March 3, 2008 - April 29th, 2008 will see the release of a brand new Def Leppard album.
Entitled Songs From the Sparkle Lounge, the album will feature 11 new tracks, one of which is a collaboration with Country superstar Tim McGraw.
The unlikely team-up between DL and McGraw began back in 2006 at the band's Hollywood Bowl show where the Country icon joined them on stage for an encore performance of "Pour Some Sugar on Me." They stayed in touch and when the band started writing the song "Nine Lives" they immediately thought of reaching out to McGraw to sing on it. Guitarist Phil Collen flew to Nashville to play it for McGraw who loved it and recorded the song in Nashville shortly after.
The bulk of the album was recorded last year during month-long stints at lead singer Joe Elliott's Dublin studio, the album's title refers to a backstage area called "The Sparkle Lounge" on Def Leppard's 2006 tour where the band would go to write songs.
"The whole record's got a great '70s feel," said lead singer Joe Elliott. "By our standards, it's a very different album as we've been very adventurous, musically, on certain numbers. On the album there are classic Def Leppard songs and then there's also tracks that are very new-wave influenced while others sound like middle-to-late '70s AC/DC. There will definitely be some moments on it where anybody that's familiar with our music will go, 'Whoa! I wasn't expecting that!'"
Songs From the Sparkle Lounge Track Listing
Only The Good Die Young
Gotta Let It Go
The venerable rockers will kick off a Spring tour of the U.S. to celebrate the release of the new album. Dates of the tour will be forthcoming.