WTMJ-TV reporter Melissa McCrady went backstage at the DEF LEPPARD concert at the Milwaukee Summerfest to interview singer Joe Elliott and guitarist Phil Collen. Watch the footage at this location.
DEF LEPPARD members Joe Elliott, Rick Savage and Vivian Campbell were the featured guests on the nationally syndicated radio show "Rockline" on June 20. The program is now available for streaming at this location.
According to Billboard.com, DEF LEPPARD is "about 85, 90 percent finished" with its next CD, which frontman Joe Elliott describes as "a very rock album."
"I'm not gonna say it's radically different to anything we've ever done," Elliott told Billboard.com. "There's classic DEF LEPPARD. There's stuff that sounds like it's going back to the middle, late-'70s AC/DC and new wave-type sounding stuff. There's definitely some moments on it where anybody that's familiar with our music will go, 'Whoa! I wasn't expecting that!' We've just been very adventurous, musically, on certain numbers."
Elliott said the "Sparkle Lounge" album title refers to a room the group maintained backstage during its 2006 tour dates, where the musicians would congregate with co-producer and live sound technician Ronan McHugh to work up and record ideas.