Young fans sweet on ’80s metal band Def Leppard

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After more than 30 years in the music business, English rockers Def Leppard are seeing their audiences getting younger and younger. But it’s not because parents who loved Def Leppard as teens are turning their kids on to the “Hysteria” rockers, according to guitarist Vivian Campbell.

“That’s a byproduct of music piracy more than anything else,” Campbell said with his Irish accent. “I’m not saying that as a negative. I think it’s very positive.

“A lot of younger kids get turned on to classic bands because they’re trading files. They have 4,000 or 5,000 songs on their iPod, that’s $4,000 or $5,000 on their iPod, at iTunes’ prices, at least. A 12-year-old can’t afford that. When kids trade files, it’s actually a good thing for classic bands such as us. It’s not such a good thing for up and coming artists who need to sell records.”

These days, kids are presumably trading files of Def Leppard’s latest album, “Songs from the Sparkle Lounge,” a collection of songs written, where else, but The Sparkle Lounge.

“The Sparkle Lounge is our backstage tuning room,” Campbell said. “When we’re on tour, adjacent to the dressing room, we have a little room that became known as The Sparkle Lounge where we set up little practice amps. It became known as the Sparkle Lounge because our road crew would go in and decorate the room with fairy lights. We’d go in there, I have a mobile ProTools rig and that runs on a laptop. We’d bring that on tour with us and we recorded demos as we went around. It’s a very honest title for the album because that’s actually where the songs were born, The Sparkle Lounge.”

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