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.
Hear Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott, Phil Collen Guest With the Struts
Veterans appear on new track “I Hate How Much I Want You” from newcomers' upcoming album ‘Strange Days.’
Fan Letters Inspired Def Leppard's Rick Allen to Keep Drumming
"I didn't wanna do this anymore," drummer recalls thinking after 1984 car crash. "And then I started getting these letters from all over the world."
Def Leppard's Phil Collen Shares His Most Cherished Prince Memory
Guitarist was "hesitant" to meet his idol, but the moment wound up being inspiring.
Did Iron Maiden’s Adrian Smith Really Almost Join Def Leppard?
Guitarist recalls how moves were made before Vivian Campbell took Steve Clark’s place in 1992.
The Awesome Secret Hiding in Def Leppard's 'Hysteria' Singles
Cover artist wanted to make a big splash before CDs took over.
Why Def Leppard Would Rather Write Like T. Rex Than Bob Dylan
"I'd much rather write 'Hubcap diamond star halo' than 'The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind.'"
Phil Collen Puts 2021 Motley Crue, Def Leppard Tour Odds at 50-50
Guitarist seems unsure about the rescheduled Stadium Tour dates.
Why Def Leppard Did Things 'Completely Different' on New Live Set
"Vegas was great for that, especially the last couple of nights. We played two-, two-and-a-half-hour sets."
Joe Elliott Recalls Five-Month Struggle to Save His Voice
Def Leppard singer says his doctor mentioned retirement in 2016.
Motley Crue and Def Leppard Dream Set Lists: Roundtable
Our writers take a shot at writing up the perfect sets by the two bands.