Def Leppard will document its 2016 North American summer tour with And There Will Be A Next Time — Live From Detroit, a concert film recorded during the group’s stop at the suburban DTE Energy Music Theatre. The set comes out Feb. 10, and you can check out an exclusive preview of the opening number “Let’s Go” below.
Filming a show was a no-brainer, according to guitarist Phil Collen. “We were playing so amazing, and we were getting all these dates selling out, places we’ve played over the years many times but all of a sudden it was just, like, a frenzy almost, just an excitement,” Collen tells Billboard. “We thought, ‘What a great thing to do to capture that.’ We obviously had Viva, Hysteria! (in 2013, but we haven’t really had a live album/DVD really since (2003’s) In The Round, In Your Face. It just felt like a good thing to do and a good time to do it.”
The location was no random selection, either. “I think Detroit was one of the first ones that sold out, and it’s always just an amazing audience in Detroit Rock City,” Collen notes. “We’ve played that [venue] a zillion times and it’s always killer. That was kind of a no-brainer, really. When that one sold out pretty early on it was like, ‘Yeah, let’s record it there.'”
There Will Be A Next Time features the group’s entire 17-song set, including its medley of Hysteria and the late David Bowie’s “Heroes” and a pair of songs from 2015’s Def Leppard album. The set also comes with official music videos for “Let’s Go,” “Dangerous” and “Man Enough,” as well as a lyric video for “Let’s Go.” On Nov. 15 the group will launch a PledgeMusic pre-order site to give fans early access to select tracks and exclusive merchandise.
Meanwhile, Def Leppard is gearing up for a busy 2017, with touring slated to start in April and cover much of the year. Next year also marks the 30th anniversary of the 12-times platinum Hysteria album, which Collen predicts will be commemorated in some fashion. “We do, like, seven songs off it anyway, but it’d be nice to throw the odd other one in, just another song, just give it a bit of celebration,” he says. He also anticipates the group will be working on material for a new studio album to follow-up Def Leppard.
“We’ll be getting some new music together during the tour, and after as well,” says Collen, who will also be releasing a live album with his other band, Delta Deep, and is producing the next album for Def Lep tour partners Tesla. “I’m constantly writing. I think everyone in the band does. This last album, Def Leppard, we went in to record a single and then all of a sudden everyone has these amazing ideas. There were no rules and no business agenda or record company. It was the purest album we’ve ever done. I’m sure we’re going to approach the next one the same way.”
He adds that, “I think we’ve got a little bit of an Indian summer with the career here. There’s a lot of theories on why it’s happening; I think one of them is lots of bands are disappearing, and we have integrity. We never split up. We carry on. We try to improve, raise the bar, try to get better as players and stuff. And I think people notice. There’s a warmth, and it just feels way more appreciative, the fact that at this level and at this age and everything that this stuff can happen. I feel that. It means a lot.”