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Def Leppard Working Together & Separately


Def Leppard is taking the first step towards making some new music -- and perhaps the group's first new album since 2008's "Songs From the Sparkle Lounge."

Guitarist Phil Collen phoned us from Dublin, where the Leppard gang has assembled to do some preliminary work on...something:

We're all just writing. We're all just together and figuring out what we're gonna do. We got some great ideas... We're talking about getting some new Lep stuff... We're definitely going out on tour and we're definitely gonna get some new music out for next year as well."

The Def Leppard members are, in fact, working on quite a bit both together and separately.

The group is releasing a deluxe, expanded edition of 1996's "Slang" album on Tuesday (February 11). Collen is also working with an "extreme blues" group called Delta Deep, which also includes Stone Temple Pilots bassist Robert DeLeo, while fellow guitarist Vivian Campbell, whose Hodgkin's lymphoma is in remission, is working with fellow former Dio band mates as Last In Line.

Front man Joe Elliott, meanwhile, is planning another release with Down 'n' Outz, his Mott The Hoople covers group with the Quireboys, and will be part of a new feature film called "The Bridge" along with fellow rockers from Twisted Sister, Ministry and Black Star Riders.