DEF LEPPARD guitarist Vivian Campbell recently spoke to RollingStone.com about the group's upcoming covers album, "Yeah!", tentatively due in April.
"I saw Marc Bolan and T. REX in 1971 on 'Top of the Pops'," Campbell recalled, "and [singer] Joe [Elliott] has the same memory. I was nine years old, and I knew I wanted to play guitar. So most of the songs [on 'Yeah!'] come from the glam era: T. REX, ROXY MUSIC, E.L.O."
While the album will include renditions of E.L.O.'s "10538 Overture" and ROXY MUSIC's "Street Life" — which Campbell said the band recorded "as more of a punk-rock song" — expect more straight-up rockers, like THIN LIZZY's "Don't Believe a Word", as well as some melodic material, like the KINKS classic "Waterloo Sunset". "But we really made it sound like DEF LEPPARD," Campbell says of the KINKS track. "Joe does a great vocal, and we made the guitar parts work."
After a summer tour, likely to launch in June, DEF LEPPARD plan to get to work on a new studio album, due in 2007. "We've really tried to gather ideas on the road this last summer," Campbell explained.
Read more at RollingStone.com.
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