DEF LEPPARD's official web site, DefLeppard.com, is auctioning off authentic pieces of outfits that the group's bassist, Rick Savage, wore on stage during many shows on the band's tours in 2005, 2006 and 2007. A total of nine items will be auctioned (one item a week),including jeans, shirts, and vests.
The last auction is now online, consisting of a pair of black velvet pants, worn mostly during DEF LEPPARD's 2007 "Yeah!" tour. The jeans are not in very good condition due to heavy use and some wear that was done to it on purpose for cosmetic reasons, and comes with a personal, hand-written thank you note from Savage.
All proceeds of this auction will go to the Sheffield Children's Hospital and Help A Hallam Child, Rick's choice of charities.
For details on the auction, or to place your bid, visit the eBay auction page.
DEF LEPPARD's new album, "Songs from the Sparkle Lounge", has had its release date pushed back to May 5 in the UK and May 6 in North America. The tentative track listing for the CD is as follows:
01. Nine Lives
02. C'mon C'mon
05. Cruise Control
06. Bad Actress
09. Come Undone
10. Only the Good Die Young
11. Give It Away
"Songs from the Sparkle Lounge" will be the band's first LP since last year's "Yeah!", which was a collection of covers of songs by artists who had influenced the band. Their most recent studio album of original material was 2002's "X".
The first single off the album is a song called "Nine Lives", which features a guest appearance by country star Tim McGraw.
DEF LEPPARD will team up with STYX and REO SPEEDWAGON for a North American tour in March/April. The trek will consist of around 20 dates.