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Def Leppard
Def Leppard live in 2007
Def Leppard live in 2007
Background information
Origin Sheffield, England
Genre(s) Heavy metal, hard rock[1], glam metal, pop rock[1]
Years active 1977 – present
Label(s) Mercury, Universal, Phonogram, Vertigo, PolyGram, Bludgeon-Riffola, Island (US)
Website Def Leppard Official Site
Members
Rick Savage
Joe Elliott
Rick Allen
Phil Collen
Vivian Campbell
Former members
Steve Clark
Pete Willis
Tony Kenning
Frank Noon
Jeff Rich

Def Leppard are an English hard rock band from Sheffield who formed in 1977 as part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement. Largely on the strength of their albums Pyromania and Hysteria, Def Leppard became one of the top-selling rock bands throughout the 1980s, selling over 65 million albums worldwide, including over 35 million in the United States alone.[2] Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 430 pixelsFull resolution (1904 × 1023 pixel, file size: 373 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Taken by me at North Dakota State Fair Def Leppard Concert, 7-26-07 I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the... For other uses, see Sheffield (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Heavy metal redirects here. ... Hard Rock redirects here. ... Glam metal is a sub-genre of heavy metal music that arose in the late 1970s - early 1980s in the United States. ... For other uses, see Pop rock (disambiguation). ... In the music industry, a record label can be a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... Mercury Records is a record label currently headquartered in the UK, and is a subsidiary of Universal Music Group. ... Universal Music Group (UMG) is the largest business group and family of record labels in the recording industry. ... Phonogram Records was started in 1962 as a joint venture between Philips Records and Deutsche Grammophon. ... Vertigo Records was the name Philips Records chose in the sixties for its record label to counter the progressive labels of its rivals EMI (with Harvest Records) and Decca Records (with Deram Records). ... PolyGram was the name from 1972 of the major label recording company started by Philips as a holding company for its music interests in 1945. ... Rick Sav Savage (born Richard Savage, 2 December 1960, in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, where he attended Tapton School) is the bassist and one of the founders of the English rock band, Def Leppard. ... Joe Elliott in the music video for Def Leppards Bringin on the Heartbreak (1981). ... Richard John Cyril Rick Allen (born November 1, 1963, Dronfield, Derbyshire, England) is the drummer for the British hard rock band Def Leppard. ... Philip Kenneth Collen (born December 8, 1957 in Hackney, East London, England) is one of the guitarists for British rock band Def Leppard. ... Vivian Patrick Campbell (born in August 25, 1962 in Belfast, County Antrim, Northern Ireland) is an Irish rock guitarist, currently playing for Def Leppard. ... Phil Collen and Steve Clark, dubbed as The Terror Twins. Steve Clark playing live with Def Leppard. ... Pete Willis was one of the original guitarists for the rock band Def Leppard. ... Tony Kenning was Def Leppards original drummer. ... Frank Noon was Def Leppards second drummer, replacing original drummer Tony Kenning, and then being replaced himself by Rick Allen. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Hard Rock redirects here. ... For other uses, see Sheffield (disambiguation). ... The New Wave of British Heavy Metal (frequently abbreviated as NWOBHM or N.W.O.B.H.M.) emerged in the late 1970s and reached mainstream attention in the late 1970s, in the United Kingdom, as a reaction in part to the decline of early heavy metal bands such as... Singles from Pyromania Released: February 1983 Released: May 1983 Released: August 1983 (US) Released: October 1983 (UK) Pyromania is the third studio album by British hard rock band Def Leppard, released in 1983. ... Singles from Hysteria Released: July, 1987 (UK) September, 1987 (US) Released: August, 1987 (US only) Released: September, 1987 (UK) April, 1988 (US) Released: November, 1987 (UK) January, 1988 (US) Released: April, 1988 (UK) November, 1988 (US) Released: July, 1988 (UK) August, 1988 (US) Released: February, 1989 (UK, US) Hysteria is... The worlds best-selling music artists cannot be listed officially, as there is no organization that has recorded global music sales in the manner that the RIAA does in the United States. ...

Contents

Music

The music of Def Leppard is a mixture of hard rock, album-oriented rock (AOR), and heavy metal elements, and has been associated more with the glam metal movement of the 1980s than with the NWOBHM of the late 1970s, in large part due to their mainstream success and production. However, Def Leppard have expressed dislike of the "pop metal" label.[3] Hard Rock redirects here. ... Album-oriented rock (sometimes referred to as adult-oriented rock), abbreviated AOR and originally called album-oriented radio, was originally an American FM radio format focusing on album tracks by rock artists. ... Heavy metal redirects here. ... Glam metal is a sub-genre of heavy metal music that arose in the late 1970s - early 1980s in the United States. ... The New Wave of British Heavy Metal (frequently abbreviated as NWOBHM or N.W.O.B.H.M.) emerged in the late 1970s and reached mainstream attention in the late 1970s, in the United Kingdom, as a reaction in part to the decline of early heavy metal bands such as...


By the release of the Hysteria album, the band had developed a distinctive sound featuring heavy drums and effects-laden guitar sounds overlaid with a multi-layered wall of husky, harmonised vocals. Def Leppard is one of only five rock bands with two original albums selling over 10 million copies each in the U.S. The others are The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and Van Halen. Singles from Hysteria Released: July, 1987 (UK) September, 1987 (US) Released: August, 1987 (US only) Released: September, 1987 (UK) April, 1988 (US) Released: November, 1987 (UK) January, 1988 (US) Released: April, 1988 (UK) November, 1988 (US) Released: July, 1988 (UK) August, 1988 (US) Released: February, 1989 (UK, US) Hysteria is... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... For the bands 1969 eponymous debut album, see Led Zeppelin (album). ... Pink Floyd are an English rock band that initially earned recognition for their psychedelic or space rock music, and, as they evolved, for their progressive rock music. ... This article is about the band Van Halen. ...


History

1977–1979

Rick Savage (bass), Pete Willis (guitar), and Tony Kenning (drums), all students at Tapton School in Sheffield, formed a band called Atomic Mass in 1977. Following a chance meeting with Willis, Joe Elliott tried out for the band as a guitarist. During his audition, however, it was decided that he was better suited to be lead singer. Rick Sav Savage (born Richard Savage, 2 December 1960, in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, where he attended Tapton School) is the bassist and one of the founders of the English rock band, Def Leppard. ... Pete Willis was one of the original guitarists for the rock band Def Leppard. ... Tony Kenning was Def Leppards original drummer. ... Tapton School is a secondary school located in Crosspool, Sheffield in the UK. It is a state school, sited next to another secondary King Edward VII School, and near to Lydgate Junior School, Lydgate Infant School and Notre Dame High School. ... For other uses, see Sheffield (disambiguation). ... Joe Elliott in the music video for Def Leppards Bringin on the Heartbreak (1981). ...


Soon afterward they adopted a name proposed by Elliott, "Deaf Leopard." At Kenning's suggestion, the spelling was slightly modified in order to make the name seem less like that of a punk band and perhaps also as an indirect homage to Led Zeppelin. For the bands 1969 eponymous debut album, see Led Zeppelin (album). ...


Having rented a practise space in an old spoon factory in Bramall Lane, Def Leppard added a second guitarist, Steve Clark, in January 1978 and spent the following months developing their sound. In November, just prior to recording sessions for what would be a three-song release known as the Def Leppard EP, Kenning abruptly left the band. He was replaced for those sessions by Frank Noon. By the end of the month Rick Allen, then only 15 years old, had joined the band as its full-time drummer. Bramall Lane Stadium is the home of Sheffield United Football Club in Sheffield, England and is the oldest major stadium in the world still to be hosting professional football matches. ... Phil Collen and Steve Clark, dubbed as The Terror Twins. Steve Clark playing live with Def Leppard. ... The Def Leppard EP, also known as the Getcha Rocks Off EP, is an EP that was released by the band Def Leppard. ... Frank Noon was Def Leppards second drummer, replacing original drummer Tony Kenning, and then being replaced himself by Rick Allen. ... Richard John Cyril Rick Allen (born November 1, 1963, Dronfield, Derbyshire, England) is the drummer for the British hard rock band Def Leppard. ...


Sales of the EP soared after the track "Rocks Off" was given extensive airtime by renowned BBC Radio DJ John Peel, considered at the time to be a champion of punk rock and new wave music. For other persons named John Peel, see John Peel (disambiguation). ... Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ... New Wave was a music genre that existed during the late 1970s and the early-to-mid 1980s. ...


Throughout 1979, the band developed a loyal following among British hard rock/heavy metal fans and were even initially considered the leaders of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (a status eventually claimed by Iron Maiden). Their growing popularity led to a record deal with the major label Phonogram/Vertigo (Mercury Records in the US). Hard Rock redirects here. ... Heavy metal redirects here. ... The New Wave of British Heavy Metal (frequently abbreviated as NWOBHM or N.W.O.B.H.M.) emerged in the late 1970s and reached mainstream attention in the late 1970s, in the United Kingdom, as a reaction in part to the decline of early heavy metal bands such as... Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal band from Leyton in the East End of London. ...


1980–1983

Def Leppard's debut album, On Through the Night, was released on March 14, 1980. Although the album hit the Top 15 in the UK, many early fans were turned off by the perception that the band was trying too hard to appeal to American audiences[citation needed] by recording songs like "Hello America" and touring more in the US (supporting Pat Travers, AC/DC, and Ted Nugent). A performance at the Reading Festival in August (Iron Maiden also appeared) was marred when audience members expressed their displeasure by pelting the band with garbage. On through the Night is the debut album by British hard rock band Def Leppard, released in 1980. ... Patrick Henry Travers (born April 12, 1954) a native of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, is a guitarist who began his recording career with Polydor Records in the mid 1970s. ... This article is about the band. ... Theodore Ted Nugent (born December 13, 1948) (a. ...


The band had by then caught the attention of AC/DC producer Robert John "Mutt" Lange, who agreed to work on their second album, High 'n' Dry, released on July 11, 1981. Lange's legendarily meticulous approach in the studio helped them better realise the potential, which is evident on On Through The Night. Robert John Mutt Lange (IPA of surname: [1]) (born November 16, 1948) is an award-winning record producer and songwriter of popular music. ... High n Dry is the second album by British hard rock band Def Leppard, released in 1981 (see 1981 in music). ...


Despite the album's unimpressive sales figures, the "Bringin' on the Heartbreak" promo clip became one of the first metal videos played on MTV in 1982, bringing the band increased visibility in the States. Bringin on the Heartbreak is a song originally recorded by British heavy metal band Def Leppard and written by three of its members (Steve Clark, Pete Willis, and Joe Elliott). ... This article is about the original U.S. music television channel. ...


Phil Collen, former guitarist with the glam band Girl, replaced Pete Willis, who was fired on July 11, 1982, due to excessive alcohol consumption on the job. (Willis would later resurface with the bands Gogmagog and Roadhouse.) This personnel change took place during the recording of their third album, Pyromania, which was released on January 20, 1983 and also produced by Lange. Philip Kenneth Collen (born December 8, 1957 in Hackney, East London, England) is one of the guitarists for British rock band Def Leppard. ... Girl was an English glam rock band, whose lead vocalist was Phil Lewis, who later sang for L.A. Guns, Torme, Filthy Lucre, The Liberators, New Torpedos and several other bands. ... Pete Willis was one of the original guitarists for the rock band Def Leppard. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is in need of attention. ... Roadhouse were a band that included former Def Leppard guitarist Pete Willis. ... Singles from Pyromania Released: February 1983 Released: May 1983 Released: August 1983 (US) Released: October 1983 (UK) Pyromania is the third studio album by British hard rock band Def Leppard, released in 1983. ...


The lead single, "Photograph," turned Def Leppard into a household name, supplanting Michael Jackson's "Beat It" as the most requested video clip on MTV and becoming a staple of rock radio (dominating the US Album Rock Charts for six weeks). It also hit #12 on the pop charts. For other persons named Michael Jackson, see Michael Jackson (disambiguation). ... Beat it redirects here. ... This article is about the original U.S. music television channel. ...


Fueled by "Photograph" and subsequent singles "Rock of Ages" and "Foolin'", Pyromania went on to sell six million copies in 1983 (at least more than 100,000 copies every week in that year) and was held off the top of the US album charts only by Michael Jackson's Thriller. The album has since been certified Diamond by the RIAA in the US and is considered a classic in both the mainstream rock and heavy metal genres. Alternate cover Special Edition release cover. ... A music album is certified a diamond album by the RIAA when 10 million copies are shipped in the United States. ... The RIAA Logo. ...


Def Leppard's US tour in support of Pyromania began by opening for Billy Squier in March and ended with a headlining performance before an audience of 55,000 at Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego, CA in September. Billy Squier (born May 12, 1950, in Wellesley, Massachusetts, USA) is a rock musician. ...


As a testament to the band's popularity at the time, a US Gallup poll in 1984 saw Def Leppard voted as favourite rock band over peers such as the Rolling Stones, AC/DC, and Journey. However, this popularity was not matched in their native England, a fact that greatly bothered them. Rolling Stones redirects here. ... Journey is an American rock band formed in 1973 in San Francisco, California. ...


1984–1989

Following their breakthrough, the band moved to Dublin in February 1984 for tax purposes to begin writing the follow-up to Pyromania. Mutt Lange initially joined in on the songwriting sessions but then suddenly declined to return as producer due to exhaustion. Instead, Jim Steinman (of Meat Loaf's Bat out of Hell fame) was brought in. For other uses, see Dublin (disambiguation). ... Jim Steinman (born November 1, 1947 in New York City, New York)[1] is a record producer, composer, and lyricist responsible for several hit songs. ... This article is about the singer. ... This article describes the album by Meat Loaf. ...


On December 31, 1984, drummer Rick Allen lost his left arm in a car crash on the A57 in the hills outside Sheffield when his speeding Corvette swerved off the road on a sharp bend and went through a drystone wall. Despite the severity of the accident, Rick was committed to continuing his role as Def Leppard's drummer. He practised drumming with pillows and realised that he could use his legs to do some of the drumming work previously done with his arms. He then worked with Simmons to design a custom electronic drum kit. Richard John Cyril Rick Allen (born November 1, 1963, Dronfield, Derbyshire, England) is the drummer for the British hard rock band Def Leppard. ... The A57 is a major road in England. ... The Chevrolet Corvette is a sports car that has been manufactured by Chevrolet since 1953. ... This article lacks information on the importance of the subject matter. ... Basic electronic drum set made by Pintech. ...


The other members of the band supported Rick's recovery and never sought a replacement. During this period, Mutt Lange eventually returned to the fold as producer, and Rick's triumphant comeback was sealed at the 1986 Donington Monsters of Rock festival with an emotionally charged ovation after his introduction by Joe Elliott. Donington Park is a site near Castle Donington in North West Leicestershire, United Kingdom, owned by Donington Ventures Leisure Ltd. ... Monsters of Rock was an annual rock music festival in England held every August at the Castle Donington racetrack from 1980–1996 (with the odd exception, and a one-off comeback in 2006). ... Joe Elliott in the music video for Def Leppards Bringin on the Heartbreak (1981). ...


Def Leppard's fourth album, Hysteria, was finally released on August 3, 1987. The second single from the album, "Animal", reached #6 in the UK and finally turned the band into stars in their home country. Hysteria immediately topped the charts in its first week of release. Singles from Hysteria Released: July, 1987 (UK) September, 1987 (US) Released: August, 1987 (US only) Released: September, 1987 (UK) April, 1988 (US) Released: November, 1987 (UK) January, 1988 (US) Released: April, 1988 (UK) November, 1988 (US) Released: July, 1988 (UK) August, 1988 (US) Released: February, 1989 (UK, US) Hysteria is...


US album sales were relatively slow (compared to Pyromania) until the fourth single, "Pour Some Sugar On Me". The song hit Number 2, and Hysteria finally reached the top of the US Album Charts in July 1988. The "Pour Some Sugar on Me" video was #1 on Dial MTV for a record 73 days (from May 26-September 5, 1988). In October, the power ballad "Love Bites" would become Def Leppard's first (and only) Number One single on the Billboard Hot 100, and in January 1989, the band scored another US Top 5 hit with "Armageddon It." Dial Mtv was the 1980s version of todays TRL. Noon requests for videos were counted & played in a countdown that afternoon. ... Love Bites is a power ballad recorded by British rock band Def Leppard in 1987 on the album Hysteria. ... “Hot 100” redirects here. ...


Hysteria is one of only a handful of albums (and the third in rock history) that has charted seven singles or more on the US Hot 100: "Women" (#80), "Animal" (#19), "Hysteria" (#10), "Pour Some Sugar On Me" (#2), "Love Bites" (#1), "Armageddon It" (#3), and "Rocket" (#12). It remained on the charts for three years and has sold 18 million copies worldwide. Pour Some Sugar On Me is a song recorded by British hard rock band Def Leppard in 1987 from the album Hysteria. ... Love Bites is a power ballad recorded by British rock band Def Leppard in 1987 on the album Hysteria. ...


Equally as successful was the accompanying Hysteria world tour which ran for 15 months and saw Def Leppard perform "In The Round". The concept proved wildly popular with fans, as evidenced in the videos for "Pour Some Sugar On Me" and "Armageddon It" (and was later used again for the Adrenalize tour). Pour Some Sugar On Me is a song recorded by British hard rock band Def Leppard in 1987 from the album Hysteria. ... Adrenalize is the fifth album by British hard rock band Def Leppard, released in 1992. ...


In 1989, Def Leppard won Favorite Heavy Metal Artist as well as Favorite Heavy Metal Album (for "Hysteria") during the American Music Awards. It was the first time that a heavy metal category was added to the awards show. (The category has since been deleted.)


By the end of the decade, although Guns N' Roses, Mötley Crüe, and Bon Jovi had garnered more mainstream exposure, Def Leppard had sold more records than any rock band in the US. Guns N Roses is an American hard rock band, formed in Los Angeles, California in 1985. ... Mötley Crüe (IPA pronunciation: ) is an American Hard Rock band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1981. ... Bon Jovi is a hard rock band originating from Sayreville, New Jersey. ...


1990–1999

Following Hysteria's mammoth success, the band quickly set out to work on their fifth album, hoping to avoid another lengthy gap. However, Steve Clark's alcoholism issues worsened to the point that he was constantly in and out of rehab. Recording sessions suffered from this distraction, and in mid-1990, Steve was granted a six-month leave of absence from the band. Singles from Hysteria Released: July, 1987 (UK) September, 1987 (US) Released: August, 1987 (US only) Released: September, 1987 (UK) April, 1988 (US) Released: November, 1987 (UK) January, 1988 (US) Released: April, 1988 (UK) November, 1988 (US) Released: July, 1988 (UK) August, 1988 (US) Released: February, 1989 (UK, US) Hysteria is... Phil Collen and Steve Clark, dubbed as The Terror Twins. Steve Clark playing live with Def Leppard. ... Alcoholism is the consumption of, or preoccupation with, alcoholic beverages to the extent that this behavior interferes with the drinkers normal personal, family, social, or work life, and may lead to physical or mental harm. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


Clark never reached the end of his leave, dying from an accidental mix of prescription drugs and alcohol on January 8 1991 in his London home. The remaining band members decided to carry on and recorded the album as a four-piece, with Phil mimicking Steve's style on his intended guitar parts.


Def Leppard's fifth album, Adrenalize, was finally released on March 31, 1992. The album simultaneously entered at Number One on both the UK and US album charts, staying on the latter for 5 weeks. The first single, "Let's Get Rocked," was an instant smash hit, and its video was later nominated for an Best Video of the Year at the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards. Adrenalize is the fifth album by British hard rock band Def Leppard, released in 1992. ... The following is a list of MTV Video Music Award winners for Best Video of the Year. ... The MTV Video Music Awards were established in 1984 by MTV to celebrate the top music videos of the year. ...


In April 1992, guitarist Vivian Campbell, formerly of Dio and Whitesnake, joined Def Leppard, making his official live debut with his band at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert. Adrenalize yielded six hit singles and sold 7 million copies worldwide. Another successful world tour followed, but the band's fortunes began to be affected by the rise of grunge and alternative rock. Vivian Patrick Campbell (born in August 25, 1962 in Belfast, County Antrim, Northern Ireland) is an Irish rock guitarist, currently playing for Def Leppard. ... For other uses, see Dio (disambiguation). ... Whitesnake is an English hard rock band, founded in 1977 by David Coverdale (formerly of Deep Purple). ... An open air concert on Easter Monday, April 20th 1992 at Londons Wembley Stadium, televised live to over one billion people. ... Adrenalize is the fifth album by British hard rock band Def Leppard, released in 1992. ... Grunge music (sometimes also referred to as the Seattle Sound) is an independent-rooted music genre that became a commercially successful offshoot of hardcore punk, thrash metal, and alternative rock in the late 1980s and early 1990s. ... Alternative music redirects here. ...


A collection of b-sides and unreleased tracks recorded between 1984 and 1993, called Retro Active, was released in October 1993, preceded by the success of "Two Steps Behind" (from the Arnold Schwarzenegger film Last Action Hero). Another single, "Miss You In A Heartbeat", hit the Top 5 in Canada, becoming one of their biggest hits there. Retro Active has sold 3 million copies worldwide to date. Retro Active is the sixth album by British hard rock band Def Leppard, released in 1993. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger (German IPA: ; born July 30, 1947) is an Austrian-American bodybuilder, Golden Globe-winning actor, businessman and politician currently serving as the 38th Governor of the U.S. state of California. ... Last Action Hero is a 1993 action comedy directed by John McTiernan. ...


Two years later, Def Leppard issued their first greatest hits collection, Vault: Def Leppard Greatest Hits (1980–1995), which has sold 8 million copies worldwide. Alternate track listings of the album were issued for North America, the UK, and Japan.


The compilation included a new track, the ballad "When Love & Hate Collide," which became their biggest ever hit in the UK, hitting #2. It peaked at #58 in the U.S. On October 23, 1995, the band entered the Guinness Book of World Records by performing three concerts in three continents in one day (Tangiers, Morocco; London, England; and Vancouver, Canada). The Guinness Book of Records (or in recent editions Guinness World Records, and in previous US editions Guinness Book of World Records) is a book published annually, containing an internationally recognized collection of superlatives: both in terms of human achievement and the extrema of the natural world. ...


Slang, released in May 1996, marked a drastic musical departure for the band by featuring darker lyrics and a stripped-down alternative rock edge. The US audience reception for Slang and its subsequent tour was a major dropoff from a decade earlier, but Q Magazine would nonetheless list Slang as one of the Top Ten Albums of 1996. Slang is an album by British hard rock band Def Leppard, released in 1996 (see 1996 in music). ... Slang is an album by British hard rock band Def Leppard, released in 1996 (see 1996 in music). ... Q is a music and entertainment magazinepublished monthly in the United Kingdom. ... Slang is an album by British hard rock band Def Leppard, released in 1996 (see 1996 in music). ...


VH1 revived the band's fortunes in the US in 1998 by featuring them on one of the first episodes of Behind The Music. Reruns of the episode yielded some of the series' highest ratings and brought the band's music back into the public consciousness (following years of burial by the alternative rock climate). The episode was even parodied on Saturday Night Live. VH1 (VH-1: Video Hits One until 1994 and VH1: Music First until 2003) is an American digital television channel that was created in January 1985 by Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment, at the time a division of Warner Communications and owners of MTV. VH1 and sister channel MTV are currently... For the album by The Soundtrack of Our Lives, see Behind the Music (album). ... SNL redirects here. ...


In an effort to capitalise on this new momentum, Def Leppard returned to its classic sound with the 1999 album Euphoria. The first single, "Promises", reunited the band with Mutt Lange and hit the US Mainstream Rock charts at #1 for 3 weeks. The album was certified gold in the US and Canada. Euphoria is an album by British hard rock band Def Leppard, released in 1999 (see 1999 in music). ... Robert John Mutt Lange, born November 16, 1948 in Mufilira, in southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), is an extremely successful record producer of popular music. ...


2000–2007

On September 5, 2000, Def Leppard were inducted into the Rock Walk of Fame on Hollywood's Sunset Boulevard by their friend Brian May of Queen. ... Sunset Boulevard (officially known as West Sunset Boulevard, except in Beverly Hills) is a street in the western part of Los Angeles County, California, that stretches from Figueroa Street in downtown Los Angeles to the Pacific Coast Highway at the Pacific Ocean in the Pacific Palisades. ... For the Australian film composer, see Brian May (composer). ... Queen are an English rock band formed in 1970 in London by guitarist Brian May, lead vocalist Freddie Mercury, and drummer Roger Taylor, with bassist John Deacon joining the following year. ...


In 2001, VH1 produced and aired Hysteria - The Def Leppard Story, a biopic that included Anthony Michael Hall as Mutt Lange and Amber Valletta as Lorelei Shellist (Steve Clark's girlfriend). The docudrama covered the band's history between 1977 through 1986, recounting the trials and triumphs of Rick Allen and Steve Clark. The July 18 broadcast still produced some of the channel's highest-ever ratings and is available on DVD. Hysteria - The Def Leppard Story is a movie showing the successes and tragedys of the english hard rock/ heavy metal band Def Leppard up to the making of Hysteria -- Sucsess -- The movie got VH1 its highest ratings ... Michael Anthony Thomas Charles Hall (born April 14, 1968), known professionally as Anthony Michael Hall, is an American actor, producer and director who achieved stardom in several successful teen-oriented films of the 1980s. ... Robert John Mutt Lange, born November 16, 1948 in Mufilira, in southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), is an extremely successful record producer of popular music. ... Amber Evangeline Valletta (born February 9, 1974) is an American model and actress. ... Phil Collen and Steve Clark, dubbed as The Terror Twins. Steve Clark playing live with Def Leppard. ... Rick Allen is the 2 non-related people with different occupations: Rick Allen, the SPEED Channel commentator. ... Phil Collen and Steve Clark, dubbed as The Terror Twins. Steve Clark playing live with Def Leppard. ...


Def Leppard's tenth album, simply titled "X", was released in July 2002. It saw the band's musical direction moving more towards pop and further away from the band's hard rock roots. In fact, some tracks were produced by the hit factory behind Britney Spears and the Backstreet Boys. Britney Jean Spears (born December 2, 1981) is a Grammy Award-winning[1] American pop singer, dancer, actress, author and songwriter. ... This article is about the band. ...


Although greeted with generally positive reviews, X quickly disappeared from the charts, ultimately becoming the band's least successful release. However, the accompanying tour played to the band's strongest audiences since Adrenalize.


An expanded and updated best-of collection, Best Of, was released internationally in October 2004. The North America-only version, Rock Of Ages - The Definitive Collection, was released the following May. Def Leppard would participate at the Live 8 show in Philadelphia and toured in the summer with Bryan Adams. 2005 also saw the band leave their longtime management team, Q-Prime, and sign with HK Management. Official Live8 DVD, released in November 2005 Live 8 was a series of concurrent benefit concerts that took place on 2 July 2005, in the G8 states and in South Africa. ...


On May 23, 2006, Def Leppard released an all-covers album titled Yeah!. The disc pays homage to classic rock songs of their childhood, originally recorded by ELO, Sweet, The Kinks, Blondie, and Badfinger among others. It debuted at #16 in the US, their tenth consecutive Top 20 album, and has scanned more than 140,000 copies to date. Album by Def Leppard with cover versions of 70ties rock hits. ... ELO or Elo may refer to: Elo rating system for measuring relative strength of players in chess and other two-player games World Football Elo Ratings, a ranking system for mens national teams in football Árpád Élő (1903-1992), Hungarian creator of ELO rating system Electric Light Orchestra... Look up Sweet in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The Kinks were an English rock group formed in 1963 by lead singer-songwriter Ray Davies, his brother, lead guitarist and vocalist Dave Davies, and bassist Pete Quaife. ... Blondie is the name of an American rock band that first gained fame in the late 1970s, and which has sold over 140 million records. ... Badfinger were a rock/pop band formed in Swansea, Wales in 1965, and one of the earliest representatives of the power pop genre. ...


The band, along with Queen, Kiss, and Judas Priest, were the inaugural inductees of "VH1 Rock Honors" on May 31, 2006. During the show, The All-American Rejects paid homage to the band with a cover of "Photograph". Soon afterwards, they embarked on a successful US tour with Journey. That October, Hysteria was re-released in a two-disc deluxe edition format, which combined the original album, remastered for the first time, with b-sides, remixes, and bonus tracks from single releases. Queen are an English rock band formed in 1970 in London by guitarist Brian May, lead vocalist Freddie Mercury, and drummer Roger Taylor, with bassist John Deacon joining the following year. ... Kiss is an American rock band formed in New York City in January 1973. ... For other uses, see Judas priest (curse). ... The VH1 Rock Honors logo The VH1 Rock Honors are an annual ceremony that pays homage to bands who influenced the sound of rock music. ... POSSIBLE COPYRIGHT VIOLATION Categories: Possible copyright violations | Stub | American musical groups | Later punk groups ... Journey is an American rock band formed in 1973 in San Francisco, California. ... Singles from Hysteria Released: July, 1987 (UK) September, 1987 (US) Released: August, 1987 (US only) Released: September, 1987 (UK) April, 1988 (US) Released: November, 1987 (UK) January, 1988 (US) Released: April, 1988 (UK) November, 1988 (US) Released: July, 1988 (UK) August, 1988 (US) Released: February, 1989 (UK, US) Hysteria is...


Def Leppard began their latest tour, the 52-date "Downstage Thrust Tour", on June 29, which took them across the US and into Canada. Support bands were Foreigner and Styx . Promotional photo for the tour. ... Foreigner is a hard rock band formed in New York City in 1976 by veteran musicians Mick Jones and ex-King Crimson member Ian McDonald, along with then-unknown vocalist Lou Gramm (Louis Grammatico). ... Styx is an American rock band that has been popular since the 1970s, with such hits as Come Sail Away, Babe, Lady, Suite Madame Blue, Mr. ...


2008–Present

The band's new album, entitled Songs from the Sparkle Lounge, was released worldwide on April 28, 2008 and on April 30, 2008 in Japan. The album debuted at #5 on The Billboard 200 in America. The first single is entitled "Nine Lives" and features country singer Tim McGraw, who co-wrote the song with Joe Elliott, Phil Collen, and Rick Savage. Songs from the Sparkle Lounge is the working title of the forthcoming album from the English hard rock band Def Leppard. ... For the song by Taylor Swift, see Tim McGraw (song). ...


A tour in support of the album began on March 27, 2008 in Greensboro, NC,[4] with Styx and REO Speedwagon joining the band on US dates. The band will also play several European rock festivals. An arena tour of the UK takes place in June in which the band will co-headline with Whitesnake and be supported by US southern rockers Black Stone Cherry. The band then returns to Europe before coming back for a second leg of the UK tour in July. Styx is an American rock band that has been popular since the 1970s, with such hits as Come Sail Away, Babe, Lady, Suite Madame Blue, Mr. ... REO Speedwagon is an American rock band which grew in popularity in the Midwestern United States during the 1970s and peaked in the early 1980s. ... Whitesnake is an English hard rock band, founded in 1977 by David Coverdale (formerly of Deep Purple). ... Not to be confused with the British band CherryBlackStone. ...


Again they will be joined by Whitesnake; however Thunder will support at these shows. The band has announced that due to an upper respiratory tract infection affecting lead singer, Joe Elliott, they will be postponing Canadian dates. Recently, two more shows have been cancelled due to a viral infection affecting Phil Collen. Whitesnake is an English hard rock band, founded in 1977 by David Coverdale (formerly of Deep Purple). ...


Band members

For more details on this topic, see Def Leppard band members.

The following is a complete chronology of the various line-ups of Def Leppard, from the groups inception in 1977 until the present. ...

Current members

  • Joe Elliott - lead vocals, additional guitars, keyboards (1977–present)
  • Phil Collen - guitars, backing vocals (1982–present)
  • Vivian Campbell - guitars, backing vocals (1992–present)
  • Rick Savage - bass, keyboards, additional guitars, backing vocals (1977–present)
  • Rick Allen - drums, percussion, backing vocals (1978–present)

Joe Elliott in the music video for Def Leppards Bringin on the Heartbreak (1981). ... Philip Kenneth Collen (born December 8, 1957 in Hackney, East London, England) is one of the guitarists for British rock band Def Leppard. ... Vivian Patrick Campbell (born in August 25, 1962 in Belfast, County Antrim, Northern Ireland) is an Irish rock guitarist, currently playing for Def Leppard. ... Rick Sav Savage (born Richard Savage, 2 December 1960, in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, where he attended Tapton School) is the bassist and one of the founders of the English rock band, Def Leppard. ... Richard John Cyril Rick Allen (born November 1, 1963, Dronfield, Derbyshire, England) is the drummer for the British hard rock band Def Leppard. ...

Former members

Phil Collen and Steve Clark, dubbed as The Terror Twins. Steve Clark playing live with Def Leppard. ... Pete Willis was one of the original guitarists for the rock band Def Leppard. ... Tony Kenning was Def Leppards original drummer. ... Frank Noon was Def Leppards second drummer, replacing original drummer Tony Kenning, and then being replaced himself by Rick Allen. ...

Touring musicians

  • Jeff Rich - drums, percussion (August 5, 6, 7, & 10, 1986 - supplement to Rick Allen)

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Side projects

Phil Collen played guitar, uncredited, on Sam Kinison's "Wild Thing" from 1988. The video featured members of Poison, Bon Jovi, Mötley Crüe, Guns N' Roses, Ratt, and Aerosmith. A caricature of Sam Kinison exhibiting the aggression and anger of his stand-up comedy acts. ... Poison is an American glam metal band which originally achieved popular success in the late 1980s and early 1990s. ... Bon Jovi is a hard rock band originating from Sayreville, New Jersey. ... Mötley Crüe (IPA pronunciation: ) is an American Hard Rock band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1981. ... Guns N Roses is an American hard rock band, formed in Los Angeles, California in 1985. ... Ratt is an American sleaze metal and semi glam metal band that formed in San Diego and enjoyed significant commercial success during the 1980s. ... This article is about the band Aerosmith. ...


Collen also produced and played on the 1991 album On The Edge from Australian band BB Steal.


Joe Elliott sang lead vocals on two tracks on Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood's 1992 solo album, Slide On This. His then-wife Karla appeared in the video for "Always Wanted More". This article is about the rock band. ... Ron Wood (born June 1, 1947 in London) is a British rock guitarist and best known as a member of The Rolling Stones and The Faces. ... The fifth solo album of Ron Wood Somebody Else Might (Ron Wood/Bernard Fowler) Testify (George Clinton/Deron Taylor) Ain’t Rock’n Roll (Ron Wood/Bernard Fowler) Josephine (Ron Wood/Bernard Fowler) Knock Yer Teeth Out (Ron Wood/Bernard Fowler/Julian Lloyd) Ragtime Annie (Trad. ...


Various members of Def Leppard have played on tribute records for Jeff Beck, AC/DC and Alice Cooper. Geoffrey Arnold (Jeff) Beck (born June 24, 1944 to Arnold and Ethel Beck in Wallington, Greater London) is an English rock guitarist. ... This article is about the band. ... Alice Cooper (born Vincent Furnier February 4, 1948) is an American rock singer, songwriter and musician whose career spans five decades. ...


Joe Elliott performed on two tracks to the soundtrack of the 1996 Sheffield-set motion picture, When Saturday Comes, the title track and an instrumental, "Jimmy's Theme".


Cybernauts was a side project consisting of Joe Elliott and Phil Collen teamed with members of the Spiders From Mars (David Bowie's former band), minus the late Mick Ronson. The group played several shows, covering Bowie's Ziggy Stardust-era songs and released one internet only album (since deleted). Cybernauts were a David Bowie cover band featuring Def Leppard members Joe Elliott and Phil Collen, former Spiders From Mars members Trevor Bolder and Mick Woody Woodmansey, and keyboardist Dick Decent, who had previously recorded with 7 other bands. ... Joe Elliott in the music video for Def Leppards Bringin on the Heartbreak (1981). ... Philip Kenneth Collen (born December 8, 1957 in Hackney, East London, England) is one of the guitarists for British rock band Def Leppard. ... The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars is a 1972 concept album by David Bowie, praised as the definitive album of the 1970s by Melody Maker magazine. ... David Bowie (pronounced ) (born David Robert Jones on 8 January 1947) is an English musician, actor, producer, arranger, and audio engineer. ... Mick Ronson (May 26, 1946 – April 29, 1993) born in Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire was an English guitarist, composer, multi-instrumentalist, arranger and producer. ... The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars is a 1972 concept album by David Bowie, praised as the definitive album of the 1970s by Melody Maker magazine. ...


Phil Collen has a side band called Man-Raze, which is set to release its debut album at some point in 2008. Man Raze are a 3-piece alternative rock band comprising Phil Collen, Simon Laffy and Paul Cook Before joining Def Leppard, London born Phil Collen played in Girl, who were one of the great unsung UK rock acts of the early 80’s (singer Phil Lewis would later front LA...


Vivian Campbell joined former Foreigner vocalist Lou Gramm and bassist Bruce Turgon on the one-album project Shadow King, in 1991. Vivian Patrick Campbell (born in August 25, 1962 in Belfast, County Antrim, Northern Ireland) is an Irish rock guitarist, currently playing for Def Leppard. ... Lou Gramm (born Louis Grammatico on May 2, 1950 in Rochester, New York) is an American rock music vocalist and songwriter best known for his role as the lead vocalist for the rock band Foreigner. ... Bruce Turgon is a bassist who has played in the bands Showcase, Black Sheep, Shadow King, and Foreigner with singer Lou Gramm. ...


Vivian Campbell has played with two side bands in recent years, Clock and the Riverdogs, and recorded a solo album, Two Sides of If, released in 2005. Vivian Patrick Campbell (born in August 25, 1962 in Belfast, County Antrim, Northern Ireland) is an Irish rock guitarist, currently playing for Def Leppard. ... Clock is a band featuring Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell and P.J. Smith, who sang backing vocals on Def Leppards cover of the Sweet song Action on Def Leppards Retro Active album. ... The Riverdogs were/are a band featuring singer Rob Lamothe, guitarist Vivian Campbell, bassist Nick Brophy, and several different drummers during different time in their career, including former Journey drummer Mike Baird. ...


Discography

For more details on this topic, see Def Leppard discography.

The Hysteria album cover Complete Discography for the British hard rock band Def Leppard. ...

See also

The worlds best-selling music artists cannot be listed officially, as there is no organization that has recorded global music sales in the manner that the RIAA does in the United States. ... This is a list of the worlds best-selling albums, as determined by sources that have a history as being trustworthy and reliable. ... Main Article: Mainstream Rock Tracks This is an alphabetical list of artists who reached the number one position on the United States Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. ... Phil Collen and Steve Clark, dubbed as The Terror Twins. The Terror Twins is a phrase used to describe two of the guitarists who were in Def Leppard together - Phil Collen and Steve Clark. ...

Notes

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  2. ^ http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=44388<ref> Def Leppard ranked #31 on VH1's "Greatest Artists of Hard Rock".<ref>http://www.vh1.com/shows/dyn/the_greatest/62187/episode_wildcard.jhtml?wildcard=/shows/dynamic/includes/wildcards/the_greatest/hardrock_list_full.jhtml&event_id=862768&start=61</li> <li id="cite_note-2">'''[[#cite_ref-2|^]]''' [http://heavymetalmusic.biz/2007/07/06/def-leppard-craves-respect-in-interview/ Def Leppard craves respect in interview | heavymetalmusic.biz<!-- Bot generated title -->]</li> <li id="cite_note-3">'''[[#cite_ref-3|^]]''' http://www.defleppard.com/tour/tour_2008.asp</li></ol></ref>

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Songs from the Sparkle Lounge is the working title of the forthcoming album from the English hard rock band Def Leppard. ... Best Of Def Leppard is a compilation of some of Def Leppards greatest songs, including Pour Some Sugar On Me, Love Bites, and Bringin On The Heartbreak Track Listing Pour Some Sugar On Me Photograph Love Bites Lets Get Rocked Two Steps Behind Animal Heaven Is Rocket When... Bottom view of VHS cassette with magnetic tape exposed Top view of VHS cassette with front casing removed The Video Home System, better known by its abbreviation VHS, is a recording and playing standard. ... DVD (also known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc - see Etymology) is a popular optical disc storage media format. ... Wasted is a 1979 song by British hard rock band Def Leppard from their debut album On Through the Night. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... 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Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad is a 1992 single by British hard rock band Def Leppard from their multi-platinum album Adrenalize. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Stand Up (Kick Love Into Motion) is a 1992 single by British hard rock band Def Leppard from their multi-platinum album Adrenalize. ... An editor has expressed a concern that the subject of the article does not satisfy the notability guideline or one of the following guidelines for inclusion on Wikipedia: Biographies, Books, Companies, Fiction, Music, Neologisms, Numbers, Web content, or several proposals for new guidelines. ... Two Steps Behind is a 1993 song by British hard rock band Def Leppard from their album Retro Active and Last Action Hero Soundtrack. ... Action is a 1994 song cover by British hard rock band Def Leppard from their album Retro Active. ... Desert Song is a song by the band My Chemical Romance. ... Miss You in a Heartbeat is a 1994 song by British hard rock band Def Leppard from their album Retro Active. ... When Love And Hate Collide is a song by British rock band Def Leppard from their 1995 greatest hits album Vault, wriiten by Joe Elliot and Rick Savage. ... Slang is a 1996 song by British hard rock band Def Leppard from their gold album Slang. ... Work it Out is a 1996 song by British hard rock band Def Leppard from their gold album Slang. ... All I Want is Everything is a 1996 song by British hard rock band Def Leppard from their album Slang. ... Breath a Sigh is a 1996 song by British hard rock band Def Leppard from their album Slang. ... Promises is a 1999 song by British hard rock band Def Leppard from their Euphoria. ... Euphoria is the ninth album by British hard rock band Def Leppard, released in 1999. ... Day After Day is a single released by Def Leppard in 2000. ... Now is a 2002 song by British hard rock band Def Leppard from their X album. ... 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