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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.

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Frazer Harrison / Ethan Miller, Getty Images

Def Leppard Guitarist Phil Collen Calls Guns N’ Roses Reunion ‘Really F—ing Lame’

It sounds like Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen is not in the market for Guns N' Roses reunion show tickets.

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Dimitrios Kambouris, Getty Images

Def Leppard Postpone Winter Tour Dates

Def Leppard have postponed the remaining dates on their current tour to give singer Joe Elliott some time to rest.

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Paul Kane, Getty Images

Joe Elliot Forced to Sit Out Def Leppard Cruise Show Due to Vocal Troubles

Joe Elliott faltered before an appearance aboard the MSC Divina, forcing Def Leppard to turn elsewhere for a singer during an abbreviated seven-song set.

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Hulton Archive, Getty Images

The Story of Def Leppard’s Breakthrough Album, ‘Pyromania’

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

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Peter Still, Getty Images

Top 10 Steve Clark Def Leppard Songs

Ultimate Classic Rock selects the best Def Leppard songs featuring the late Steve Clark.

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Ebet Roberts, Getty Images

25 Years Ago: Def Leppard Guitarist Steve Clark Dies

When Def Leppard earned huge mainstream success with their third album, Pyromania, that success was in no small part due to the many talents of guitar player and songwriter Steve Clark.

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Dave Hogan, Getty Images

Phil Collen Looks Back on Rick Allen’s First Def Leppard Show After Losing an Arm

Rick Allen's first show back with Def Leppard came at a time when the future of these multi-platinum hard rock legends was decidedly uncertain.

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Hulton Archive / Scott Gries, Getty Images

Robert Plant Secretly Roadied for Def Leppard During the ‘Hysteria’ Tour

The next time you bump into a roadie at a local show, be nice — that might just be one of the world's biggest rock stars in disguise.

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Columbia / Warner Bros. / Mercury

Bruce Springsteen, Fleetwood Mac and Def Leppard Lead Classic Rock Records on Billboard’s List of All-Time Greatest Albums

Billboard has combed through its massive database to come up with a list of the Top 200 albums released between 1963-2015, and the results include a number of classic rock's greatest records.

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Rush, ‘Cygnus X-1′ vs. Def Leppard, ‘Rocket': Rock Star Wars

Rush's "Cygnus X-1" faces Def Leppard's "Rocket" in the opening round of our Rock Star Wars.

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