Rock of ages: Def Leppard is making new music, and playing its ’80s favorites

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Def Leppard has sold millions of records. The band has toured around the world and had some of the biggest hits of the 1980s. Now after more than 30 years, the band has finished work on its self-titled album – the band’s 10th studio album.

Vivian Campbell is looking forward to giving new material to the fans.

“The tour is going incredibly well and I don’t know why,” he says during a recent phone interview. “The new single goes to radio this week and we’ll see how people respond to it.”

“Let’s Go” is the first single from the new album.

Campbell says the album was recorded over the course of a year in three different recording sessions – each lasting three to six weeks. There are 14 tracks on the album and Campbell says the band finally went with an eponymous name.

“We were too lazy to think of an album name,” he says with a laugh. “To be honest, this is a really diverse record and covers a lot of different styles. We’ve ventured into a couple of new territories, like the closing track on the album, which is a psychedelic rock song.”

Campbell says the album is the strongest body of work the band has completed in quite a while. While recording the album, Campbell, who has been with the band for 23 years, took a brief hiatus to deal with his health. In fact, during the first four shows of the tour earlier this summer, Campbell was forced to miss them due to his cancer treatment.

“Missing any show is a big deal for me,” he says. “Not being able to play the shows really hurt but I knew I had to get going with my treatments.”

While on tour, Campbell has been flying back to Los Angeles for treatments.

“It’s a lot of planning and we keep moving forward as a band,” he says. “That’s the most important thing. The fans have been with us for decades and we couldn’t be more blessed.”

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