Def Leppard teams with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for new 'Drastic Symphonies' album

'Iconic tracks, dramatically reimagined'
Joe Elliott of Def Leppard
Joe Elliott of Def Leppard Photo credit Medios y Media/Getty Images
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Rock and Classical royalty will unite on Def Leppard’s forthcoming album Drastic Symphonies set for release on May 19, featuring fifteen of the band’s greatest tracks dramatically reimagined with London’s iconic Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

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With this symphonic new offering, Def Leppard has deconstructed and rebuilt not only some of their most well-known tracks, but some of their best-hidden gems as well, intertwined with audio from the original tapes and performed alongside The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The album also includes new guitar and vocal tracks, which at different points give the listener a taste of singer Joe Elliott duetting with his younger self. Take a look at the full tracklist below -- Preorders are available now.

Drastic Symphonies tracklisting:

Turn To Dust
Paper Sun
Pour Some Sugar on Me (Stripped version)
Love Bites
Goodbye For Good This Time
Gods Of War
Angels (Can't Help You Now)
Bringin' On the Heartbreak
Switch 625
Too Late for Love
When Love & Hate Collide
Kings Of the World
Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad (Vinyl and Atmos bonus track)

Singer Joe Elliott says in a statement, "Def Leppard has always enjoyed veering off the expected path - working with the likes of Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift & Alison Krauss for example. So, when the offer to revisit some of our back catalogue with the Royal Philharmonic was presented to us, we all jumped at it. Although we're far from the first band to ever do this, working directly with an orchestra at Abbey Road on some of our more orchestrated songs seemed too good of an opportunity to pass up."

"When the offer of doing an orchestral album with the RPO was suggested, we were honoured,” guitarist Phil Collen says of the album. “But we didn't just want an orchestra plonked over our previous recordings. We decided to create something special where we would have something classic but present it in a brand new way that would involve making everything work in the context of Drastic Symphonies. Recording new parts, remixing previous sounds, taking some of our instruments out so the orchestra could breathe, and literally making a new album. It was an amazingly inspirational process culminating in the live recording of the RPO at Abbey Road studios in London. An absolute team effort that took a good part of a year. It's a new Def Leppard album, it's a greatest hits plus album with some songs rarely heard before, it's a live RPO album and we think it's perfect. We're so proud of how Drastic Symphonies turned out and can't wait to share it to the world."

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