Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Def Leppard delay second Las Vegas residency

Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott has revealed that the band will delay its second Las Vegas residency this fall due to plans to record a new album.

"When this tour [with KISS] ends — this tour ends mid-September — and then we'll take a couple of weeks off to just go see our families and remind them that we exist,” Elliott told WKGR 98.7 in West Palm Beach, Florida. “And then we're gonna get back on the horse and start finishing [the new Def Leppard] album off. We did a month [writing and recording] in February, we did two weeks in May, and then we're gonna spend the rest of the year when the tour is done — most of it, at least — recording this album so we can get it out for springtime.”

“And that means, if we can do that,” he continued, “we'll get back out on the road by April or so, and I think we're gonna head off Down Under first, do Australia, Japan, maybe some more areas of the Far East, South Africa, and then come back up and do Europe and then we'll be back in the States in the summer and then go around the rest of the world after that. So, yeah, think we're gonna be in November 2015, back in Vegas again."

Elliott is also aware that the Las Vegas landscape is getting busy with rock acts since the UK rockers played the “VIVA! Hysteria” residency in the spring of 2013, so a break may be in order.

"Yeah, KISS are going [to Vegas] as well in November; they've got nine shows,” he explains. “So that's another one to add to the reasons to go back. Ourselves, GN'R, Motley Crue, kind of mini residencies by people like Prince and The Who. It's become a very young town, and it's great that it seems to be taking off and becoming a cool thing to do. Yes, we are gonna go back and probably do 'Viva! Pyromania'. But it'll not be [until] towards the end of next year, because we've got a new record in the making.

"Pyromania", the 1983 release certified 10 times platinum in 2004, was the Sheffield, England hard rock band's breakthrough album, predating "Hysteria" by four years.

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