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Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott Plans New Down ‘N’ Outz Album

With Def Leppard prepping a new live album and a tour, it’s somewhat remarkable how much outside work the Leps are taking these days. Vivian Campbell is touring with Thin Lizzy. Phil Collen is working with Sex Pistol Paul Cook and former Girl bandmate Simon Laffy in Man Raze. And Joe Elliott continues to crank out new music with his own side project, Down ‘N’ Outz.

The group, which features Elliott and members of The Quireboys, released a debut album last year, titled My ReGeneration. The album was a collection of covers of songs by Mott the Hoople, Ian Hunter and British Lions. Now, the band are eyeing further releases.

“Originally, we said the second album would be more of the same, but including Mott the Hoople songs which the first one didn’t,” Elliott told VH1 Radio Network’s Dave Basner. “The third one would’ve been a combination of artists from the same era and the fourth one was going to be [original] stuff. But I think we might just jump straight to the fourth one and make it the third one.”

He continued, “We’ve got some ideas I don’t consider Leppard-like, if you like, that would be perfect for Down ‘N’ Outz. Those guys can write, too, so we can sit down and kind of bang some stuff out. Even on this tour in April, we’ll probably play each other a few ideas and it’ll set us up to put them to one side until we get the chance to record them.”

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