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Members of Def Leppard have confirmed that they are in the early stages of recording a follow-up to the group's 2015 self-titled LP.
“We have three songs on the go,” guitarist Phil Collen told Classic Rock Revisited. “Rick Savage has one, a verse that he sent me. I was messing around with some melodies for that too, and Joe [Elliott] has this amazing idea, and I have this one that’s kind of finished. I have melodies, a chorus and all the guitar parts. So we’ve started, officially, without even knowing it, the next Def Leppard album.”
Collen speculates that fans might hear bits and pieces of the album as the group starts the recording process, but a release date hasn't been set. "I don’t know when it’s going to come out. It’ll probably be a traditional album, but you never know," Collen speculated. "If someone says we need a new Def Leppard song, we’ll put it out. It’s great to have every option available.”
The album will mark the 12th studio effort from the Eighties heavyweights, who recently celebrated the 30th anniversary of their critically acclaimed fourth record Hysteria. “Listening to it now, it’s even better than I remembered,” Collen reminisced. "When we were doing it, [someone] said, ‘Why are you spending so much time and putting so much money into it?’ He said, in 20 years time, would we be sitting here and talking about it? It’s 30 years now, so he was obviously bang-on about it. It was a really special time.”