7/05/2012

Def Leppard Plan To Re-Record Entire Back Catalogue.


Def Leppard have announced that after a disagreement with Universal Music Group over royalties and digital download sales that they are cutting ties and plan to replace their entire discography with "forgeries."

From NME: The band's frontman Joe Elliott said to Billboard that the disagreement has led to the band deciding to phase out their recordings for Universal and replace them with a whole new collection of their songs, which they're calling 'forgeries.' "We'll just replace our back catalogue with brand new, exact same versions of what we did," he said.

In order to coincide with the release of the movie Rock of Ages, the band have already re-recorded their 1983 song "Rock of Ages" and 1987's "Pour Some Sugar on Me." Elliott has said of this – via the Guardian: "We just wanted studio versions of those songs available for this summer."

Of the difficulties in re-recording their old tracks, he added: "You just don't go in and say: 'Hey guys, let's record it,' and it's done in three minutes... Where am I gonna find a 22-year-old voice? I had to sing myself into a certain throat shape to be able to sing that way again. It was really hard work, but we did have a good laugh over it here and there."


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