Friday, January 18, 2008


March 27 being the start date of the band's World Tour to support their upcoming album "SONGS FROM THE SPARKLE,
LOUNGE", many of you have been wondering if the album will actually be released before the kickoff show. We can
hereby tell you that as of today, the album is scheduled for release on MARCH 17 in the UK and MARCH 18 in the rest of
the world. That's right -- in about two months the band's new album might be in the shops! Please note this is a
TENTATIVE date and therefore may change.

More from .....USA TODAY BRIAN

Tim McGraw joins Def Leppard on “Nine Lives,” the first single from the band’s Songs From the Sparkle Lounge album, out March 18.

McGraw met the members of Def Leppard during a 2006 show at the Hollywood Bowl, when he sang “Pour Some Sugar on Me” with them.

“You know what these situations are like," Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott told me in an interview for USA Today. “They normally lead to a lot of what we like to call ‘rock and roll promises.’ I don’t know how many times I’ve heard the phrase ‘we should work together one day’ and it leads to nothing. Fair play to Tim, he came through, and when the opportunity arose, he was there.”

Elliott says “Nine Lives” is “kind of like a cross between ‘Armageddon It’ and ‘Honky Tonk Woman. It’s got a tinge of Stones-y country, as opposed to country country. I wouldn’t say it’s typical Leppard, by any means.”

“There are two or three songs that are what I would call ‘classic Leppard stuff,’” Elliott says. “They would’ve sat nicely on Hysteria or Pyromania.”

Other songs on Songs From the Sparkle Lounge include:

“Bad Actress” – “a humorous, mini-romp at the whole X Factor lifestyle,” Elliott says.

“Come Undone” – “a mid-tempo thing that’s sort of Zeppelin-esque.”

“Cruise Control” – “Very kind of anti-war, very much about the Iraq situation. We never like too push too hard on the political front, because it doesn’t really suit bands like us, but we have managed to express that we do have a bit of a brain with songs like ‘Gods of War.’” … where we can touch on stuff other than ‘Do you want to get rocked.’”

“Come On Come On” – “It’s just straight out of the glam-rock British hit singles in 1973. [Bassist Rick Savage] just went out there and wrote a Chinn & Chapman song. It’s Bowie, Sweet, T. Rex. It’s all that rolled into one.”

Thanks to the guy who broke this news ,a real newsperson ,whom I give credit to for the breaking news above,

Brian Mansfield

Music talk

Brian Mansfield has covered country music and more for USA TODAY for seven years. He has also authored and edited several books, including the Country Music Hall of Fame's Country Music Trivia. Currently, he's writing America's Grand Ole Opry Weekend, a weekly radio show syndicated to more than 200 stations.

Ask Brian Mansfield about his picks and pans, and chat about the latest country music news.You can reach him here.....USA TODAY BRIAN
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