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.
Krokus’ Marc Storace Still Regrets Def Leppard Falling-Out
Swiss band were kicked off 1983 tour after singer broke stage rules.
Phil Collen: Vince Neil Will Regain Voice for Stadium Tour
Def Leppard guitarist says Motley Crue vocalist has time to get back on track after abandoned solo show.
15 Years Ago: Def Leppard Honor Their Idols on Covers LP 'Yeah!'
T. Rex, Mott the Hoople and Roxy Music are among spotlighted artists on 2006 album.
Def Leppard's Rick Allen Pays Tribute to Legends With Art Exhibit
Drummer shifted focus to painting during 2020 pandemic.
Motley Crue, Def Leppard, Poison and Joan Jett Tour Moved to '22
The highly anticipated tour was first announced for the summer of 2020.
Underrated Def Leppard: The Most Overlooked Song From Each Album
Band is known for their chart-topping hits, but there are plenty of hidden gems fans may have missed.
Def Leppard Announce Third Box Set in Archival Series
Limited-edition project, available in nine-LP and six-CD formats, includes all of band's '00s material.
Def Leppard Auction Goes Inside Rick Allen’s Arm Loss
Drummer’s former girlfriend Miriam Barendsen decides to part with ‘80s mementos to help fund animal-rescue program.
Why Def Leppard Will Never Release Jim Steinman ‘Hysteria’ Tapes
Joe Elliott recalls eight-week, six-figure studio mess as fourth album took shape.
How Def Leppard Ran From Cliches on 'Pyromania' Cover Art
Managers were tired of seeing "half-naked women riding motorbikes and fire-breathing monsters" on hard-rock album covers.