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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Def Leppard: Joe Elliott Interview

Def Leppard will offer an early taste of its next studio album with three new songs that will be part of a live album, "Mirrorball," which is due out this summer. The group is also planning to release a retrospective book, "Def Leppard, The Definitive Visual History," featuring more than 30 years of photographs by Ross Halfin, in June.

"When we decided to do (the live album), it just got said -- I don't know by who -- 'Why don't we chuck a couple of new songs on the end?' " frontman Joe Elliott tells "And that two became three, and in fairness it could've been four if we'd just had a little bit more time. But we wanted to tour this summer, so any fourth or fifth song we had brewing, we'll save them for the next record."

Elliott composed "Undefeated," which he describes as "a very Queen-type vocal thing. It even features piano and stuff." Guitarist Phil Collen's "All About Believin' " is "a pop-rock song," while bassist Rick Savage's "Kings of the World" is "a big, epic, rock anthem that will sound great in arenas and stadiums all over the world -- kind of 'We Will Rock You' with guitars, if you like."

Read the entire interview on Billboard.

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