DEF LEPPARD have set a September 20 worldwide release date for their all-covers set, entitled "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 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)
In other news, DEF LEPPARD's official web site has been updated with the following message:
"North American fans have been wondering if their 'Rock of Ages' hits collection would be accompanied by a DVD collection — just like in the rest of the world, when 'Best of Def Leppard' was released simultanously on CD and DVD last year. We can now confirm that a DVD will be released in North America before the end of the year, featuring all of the band's promo videos, plus a number of extras. Title and exact release date to be determined."