DEF LEPPARD: Covers Album Track Listing Confirmed, Additional Titles Revealed

DEF LEPPARD have confirmed the track listing for their upcoming "covers" album, tentatively due before the end of the year. A posting on the group's web site reads as follows:

"For a long while, the stories and rumors have been going round about DEF LEPPARD recording an album full of cover songs. While we can confirm that the band have indeed recorded their versions of some hit songs from the '70s, it is not 100 percent sure that these songs will actually be released as a full album. The band does have ideas about releasing these songs in form or another (an album, singles, B-sides, online, etc.) in 2005, but this has not materialized yet.

"We were trying to hold further news about this album back as long as possible, as we did not want it to interfere with the North American release of the 'Best Of' album (more news about that tomorrow), but it appears the excitement of the impending release of this much anticipated album has kind of forced us to reveal/confirm some more details..... So, ladies and gentlemen, for your perusal, here in glorious black and white, is a list of those songs that the band recorded for that projected covers album:

01. 10538 Overture (ELO)
02. 21st Century Boy (T-REX)
03. Don't Believe A Word (THIN LIZZY)
04. Drive In Saturday (DAVID BOWIE)
05. Hanging On The Telephone (BLONDIE)
06. Hellraiser (SWEET)
07. He's Gonna Step On You Again (a.k.a. "Step On") (JOHN KONGOS)
08. No Matter What (BADFINGER)
09. Little Bit Of Love (FREE)
10. Rock On (DAVID ESSEX)
11. Stay With Me (FACES)
12. Street Life (ROXY MUSIC)
13. The Golden Age Of Rock & Roll (MOTT THE HOOPLE)
14. Waterloo Sunset (THE KINKS)

"However, that's not all. While the 14 songs above were originally planned to be released on an album late 2004 indeed, the release of the 'Best Of' album in October of last year changed those plans drastically. And since then, eight more cover songs have been recorded:

01. American Girl (TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBRAKERS)
02. Heartbeat (JOBRIATH)
03. How Does It Feel (SLADE)
04. Kick Out The Jams (MC5)
05. Roxanne (THE POLICE)
06. So Dear Friends (QUEEN)
07. When I'm Dead And Gone (MCGUINNESS FLINT)
08. Winter Song (LINDISFARNE)

"At this moment, with these 22 songs in the can, a track listing or running order is definitely too early to talk about. An actual projected release date, or title, is even further away..... But we can promise that sooner or later, these songs will make it to your CD player. Something to look forward to!"

In other news, DEF LEPPARD's official web site has uploaded an MP3 file containing last month's (Jan. 5) appearance by LEPPARD members Joe Elliott, Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell on "Jonesy's Jukebox" show on Indie 103 FM. During the show, the guys performed acoustic versions of T. REX's "Get It On", "Ziggy Stardust" and "Pour Some Sugar On Me". Also Phil's side project MANRAZE got its radio premiere during this show, as DJ Steve Jones played their song "Skin Crawl". Download the MP3 file at this location.

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