DEF LEPPARD's official web site has been updated with the following message:
"By now, most of you know that the next DEF LEPPARD album will be a collection of cover tunes from (mostly) '70s hits, and some of you may have read in various interviews that the album is scheduled for release in the fall of this year. While the final tracklisting is still the subject of debate, we are happy to tell you that the band has given us the green light to announce the title of the album. It's short n' sweet, quite to-the-point and 'in your face' and it reflects the very essence of rock n' roll. DEF LEPPARD's new album will simply be called..... 'YEAH!'"
As previously reported, DEF LEPPARD guitarist Phil Collen recently told Billboard.com that the song list for the group's all-covers set has yet to be finalized, as the group decided to record more cuts than it originally planned. Collen admits that the idea for the project was first hatched years ago. "Joe [Elliott, vocals] has been wanting to do it for like 20 years," he says. "He's like, 'Oh, it'll be great, like [DAVID BOWIE's] 'Pin-Ups'!' Someone mentioned it at the label and we just jumped on it. We kind of had a list for years anyway."
Collen 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."
As for the musical approach, Collen said, "They vary. Some of them are like we've kept almost karaoke versions, [while] other ones are completely different. It's not any one thing; it's however we felt for each song, really."
Here are tracks that have been recorded for the all-covers album:
"10538 Overture" (ELO)
"20th Century Boy" (T. REX)
"Don't Believe a Word" (THIN LIZZY)
"Drive in Saturday" (DAVID BOWIE)
"Hanging on the Telephone" (BLONDIE)
"He's Gonna Step on You Again" (JOHN KONGOS)
"No Matter What" (BADFINGER)
"Little Bit of Love" (FREE)
"Rock On" (DAVID ESSEX)
"Stay With Me" (THE FACES)
"Street Life" (ROXY MUSIC)
"The Golden Age of Rock & Roll" (MOTT THE HOOPLE)
"Waterloo Sunset" (THE KINKS)
"American Girl" (TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS)
"How Does It Feel" (SLADE)
"Kick Out the Jams" (MC5)
"Roxanne" (THE POLICE)
"Dear Friends" (QUEEN)
"When I'm Dead and Gone" (MCGUINNESS FLINT)
"Winter Song" (LINDISFARNE)