Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Def Leppard delay second Las Vegas residency

Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen has revealed that the band will delay its second Las Vegas residency to 2016 due to touring and recording commitments.

Originally planned for last fall, the group were aiming to follow-up their “VIVA! Hysteria” residency in the spring of 2013 with a “VIVA! Pyromania” series.

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

“We are planning on going back,” Collen tells WRFX Charlotte, NC (audio below). “It keeps getting put off, though. First, it was supposed to be the middle of last year, then it was the end of last year. We keep missing the deadline, because we have stuff, you know, on all the time.

“It won't be able to happen this year, because, I think, most of our tour dates are already kind of solidified; you know, all around the world. So it's probably gonna be earlier next year, hopefully."

Collen and Def Leppard are currently in the studio working on the follow-up to 2008’s “Songs From The Sparkle Lounge”; they recently revealed that their 2015 tour plans will see the band step away from the studio and return to complete the project in the fall.

The band return to the road to launch a spring tour of Canada on April 15 before heading to Europe for shows this summer; an extensive North American tour with Styx and Tesla begins on June 23 in Tampa, FL.

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