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Def Leppard Releases New Single ‘Just Like 73’ Featuring Tom Morello

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Last Updated on 09:50 AM by Nikos Nakos

DEF LEPPARD has released a new single, “Just Like 73”. You can now listen to the track, which features a guest guitar solo from Tom Morello, below.

The song arrives on seven-inch vinyl on August 2, 2024 and will be available in a special color variant only through the band’s D2C store and in black at all retailers. Making a splash, BBC Radio 2 just world premiered the track as a “Global Exclusive” this morning.

“Just Like 73” notably marks the first collaboration between the iconic rock titans and the legendary guitarist, sonic innovator and co-founder of RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE and AUDIOSLAVE. The single revolves around a classic DEF LEPPARD stomp fueled by a robust stadium-size beat, thick riffing, and a signature chant, “Rock with me, just like 73!” Meanwhile, a knockout gang vocal gives way to a signature fret-scorching solo from Morello. The instantly recognizable whammy bar wheezes as he shreds at lightspeed into one last head-nodding hook.

Of the collaboration, DEF LEPPARD singer Joe Elliott shares: “It encapsulates a time that burned deep into our DNA. We wanted to celebrate that very important and glorious time.”

DEF LEPPARD guitarist Phil Collen adds: “When I saw David Bowie on TV between 1972 and 1973, everything I thought I knew about music went from black and white to vivid Technicolor. Our song ‘Just Like 73’ represents that awakening.”

Morello says: “I had a blast rocking a solo on ‘Just Like 73’. I played ‘Rock Of Ages’ in my college cover band almost 40 years ago and here DEF LEPPARD are still killing it in stadiums with a brand new tune that’s one of their best.”

 

Nikos Nakos
Nikos Nakos
“When the Last Tree Is Cut Down, the Last Fish Eaten, and the Last Stream Poisoned, You Will Realize That You Cannot Eat Money.”

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