Watch Def Leppard at Download Festival 2011 footage

See the group play 'It's All About Believin'' at Donington

Photographer: Sara BowreyJack Gunner on 08 September 2011

Following a well received headline slot at the event and a new live album, 'Mirrorball', the Sheffield rock gods have showed no signs of slowing after 34 years of performing.

Joe Elliot and Co. played the rock and metal festival back in June, mixing classics like ‘Animal’, ‘Rocket’ and ‘Pour Some Sugar On Me’ with new tracks such as, ‘It's All About Believin’’, live footage of which can be seen above.

VF interviewed frontman Joe Elliot earlier in the year, who suggested the tracks premiered on 'Mirrorball' and at Download were a taster of things to come.

He said: “We had to stop ourselves or we were going to miss our release date! But yeah, they are previews of what’s going to go on the next album. We just gave them away rather than wait five years, as [the next album] might not come out until 2012/2013 and the last one was 2008.

“It was ‘well there’s three songs so you what direction we’re going in’, which again, is going to be tricky because all three songs sound pretty different from each other,” he added.

Speaking about their longevity, Elliot said: “None of us thought we’d still be around after 30 years, but neither did Neil Young I suppose. If I’m going to burn out there’s no reason I can’t burn out when I’m 70. I don’t have to burn out yet. There’s plenty of time. I’m not fading away. It’s too much fun.”

Click for the full Joe Elliot interview.

Def Leppard headlined a Friday line-up that included Children of Bodom, Korn, Pendulum and The Darkness.

Other acts who performed at Download Festival 2011 included Disturbed, Alice Cooper, Bullet For My Valentine, Avenged Sevenfold, and headliners Linkin Park and System Of A Down.

Download Festival 2012 will return to Donington Park for its 10th birthday on 8-10 June next year.

Though no acts have been confirmed yet, a number of Download Festival 2012 rumours are flying, chief among them that the newly reformed original line-up of Black Sabbath may appear, or that Metallica may cement the release of their upcoming Lou Reed collaboration 'Lulu' with an appearance.

Click for Download 2012 rumours.


Traditionally Download Festival 2012 tickets go on sale in November, keep watching Virtual Festivals for further updates.

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