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Def Leppard has joined the long list of rockers to re-record their biggest hits in note-perfect renditions, according to Ultimate Classic Rock. Frontman Joe Elliott shed some light on the new "2012" versions of "Pour Some Sugar On Me" and "Rock Of Ages" now available at various digital retailers. Elliott told MTV, "How can I put this politely? We were having a major disagreement with our ex-record label about the digital rights for our back catalog. We couldn't come to a mutual understanding that seemed fair for both sides. So we finally just decided to re-record all our hits. We started with 'Sugar' and 'Rock Of Ages,' and I think we did a pretty good job. It's hard work trying to recreate something you did 30 years ago."
When pressed on the fact that despite all the care taken, re-recordings never seems to sound identical to the original release, Elliott said: "We got the same sounds, the same key, the same tempo. It was a 100 percent forgery. That was the idea, anyway. . . (We were) very conscious of the fact that when people download our songs from iTunes, they want it to sound like they remember it."
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CHECK IT OUT: Def Leppard performing "Rock Of Ages" live in L.A. on June 6th:
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