During a recent interview with Steve King of Albany, New York’s Q105.7 radio station, Vivian Campbell spoke about DEF LEPPARD‘s plans to record the follow-up to 2015’s self-titled album.
“I think Joe [Elliott, vocals] and Phil [Collen, guitar] and Sav [Rick Savage, bass] are getting together in the next couple of weeks to start work on something”
“Unfortunately, by the time I got wind of the schedule, I was already booked to do some shows with LAST IN LINE. But it’s just an initial writing session.
“In fact, everyone in this band is always writing songs. We always have something in our back pocket. So someone obviously has a burning desire and a song that they really believe in to get the ball rolling. Having said that, it’s just an initial session, and DEF LEPPARD records take a long time to come together. So, we’ll be together pretty soon to start rehearsals for the tour.
“In fact, we have a one-off show in Mexico on May 1st, a festival date, so we’ll be rehearsing for a week or 10 days before that. And that’s when we’ll probably start to swap ideas and talk about a schedule. But, realistically, it’ll be next year before we get in to actually make a record of any shape.”
“Well, it’s important. I mean, people say, ‘What’s the point?’ ‘Cause even a band of DEF LEPPARD‘s stature worldwide, we don’t sell an awful lot of records comparatively, when you compare it to the heydays of the ’80s. I don’t think anyone really does — DEF LEPPARD or any act. But that’s not really the point. The point is you’ve gotta keep creative, you’ve gotta keep creative as a unit and as individuals. And, like I said, we’re always writing songs, and it’s important to flex that muscle. And even if we only sold a dozen copies of a record, we’d still do it because it’s important for us to keep the band vital. And that vitality is incumbent upon the band writing and recording new music. We’ve gotta keep moving forward.”