DEF LEPPARD and LAST IN LINE guitarist Vivian Campbell was interviewed by Kaaos TV before DEF LEPPARD's June 9 performance at Rockfest in Hyvinkää, Finland. You can now watch the chat below.
Speaking about DEF LEPPARD's plan to put out new music in the not-too-distant future, Vivian said: "I know that there's a couple of new DEF LEPPARD song ideas going around. I would hope that in 2020 we release something. I don't think we'd get an album done and released in a year, but maybe we'll record two or three songs. But that is important also for DEF LEPPARD. Even though records are no longer a source of income or whatever…"
He continued: "A lot of people say this: 'Why do you bother writing and recording new music?' Well, it matters to us, because we are creative individuals, and that's why we started in the first place. And I think that's a muscle that we have to keep exercising. We need to keep writing songs. We need to keep putting out records… We go out here and we play 'Pour Some Sugar On Me' and 'Animal' and 'Rocket' and all these great songs, and that's what people wanna hear, but at the same time, for us, we need to make records. So, I think that's the short answer. When people say, 'Why do you still make records?' I think it's a selfish reason — we do it for ourselves. If people wanna buy it, then that's a bonus."
On Friday, guitarist Phil Collen told Planet Rock that DEF LEPPARD has a "bunch of songs" in the works for its 12th studio album, which the band began recording last year.
DEF LEPPARD's second Las Vegas residency will take place this summer. The band will take over Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino for 12 explosive nights between August 14 and September 7.
The British rockers played their first Las Vegas residency five years ago at the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel.
DEF LEPPARD's latest greatest-hits collection, titled "The Story So Far - The Best Of", came out in November.