Singer Joe Elliott said that Def Leppard has written new songs during the pandemic.
In a new chat with host Kylie Olsson of Download festival, the singer said:
“We have written some songs — I can’t deny that we have written some songs remotely as an exercise to see if we could, and I can announce it was very successful. What are we gonna do with those songs?
”That’s to be seen. We’ve gotta wait and see, because, obviously, everybody’s in different continents, in different cities and all that kind of stuff. So there’s a lot of work to be done before we get to a finished product. But we have not let the year go to waste.”
Addressing the fact that it’s been nearly six years since DL last released album, 2015’s self-titled effort, Joe said:
“The industry being what it is, we’re all aware of the fact that there’s an element of the media that can’t let go of the fact that records aren’t that important anymore. And I know that’s a sad thing to say, but it’s a fact of life. Touring is massively important — way more than it was when you went out promoting records when they were important.
”Especially for legacy bands or whatever you wanna call ’em. Listen, I went to see The Rolling Stones in 1989 in case one of them died. That’s 1989. They haven’t had a death since the 1960s.
“I’m aware of the fact that when you’ve got a history — whether it be The Eagles or Fleetwood Mac or any of the bands from the ’80s, like us and Iron Maiden and whoever else, we’ve got this legacy audience as well that wanna see us continue the journey, if you like. And that’s become way more important.” […]