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Def Leppard’s Phil Collen Says New LP Is Best Since ‘Hysteria’

Many members of Def Leppard had talked about the band’s upcoming studio release to the press, but guitarist Phil Collen may have made the boldest declaration about it.

Collen recently appeared on the “One On One With Mitch Lafon” podcast and said that the as-yet-to-be-titled release is “the best album we’ve done since Hysteria.”

To put that statement into perspective, Hysteria, which was released in 1987, featured the monster hits “Pour Some Sugar on Me,” “Love Bites,” “Animal” and “Armageddon It.”  The album has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide and has been certified platinum 12 times in the U.S. alone.

In the immortal words of Ron Burgundy, it’s kind of a big deal.

While it hasn’t been announce when this new Def Leppard album will be out, we’re sure fan interest has definitely been peaked after Collen’s thoughts.

In the meantime, fans can catch Def Leppard live this summer when they hit the road with Styx and Tesla beginning June 23rd in Tampa, Fla.  For more info on upcoming tour dates, check out


Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock reporter who never leaves home without her iPod, because to her, there’s something very comforting about carrying around every piece of music she’s ever owned in her life.