DEF LEPPARD: 'Yeah!' Covers Album Due In April

January 4, 2006

Syndicated newspaper columnists Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith are reporting that DEF LEPPARD is taking a much-deserved break before embarking on another round of touring and album promotion. The band kept up a breakneck pace of concerts, awards shows and promotional appearances from May into December last year with its hit "Rock of Ages" album and DVD collection — then went right into piecing together their forthcoming "Yeah!" album of covers, due in April, and laying plans for more touring this year.

"We all live all over the world, so a lot of these things have to be done while we're in the same city, at the same hotel," explains lead singer Joe Elliott, who resides in Dublin. "It's been crazy, but that's exactly how you expect it to be." He notes that he and his band mates have learned how to pace themselves — a do-or-die matter, particularly since "we do a very athletic show and very athletic vocal performance, and it's physically demanding beyond belief. We did Mexico City shows, and it was really hard a mile above sea level. You're sucking in too hard … I do not want to sound like Mr. Grumpy when I say things — just be realistic and honest. It is what it is, you know? It's at the end of the tour when you really feel the pain."

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