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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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You Think You Know Def Leppard?

As justly famous as Def Leppard has become, there are still plenty of lesser-known facts hidden away in their platinum-plated career.

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Frazer Harrison, Getty Images

Def Leppard’s Phil Collen Announces Blues-Rock Side Project Delta Deep

Phil Collen must have decided to make some music while waiting for Def Leppard to complete their first studio album since 2008.

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Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Def Leppard’s New Album Features Lead Vocals From All Members

The guys in Def Leppard know they probably aren't going to sell a million copies of their new album, but as guitarist Vivian Campbell sees it, that only freed them up to make the record they truly wanted to make.

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Frazer Harrison, Getty Images

Phil Collen Says New Def Leppard Album Is Their Best Since ‘Hysteria’

Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen is clearly very excited about the band's new album.

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Def Leppard to Sail on the ‘Hysteria on the High Seas’ Cruise

Def Leppard will take off on its own cruise in January 2016.

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Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Def Leppard Planning ‘Unique’ Surprise for 2016

Def Leppard's soon-to-be-released new album will be accompanied by a whole bunch of touring.

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35 Years Ago: Def Leppard Aim Big With Their Debut Album, ‘On Through the Night’

Def Leppard's debut, 'On Through the Night' was released on March 14, 1980.

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Joe Elliott Says Def Leppard’s Album Is ‘Finished’

The band has finished recording the long-awaited follow-up to 2008's 'Songs from the Sparkle Lounge.'

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Hulton Archives / Scott Gries, Getty Images

John Bonham Vs. Rick Allen: March Drum Madness

The two drummers facing off in the opening round of our new March Drum Madness competition have a lot in common, even though they're from different generations.

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Paul Kane, Getty Images

Def Leppard Won’t Play Any New Songs on Upcoming Tour

Def Leppard is taking a break from work on a long-awaited studio album to tour with Styx and Tesla, but don't expect any concert previews of their new songs.

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