DEF LEPPARD frontman Joe Elliott has posted the following message at the band's official web site:
"Hello, you lovely people!! I thought I'd just give you a quick update on what's going on as we prepare for this summer's tour... First of all, it's true what they say about sitting in front a computer screen all day — at the age of 45 my short vision is starting to blur... I blame this thing!!
"Been busy for weeks now prepping for the tour, warming up, working out, talking to production people, merchandise, travel, you name it. And the second I sit down Uncle Malvin wanders in with a question or ten about one thing or another. Been busy in the studio too! In fact, I still am. I'll be in there tonight finishing off some bits for our covers CD (for any of you out there who ever doubted me...), a couple of vocal things to 'tidy up' plus a few handclaps etc. We'll be leaving the final mix of the album in the very capable hands of Ronan, our co-producer AND thankfully once again, out front sound engineer for the tour!
"I'm flying out to L.A. tomorrow to catch up with everybody, but the fun and games will have to wait a day as Thursday sees us doing press — starting at 6.45 AM! Why do we do this??!! Well, all joking aside, you only get out what you put in, and no matter how hard I try, I can't figure out any way at all of doing breakfast radio live without actually being there.
"We'll rehearse the songs for a week or so before flying out to New York to do 'The Today Show' (again, at about the same hour!) Then we fly straight out to Portland for production rehearsals where we'll meet up with the rest of our crew (and hopefully Ronan will be bringing the finished mixes of the new album with him.)
"So there you go.....And there I go, as Ro has just given me that knowing look..... So while I go and finish off my last additions to what I think, will be a nice little addition to our catalogue (and I must add, A LOT OF FUN TO DO on and off over the last year or so!)
"I wish you well and hope to see you out there in the crowd somewhere this summer!
"Love 'n' peace baby..... YEAH!!"
DEF LEPPARD will tour minor league baseball stadiums with BRYAN ADAMS, beginning on June 1 in Portland, Oregon. DEF LEPPARD will play several shows of its own during the summer as well.
DEF LEPPARD's compilation, "Rock of Ages: The Definitive Collection", was released on Tuesday (May 17).