Def Leppard is taking it all the way back. The band's lead singer, Joe Elliott, has revealed that Def Leppard is planning to release a live album recorded in 1980, when the still-fledgling group was supporting their debut album.
"We thought about this about a year and a half ago, and there's going to be a celebratory release," Elliott told Eddie Trunk during a recent SiriusXM interview. "I don't know how much of this I can say right now. I might be breaking protocol. But I will say this much: There's a companion piece to On Through the Night, there's a brand-new, just-mixed live performance from the Oxford Theatre in 1980 ... which has never been heard ever."
Def Leppard played Oxford on April 26 of that year, running through the entirety of the band's debut album, as well as a pair of songs--"Let it Go" and "Lady Strange"--that would appear on 1981 sophomore full-length, High 'n' Dry.
"It's warts and all, it is what it is. It's us live in 1980," Elliott explained. "You can't expect a 59-year old me to go in and clean up a 20-year old vocal. You know what I mean? So, it is what it is. But I tell you this much: The band, as I said in the liner notes, when you peer through the curtain of uncertainty that my voice was back in those days, there is a fantastic band onstage. And the two-arm Rick Allen with [bassist Rick Savage] was some rhythm section to come, considering he was 16 years old and Sav was 17, I think, maybe 18. And Pete [Willis] and Steve [Clark] were 17 and 18 years old. It was some band."
There is no release date for when the album will be released.