Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Def Leppard to record new music during Las Vegas residency

Def Leppard are hoping to record some new music during their upcoming spring residency in Las Vegas.

The band takes over the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino for an exclusive nine-show run entitled “VIVA Hysteria!” between March 22 and April 10 at The Joint.

Rolling Stone reports Leppard vocalist Joe Elliott says he's hopeful that the extended engagement will give the band ample time to record new material. The singer says both the relaxed performing schedule (the band will have three days on and four off), as well as the fact that Vegas will mark the first time in ages all five members will be in the same location for several weeks’ time, should prove beneficial to the creative process.

Elliott envisions the band converting an extra hotel room into a mini-studio of sorts.

"Hopefully they won't kick us out," he says. As for whether the band will deliver what would be their first full-length album of new material since 2008's “Songs From The Sparkle Lounge”, the verdict is still out. "I don't know if we'll do an album," Elliott says. "Maybe the way to go is put one or two tracks out at a time and see how it goes. Almost like a 7-inch single."

"We've got a golden opportunity," he continues. "We've got ample opportunity to look each other in the eye and go 'what you got?' We're back to that rehearsal-room vibe."

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