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14 Years Ago DEF LEPPARD/Tim McGraw Release NINE LIVES Single

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Def Leppard released their Nine Lives single 14 years ago on this day in 2008 featuring country singer Tim McGraw.

The first single to be released from the 'Songs From The Sparkle Lounge' album.

It was also the first ever duet for the band featuring co-lead vocals by country singer Tim McGraw.

Tim's tour manager at the time was Rick Allen's older brother Robert (who is now Taylor Swift's main manager). He had attended a show in Nashville where he first suggested the collaboration to Phil.

Tim also appeared in the promo video which featured the band performing the song with him in his trademark cowboy hat. This was shot during the week of 25th February 2008 in Los Angeles. Some scenes were also used by the NBA for promo clips played before basketball games.

Tim performed PSSOM with the band on 13th October 2006 at the Hollywood Bowl which then led to him co-writing 'Nine Lives' with Joe and Phil.

In a first for the band the single was debuted on the XBOX 360/Guitar Hero III video game.

Perhaps due to its unique release format the single failed to reach the main singles charts in the UK or the USA.

Tim included the song on his 'Greatest Hits 3' album which was released in October 2008.

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