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May 2023 will see Rock and Classical royalty unite on a brand-new euphoric album titled “Drastic Symphonies” – Def Leppard’s greatest produced tracks dramatically reimagined and sounding larger and more exhilarating than ever before, teamed with London’s iconic The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
On “Drastic Symphonies”, Def Leppard have deconstructed and rebuilt not only some of their most well known tracks but also some of their hidden gems as well. By and large, they have intertwined the audio from the original tapes and performed them alongside The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The album includes new vocals and guitars which culminates in stunningly beautiful symphonic arrangements. At different points you can hear Joe Elliott duetting with his younger self.
This album represents a bold new approach to Def Leppard’s most loved songs.
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra was recorded at Abbey Road in March 2022. Produced by Def Leppard, Ronan McHugh & Nick Patrick (producer of the following RPO/Orchestral albums - Elvis, Roy Orbison, Beach Boys and Buddy Holly) with arrangements by Eric Gorfain (Neil Diamond, Ryan Adams, Christina Aguilera).
The album will be available on CD, 2LP black vinyl, limited 2LP coloured vinyl, limited 2LP picture disc, CD/Blu-Ray (Atmos) and digitally.
"Drastic Symphonies" Tracklist:
01. Turn To Dust
02. Paper Sun
04. Pour Some Sugar on Me (Stripped version)
06. Love Bites
07. Goodbye For Good This Time
09. Gods Of War
10. Angels (Can’t Help You Now)
11. Bringin’ On the Heartbreak
12. Switch 625
13. Too Late for Love
14. When Love & Hate Collide
15. Kings Of the World
The vinyl and Atmos versions will also feature an exclusive bonus track.
• Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad
2022 saw Def Leppard release their critically and commercially acclaimed 12th studio album “Diamond Star Halos” which charted all over the world including a top 5 and top 10 in both the UK and North America.
2022 saw Def Leppard play a SOLD OUT stadium tour across North America with Motley Crue - selling over 1.3 million tickets. February and March 2023 saw the tour wow audiences throughout Central and South America. In May, June and July the must see tour of 2023 comes to Europe, including a stop at the iconic Wembley Stadium on the 1st July and three appearances in Germany.
22.05.2023 – (UK) Sheffield, Bramall Lane
25.05.2023 – (DE) Mönchengladbach, SparkassenPark
27.05.2023 – (DE) München, Königsplatz
29.05.2023 – (HU) Budapest, MVM Dome
31.05.2023 – (PL) Krakow, TAURON Arena Kraków
02.06.2023 – (CZ) Prague, Prague Rocks *
03.06.2023 – (DE) Hannover, Expo Plaza
07.06.2023 – (SE) Solvesborg, Sweden Rock Festival *
09.06.2023 – (FI) Helsinki, RockFest *
11.06.2023 – (NO) Trondheim, Trondheim Rocks *
14.06.2023 – (DK) Copenhagen, COPENHELL *
16.06.2023 – (FR) Clisson, Hellfest *
18.06.2023 – (BE) Dessel, Graspop Metal Meeting *
20.06.2023 – (IT) Milan, Ippodromo SNAI San Siro
23.06.2023 – (PO) Lisbon, Passeio Maritimo de Alges
24.06.2023 – (ES) Rivas-Vaciamadrid, Auditorio Miguel Ríos
27.06.2023 – (CH) Thun, Stockhorn Arena
01.07.2023 – (UK) London, Wembley Stadium
02.07.2023 – (UK) Lytham, Lytham Festival *
04.07.2023 – (IE) Dublin, Marlay Park
06.07.2023 – (UK) Glasgow, Hampden Park
* Festival date
For tickets check local listings for complete details including VIP offerings, on sale times vary. To purchase tickets please visit defleppard.com.
ABOUT DEF LEPPARD:
With more than 110 million albums sold worldwide and two prestigious Diamond Awards in the U.S., 2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame® inductees Def Leppard - Joe Elliott (vocals), Phil Collen (guitar), Rick Savage (bass), Vivian Campbell (guitar) and Rick Allen (drums) — continue to be one of the most important forces in rock music. Over the course of their career the band has produced a series of classic ground-breaking albums that set the bar for generations of music fans and artists alike. The group’s spectacular live shows and arsenal of hits have become synonymous with their name, leading Def Leppard to be heralded as the world’s greatest live rock band. Def Leppard’s influential career includes numerous hit singles and ground-breaking multi-platinum albums—including two of the best-selling albums of all time, Pyromania and Hysteria, capturing the group’s legendary tracks, bringing together classic Leppard hits such as “Rock of Ages”, Pour Some Sugar on Me” and “Foolin.” For the first time, in January 2018 Def Leppard debuted their full recording catalogue worldwide via streaming and download platforms. As they did with the original release of their records, Def Leppard dominated the worldwide charts again, which found their albums charting in the iTunes Top 10 in more than 30 countries, including Hysteria at #3 in the US, and #5 in the UK (36 years after the album had charted at No 1 in the Billboard charts). Def Leppard also had the #1, #2 and #3 records on the US catalogue albums chart. The band have gone on to amass a staggering 5.5 billion streams since 2018, reaching a younger 18-44 demographic that now represents 58% of their fanbase. Additionally, the band have garnered an impressive 15 million followers across their social media platforms. In May 2022, Def Leppard released their twelfth studio album Diamond Star Halos. The album debuted at #1 on the Apple and Amazon Music charts. The album also scored a Top 10 debut on North America’s Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart, marking the band’s eighth Top 10 album of their career, and garnered a #1 debut on Billboard’s Hard Rock chart. Diamond Star Halos had numerous Top 10 chart entries globally including a Top 5 debut in the UK. Following the close of their historic 2018 co-headline stadium and arena run in North America, Def Leppard sold in excess of 1,000,000 tickets, a massive feat in today’s touring world. Def Leppard & Mötley Crüe topped that number yet again with another sold out North American stadium run in 2022 selling over 1.3 million tickets. As always, the group keep pushing the boundaries with their electrifying live shows.