DEF LEPPARD singer Joe Elliott told 2FM (Ireland) radio host Dave Fanning on Friday (Oct. 1) that the group are planning on issuing a new, as-yet-untitled 14-song album of hits from the Seventies sometime in April/May 2005. The collection, which will include LEPPARD's versions of hits from DAVID BOWIE, ROXY MUSIC and KINKS (among others), will be followed by a tour. A 30-second "sneak peek" at DEF LEPPARD's version of THE KINKS classic "Waterloo Sunset", which is also featured on the limited-edition version of the upcoming "Best of Def Leppard" compilation album, can currently be streamed at the band's official web site. Check it out: Windows Media, Real Media. Listen to Elliott's appearance on 2FM in streaming audio at this location.As previously reported, "Best of Def Leppard" is scheduled for release in October via Island/Def Jam and Universal/Mercury. Described as "an updated "replacement version" of the band's previous greatest-hits compilation, "Vault" (1995), the new collection will be released in North America under the title "Super Vault". The North American version will have a different tracklisting than the U.K./European version, and in some markets, a limited-edition double CD will be released, including the aforementioned version of "Waterloo Sunset". The upcoming album will be the follow-up to 2002's "X" (Island Records), which debuted at #11 on The Billboard 200 chart with a first-week sales tally of over 71,000.
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