Def Leppard To Turn Their Backs On Releasing Albums?
June 9, 2011
After selling more than 65 million albums worldwide, stalwart British rockers Def Leppard seem ready to ditch the LP in its more conventional format, with guitarist Vivian Campbell professing that he doesn’t “see the point in putting out full-lengths” any more, reports Simon Jay Catling of AOL Music.
Talking to Artistdirect.com, the 48 year-old admitted that the group had been working on new material to follow up 2008’s ‘Songs From The Sparkle Lounge’ — their 10th studio album — but said “I’m not sure that it will be full-length … people are not interested in full-lengths. I’d rather put out less music with more quality.”
Currently promoting new live album ‘Mirrorball,’ Campbell went on to say: “We live in such pleasure times now; there are so many things vying for people’s attention, so much media and instant communication with the web and phones. People don’t have time to listen to a full album.”
Campbell joined the group — best known for 1987 US No. 1 single ‘Love Bites,’ and hits ‘Pour Some Sugar On Me’ and ‘Photograph’ — in 1992; however, while he may be tiring of the album format, his enthusiasm for the band apparently remains as strong as ever after 19 years. “I never get sick of it,” he enthused. “We keep it fresh for ourselves and really enjoy it.”
That’s good news for the band as they embark on a mammoth three-month tour of the US after this weekend’s Download Festival.