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“We have a whole new audience… it lets new fans know what we are all about” – talks to Def Leppard

With 11 studio albums to their name over a career that spans more than four decades, Sheffield rock legends Def Leppard are hardly short of hits. But despite this, it has been a full 13 years since the band last released a Greatest Hits compilation, so today represents a bit of a bonanza for Def Leppard fans, with the band releasing not only a vinyl box set of 7″ singles from their 1987 masterpiece Hysteria, but also a brand new compilation entitled The Story So Far: The Best of Def Leppard.

The new compilation features a selection of the band’s finest tunes, as well as a couple of other surprises including a Depeche Mode cover and even the first Def Leppard Christmas song.

With both arriving in stores today we caught up with the band’s guitarist Phil Collen for a char about putting the album together…

It has been 13 years since you last released a Greatest Hits compilation, why did you decide that now was the right time for another?

“Because there are more fans out there. There are more people who don’t know who Def Leppard are – even 13 year-old kids who weren’t around when we released the last one! We have a whole new audience and it’s great to release old material in a new package because it lets new fans know what we are all about. Especially now all our music is now available digitally too.”