2020 will be a big year for Def Leppard.
Def Leppard vocalist Joe Elliot recently discussed the band's upcoming projects on SiriusXM's Trunk Nation, revealing that their forthcoming box set, The Early Years, will be released between January and April 2020.
The never-before-heard release is a "live recording from Oxford New Theatre in the U.K. from April 1980," with Elliot further commenting, "I didn't realize how good it was. Listening to it, the two-armed Rick Allen and Sav [bassist Rick Savage]...And Pete Willis and Steve Clark were a great combination in those days; they really were as well. And as I said in the liner notes, if you peel through the curtain of uncertainty that was my voice back in those days, you can hear the beginnings of a really great band."
Also in the works for this new year is revamped video campaign 2020 Vision, featuring "[re-releases] of a lot of [the band's] past video products in much better condition than it was originally released."
In Elliot's words, "no hissy VHS tapes anymore, but cleaned up, 5.1 Surround Sound remixes on the sound of some live stuff, some live things that have never seen the light of day before."
When asked about any potential new music releases in 2020, the singer emphasized touring as the band's main priority for the next year, while noting "Now, don't get me wrong — we absolutely are writing; we do wanna make a record; but we're gonna make it in our own sweet time, so it's a good album, not a rushed album...We are gonna make a record when we have the time to do it."
In the meantime, Def Leppard fans can quell their high anticipation by purchasing tickets to see the band perform alongside Motley Crue, Poison and Joan Jett on "The Stadium Tour," which kicks off on June 21 in Texas, with freshly added stops in Kansas City, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Nashville Cincinnati and Cleveland.