Def Leppard is getting set for a Las Vegas residency of nine dates at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Lead singer Joe Elliott told Billboard magazine that it's his hopes that having the band together for an extended period will be just what they need to write a new album.

"This will be the first time in at least 10 years where we're all actually in one room banging out songs from scratch, We don't all live on the same continent, so it's increasingly more difficult for us to just do what people expect a band to do -- wander into a dusty old rehearsal room and go, 'What you got?' Getting together to write an album is an event. So the whole point of this Vegas thing when we're not on stage is to attack pieces of work we have that aren't finished songs -- 'I've got this riff.' 'Great, let's play around with it.' I'm sure everybody's got some individual ideas, and we'll go from there."

Def Leppard kicks off its nine-show Vegas run on March 22nd.