In a recent interview with The Patriot-News, DEF LEPPARD guitarist Phil Collen was asked if the band was working on new material. "Yeah, some really cool, hard-rock stuff," he replied. "I don't know when that will be out. It's a matter of fitting in when we can record. I don't think we'll go into a studio. You can pretty much do it in a trailer. We've recorded a bunch of stuff while on tour. That might be the way to go ... to not take a whole block [of time] out and say, 'We're going to record for a year.' That's the way the industry's gone. It's more singles-based. You don't have to put an album out, you can put a song out here and there."
Asked if he thinks a band like DEF LEPPARD could make it big today, Phil said, "No, definitely not. The times have changed. It was a time and a place and you have to be aware of that. The fact that we're out there still touring and writing new music is fascinating to me in this environment. I think we're really blessed, actually."
Regarding the secret to keeping a band together, Collen said, "We're from a working-class background in England. I've known lots of bands and they're weak in the way they approach things — they get so upset over the slightest little thing. I think there's something about [our background] that keeps you going. The things that make other bands split up don't even register with us."