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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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Joe Elliot Says Def Leppard ‘Could Split Up in 20 Minutes’

Def Leppard's Joe Elliott talked about keeping a band together for more than 30 years.

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29 Years Ago: Def Leppard’s Rick Allen Makes An Amazing Comeback

Rick Allen of Def Leppard returned to the stage after losing his arm in a car accident.

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Watch Miley Cyrus and Steel Panther Cover Def Leppard’s ‘Pour Some Sugar on Me’

Steel Panther closed out the West Hollywood House of Blues on Aug. 4, and they received a little extra help from Miley Cyrus and her father Billy Ray during a cover of Def Leppard's "Pour Some Sugar on Me."

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28 Years Ago: Def Leppard Take Rock Into a New Era With ‘Hysteria’

When Def Leppard began to write for the follow-up to their 1984 multi-platinum breakthrough Pyromania, the group had no idea what a monumental task lay ahead of them.

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Eric Haggard, Rubber City Photos

Def Leppard and Tesla Invade Ohio: Photo Gallery

Def Leppard and Tesla took advantage of an "off-night" on their summer tour schedule with Styx to perform for a packed house in Youngstown, Ohio.

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David Becker / Andrew H. Walker, Getty Images

Vivian Campbell Really Hopes Donald Trump Won’t Introduce Def Leppard at Tour Stop

The other day, CNN reported that presidential hopeful Donald Trump would introduce Def Leppard before their appearance at the Iowa State Fair next month. That's news to guitarist Vivian Campbell.

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37 Years Ago: Def Leppard Play Their First Concert

Def Leppard's first concert took place on July 18, 1978 at the Westfield School in Sheffield, England.

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Chris Epting for Ultimate Classic Rock

Def Leppard’s Phil Collen Goes Deep With Delta Deep: Photo Gallery

Check out these great photos from Phil Collen's premiere of his new blues-rock side project, Delta Deep.

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Ultimate Classic Rock

Def Leppard Albums, Ranked Worst to Best

Ultimate Classic Rock ranks every Def Leppard studio effort, from worst to best.

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Def Leppard’s Campbell Avoids Radiation, Will Rejoin Summer Tour

Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell has revealed that his cancer treatment will allow him to accompany Def Leppard on much of their summer tour.

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