Def Leppard have started working on songs for what will eventually be their 12th studio album.
Guitarist Phil Collen dropped the news during an interview with Britain's Planet Rock, saying that the process actually began last year while on tour and that they've now got "a bunch of songs" that they've written "on the go."
Collen compares it to the band's last album, 2015's Def Leppard, explaining how for that one they'd gone into to do one or two songs and emerged a week later with a full dozen completed tunes.
In a separate interview for Finland's KAAOS TV, the band's other guitarist, Vivian Campbell, said that while he hopes the band releases something in 2020, he doesn't think they'll have an album done and released in a year. Still, he thinks it's important that the band keeps recording, even if it's just two or three songs.
He says that while they no longer make money from recording new material, "we are creative individuals, and that's why we started in the first place. And I think that's a muscle that we have to keep exercising. We need to keep writing songs. We need to keep putting out records…When people say, 'Why do you still make records?' I think it's a selfish reason — we do it for ourselves. If people wanna buy it, then that's a bonus."