Coming hot on the heels of their platinum-certified two-CD hits package "Rock of Ages", DEF LEPPARD have announced that they will release their 12th studio album, "Yeah!", on May 23, 2006.
On their highly anticipated new album, DEF LEPPARD have created a heartfelt and hard-rocking tribute to their musical heroes of the late '60s and '70s — THE KINKS, BADFINGER, T. REX, DAVID BOWIE, SWEET, ROXY MUSIC, MOTT THE HOOPLE, FREE, FACES, and THIN LIZZY. Recording essential versions of the music that influenced their youth, the band have brilliantly merged the "Now" with the "Then" to create a buzz that can only be summed up in one word: Yeah!
Said vocalist Joe Elliott, "I thought it was about time we showed the world what our true roots were... British pop rock from the early-to-mid-'70s. The songs on this album are at least partly responsible for us making the kind of music that we do."
Added guitarist Phil Collen, "We didn't want to make the standard covers album and gave this a lot of deep thought as Joe has been going on about doing this sort of project for 26 years. We wanted to express ourselves through these songs and approached the recording process as if they were our own."
The final tracklisting for "Yeah!" is as follows (running order to be announced):
01. "10538 Overture" - originally recorded by ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA in 1972
02. "20th Century Boy" - originally recorded by T.REX in 1973
03. "Don't Believe A Word" - originally recorded by THIN LIZZY in 1976
04. "Drive-In Saturday" - originally recorded by DAVID BOWIE in 1973
05. "Hanging On The Telephone" - originally recorded by THE NERVES in 1977, and BLONDIE in 1978
06. "He's Gonna Step On You Again" - originally recorded by JOHN KONGOS in 1971
07. "Hell Raiser" - originally recorded by SWEET in 1973
08. "Little Bit Of Love" - originally recorded by FREE in 1972
09. "No Matter What" - originally recorded by BADFINGER in 1970
10. "Rock On" - originally recorded by DAVID ESSEX in 1973
11. "Stay With Me" - originally recorded by FACES in 1971
12. "Street Life" - originally recorded by ROXY MUSIC in 1973
13. "The Golden Age Of Rock & Roll" - originally recorded by MOTT THE HOOPLE in 1974
14. "Waterloo Sunset" - originally recorded by THE KINKS in 1967
The artwork will be revealed on DefLeppard.com soon.