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Def Leppard to release 1980 live album, 'On Through the Night'

New 21/10/2019

Joe Elliot has announced that Def Leppard will be releasing a new live album titled 'On Through the Night'.

During an interview with Eddie Trunk, the frontman teased that it will be the first official live album to feature the band before their breakthrough album, Pyromania in 1983. It's also the first album to include Pete Willis on guitar before he was replaced by Phil Collen in 1982.

"We thought about this about a year and a half ago, and there's going to be a celebratory release," Elliott recalled. "I don't know how much of this I can say right now. I might be breaking protocol. But I will say this much: There's a companion piece to On Through the Night, there's a brand-new, just-mixed live performance from the Oxford Theatre in 1980 ... which has never been heard ever."

The 1980 show took place at the New Theatre Oxford which was later renamed Apollo. Their 15-song set featured all of the debut album's 11 tracks and Lady Strange and Let it Go from their follow-up album (High 'n' Dry, 1981), Good Morning Freedom (B-side to 'Hello America) and Medicine Man.

Listen to the interview clip below.

Elliot also pointed out that fans should not expect the same or higher level of polish and perfection as their later post-1980 albums.

"It's warts and all, it is what it is," he explained. "It's us live in 1980. We were discussing off-mic... about lip-syncing or overdubbing... You can't have it. You can't expect a 59-year old me to go in and clean up a 20-year old vocal. You know what I mean? So, it is what it is. But I tell you this much: The band, as I said in the liner notes when you peer through the curtain of uncertainty that my voice was back in those days, there is a fantastic band onstage. And the two-arm Rick Allen with [bassist Rick Savage] was some rhythm section to come, considering he was 16 years old and Sav was 17, I think, maybe 18. And Pete [Willis] and Steve [Clark] were 17 and 18 years old. It was some band."

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Joe Elliott and Pete Willis of Def Leppard perform at The Fox Theater on September 4, 1981 in Atlanta, Georgia