Joe Elliott was in the studio this week working on the next Def Leppard album. He says, “We’re back on it now and hoping to get it finished by early spring.”

As for guitarist Vivian Campbell, who is recuperating from stem cell surgery for his cancer, Joe says, “He’s done all his stuff for the album, so it’s a good time for him to recuperate and get his strength back together.”

Elliott will now take time out for a tour with a Mott the Hoople tribute band, the Down ‘n’ Outz, starting tonight (Friday) in Bristol, England.