DEF LEPPARD FACTS:
Members: Rick Savage, Joe Elliott, Rick Allen, Phil Collen, Vivian Campbell
Genre: Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
Hometown: Sheffield, England
Albums: On Through the Night (1980); High 'n' Dry (1981); Pyromania (1983); Hysteria (1987); Adrenalize (1992); Retro Active (1993); Slang (1996); Euphoria (1999); X (2002); Yeah! (2006); Songs from the Sparkle Lounge (2008); Mirrorball: Live And More (2011)
Awards: 2 American Music Awards
Hits: "Photograph," "Rock of Ages," "Pour Some Sugar On Me," "Love Bites"
Other: Drummer Rick Allen has only one arm.
It's hard to think of the excess of the '80s without first thinking of Def Leppard. The English rock band is synonymous with heavy metal of the decade, and has provided fans of rock music with a long list of hits. With a consistently hard-driving sound, it's no wonder that Def Leppard is one of the best-selling bands of all time, and continues to be a mainstay on rock radio more than 30 years after they burst on the scene.
After forming in the late '70s and tweaking its line-up, the band was ready to release its debut album, On Through the Night. The record dropped in 1980 and was a mild success in both the United Kingdom and the United States, but they were still relatively unknown. Although their next record, 1981's High 'n' Dry improved on their debut, Def Leppard would have to wait a bit longer for that breakthrough.
Thanks to the increased exposure of their second album, due in large part to the popularity of the video for "Bringin' on the Heartbreak," the band started to tour with rock legends Ozzy Osbourne and Blackfoot. It was not soon after that they became a household name in homes across the United States and the U.K. due to the immense popularity of the album, Pyromania. The record is perhaps best known for the wildly successful single "Photograph," which propelled the record to the number two spot on the Billboard 200 charts, and even managed to dethrone "Beat It" by Michael Jackson as the most requested video on MTV.
After their breakthrough and an arduous recording process, fans were treated to Hysteria, Def Leppard's most popular album. The record went on to sell more than 20 million albums, and featured a long list of singles that have gone on to be classics. "Pour Some Sugar On Me" remains a staple on the radio, and it is hard to separate the song from the band. The album also included a number of other popular tracks such as "Animal," "Rocket" and "Women."
Throughout the '90s and 2000s, Def Leppard has remained a strong force within the music industry. Fans from all generations have flocked to their unique take on heavy metal, and the band continues to tour with its contemporaries from the '80s, including such iconic bands as Heart, Styx and REO Speedwagon.
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