Def Leppard Will Release New Box Set For 2020
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An Exciting Year For The Band
Def Leppard is set to release a box set titled The Early Years to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their debut album “On Through the Night”. In a recent appearance on SiriusXM’s “Trunk Nation”, Joe Elliott revealed that they have “a lot of stuff cooking” for 2020. Speaking about new material, he said: “So we get a lot of criticism from all quarters — fans, media — saying that we’re not concentrating on getting new music out there. It’s not that important at this time in our career. What’s important right now — you look at THE EAGLES, you look at FLEETWOOD MAC, you look at, say, KISS or AEROSMITH, people want to see them live.”
He continued, “Ticket sales prove that. They can all put new records out and they don’t sell anything like their original albums did. It just is the way that it is.”
He did clarify that they want to make new music but that it just isn’t the priority right now. They are writing songs but they will “make it in our own sweet time” because they don’t want it to seem rushed. For the new box set, Elliott shared: “[It] will be out in what the grownups call the first quarter, so sometime between January and April. I’m not sure of the exact date. But we’re doing the first two albums with bonus material. And there’s a live recording from Oxford New Theatre in the U.K. from April 1980, which is actually astounding.”
Aside from The Early Years collection, they also planned a visual campaign titled “2020 Vision” where they will reissue some of their videos “in much better condition than it was originally released.” It will even feature unreleased live performances.
Def Leppard’s Stadium Tour will kick off on June 21 in San Antonio, Texas.