Archive for the ‘Album Information’ Category

Rock of Ages at #10

Wednesday, May 25th, 2005

Rock of Ages: The Definitive Collection enters the Billboard charts at #10 after selling 66,000 copies in its first week. Def Leppard's last top 10 album was RetroActive in 1993.

Covers album information

Monday, May 23rd, 2005

The upcoming covers only album will be titled Yeah! and is scheduled for release on September 20, 2005.

Rock of Ages: The Definitive Collection

Wednesday, May 18th, 2005

This new two-disc set does a good job of showing both sides of Def Leppard: Ultimate party band and heavy-metal standard-bearers.

Disc 1 focuses on the pop metal sound the band patented with "Hysteria" in 1987. All of 1995's compilation "Vault" is here plus the breezy "Heaven Is" and the instrumental "Switch 625," back in its rightful place following "Bringin' on the Heartbreak."

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New album recording stars in January

Monday, August 11th, 2003

Melodic Rock (via Rick Savage) is reporting that the band will start recording for the follow up to X in January 2004.

Also, he band "is currently putting together a live compilation album that will feature tracks from the band's earliest days to the last show of the current tour. No release date is yet planned and Rick wasn't sure if it would be available alone or as part of the planned 25th Anniversary box set."

Added the cover for the Long, Long Way To Go single

Saturday, February 8th, 2003

Added the cover for the Long, Long Way To Go single to the Pictures section.

The single will include the following b-sides:

  • Gimme A Job
  • 10X Bigger Than Love
  • Now (live)
  • Long Long Way To Go (live)
  • Now (live acoustic)
  • Hysteria (live acoustic)

Rolling Stone review

Saturday, August 10th, 2002

Eighties pop-metal gods pair with Swedish master producer. Do not try to resist. A couple of years ago, a band named Bon Jovi put out an album called Crush that was intended merely to promote some live shows overseas and pay off a few mullet-replacement-surgery bills. Instead, the recording became their first American hit in years, thanks to the single co-written by Swedish popmeister Max Martin, "It's My Life."

Naturally, their fellow Eighties hair-bangers sat up and took notice. So X is Def Leppard's own version of Crush, complete with a Martin power ballad.

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Def Leppard Turn It Up to X

Tuesday, July 30th, 2002

New York club gig a sort of homecoming for arena-rock vets

The words "intimate club gig" and "arena-rock band" should not go together. The whole point of enormo-dome music is size, of riffs and choruses pumped up to the concrete arches. But long before they became the 1980s kings of year-long coliseum tours and multi-platinum heavy melody — over 24 million copies sold of 1983's Pyromania and 1987's Hysteria combined — Def Leppard played in rooms a lot smaller than New York City's Irving Plaza. In the late 1970s, when they were the prize upstarts of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, the Leppards earned their crust and stripes in tiny pubs and working men's clubs, rattling cash registers and shattering pint glasses with their precocious mix of twin Thin Lizzy-style guitars and Queen-like vocal shine.

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Spotlight Review: 'X'

Tuesday, July 30th, 2002

I was prepared for the new Def Leppard CD "X". After all the hype stating there are no rockers on the new effort and all the tunes were really mellow, I was bracing myself for the worst because I'm not a big ballad fan. So if a ballad starts playing, I usually hit the remote button. When I received "X", I placed it in my player, got my remote ready and gave it a once-over, and you know what? Only 3 of the 13 tunes on "X" are slow-tempo or what I'd consider to be ballads. And those three ballads are very likable. Know why? Because the vocal interpretations combined with the double, even triple guitar solos/riffs, the big production harmonies and the synchronous bass/beat section make Def Leppard's ballads rock, that's why. Joe Elliott's distinctive vocals just get better with time – like a vintage wine seasoned to perfection.

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Def Leppard Influenced By Aerosmith's Approach On X

Tuesday, July 30th, 2002

Def Leppard released its tenth album, aptly titled X, on Tuesday (July 30). The first single from the collection is "Now." The band decided to try different producers for this album, after being encouraged by the success of Aerosmith's "Jaded."

Guitarist Phil Collen told LAUNCH about how the band took a different approach on X. "Actually the big difference with this album and all the stuff we've done in the '90s, I think we were desperately trying to be accepted. We wanted people to like us during the '90s, and it wasn't a very natural experience, looking back on it. With this one, it was like, 'We know what we want to do. We want to use different producers, get some different kinds of spice in there and stuff,'" he said.

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NME.com reviews X

Tuesday, July 30th, 2002

No-one, not even Bon Jovi can convey the joy and the pain of the human condition better than Def Leppard. Their tenth album 'X' is an emotional minefield. One minute you're feeling wistful and sad because of tearstained ballads like 'Long Way To Go', the next you're plunging headfirst into a world of eroticism and fantasy thanks to hard rock bangers like 'Four Letter Word' and 'Girl Like You'.

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Electric Basement

Monday, July 29th, 2002

Perhaps the farthest astray of their debut since Slang, Def Leppard plunge totally "Nsync" with modern pop rock sentiment on X. With 70% of the record shuffle-based AOR, yearning like yuppies in renewal, it's easy to make fun or shake one's head in refusal. But the good news is, for an Nsync-ish record, this is better than their counteparts in many ways.

The Leps are more genuinely convincing with their material than the boy bands and quite frankly, the ballads are better than most of what they've done in the past. Instead of the techno turgidness of "Love Bites", or rather "Love Bytes", we get more nuance-laced and mature waves of melody as in "Long Long Way to Go."

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Def Leppard Are Back On Top With 'X'

Monday, July 29th, 2002

"X", Def Leppard's brand new album isn't what I expected… And that's a good thing.

During the 90's, Def Leppard seemingly tried to please every genre of music fans. It didn't work. Now in 2002, the band has written a pop-rock album (with more emphasis on pop) and it's one of their best albums ever. "X" is full of great hooks and brilliant songwriting while still containing that sonic boom that put Def Leppard on top during the 80's.

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Beware the Leppards

Sunday, July 28th, 2002

Def Leppard: Definitive arena rock band of the 1980s. Loud guitars and drums, teased hair, screaming girls, strategically ripped jeans, drugs, booze, sex and money.

Absolute rock stars.

These Brits are back with their 10th album, aptly titled X.

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Def Leppard delivers catchy tunes on X

Sunday, July 28th, 2002

This sounds like faint praise, but it's not: The great thing about older English rock stars like Def Leppard is that they don't muddy up the waters with higher aspirations. Def Leppard has had its creative ups and downs – the last couple of discs, Euphoria and Slang, haven't been the best – but they just keep on keeping on, happy to do what they do well. And no matter what it is you do, if you're halfway decent and you keep at it, you're going to do a good job.

Def Leppard has done a good job on X, its tenth record. Although the band's roots and sound lie in metal, the disc is true pop in that, while it plays, it sounds really catchy – but once it stops spinning, any lingering traces of what you've heard evaporate. The first spin is the best; every song sounds inspired. By spin No. 2, reality sets in and filler cuts such as "Unbelievable" and "Long Long Way to Go" become more apparent.

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Just this side of Britney

Thursday, July 25th, 2002

Many hard-rock acts would slap you upside the head with a double-neck guitar for suggesting they have anything in common with Britney Spears. Def Leppard isn't one of them.

When vocalist Joe Elliott and guitarist Phil Collen previewed the group's 10th album, appropriately titled X, for Montreal media last week, they made no bones about their intentions to "make a very commercial record," as Elliott put it. Of course, the meaning of "commercial" has been revised since the late 1980s, when Def Leppard's behemoth Hysteria album found a home in 16 million households. That's where the group's collaborators on X came in.

X was recorded with several producers, including longtime associate Pete Woodroffe and Marty Frederiksen, who the group admired for "taking 20 years off" Aerosmith on last year's Just Push Play album. But the collaborators who have raised eyebrows are Andreas Carlsson and Per Aldeheim, the Swedish writers who unleashed Britney Spears and NSYNC hits upon the world.

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