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Def Leppard Announce Unlocking Date For ‘Def Leppard Vault’ Online Archive

The band’s new digital archive will include special installations covering the band’s history from 1977 up to the present day.

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Def Leppard have revealed that their new ‘Def Leppard Vault’ is set to open on January 13. The ‘Def Leppard Vault’ is set to gather the band’s history in a digital museum, including special installations covering the band’s history from 1977 up to the present day.

The ‘Vault’ includes an online collection of the band’s artefacts, stories and rarities, curated by Joe Elliott, Rick Savage, Rick Allen, Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell.

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Fans can sign up at the Def Leppard Vault website, after which they will receive a special code to access the various curiosities upon its opening. You can watch the band themselves talk through the vault’s concept and contents in the introductory video below.

Last June, Elliott spoke to the UK’s Daily Express about the possibility of a new Def Leppard record – which would mark their first new studio album since 2015’s self-titled release – being made during the various coronavirus lockdown periods of 2020.

“It’s always a possibility,” he said. “The one thing about this band is it never stops working, even when we’re not visible. We are always doing something, we’re always writing, we keep in touch with each other regarding putting new ideas together.

“It is very possible that something may occur during this lockdown,” he continued. “We’ve got nothing concrete; we’ll just have to see how it goes.”

2019 saw Def Leppard celebrate a less traditional landmark, as the band’s Rick Allen joined members of Iron Maiden, Scorpions, and Angra in having four new species of spiders named after them.

The novel arachnids were named Extraordinarius bruceickinsoni, Extraordinarius klausmeinei, Extraordinarius rickalleni and Extraordinarius andrematosi after Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson, Def Leppard’s Rick Allen, Scorpions’ Klaus Meine and Angra’s André Matos.

During December last year, Rick Allen was also voted ‘Best Rock Drummer In The World’ by the readers of Music Radar.

The site held a poll asking its visitors to name rock’s top sticksman, and Allen. Coming in at No. 2 was Volbeat’s Jon Larsen, followed by 5 Seconds Of Summer’s Ashton Irwin at No. 3, Alter Bridge’s Scott Phillips at No. 4, Simon Phillips at No. 5, Queen’s Roger Taylor at No. 6, Mötley Crüe’s Tommy Lee at No. 7, Blink-182’s Travis Barker at No. 8, Nirvana’s Dave Grohl at No. 9, and AC/DC’s Phil Rudd at No. 10.

Listen to the best of Def Leppard here.

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