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Phil Collen of Def Leppard

04/21/2024, Salzers Records and Boo Boo Records

In celebration of the upcoming 40th anniversary of DEF LEPPARD's "Pyromania" album, the band's guitarist Phil Collen took part in two intimate in-store performances and signings at Salzers Records in Ventura on April 21st, and Boo Boo Records in San Luis Obispo on April 22nd.


All Photos: Ray Soto / Central Coast Rocks


Def Leppard have announced a 40th anniversary expanded reissue of their seminal 1983 album Pyromania, arriving April 26th.

The legendary UK band is pulling all the stops for the reissue campaign, digging into the archives for previously unreleased demos, outtakes, rough mixes, and live recordings.


The 4-CD/Blu-Ray and 2-LP editions will include the original remastered album as well as these archival recordings, including a rare rough mix of “Photograph” with an unfinished vocal track and a previously “long lost” demo of “No You Can’t Do That” — an outtake and the “11th track” from the Pyromania sessions.


“Rediscovering dusty old cassettes which were brilliantly restored by [executive producer] Ronan [McHugh] and finding the long lost unfinished ’11th track’ was a journey only few of us are lucky enough to take,” remarked singer Joe Elliot in a press release. “What a trip!”


The 4-CD box set also features two era-specific concert recordings: December 18th, 1983 (Live in Dortmund, Germany), and September 11th, 1983 (Live at the LA Forum). Meanwhile, the Blu-Ray features promo music videos, a Dolby Atmos mix (overseen by Giles Martin), as well as 5.1 Stereo and instrumental mixes. An accompanying book contains the history of the album written by rock scribe Paul Elliott, including new interviews with the band, plus rare and unseen photos by Ross Halfin.


For hi-fi heads, Pyromania is also receiving its first half-speed vinyl mastering. This single LP edition was cut at Abbey Road and only includes the original album.


Video Credit: Craig Marshall: Marshall of Rock


The diamond-certified Pyromania touts a number of Def Leppard’s biggest hits, including “Photograph,” “Rock of Ages,” and “Foolin’.” Fans are sure to hear the band play those songs and more during Def Leppard’s upcoming summer tour with Journey (get tickets here).


You can pre-order the various Pyromania reissues here.




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