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Def Leppard

In many ways, Def Leppard were the definitive hard rock band of the '80s. There were many bands that rocked harder (and were more dangerous) than the Sheffield-based quintet, but few others captured the spirit of the times quite as well. Emerging in the late '70s as part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Def Leppard actually owed more to the glam rock and metal of the early '70s, as their sound was equal parts T. Rex, Mott the Hoople, Queen, and Led Zeppelin. By toning down their heavy riffs and emphasizing melody, Def Leppard were poised for crossover success by 1983's Pyromania, and skillfully used the fledgling MTV network to their advantage. The musicians were already blessed with photogenic good looks, but they also crafted a series of innovative, exciting videos that made them into stars. They intended to follow Pyromania quickly but were derailed when their drummer lost an arm in a car accident, the first of many problems that plagued the group's career. They managed to pull through such tragedies, and even expanded their large audience with 1987's blockbuster Hysteria. As the '90s began, mainstream hard rock shifted away from their signature pop-metal and toward edgier, louder bands, yet they maintained a sizable audience into the late '90s and were one of only a handful of '80s metal groups to survive the decade more or less intact.

Def Leppard had their origins in a Sheffield-based group that teenagers Rick Savage (bass) and Pete Willis (guitar) formed in 1977. Vocalist Joe Elliott, a fanatic follower of Mott the Hoople and T. Rex, joined the band several months later, bringing the name Deaf Leopard with him. After a spelling change, the trio, augmented by a now-forgotten drummer, began playing local Sheffield pubs, and within a year the band had added guitarist Steve Clark to the lineup, as well as a new drummer. Later in 1978, they recorded their debut EP, Getcha Rocks Off, and released it on their own label, Bludgeon Riffola. The EP became a word-of-mouth success, earning airplay on the BBC. The group members were still in their teens.

Following the release of Getcha Rocks Off, Rick Allen was added as the band's permanent drummer, and Def Leppard quickly became the subject of the British music weeklies. They soon signed with AC/DC's manager, Peter Mensch, who helped them secure a contract with Mercury Records. On Through the Night, the band's full-length debut, was released in 1980 and instantly became a hit in the U.K., also earning significant airplay in the U.S., where it reached number 51 on the charts. Over the course of the year, Def Leppard relentlessly toured Britain and America, playing their own shows while also opening concerts for Ozzy Osbourne, Sammy Hagar, and Judas Priest. High 'n' Dry followed in 1981 and became the group's first platinum album in the U.S., thanks to MTV's strong rotation of "Bringin' on the Heartbreak." MTV would be vital to the band's success in the '80s.

As the band recorded the follow-up to High 'n' Dry with producer Mutt Lange, Pete Willis was fired from the band for alcoholism, and Phil Collen, a former guitarist for Girl, was hired to replace him. The resulting album, 1983's Pyromania, became an unexpected blockbuster, due not only to Def Leppard's skillful, melodic metal, but also to MTV's relentless airing of "Photograph" and "Rock of Ages." Pyromania went on to sell ten million copies, establishing Def Leppard as one of the most popular bands in the world. Despite their success, they were about to enter a trying time for their career. Following an extensive international tour, the group reentered the studio to record the follow-up, but producer Lange was unavailable, so they began sessions with Jim Steinman, the man responsible for Meat Loaf's Bat Out of Hell. The pairing turned out to be ill-advised, so the bandmembers turned to their former engineer, Nigel Green. One month into recording, Allen lost his left arm in a New Year's Eve car accident. The arm was reattached, but it had to be amputated once an infection set in.

Def Leppard's future looked cloudy without a drummer, but by the spring of 1985 -- just a few months after his accident -- Allen began learning to play a custom-made electronic kit assembled for him by Simmons. The band soon resumed recording, and within a few months Lange was back on board, having judged all the existing tapes inferior and ordered the band to begin work all over again. Recording sessions continued throughout 1986, and that summer, the group returned to the stage for the European Monsters of Rock tour. Def Leppard finally completed their fourth album, now titled Hysteria, early in 1987. The record was released that spring to lukewarm reviews, with many critics claiming that the album compromised Leppard's metal roots for sweet pop flourishes. Accordingly, Hysteria was slow out of the starting gates -- "Women," the first single, failed to really take hold -- but the release of "Animal" helped the album gather steam. The song became Def Leppard's first Top 40 hit in the U.K., but more importantly, it launched a string of six straight Top 20 hits in the U.S., which also included "Hysteria," "Pour Some Sugar on Me," "Love Bites," "Armageddon It," and "Rocket," the latter of which arrived in 1989, a full two years after the release of Hysteria. During those two years, Def Leppard's presence was unavoidable -- they were the kings of high-school metal, ruling the pop charts and MTV, and teenagers and bands alike replicated their teased hair and ripped jeans, even when the grimy hard rock of Guns N' Roses took hold in 1988.

Hysteria proved to be the peak of Leppard's popularity, yet their follow-up remained eagerly awaited in the early '90s, as the band took a break from the road and set to work on a new record. During the recording process, however, Steve Clark died from an overdose of alcohol and drugs. Clark had historically battled with alcohol, and following the Hysteria heyday, his bandmates forced him to take a sabbatical. Although he did enter rehab, Clark's habits continued, and his abuse was so crippling that Collen began recording the majority of the band's guitar leads. Following Clark's death, Def Leppard resolved to finish their forthcoming album as a quartet, releasing Adrenalize in the spring of 1992. Adrenalize was greeted with mixed reviews, and even though the album debuted at number one and contained several successful singles, including the Top 20 hits "Let's Get Rocked" and "Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad," the record was a commercial disappointment in the wake of Pyromania and Hysteria. After its release, the group added former Whitesnake guitarist Vivian Campbell to the lineup, thus resuming Def Leppard's two-guitar attack.

In 1993, Def Leppard released the rarities collection Retro Active, which yielded another Top 20 hit with the acoustic ballad "Two Steps Behind." Two years later, the group released the greatest-hits collection Vault while preparing for its sixth album. Slang arrived in the spring of 1996, and while it proved more adventurous than its predecessor, it was greeted with indifference, indicating that Leppard's heyday had indeed passed and they were now simply a very popular cult band. Undaunted, Leppard soldiered on, returning to their patented pop-metal sound for Euphoria, which was released in June of 1999. Despite the success of "Promises," the record failed to produce any additional hits, resulting in a return to adult pop balladry on 2002's X. The two-disc Rock of Ages: The Definitive Collection arrived in 2005, followed in 2006 by Yeah!, a strong collection of covers. In 2008, the guys released their ninth studio album, Songs from the Sparkle Lounge, which debuted at number five and was supported by a lucrative summer tour. Material from that tour helped make up the bulk of 2011's Mirror Ball: Live & More, a three-disc live album containing a full concert, three new studio recordings, and DVD footage. Another live album followed two years later: Viva! Hysteria, which found the band running through their 1987 blockbuster in its entirety on the first disc and then a collection of early, rarely-played material on the second. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Def Leppard was one of favorite group of the 80s.
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the new iron maiden sucks
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Thank original drummer Tony Kenning 1977-1978 for changing the spelling of Joe Elliotts imaginary rock band Deaf Leopard to Def Leppard. The second choice was Blind Tigers.
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Thanks April.
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Foolin' wat a Classic. This album doesn't have one bad song on it in my opinion. This one's 4 u rwurzbach my friend there biggest fan.. ROCK ON Everyone
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Hysteria,,, This one's 4 u rwurzbach my friend... ROCK ON Everyone
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I think that the one armed drummer thing actually gave Def Leppard an advantage because it gave them a more unique sound.
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This Band is On of my Favorites!
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haohmaru of the wind on youtube
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I'm Still gonna see Becky G in october
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prevo40
I love def Leppard !! They rock!! ; )
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Back when music was its very best!! So sad kids nowadays listen to stupid freaking Nicki Minaj and that other kinds of s**t . They don't know what real music cause back then had a lot of talent with instruments but today they use computer instead of using real talent!
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Saturday night High n Dry is my favorite song of all time...Pyrom a n i a is my favorite album!
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my fave from def lep is Pyromania
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Hysteria my fav. Album!
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Atomic Mass.
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Def Leopard such a fun concert tonight in Austin Tx love so many songs and still sound great.
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prevo40
Def Leppard is my favorite band ever... After that is journey, Boston,pat benatar , heart etc.
I am only 16 and listen to only classic rock not much of today's music.... I mean there is no great rock music today and country is basically taking over rock music with bro country which is making me mad like seriously !? I just don't know what happened to the world have we all just lost it! So yea
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I ABSOLUTLY JUST LOVE DEF LEPARD, IT'S DIFFICULT FOR ME TO LISTEN TO THEIR MUSIC WITHOUT IT BRININ' BACK BOTH GOOD & BAD MEMORIES.
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Tonight in Austin!!!! Woo hoo...so excited!!!!
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Rock Rock,, indeed til u drop. This one's 4 u rwurzbach my friend. ROCK ON Everyone
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I can't see them in September it sucks
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I cannot wait to see these guys!!!!! September is right around the corner guys :-*)
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Foolin'. Classic Leppard. This one's 4 u rwurzbach my friend. ROCK ON Everyone
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Great band and like ever song they made, can't say that about very many bands.
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Heaven is Christina Mackenzie from Gundam
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Pyromania is their best
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I enjoy the music but High n Dry has the Worst album cover ever. I mean look at that queer weird image...pyro m a n i a was much better
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relapse records
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Yeah who the f**k is vega
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Rick Allen is so talented
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Old and decrepit band and their music is 80's butt rock. But stubby sure does play a mean set of drums.
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I like the video for lets get rocked and that's it for the videos.
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Def Leppard: The Greatest Rock Band Of All Ttime
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I dont like def leps music videos though
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Vega is from the street fighters.
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They can pour some sugar on me anytime XD jk
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You're my favorite band, love you!!!
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Who in da f**k is vega!???
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Great song
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Would like to hear some of the stuff that hasn't sold as well. I don't understand why that seems to be too much to ask for.
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My mom loves Vega.
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my mom loves jigglypuff
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Two weeks and counting... Can't wait to see my favorite Brits!!!!
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Comin' Under Fire,,, This is one of my faves by Leppard,, this one's 4 u rwurzbach my friend. ROCK ON EVERYONE!!!
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August 3rd marked the 28th year anniversary of the Hysteria album (1987). Cheers!
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naruto is over in japan...good
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