Hear Def Leppard team with Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello on groovy new single Just Like ’73

Def Leppard and Tom Morello onstage in 2023
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Def Leppard have collaborated with Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello for a brand-new single, Just Like ’73.

The track was released today (June 13) and will be available on seven-inch vinyl on August 2. Preorder the physical version here.

A version of Just Like ’73 featuring London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will also come out on August 2.

Def Leppard previously collaborated with the orchestra on their 2023 album Drastic Symphonies, which featured symphonic re-recordings of some of their classic tracks.

A music video will be released at 4pm UK time on June 20.

Vocalist Joe Elliott comments: “[Just Like ’73] encapsulates a time that’s burned deep into our DNA. We wanted to celebrate that very important and glorious time.”

Guitarist Phil Collen adds: “When I saw David Bowie on TV between 1972 and 1973, everything I thought I knew about music went from black and white to vivid technicolour.

“Our song Just Like ’73 represents that awakening.”

Morello also comments: “I had a blast rocking a solo on Just Like ’73.

“I played [1983 track] Rock Of Ages in my college cover band almost 40 years ago and here Def Leppard are still killing it in stadiums with a brand new tune that’s one of their best.”

Def Leppard teased Just Like ’73 on Monday, posting an image on social media with two different phone numbers for US and UK fans to call.

“Light up the fuel. Just Like 73. Hotline Now Open,” the band wrote in the post.

Users who called the numbers would hear Elliott singing lyrics from the song: “A stardust religion, it’s the end of days. I ride through the crazy on electric phase, a universal lust, it’s so crazy cool. So turn on to me, it’s time to light up the fuel.”

Def Leppard will tour North America on a stacked co-headline run with Journey, starting next month. Support at the dates will come from Steve Miller Band, Cheap Trick or Heart.

See the full list of announced shows below.

Rage Against The Machine disbanded earlier this year, according to drummer Brad Wilk.

Nonetheless, Morello continues as a solo musician and will perform at the Download Festival in Donington, UK, this weekend.

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Def Leppard / Journey 2024 North American tour:

Jul 06: Saint Louis Busch Stadium, MO^
Jul 10: Orlando Camping World Stadium, FL^
Jul 13: Atlanta Truist Park, GA*
Jul 15: Chicago Wrigley Field, IL*
Jul 18: Detroit Comerica Park, MI*
Jul 20: Nashville Nissan Stadium, TN*
Jul 23:  Philadelphia Citizens Bank Park, PA*
Jul 25: Hershey Hersheypark Stadium, PA*
Jul 27: Pittsburgh PNC Park, PA*
Jul 30: Cleveland Progressive Field, OH+
Aug 02: Toronto Rogers Centre, ON+
Aug 05: Boston Fenway Park, MA+
Aug 07: New York Citi Field, NY*
Aug 12: Arlington Global Life Field, TX*
Aug 14: Houston  Minute Maid Park, TX*
Aug 16: San Antonio Alamodome, TX*
Aug 19: Minneapolis Target Field, MN*
Aug 23: Phoenix Chase Field, AZ*
Aug 25: Inglewood Sofi Stadium*, CA
Aug 28: San Francisco Oracle Park, CA*
Aug 30: San Diego Petco Park, CA*
Sep 04: Seattle T-Mobile Park, WA^
Sep 08: Denver Coors Field, CO^

*with Steve Miller Band
^with Cheap Trick
+with Heart

Matt Mills
Contributing Editor, Metal Hammer

Louder’s resident Gojira obsessive was still at uni when he joined the team in 2017. Since then, Matt’s become a regular in Prog and Metal Hammer, at his happiest when interviewing the most forward-thinking artists heavy music can muster. He’s got bylines in The Guardian, The Telegraph, NME, Guitar and many others, too. When he’s not writing, you’ll probably find him skydiving, scuba diving or coasteering.