Man this is just too awesome. The record label Universal Music Group refuses to pay them their due on royalties from digital downloads of their back catalog, but cannot use the recordings of the songs without their consent (my basic understanding of the situation). So Def Leppard responds by refusing to allow UMG to sell downloads of the existing catalog and re-records all of the songs…so they can receive due payment. I don’t much care for De Leppard so I am not going to listen to the “forgeries”, however they claim they took great pains to make them sound as much like the originals as possible. Well played. The important lesson of course being maintain control of your songwriting credits at all costs! More info- Billboard.com
For your listening pleasure here is a rad 8bit version of Rock of Ages.