Sunday, September 19, 2010

Def Leppard to tour in 2011

Def Leppard will be hitting the road next year, guitarist Phil Collen has confirmed via Facebook.

“We are going to kick off sometime around May,” writes Phil. “Not sure where we're going to start - US or Europe. We'll keep you posted on that one.” In terms of places they haven’t played but would like to, Phil commented, “Yeah, we've never played China. That would be cool.”

As we reported this past spring (see "Def Leppard update" here), the band announced that they would be be on hiatus this year while the guys worked on other projects, so Phil’s comments about touring next year are the first indication that plans are in motion for Leppard to regroup.

Collen was flooded with fan questions Sunday on FB and offered a few insights. When asked if the band would consider doing another CMT Crossroads special (they did one with Taylor Swift), Phil answered, “If it was the right artist, yes.”

As for Leppard’s plans to have their songs distributed by iTunes, “We're working on it.”

Even more interesting news came out of the Q&A session with fans: “Right now we're in the studio working some Lepp stuff,” wrote Collen.

So, could there be new music from the boys next year to coincide with the tour?

Def Leppard – Rock Brigade (1980)

Def Leppard – Let It Go (1981)