Def Leppard: Why the Album Format Remains a Key for English Rock Greats (‘Diamond Star Halos’ Out Now)

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This past Friday, May 27, English rock royalty Def Leppard added to its Rock & Roll Hall of Fame catalog with a new record, Diamond Star Halos.

That’s exactly what it is: A record. A full album of new material, all of it as fist-pumping and electrifying as fans would expect from the long-running band, set to embark on the Stadium Tour this summer alongside fellow greats Motley Crue, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts and Poison.

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In a new feature with Rock Candy Mag, Def Leppard front man Joe Elliott explained just why the concept of the “album” remains a vital part of what his band does as a collective:

“When we got together in 2014 we noticed a trend of people releasing one song a month. They might bang them all together on an album two years later. Other people were just doing EPs. Maybe for a younger generation, an album isn’t important, because they didn’t grow up when it was. But we did. We grew up in the era of ‘Ziggy Stardust’, ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’, ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ – the greatest double album of all time in my humble opinion. That’s where we come from. You can’t unscramble an egg. We invested in laying on the bed and looking at the sleeve, reading every word.”

Of course, taking new material on the road as a legacy act is a tricky path to tread — but don’t expect Def Leppard to take up much of its Stadium Tour set list with songs form the new one:

“I don’t think many legacy artists perform new music,” added Elliot. “We do. We play new stuff, but it’s horses for courses. Leppard fans want ‘Photograph’. They want ‘Pour Some Sugar…’ Only a fool goes, ‘I’m gonna play you my entire new album.’ Anyone who goes, ‘Here are 12 songs from my new album’ is going to clear the dance floor. Don’t batter people with the new shit. If it’s good enough, let it become part of the set further down the road.”

As for those Stadium Tour dates, here’s the schedule. Don’t miss your chance to catch all four legendary bands on the same stage!

6/16 Atlanta, GA Truist Park
6/18 Miami Gardens, FL Hard Rock Stadium
6/19 Orlando, FL Camping World Stadium
6/22 Washington, D.C. Nationals Park
6/24 Flushing, NY Citi Field
6/25 Philadelphia, PA Citizens Bank Park
6/28 Charlotte, NC Bank of America Stadium
6/30 Nashville, TN Nissan Stadium
7/2 Jacksonville, FL TIAA Bank Field
7/5 St. Louis, MO Busch Stadium
7/8 Chicago, IL Wrigley Field
7/10 Detroit, MI Comerica Park
7/12 Hershey, PA Hersheypark Stadium
7/14 Cleveland, OH FirstEnergy Stadium
7/15 Cincinnati, OH Great American Ball Park
7/17 Milwaukee, WI American Family Field
7/19 Kansas City, MO Kauffman Stadium
7/21 Denver, CO Coors Field
8/5 Boston, MA Fenway Park
8/6 Boston, MA Fenway Park
8/8 Toronto, ON Roger’s Centre
8/10 Orchard Park, NY Highmark Stadium
8/12 Pittsburgh, PA PNC Park
8/14 Minneapolis, MN U.S. Bank Stadium
8/16 Indianapolis, IN Lucas Oil Stadium
8/19 Houston, TX Minute Maid Park
8/21 San Antonio, TX Alamodome
8/22 Arlington, TX Global Life Field
8/25 Glendale, AZ State Farm Stadium
8/27 Inglewood, CA SoFi Stadium
8/28 San Diego, CA Petco Park
8/31 Seattle, WA T-Mobile Park
9/2 Vancouver, BC BC Place
9/4 Edmonton, AB Commonwealth Stadium
9/7 San Francisco, CA Oracle Park
9/9 Las Vegas, NV Allegiant Stadium

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