DEF LEPPARD's official web site has been updated with the following message:"Only ten more days and the band will kick off their summer 2007 tour in Cincinnati. "OH! If you're wondering what the guys are up to until then, here's your answer: rehearsing, rehearsing, and rehearsing — the shots here show that they are up and running! "This week, rehearsals are planned in Los Angeles and after Friday's performance on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' the band will fly to the Midwest for the production rehearsals (involving the full stage show). This is where we'll be at to take many photos, shoot a lot of video and do a lot of interviews, so expect to see some more exciting activity on DefLeppard.com and the Fan Club site soon! "By the way, if you think those shots above are not really Ross Halfin-quality..... Well, think about which band member you don't see in these pictures, and his reputation as a photographer..... You do the math!" According to Billboard.com, DEF LEPPARD is "about 85, 90 percent finished" with its next album, which frontman Joe Elliott describes as "a very rock album" tentatively titled "Songs from the Sparkle Lounge". "I'm not gonna say it's radically different to anything we've ever done," Elliott told Billboard.com. "There's classic DEF LEPPARD. There's stuff that sounds like it's going back to the middle, late-'70s AC/DC and new wave-type sounding stuff. There's definitely some moments on it where anybody that's familiar with our music will go, 'Whoa! I wasn't expecting that!' We've just been very adventurous, musically, on certain numbers." Elliott said the "Sparkle Lounge" album title refers to a room the group maintained backstage during its 2006 tour dates, where the musicians would congregate with co-producer and live sound technician Ronan McHugh to work up and record ideas. Read more at Billboard.com.
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