WITH THE ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
NEW ALBUM –‘DRASTIC SYMPHONIES’
LISTEN TO THE ALBUM – HERE
May 19,2023 – Today, the world sees Rock and Classical royalty unite on Drastic Symphonies – a brand-new euphoric album featuring Def Leppard’s greatest tracks dramatically reimagined, and sounding more exhilarating than ever before, via the band teaming with London’s iconic The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Listen to the album HERE.
This album represents a bold new approach to Def Leppard’s most loved songs. Def Leppard has deconstructed and rebuilt not only some of their most well-known tracks, but also some of their hidden gems as well. By and large, they have intertwined the audio from the original tapes and performed them alongside The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, who is consistently ranked as one of the world’s leading orchestras. The album additionally includes new vocals and guitars that culminate in stunningly beautiful symphonic arrangements, which at different points you can hear Joe Elliott duetting with his younger self.
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra was recorded at Abbey Road in March 2022 and is produced by Def Leppard, Ronan McHugh & Nick Patrick (producer of the following RPO/Orchestral albums – Elvis, Roy Orbison, Beach Boys and Buddy Holly), with arrangements by Eric Gorfain (Neil Diamond, Ryan Adams, Christina Aguilera).
The first track from Drastic Symphonies, “Animal,” was released on March 30th with the official Director’s Cut video, watch HERE. The second track from the album, “Hysteria” was released on May 5th. Watch the video for “Hysteria” HERE. Today, in celebration of the launch of their new album Drastic Symphonies, Def Leppard are set to play a show at the historic Leadmill, an 850 seat club in the band’s hometown of Sheffield. Net proceeds from the show will go directly to the Music Venue Trust in an effort to help save struggling small venues throughout the UK. Livestream tickets for Def Leppard One Night Only are available to purchase worldwide at Veeps.com.
The album is available on CD, 2LP black vinyl, limited 2LP colored vinyl, limited 2LP picture disc, CD/Blu-Ray (Atmos) and digitally. Building upon elements from the album artwork, a collection of exclusive merch is now available for pre-order in the band’s official store.
Album tracklisting as follows:
• Turn To Dust
• Paper Sun
• Pour Some Sugar on Me (Stripped version)
• Love Bites
• Goodbye For Good This Time
• Gods Of War
• Angels (Can’t Help You Now)
• Bringin’ On the Heartbreak
• Switch 625
• Too Late for Love
• When Love & Hate Collide
• Kings Of the World
The vinyl and Atmos versions also feature an exclusive bonus track:
• Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad
2022 saw Def Leppard release their critically and commercially acclaimed 12th studio album Diamond Star Halos which charted all over the world including a top 5 and top 10 in both North America and the U.K.. Early 2023, saw the band score a U.K. No 1 Netflix film with their cameo in acclaimed movie Bank Of Dave. Joe Elliott is also currently riding high in charts across the world with his guest vocal on the Ghost track “Spillways.”
The band also embarked on a SOLD-OUT stadium tour across North America with Motley Crue in 2022 – selling over 1.3 million tickets. February and March 2023 saw the tour wow audiences throughout Central and South America. In May, June and July the must-see tour of 2023 comes to Europe, including a stop at the iconic Wembley Stadium on July 1st. Full European tour dates below:
THE WORLD TOUR DATES:
Mon, May 22, 2023 – Sheffield, UK – Bramall Lane
Wed, May 25, 2022 – Mönchengladbach, Germany – SparkassenPark
Sat, May 27, 2023 – Munich, Germany – Koenigsplatz
Mon, May 29, 2023 – Budapest, Hungary – MVM Dome
Wed, May 31, 2023 – Krakow, Poland – TAURON Arena Kraków
Fri, Jun 2, 2023 – Prague, Czech Republic – Prague Rocks *
Sat, Jun 3, 2023 – Hannover, Germany – Expo Plaza
Tue, Jun 7, 2022 – Solvesborg, Sweden – Sweden Rock Festival *
Fri, Jun 9, 2023 – Helsinki, Finland – RockFest *
Sun, Jun 11, 2023 – Trondheim, Norway – Trondheim Rocks *
Wed, Jun 14, 2023 – Copenhagen, Denmark – COPENHELL *
Sun, Jun 18, 2023 – Dessel, Belgium – Graspop Metal Meeting *
Tue, Jun 20, 2023 – Milan, Italy – Ippodromo SNAI San Siro
Fri, Jun 23, 2023 – Lisbon, Portugal – Passeio Maritimo de Alges
Sat, Jun 24, 2023 – Rivas-Vaciamadrid, Spain – Auditorio Miguel Ríos
Tue, Jun 27, 2023 – Thun, Switzerland – Stockhorn Arena
Sat, Jul 1, 2023 – London, UK – Wembley Stadium
Sun, Jul 2, 2023 – Lytham, UK – Lytham Festival *
Tue, Jul 4, 2023 – Dublin, Ireland – Marlay Park
Thu, Jul 6, 2023 – Glasgow, UK – Hampden Park
Sat, Aug 5, 2023 – Syracuse, NY, United States – JMA Wireless Dome
Tue, Aug 8, 2023 – Columbus, OH, United States – Ohio Stadium
Thu, Aug 10, 2023 – Sturgis, SD, United States – Sturgis Rally
Fri, Aug 11, 2023 – Fargo, ND, United States – Fargo Dome
Sun, Aug 13, 2023 – Omaha, NE, United States – Charles Schwab Field
Wed, Aug 16, 2023 – Tulsa, OK, United States – Skelly Field @ H.A. Chapman Stadium
Fri, Aug 18, 2023 – El Paso, TX, United States – Sun Bowl
For tickets check local listings for complete details including VIP offerings, on sale times vary. To purchase tickets please visit defleppard.com.
ABOUT DEF LEPPARD:
With more than 110 million albums sold worldwide and two prestigious Diamond Awards in the U.S., 2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame® inductees Def Leppard – Joe Elliott (vocals), Phil Collen (guitar), Rick Savage (bass), Vivian Campbell (guitar) and Rick Allen (drums) — continue to be one of the most important forces in rock music. Over the course of their career the band has produced a series of classic ground-breaking albums that set the bar for generations of music fans and artists alike. The group’s spectacular live shows and arsenal of hits have become synonymous with their name, leading Def Leppard to be heralded as the world’s greatest live rock band. Def Leppard’s influential career includes numerous hit singles and ground-breaking multi-platinum albums—including two of the best-selling albums of all time, Pyromania and Hysteria, capturing the group’s legendary tracks, bringing together classic Leppard hits such as “Rock of Ages,” “Pour Some Sugar on Me” and “Foolin.” For the first time, in January 2018 Def Leppard debuted their full recording catalogue worldwide via streaming and download platforms. As they did with the original release of their records, Def Leppard dominated the worldwide charts again, which found their albums charting in the iTunes Top 10 in more than 30 countries, including Hysteria at No. 3 in the U.S., and No. 5 in the U.K. (36 years after the album had charted at No 1 in the Billboard charts). Def Leppard also had the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 records on the U.S. catalog albums chart. The band have gone on to amass a staggering 5.5 billion streams since 2018, reaching a younger 18-44 demographic that now represents 58% of their fanbase. Additionally, the band have garnered an impressive 15 million followers across their social media platforms. In May 2022, Def Leppard released their twelfth studio album Diamond Star Halos. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Apple and Amazon Music charts. The album also scored a Top 10 debut on North America’s Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart, marking the band’s eighth Top 10 album of their career, and garnered a No. 1 debut on Billboard’s Hard Rock chart. Diamond Star Halos had numerous Top 10 chart entries globally including a Top 5 debut in the U.K. As always, the group keeps pushing the boundaries with their electrifying live shows.
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