Def Leppard to launch virtual archive this month

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English hard rock veterans Def Leppard have announced the opening of the Def Leppard Vault, an online archive of the band’s prolific career, on January 13.

The online archive is touted as a “constantly curated museum” of artifacts and stories by the band’s members. It will include special installations that will tell the history of Def Leppard from 1977 to the present.

The group revealed the latest details in an announcement video dated January 2. “With the world shut down at the moment, it was the perfect time to reflect and raid our closets, basements and do a collection of artifacts that we’ve lost or found,” guitarist Phil Collen said. According to the trailer, the vault will also tell “stories that go along with all this really cool stuff” and will be continuously updated “in the months and years to come.”

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The name of the archive project appears to be a callback to the band’s 1995 compilation Vault, which was followed by six more albums culminating in their latest 2015 self-titled record. The group’s planned 2020 tour alongside Motley Crue, Poison and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts was interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and has since been pushed back to summer this year.

Fans can sign up here to receive a special welcome message as well as a code to unlock the vault. While you wait, listen to the band’s last self-titled effort below:

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