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Hometown: Sheffield, England
Albums: On Through the Night (1980), High 'n' Dry (1981), Pyromania (1983), Hysteria (1987), Adrenalize (1992), Slang (1996), Euphoria (1999), X (2002), Yeah! (2006), Songs from the Sparkle Lounge (2008)
Hits: “Let’s Get Rocked”, “Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad”, “Love Bites”, “Pour Some Sugar On Me”
Awards: 2 American Music Awards
Other: one of only five bands who have had two original albums sell over 10 million in the USA
Def Leppard are one of the longest serving rock bands today, having emerged in the early 1980s, they were at the forefront of the British heavy metal scene. Today they remain of the most popular rock acts of the last 30 years, maintain a strong following from their early days.
The band was formed in Sheffield in 1977 by Pete Williams and Rick Savage, who were later joined by Joe Elliot, who would coin the name ‘Def Leppard’. Accompanied with a now forgotten drummer, the band played the local pub scenes, gaining a strong following in the process which lad to the release of their first EP ‘Getcha Rocks Off’.
Being very young in age yet still managing to cultivate a strong fan base, the press began to take notice of Def Leppard, leading to a record deal for the band and their first full album release, which h sold well in the UK and the United States.
The band would tour extensively, in particular in the USA, opening for the likes of AC/DC, Judas Priest and Ozzy Osbourne. This helped the bands reputation grow in the States, which had a strong heavy metal scene, with the press in particular taking notice of the young band from the UK.
With the release of their second LP ‘High ’n’ Dry’, the band found a new level of commercial success, with over 2 million album sales, certifying it as platinum. They would ride this momentum of success with their follow up album ‘Pyromania’ going on to sell a staggering 100 million copies. It was at this point that founding guitarist Pete Willis was fired due to his battle with alcoholism, and replaced with Phil Collen.
The band would find more polarity in the USA during the 1980s, and were helped in no part to the extensive coverage the band’s music videos received on MTV, which would showcase most of the bands videos on a regular basis.
Drummer Rick Allen was in a serious car accident in a car crash that happened on New Year’s Eve , resulting in the need for his left arm to be amputated, throwing the bands future in doubt. Allen however, would not be deterred and would go on to learn how to ply on modified kit that next year, and would play his first concert since the accident in August of 1986 - creating one of the most iconic drummers of all time.
Def Leppard released their next album in 1987, with the highly anticipated ‘Hysteria’. Although the sound was seen as a move towards a more pop sound, the album would still go one to sell 16 million copies worldwide and top many charts.
Guitarist Steve Clark tragically died on January 8th of 1991, due to a fatal mixture of alcohol and drugs, for which he had been struggling with for a number of years. The band made the decision to continue with four members, eventually replacing Clark with Vivian Campbell in 1992.
Adrenalize was the band’s first LP after the death of Clark, and it would go on to be a commercial success, going to number one and spawning a selection of hits. Further albums throughout the 1990s were also well received, despite the decline in popularity of the heavy metal genre.
In the more recent years they have slowed down the rate of their album releases, taking the time to experiment with new sounds, whilst staying true to their pop-metal sound that made them massive in the 80s. Their longevity is well established as they continue to tour worldwide, selling out many venues, ensuring they remain one of the pioneers of their genre.