DEF LEPPARD CURRENTLY WRITING NEW SONGS
July 10, 2009
Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell says the band is currently writing new song and expects to be back in the studio early next year.
Although, he’ll admit releasing new work isn’t what it used to be.
“It really makes no financial sense to spend a year or whatever making a record the way Def Leppard used to do it because it doesn’t pay in the end because not enough people are buying records,” said Campbell. “So you’re spending money that you’re never going to see back. Although it is fun creatively. We’ll always do that and we enjoy doing that. We’ve also fortunately gotten better at making records quicker and cheaper, so that just kind of pans out in the end, but it’s all about playing live. That’s what we do really, really well and that’s what we enjoy doing.
“And when you’re a kid and you pick up a guitar, that’s what you want to do. You don’t think, ‘Oh, great, let’s go spend a year and a half in the studio.’ It’s all about the instant gratification of playing in front of a live audience, that’s a thrill that can never be bottled.”
In the meantime, just last month the British heavy metal vets released deluxe versions of their classic albums, Pyromania (1983) and Adrenalize (1992).
“It’s really just for hardcore fans,” said Campbell. “I wouldn’t recommend it for the casual Def Leppard listener. We remastered, remixed the original versions of Pyromania and Adrenalize and the packaging, there’s more photos from the period, there’s more liner notes, there’s more detail and then there’s a second disc with each thing that features live and previously unreleased material.”