Def Leppard Re-Recording Songs To 'Wrestle Back' Career From Record Label

Def Leppard are taking the next step in their stalemate with Universal Records by re-recording their own songs for digital release.

Def Leppard's dispute with Universal Records, according to frontman Joe Elliott, is that the label owns the originals, but can't release them without the band's permission. By re-recording their own songs as carbon copies, the band gains control and is able to profit.

"Until we can come to some kind of humane conclusion to this ridiculous stand-off, we're going to say, 'F- you,'" Elliott told Classic Rock magazine.

"We want to get the same rate for digital as we do when we sell CDs, and they're trying to give us a rate that doesn't even come close," Elliot added to Blabbermouth. "They illegally put up our songs for a while, paying us the rate they chose without even negotiating with us, so we had our lawyer take them down."

Elliott also hinted that the band will release more re-recordings in the future.

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