Def Leppard's new covers album "Yeah!," due this week via Island, was originally scheduled to be out last fall.

Def Leppard's new covers album "Yeah!," due this week via Island, was originally scheduled to be out last fall. But the group delayed its release to keep it from falling into obscurity, according to frontman Joe Elliott.

"We wanted to put it out, tour it and make it a legitimate record rather than just some throwaway thing," Elliott says. "And we were kind of happy with the way it turned out. Essentially a covers album is supposed to be about fun. It's revisiting your youth and showing the world where your true roots are. It shouldn't be a labor of love."

While the concept was discussed for more than a decade, Elliott said it wasn't until 2004 -- a rare year where Def Leppard didn't tour -- that the outfit recorded the project at its leisure. "Yeah!" features material from the Kinks ("Waterloo Sunset"), Badfinger ("No Matter What"), T. Rex ("20th Century Boy"), David Bowie ("Drive-In Saturday"), Sweet ("Hell Raiser"), Mott The Hoople ("The Golden Age of Rock & Roll") and Thin Lizzy ("Don't Believe a Word"), among others.

Def Leppard originally intended to release "Yeah!" as a Dual Disc but instead opted to make the planned DVD component, "Bootleg Backstage," a separate release later in the year. The DVD will feature three live tracks ("Action," "Rock On" "No Matter What") and 20 minutes of interview footage.

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