DEF LEPPARD’s JOE ELLIOTT Says ‘Diamond Star Halos’ Is ‘A Career-Defining Album’

In a new interview with Germany Rockland Radio, DEF LEPPARD singer Joe Elliot asked why his band’s fans should listen to the band’s upcoming album, “Diamond Star Halos”which will arrive on May 27 via UMe. He replied (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “If you are a DEF LEPPARD fan, I imagine there’s always a need to listen to new music, because while it’s great to have this huge catalog of music, new music is what keeps a band alive, so we want to share this with our fans.

“Why would they want to listen to it?” He continued. “Well, I believe it’s a career-defining album. For a band that’s been around for 45 years now, to make such a strong album, I believe, at this point in our career is actually quite an achievement.

“I compared the situation – not the album, but I compared the situation – ‘Diamond Star Halos’ for DEF LEPPARDI think, is capable of being this ‘Hotel California’ was for EAGLES or ‘Rumors’ was for MAC FLEETWOOD. And what I mean by that is that what was before was good; There was nothing wrong with that. In reality, EAGLES‘Greatest Hits’which was their previous album at ‘Hotel California’ is one of the best-selling records of all time; he speaks for himself. And the MAC FLEETWOOD scenario — the Green Stone years, the Jeremy Spencer years – everything was brilliant. But then they came out ‘Rumors’ and EAGLES to extinguish ‘Hotel California’and that was a quantum leap.”

Returning to “Diamond Star Halos”, Elliot added, “I believe this album is a quantum leap. It’s not a rehash of ‘Pyromania’ or ‘Hysteria’ or one of our albums. It has all the flavors that DEF LEPPARD we’ve had in the past, but there are new explorations that we’ve never done and I think our audience is ready for that journey. Because it’s been 35 years since ‘Hysteria’ came out, it’s been 39 years since ‘Pyromania’ came out, and our audience is also older, like us. So I think they’re ready to hear something a little different. There are still a lot of DEF LEPPARD thing – “Give Me a Kiss”, “SOS Emergency”, ‘Set it on fire’ [and] ‘Kick’; they are all classic DEF LEPPARD – but there are things that, like our heroes QUEENit just goes off on tangents that are a bit different from what they’ve done in the past.”

The work for “Diamond Star Halos” follows the pedigree with DEF LEPPARDInstantly recognizable album covers from their famous past. With images from world famous photographer and director Anton Corbijnstyling concepts by Maryam Malakpour and graphics by the British company Munden Brothersthe design really follows the band’s influence through their eyes today.

Over the past two years, DEF LEPPARD checked in “Diamond Star Halos” simultaneously in three different countries with Elliot in Ireland, Rick Wild (bass) in England, and Phil Collen (guitar),Viviane Campbell (guitar) and Rick Allen (battery) in the United States. Without the pressure of deadlines or a fixed schedule, they poured all their energy into creating 15 meaningful tracks with a blend of classic spirit and modern fire. Thematically, they nodded to their early collective influences such as david bowie, T.REX and MOTT LE HOOPLE, among others. The title itself refers to T.REXit is “Bang a Gong (Go Ahead)”. However, they did not embark on this journey alone. The multi-Grammy Award-winning and legendary artist Alison Krauss lent his instantly recognizable and angelic voice to “This Guitar” and “Without life”while david bowie pianist mike garson performs on “Goodbye For Good This Time” and “Angels (Can’t Help You Now)”.

DEF LEPPARDit is “The Stadium Tour” with MOTLEY CRUE, POISON and JOAN JETT AND THE BLACK HEARTS was originally scheduled to take place in the summer of 2020 but ended up being pushed back to 2021, then 2022, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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