Def Leppard // Drastic Symphonies // Album Review


Many would agree with me when I say you can never really get too much of Def Leppard. Whether it’s tuning into those heartbreak emotions with ‘Hysteria’ or getting your weekly dose of good time rock at the local bar with ‘Pour Some Sugar On Me’. Timeless classics written through many incarnations of whichever decade the music was produced in. This next turn of the Def Leppard wheel comes in the form of an album which sees them collaborate with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Rock classics reimagined through the unending, expansive sounds of the RHO, it’s a sixteen-track listing showing an entirely different side to one of the industry’s most favourably notorious bands.


The record opens with ‘Turn To Dust’. Staying true to that eastern underlay the track lifts and we’re suddenly opened up to the world of Def Leppard and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Be prepared to experience a full 180 in what you thought you knew about DL and its hard rocking exterior. The first quarter of the album gracefully throws out ‘Paper Sun’, ‘Hysteria’ and ‘Love Bites’. ‘Animal’ sends a particular warmth down one’s back as the string section elevates its already beautifully composed arrangement. ‘Pour Some Sugar On Me’ surprises as an entirely different piece of work from the original. I never thought I’d hear that leather in hand 80s raunch instigator as a ballad but with the RHO on hand, it’s been transformed into something serene, steady and sumptuous.


Interestingly enough Joe Elliott harmonised with his younger self on the album. Vocally his performance is good as ever and with Leppard constantly on the road whilst also writing for new releases it’s not as though Elliott would have had to brush off his pipes for the re-recording with much strain. ‘Goodbye For Good This Time’ showcases its solo in a heartfelt classical guitar whilst ‘Love’ and ‘Gods Of War’ keep the dramatic values going strong. If I’m not wrong, the latter features some of those Joe Elliot harmonies with the 1987 version of himself. Proof of the pudding that he remains one of the great hair metal vocalists throughout the four decades of the band’s ongoing career.


Using an orchestra on songs (not least The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra) lends an epic, film-like quality to the music. ‘Angels (Can’t Help You Now)’, ‘Bringin’ On The Heartache’, ‘Switch 625’ and all slip into that territory with ease. Def Leppard has always loved a good ballad, so for ‘Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad’ it hits perfectly with a little added grandiose.


The last leg of the album contains ‘Too Late For Love’, ‘When Love & Hate Collides’ and ‘Kings Of The World’. Violins, piano and huge arrangements deprive the listener of any questionable thoughts regarding whether the album works in this format. Never dropping that signature Def Leppard feel, each song takes the original piece of work and springboards into new and exciting territory.


Aside from continuing to release critically acclaimed ew music – most recently their 12th studio album, ‘Diamond Star Holes’ – Def Leppard has hit a different note of musical brilliance with ‘Drastic Symphonies’. It’s an album that can’t really go wrong with the quality of which it’s reimagined snippets of their discography. For old fans, it’ll be a treat to see the different take on their favourites but the tracks also stand as great works of music on their own. Well worth a listen and well worth the hype it will no doubt rouse. Catch Def Leppard also on their upcoming world tour, kicking off in Sheffield in a few day’s time.

Def Leppard – Drastic Symphonies is released May 19th courtesy of Universal Music


Review: Monty Sewell


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Album tracklisting as follows:

  • Turn To Dust
  • Paper Sun
  • Animal
  • Pour Some Sugar on Me (Stripped version)
  • Hysteria
  • Love Bites
  • Goodbye For Good This Time
  • Love
  • 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 will also feature an exclusive bonus track.

  • Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad


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“One Night Only”
The Leadmill, Sheffield
Friday 19th May 2023

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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 the UK and North America. Early 2023 saw the band score a UK No 1 Netflix film with their cameo in acclaimed movie “Bank Of Dave”. Joe Elliott is currently riding high in charts across the world with his guest vocal on the Ghost track “Spillways”.

2022 saw Def Leppard play a SOLD OUT stadium tour across North America with Motley Crue – 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 the 1st July. The band will then return to the USA for more live dates in August 2023.


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 *

Fri, Jun 16, 2023                             Clisson, France                               Hellfest *

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                                  Glasgow Green

Sat, Aug 5, 2023                             Syracuse, NY, USA                         JMA Wireless Dome

Tue, Aug 8, 2023                            Columbus, OH USA                        Ohio Stadium

Fri, Aug 11, 2023                            Fargo, ND, USA                              Fargo Dome

Sun, Aug 13, 2023                          Omaha, NE, USA                            Charles Schwab Field

Wed, Aug 16, 2023                        Tulsa, OK, USA                                Skelly Field @ H.A. Chapman


Fri, Aug 18, 2023                            El Paso, TX, USA                             Sun Bowl

*Festival Date

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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 #3 in the US, and #5 in the UK (36 years after the album had charted at No 1 in the Billboard charts). Def Leppard also had the #1, #2 and #3 records on the US catalogue 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 #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 #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 UK. Following the close of their historic 2018 co-headline stadium and arena run in North America, Def Leppard sold in excess of 1,000,000 tickets, a massive feat in today’s touring world. Def Leppard & Mötley Crüe topped that number yet again with another sold out North American stadium run in 2022 selling over 1.3 million tickets. As always, the group keep pushing the boundaries with their electrifying live shows.