Vivian Campbell Admits Def Leppard’s New Album Won’t Be Profitable


Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell recently joined Rock Hard Greece for an interview and talked about tier new album. The rocker argued a new album wouldn’t bring the band financial gain, regardless of its success, compared to a stadium show.

After their formation in 1977, Def Leppard enjoyed their most tremendous commercial success between the early ’80s and ’90s. Although their first two albums weren’t that successful, their third album, ‘Pyromania,’ featured chart-topping hits ‘Photograph’ and ‘Rock of Ages.’ Besides, the album itself reached number 2 on the US Album chart.

The next album of Def Leppard, ‘Hysteria’ was also a chart-topper. It reached number one in the UK, US, New Zealand, Canadian, Australian, and Norway charts and sold over 25 million copies worldwide. Moreover, it included six Top 20 US singles such as ‘Love Bites,’ ‘Pour Some Sugar On Me,’ ‘Rocket,’ and ‘Animal.’

On May 27, 2022, Def Leppard released their twelfth studio album ‘Diamond Star Halos,’ their first studio album in seven years since the self-titled 2015 album. Currently, they are on the road for their Stadium Tour with Mötley Crüe to promote the release.

Speaking to Rock Hard Greece, Vivian Campbell talked about the importance of making a new album. Campbell said making a successful record doesn’t make much money compared to going on stadium tours where they play ‘Hysteria’ and ‘Pyromania’ hits. However, they still get motivated by reactions to a new album, which is why they will play new music during the Stadium Tour.

Asked about recording new albums instead of depending on previous hits, Campbell said:

“It’s vital, actually. It’s extremely important for us to do that. Some people would argue that it’s a waste of time to make a new record for a band like Def Leppard because of the limited record sales and revenue. I mean, even if this record is very successful, we won’t make a lot of money from it compared to performing a stadium show where we play hits from ‘Hysteria’ and ‘Pyromania.’ The majority of people coming to the show are going to want to hear those songs. We will, of course, represent those songs.

It’s a good problem to have when you have so many genuine songs that you have to look at the list and say, ‘Well, we don’t have time to play all of these.’ Having said that, we are so encouraged by the reaction to the new record that we’re going to do something that many bands in our position would not do. That is, we’ll perform a lot of the new music when we go on tour this summer because we feel it fits side by side with the hits.”

You can watch the rest of the interview below.