Def Leppard’s new album is to be released as a Classic Rock Fanpack on October 30. The Fanpack will include the CD (including an exclusive bonus track), a 116-page magazine featuring all-new interviews with all five band members, all-new photos and a track-by-track guide to the album, a series of collectable art cards, and a metal Def Leppard keyring. The album will also be available as a double-vinyl edition, while the regular CD will be released on November 27.
The Fanpack is available to pre-order now. Orders placed before 12pm (GMT) on Thursday October 1 will receive an exclusive window sticker featuring the Def Leppard album artwork, and be entered into a draw to win one of three pairs of VIP tickets aboard Def Leppard’s Hysteria On The High Seas cruise, which departs from Miami in January next year. Pre-sale gifts and offers are only open to residents of US and UK.
The self-titled album is the band’s 11th, and the follow-up to 2008’s Songs From The Sparkle Lounge. “We got together to see what we had with maybe putting out a three track EP in mind,” says Joe Elliott. “All of a sudden we had twelve songs on the go, and two more would come just a few weeks later. It’s the first album we’ve ever made with no deal in place and no-one looking over our shoulders so the freedom was immense, and I think you can hear it in the songs.”
“I think it’s the best thing we’ve done since Hysteria – I really do,” adds guitarist Phil Collen. “It’s the loudest rock guitars we’ve ever had.”
Def Leppard have also released the first song from the album, Let’s Go.
“It’s a call to arms, you know?,” Elliott tells Rolling Stone. “Rick Savage wrote 80 percent of the song. I wrote the verses, he wrote all the music and the choruses. He came in with it, and we knew it was a classic Def Leppard song. It’s that three-minute pop-rock stuff with big chunky guitars and a big chorus. And it has that swaggering, mid-tempo rhythm, like Sugar, and Rock of Ages.