DEF LEPPARD Part Ways With Longtime Management

After spending most of their career under the management of Peter Mensch and Cliff Bernstein at Q-Prime Management, DEF LEPPARD have jumped ship to sign with Trudy Green at HK Management, according to Hits Daily Double. HK, which is now part of Irving Azoff's Frontline Management, has looked after such artists as AEROSMITH, POISON, MICHAEL JACKSON and Slash (VELVET REVOLVER, ex-GUNS N' ROSES).

DEF LEPPARD recently pushed back the release date of their all-covers set, entitled "Yeah!", to late 2005/early 2006 from the previously announced September 20. No reason was given for the delay. Guitarist Phil Collen told Billboard.com that the song list for the set had yet to be finalized, as the group decided to record more cuts than it originally planned. He confirmed that the album will include "a bunch of stuff — all '70s stuff. Most of it is songs that we grew up with in England. 'No Matter What' by BADFINGER is going to be the leadoff single. We've done 'Waterloo Sunset' by THE KINKS, T. REX, MOTT THE HOOPLE, ROXY MUSIC and THIN LIZZY. And a lot of it is obscure; it's not the standard stuff. It's not like STONES or BEATLES songs."

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