Def Leppard Biography

Def Leppard are an English rock band formed in 1977 in Sheffield as part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement. Since 1992, the band has consisted of Rick Savage (bass, backing vocals), Joe Elliott (lead vocals), Rick Allen (drums, backing vocals), Phil Collen (guitar, backing vocals), and Vivian Campbell (guitar, backing vocals). This is the band's longest-standing line-up.

The band's strongest commercial success came between the early 1980s and the early 1990s. Their 1981 album High 'n' Dry was produced by Robert John "Mutt" Lange, who helped them begin to define their style, and the album's stand out track "Bringin' On the Heartbreak" became one of the first rock videos played on MTV in 1982. The band's next studio album Pyromania in 1983, with "Photograph" as the lead single, turned Def Leppard into a household name. In 2003, the album ranked number 384 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

Def Leppard's fourth album Hysteria, released in 1987, topped the U.S. and UK album charts. As of 2009 it has 12x platinum sales in the U.S. and has gone on to sell over 20 million copies worldwide. The album spawned seven singles, including the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 number one "Love Bites", alongside "Pour Some Sugar on Me", "Hysteria", "Armageddon It", "Animal", "Rocket", and "Women".

Their next studio album Adrenalize (the first following the death of guitarist Steve Clark) reached number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 and UK Album Chart in 1992, and contained several hits including, "Let's Get Rocked" and "Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad". Their 1993 album Retro Active contained the acoustic hit song "Two Steps Behind", while their greatest hits album Vault released in 1995 featured the new track "When Love & Hate Collide".

As one of the world's best-selling music artists, Def Leppard have sold more than 100 million records worldwide, and have two albums with RIAA diamond certification, Pyromania and Hysteria. They are one of only five rock bands with two original studio albums selling over 10 million copies in the U.S. The band were ranked No. 31 in VH1's "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock" and ranked No. 70 in "100 Greatest Artists of All Time".

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Def Leppard News

Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell seeks cancer treatment

Musician confirms that his Hodgkin's lymphoma has returned

  • May 21, 2014

Def Leppard's Joe Elliott calls Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame judges 'faceless tuxedo-wearing prats'

The bands frontman also questioned the motives behind being nominated for prestigious honour

  • Mar 28, 2014

Def Leppard sponsor Welsh youth rugby team

Veteran rockers give a helping hand to Rhiwbina under-10s despite mistaking them for a football team

  • Apr 30, 2013

Def Leppard to re-record entire back catalogue

The rockers are taking revenge on their former record label Universal after royalties disagreement

  • Jul 4, 2012

Motley Crue and Def Leppard announce joint UK arena tour - ticket details

Steel Panther will provide support on December trek

  • Aug 30, 2011

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Animal Belfast June 2011 Play Video

Animal Belfast June 2011

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Love Bites

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Hysteria

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Def Leppard : X

Def Leppard : X

Classic soft rock, Sheffield style

  • Jul 30, 2002

London Wembley Arena

[B]Elliott[/B] pervs about in a creepy manner which would get you locked up in less tolerant countries, while [B]'Promises'[/B] and [B]'When Love And Hate Collide'[/B] make [B]Bryan Adams[/B] se

  • Oct 29, 1999

Def Leppard : Goodbye

..a purring power ballad ..

  • Oct 2, 1999

Def Leppard : Back In Your Face

Will the Lep persist with their crusade to once again become the biggest rock band in Sheffield?

  • Jul 10, 1999

Euphoria

The whiskey-stained portals of rock's hall of shame creak ajar once more....

  • May 18, 1999

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