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Def Leppard Biography


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Birth Place: Sheffield, England
Years Active: 1977–present
Genres: Hard Rock, Heavy Metal


Def Leppard is an English hard rock band formed in 1977 in Sheffield as part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement. Since 1992, the band has consisted of Joe Elliott (vocals), Rick Savage (bass guitar), Rick Allen (drums), Phil Collen (guitar), and Vivian Campbell (guitar).

Def Leppard was formed in 1977 by vocalist Joe Elliott and later released their only EP to date entitled “The Def Leppard E.P.” in 1979. The band signed with Mercury Records and released their debut full-length album “On Through the Night” in 1980.

Their 1981 sophomore album “High 'n' Dry” was produced by Robert John “Mutt” Lange, who helped them begin to define their style, and the album's stand out track “Bringin' On the Heartbreak” became one of the first metal videos played on MTV in 1982. “High 'n' Dry” reached #26 on the U.K. Albums chart and was certified 2x platinum in the United States.

The band's next studio album, “Pyromania” issued in 1983 with the lead single “Photograph,” turned Def Leppard into a household name. The album peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart and #18 on the U.K. Albums chart. Three “Pyromania” songs, “Photograph,” “Rock of Ages” and “Foolin',” became Top 40 singles in the U.S.

Def Leppard's fourth album “Hysteria,” released in 1987, topped the U.S and UK album charts. To date it has 12x platinum certified sales in the U.S., and has gone on to sell over 20 million copies worldwide. The album spawned six hit singles, including the Billboard Hot 100 #1 “Love Bites,” alongside “Pour Some Sugar on Me,” “Hysteria,” “Armageddon It,” “Animal” and “Rocket.”

Their next studio album, “Adrenalize,” reached #1 on the Billboard 200 and U.K. Albums chart in 1992, and contained several hits including, “Let's Get Rocked” and “Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad.” Their 1993 album “Retro Active” contained the acoustic hit song “Two Steps Behind,”while their greatest hits album “Vault” released in 1995 featured the new track “When Love & Hate Collide.”

In 1996 they issued “Slang,” which reached #5 in the U.K. and #14 in the U.S. “Euphoria,” followed in 1999, though it failed to reach the Top 10 in the U.S. and U.K and did its successor, 2002’s “X.” “Songs from the Sparkle Lounge” was released in 2008 and went to #5 on the Billboard 200 while also reaching #10 on the U.K. Albums chart.

As one of the world's best-selling music artists, Def Leppard has sold more than 65 million albums worldwide, and have two albums with RIAA diamond certification, “Pyromania” and “Hysteria.”





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