Def Leppard Planning ‘Unique’ Surprise for 2016
Campbell discussed Leppard's plans during a recent appearance on the Canadian classic rock station Rock 101, telling host Robin LaRose that it'll be "a very busy year" and explaining, "We are going around the world, starting in Canada. And then we go to Europe for three or four weeks. Then we start a massive American tour — 50, close to 60 shows or something, I think. And then we're going to Japan. Quite possibly Australia and New Zealand. And then we're going to the U.K. in December. And then we're gonna do something unique that we've never done before, next January, which will be announced very soon. And on top of all that, we have a new record coming out later in the year. So it's a busy time for us indeed."
Deeming the new LP "just about finished," Campbell called it "the best record that we've made" since he joined the band in 1992 — although he quickly admitted that he "didn't have a lot to do with it" because he was sidelined while he underwent treatment for Hodgkin's lymphoma. And while he didn't discount singer Joe Elliott's recent insistence that the album will explore their "experimental" side, he assured fans that it'll definitely highlight Def Leppard's rock roots.
"We set up live in the studio when we first started recording this record — which we haven't done since '96 and the Slang record," he explained. "But we wanted to do that, because we're such a really, really strong live band, and we really wanted to capture some of that dynamic that you can't really do if you do it piecemeal, bit by bit — the normal way that we'd record. So we went in and just did it old school for a while."
To listen to the rest of Campbell's interview, including an update on his health during which he proclaims that — at least for now — he's "over the hill and done with" his disease, check it out below.
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