  • Rock On – originally recorded by David Essex in 1973
  • Stay With Me – originally recorded by Faces in 1971
  • Street Life – originally recorded by Roxy Music in 1973
  • The Golden Age Of Rock & Roll – originally recorded by Mott the Hoople in 1974
  • Waterloo Sunset – originally recorded by The Kinks in 1967

Rock Of Ages has been certified platinum

Friday, March 24th, 2006

Rock Of Ages: The Definitive Collection has been certified Platinum by the RIAA. It has sold over 460,000 copies since its release in May 2005. Note that ratings are based on a per CD rate, so a single CD album needs 1 million sales to achieve Platinum status.

Yeah! update

Friday, July 22nd, 2005

Word out of the Def Leppard camp is that Yeah! will not be released on September as originally planned.

Vault update

Sunday, July 10th, 2005

The RIAA has certified Vault as passing the 4,000,000 sales mark on June 2005.

Rock Of Ages: The Definitive Collection

Thursday, June 2nd, 2005

The greatness of Def Leppard can be summed up in four words, and not gunter glieben glauten globen. The four words are: Girls totally liked them. This was such a formal breakthrough in metal terms, it can hardly be overstated. Def Leppard delivered pop thrills for girls: They sang harmonies, they pumped up the beat to near-disco levels, they wrote songs as tight as their Union Jack shorts, they pranced in videos.

Who can forget Phil Collen's spandex-clad ass shaking back and forth to the beat in the "Rock of Ages" video? They took as much from David Bowie and T. Rex as they took from Led Zeppelin. As a result, Lep became arguably the first metal band to enjoy a sexually integrated audience, inventing a template that so many lesser bands spent the Eighties trying to imitate. Lep had it both ways — the boys wanted to be them and the girls wanted to rock them.

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