DEF LEPPARD's video for "Rock On", the first single from their brand-new release, "Yeah!", has been posted online at the band's official web site, DefLeppard.com. On Monday (June 12), the video goes into regular TV rotation on VH1 in the U.S.
"Rock On" is a classic radio smash originally done by DAVID ESSEX in 1973, when DEF LEPPARD were just a bunch of young lads in England starting to learn about music. It's the perfect introduction to "Yeah!", a 14-song collection of glam-rock covers that serves as a long-awaited tribute to DEF LEPPARD's hard-rock heroes.
Captured in the desert climes of Placerita Canyon outside Los Angeles, the video, directed by award-winning filmmaker Nigel Dick, envisions the band getting ready to play a post-apocalyptic stage, with grit, grime and nothing but guitars, drums and the spirit of rock to guide them.
"We're really pleased how that came out," guitarist and vocalist Phil Collen says. "It was fantastic. It's 'Mad Max' meets something nasty and gritty and fancy and dusty. It's very iconic and we just love the way it turned out."
Regarding how the song has been reworked in the trademark DEF LEPPARD style, bassist and vocalist Rick "Sav" Savage says, "The end section is just absolute, typical DEF LEPPARD guitars and vocals, just sort of putting our little feel on it. It made it sound like a Def Leppard song. And we even played it live on the last tour. By the end of the tour, it ended up being one of the highlights of the show because everybody kind of knew the song anyway and it was like we'd transformed it and given it our own identity."
"The interesting thing about that song is that it's our tribute to QUEEN, if you like," says Collen says. "We didn't do a QUEEN song for very definite reasons. We didn't want to do QUEEN, LED ZEPPELIN, the STONES or THE BEATLES. That was just a no-no for us because it was way too obvious. So we did 'Rock On' and we just gave it a QUEEN-type treatment. In doing so, it actually sounds like it could have been on 'Hysteria' or something."