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Def Leppard Reveals New Album and Las Vegas Return Slated for 2014


After this year's successful "Viva! Hysteria" residency, Def Leppard is planning to return to the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in 2014, this time to perform its 1983 album "Pyromania" in its entirety.

Interestingly, the move comes in time for the album's 31st anniversary rather than its 30th, but frontman Joe Elliott tells us that commemorating that mark wasn't on Def Lep's agenda this year:

"We ignored the anniversary because I think a lot of these anniversaries are just invented by the record companies to rehash for some bulls*** reason, to re-release an album that doesn't need re-releasing because it's never been deleted. We agreed to doing the 25th anniversary of 'Pyromania' five years ago, where we put out the second disc which was...basically an extra live album with the Steve Clark lineup, if you like, the way that we were in 1983. The cupboard's bare. There's nothing left. They wanted to do a re-release of a 30th anniversary of 'Pyromania,' and we just said, 'Absolutely no!  The only thing that anybody is going to get out of this is some different liner notes.' I think it's just ripping off the kids, so we said no. If somebody wants 'Pyromania Deluxe,' it's already out. We celebrated after 25 years; we don't need to do it again after 30."

The "Viva! Hysteria" run during late March and early April yielded a new live album and DVD of the same title.

Dates have not yet been set for the 2014 residency, but guitarist Phil Collen told Billboard that a new Def Lep album -- the group's first since "Songs From the Sparkle Lounge" in 2008 -- is already under way.

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