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, Journey and Steve Miller Announce Summer 2024 Tour
The 23-date trek features additional support from Heart and Cheap Trick.
Rick Allen Defends Def Leppard's 'Slang': 'It's a Great Record'
The polarizing 1996 album was criticized for straying from the band's previous sound.
Rick Allen Names the Song He Wants Back in Def Leppard's Set List
Drummer also discusses revisiting material recorded prior to his life-changing car crash.
Def Leppard Has Uncovered Unheard Songs From Debut Album
They previously believed the tapes had been destroyed.
Rick Allen Is Still Dealing With Trauma From Florida Attack
"When I hear footsteps behind me, I use shop windows like a rearview mirror."
30 Years Ago: Def Leppard Cleans Out Closet for 'Retro-Active'
Fans were probably expecting another lengthy hiatus after the tour in support of 1992's 'Adrenalize.'
Why 'Love Bites' Caught Def Leppard 'With Their Trousers Down'
It hit No. 1 in the U.S. — then they had to learn how to play it live.
45 Years Ago: Def Leppard's First Concert Nets Five Pounds
Their set included a cover of Thin Lizzy's "Jailbreak" and an apparently original track.
How Def Leppard's 'Pyromania' Tour Changed Everything
"We were shocked at the success of it," says guitarist Phil Collen.
How a Church Choir Influenced Def Leppard's 'Rock of Ages'
Thomas Dolby also lent his talents to the Top 20 'Pyromania' single.