A casual Def Leppard fan going to the iTunes store to download songs by the legendary hard rock band would likely be disappointed: their classic albums, including Pyromania, Hysteria, and Adrenalize, are all absent from the online retailer, due to business disagreements with their former record label, Universal Music. The band recently re-recorded two of their hits – “Rock Of Ages” and “Pour Some Sugar On Me” to capitalize on the attention they got around the Rock Of Ages film. Now, they’ve told Billboard that they will re-record several more tracks: they plan on replacing their back catalog with newly recorded versions of the same songs. Singer Joe Elliott tells CBS Local that when they signed their record deal in 1979, there weren’t clauses for digital rights. The band do, however, have enough control over their master recordings to be able to prevent Universal from releasing them to iTunes.
Of course, many years have passed since the band recorded those songs, and there were challenges with trying to reproduce the sound and the emotion of the old records.
Def Leppard is currently on a summer tour with Poison and Lita Ford. They plan on re-recording more of their songs after the tour wraps.
–Brian Ives, CBS Local