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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.

Donovan Public Relations
Donovan Public Relations

Def Leppard Will Reportedly Play ‘Hysteria’ in Its Entirety on 2018 Tour

Def Leppard's blockbuster 1987 album 'Hysteria' recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, but the band will continue the party next year.

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Frontiers Records
Frontiers Records

Vivian Campbell Reveals the ‘Upside of Music Piracy’ for Def Leppard: Exclusive Interview

It’s now been 25 years since guitarist Vivian Campbell joined Def Leppard.

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Island
Island

15 Years Ago: Def Leppard Take a Deep Dive Into Pop on ‘X’

Def Leppard wanted to return to their classic sound after a mid-'90s swerve into grunge – and they said the more pop-leaning 'X' was an extension of that.

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Mercury
Mercury

Watch Part of Def Leppard’s New ‘Hysteria’ Documentary

As part of the celebration surrounding the 30th anniversary of their blockbuster Hysteria LP, the members of Def Leppard participated in a new "mini-documentary."

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Mercury
Mercury

35 Years Ago: Def Leppard Replace Pete Willis With Phil Collen

Def Leppard were well into the recording of third album Pyromania when they decided that co-founding guitarist Pete Willis would have to go.

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Def Leppard Performs On Opening Night Of Residency At The Joint At The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
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Def Leppard Could Tour With Journey for Some 2018 Dates

They last shared the same bill in 2006, when Def Leppard was on the road in support of 'Yeah!'

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UMe
UMe

Def Leppard Announce Expanded 30th Anniversary ‘Hysteria’ Reissue

Def Leppard's smash hit Hysteria LP is getting bulked up for its 30th anniversary.

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Larry DiMarzio
Larry DiMarzio

Def Leppard’s Phil Collen Recalls ‘Letting Off Steam’ With His Guitar: Exclusive Interview

Joe Satriani’s G4 Experience promises four days of “guitar magic.” Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen will be there this year.

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Mychal Watts / Lester Cohen, Getty Images

Def Leppard, Poison and Tesla Kick Off Summer Tour: Video, Set Lists

Def Leppard, Poison and Tesla have started their 2017 summer tour, which marked its first date April 8 at the SNHU Arena in Manchester, N.H.

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Def Leppard: Adrenalize
Mercury

25 Years Ago: Def Leppard Beat the Grunge Clock With ‘Adrenalize’

Def Leppard had always aimed to be a big deal.

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