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.