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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’s Joe Elliott Labels Rock Hall Voters ‘Faceless Tuxedo-Wearing Morons’

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Dimitrious Kambouris, Getty Images

Def Leppard singer Joe Elliot has no interest in being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Def Leppard’s Collen Talks About Meeting Kiss Three Decades Ago

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Charles Epting for Ultimate Classic Rock

Phil Collen talks about the first time he met Kiss -- and Diana Ross -- back in the early '80s.

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Kiss and Def Leppard Announce 40-Date 2014 Summer Tour

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Kiss and Def Leppard will join forces for a 40-date North American Summer 2014 tour.

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Kiss and Def Leppard Set to Announce ’2014 Heroes’ Tour

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David Becker/Jim Dyson, Getty Images

Def Leppard and Kiss will join forces for a summer 2014 tour, in what is expected to be one of the year's biggest classic rock events of the year.

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‘Two Minutes to Midnight’ Vs. ‘Photograph’ – March Riff Madness

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Iron Maiden’s ‘Two Minutes to Midnight' takes on Def Leppard’s ‘Photograph' in round one of Ultimate Classic Rock's March Riff Madness competition.

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Def Leppard, ‘Where Does Love Go When It Dies’ – Exclusive Lyric Video Premiere

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Def Leppard recently released a deluxe reissue of their highly underrated 1996 album 'Slang' and the band is teaming up with Loudwire and Ultimate Classic Rock to bring you the exclusive premiere of the lyric video for 'Where Does Love Go When It Dies.'

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Phil Collen Talks Def Leppard’s ‘Slang’ Reissue

Phil Collen
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In terms of charts and sales, 1996's 'Slang' marks the spot where Def Leppard went from being multi-platinum rock gods to just another veteran act struggling to fit in among the rapidly changing Top 40 trends of the '90s. But for the band members, the record has always meant a lot more.

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Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott to Produce Album by Thin Lizzy Members

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Black Star Riders

Def Leppard's Joe Elliott will produce the sophomore record by Black Star Riders, a band featuring former members of Thin Lizzy. Elliott previously worked on the 2011 reissue of Thin Lizzy's 1976 classic 'Jailbreak' album. The Def Leppard singer also produced the first two solo albums by Black Star Riders' Ricky Warwick, who joined Thin Lizzy as vocalist in 2010. 

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Def Leppard Gather Demos and Unreleased Tracks for ‘Slang’ Reissue

Def Leppard, 'Slang'
Mercury Records

Def Leppard have been talking for years about putting together an expanded reissue of their 1996 'Slang' album, but it wasn't just idle chatter: On Feb. 11, the band will bring the record back to stores with an added disc of demos and unreleased tracks.

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

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Up until Jan. 20, 1983, when Def Leppard released their third album, ‘Pyromania,’ the British band wanted to be Led Zeppelin. Just look at their name.

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