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Def Leppard originally entered the scene at the end of the ’70 as part of the new wave of British heavy metal, taking a cue from bands like Led Zeppelin (note the similarities in the groups’ names). But by the early part of the ‘80s they began injecting more commercial-friendly sounds into their music, breaking out with 1983’s ‘Pyromania,’ which included the Top 40 hits ‘Photograph’ and ‘Rock of Ages.’ When they returned four years later (part of the delay was due to their drummer losing his arm in a car accident; he had to relearn how to play a computerized set), Def Leppard and producer Robert “Mutt” Lange had assembled one of the era’s most defining works, ‘Hysteria,’ a digital triumph that bridged traditional hard rock with its pop future. The album went on to sell more than 20 million copies worldwide. Since then, the band has released a series of records that recall their golden period.

Def Leppard Add U.S. Dates to 2015 Tour

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David Becker, Getty Images

While they're waiting for the band's new album, Def Leppard fans in the U.S. can also look forward to summer tour dates -- at least two of them, anyway.

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Clash of the Titans – Def Leppard’s ‘Pyromania’ vs. ‘Hysteria’

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Ultimate Classic Rock

We asked you to make an impossible choice in our previous Clash of the Titans, when we put Led Zeppelin's first two records in the ring against each other.

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Filed Under: Category: Clash of the Titans, Readers Poll

32 Years Ago: Def Leppard’s ‘Pyromania’ Album Released

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Def Leppard's multi-platinum breakthrough album 'Pyromania' was released on Jan. 20, 1983.

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30 Years Ago: Def Leppard Drummer Rick Allen Loses Arm in Car Crash

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In one of the scariest and ultimately inspiring stories in recent rock history, Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen nearly lost his life and did lose his left arm in a car accident on Dec. 31, 1984.

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Joe Elliott Hints at ‘Experimental’ Songs on Next Def Leppard Album

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David Becker, Getty Images

Def Leppard have never been known for being particularly avant garde, but singer Joe Elliott hinted at some potentially surprising stuff on the band's new album during a recent interview.

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Five Bands That Deserve to Be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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Legacy / John Minihan, Hulton Archive / Chris Walter, Getty Images

Accompanying this morning's announcement of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 2015 induction class was the usual head shaking and open-mouthed disbelief that some of classic rock's oldest and most worthy bands were passed up once again.

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Don’t Go Complaining to Vivian Campbell If the New Def Leppard Album Stinks

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Kevin Winter, Getty Images

The last time Vivian Campbell heard Def Leppard's new album, it was shaping up to be "on the heavier side," but things may have changed since then.

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Vivian Campbell Back at Work on New Albums with Both Def Leppard, Last in Line

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Vivian Campbell isn't just back in action after a cancer scare; he's actually working on new projects with both Def Leppard and Last in Line.

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Def Leppard Guitarist Vivian Campbell Back Home Following Cancer Treatment

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YouTube

Vivian Campbell is on the mend after completing the latest round of treatment for his Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

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Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott Gives Update on Vivian Campbell’s Health

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The guitarist may be out of the hospital by mid-November.

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