DEF LEPPARD were glad to help Bob Geldof and his campaign to end Third World poverty by performing at the Live 8 concert in Philadelphia on Saturday (July 2). The band's lead singer Joe Elliott told Launch Radio Networks that he hoped people don't lose sight of the goal while they're enjoying the show. "I think, first and foremost, we've got to realize that it's all for a good cause, and that is the primary objective, is to raise awareness of what's actually happening in Africa," he said. "But at that moment in time, people are gonna be celebrating what's actually happening on, on the stages. People are gonna be tuned in all over the world, watching artists from all over the world doing what they do best, and hopefully raising awareness for what is an extremely serious situation that needs fixing yesterday."
As previously reported, DEF LEPPARD have set a September 20 worldwide release date for their all-covers set, entitled "Yeah!" 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. He 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."
DEF LEPPARD's "Rock of Ages", a new two-CD collection of hits, has sold 190,888 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.