After taking home Best Album honors at this year's Classic Rock Roll of Honour for its self-titled 2015 set, Def Leppard is ready to start working on its next project.
Guitarist Phil Collen tells us that he's confident there will be plenty of material to work with, and he expects the group to approach the new album much like it did Def Leppard:
"I'm constantly writing. I think everyone in the band does. I think what we did on this album, the last album, 'Def Leppard'...It was great. There were no rules. There was no business agenda. There was no record company. It was the purest album we've ever done. It was actually more pure than the first album or anything. My favorite album is 'Hysteria,' and it was a masterpiece mainly because of (producer) Mutt Lange, but I still think on a purely personal basis the latest album was the purest one. Literally no rules, nothing. It didn't really matter if it sold; If it didn't, it was for us. It was for us to express, if you like. So I'm sure we're gonna approach the next one the same way."
Def Leppard has no timeline for a new album, however. The group recently announced a February 10 release for a new concert home video, And There Will Be A Next Time -- Live From Detroit, and plans to resume touring in April.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.