|Of all the iconic rock bands from the 1980s, few stand above Def Leppard. The English group has some of the most famous songs from that legendary period, and have maintained a loyal fan base. Throughout a career that has spanned nearly four decades, Def Leppard has established itself as one of the most prominent faces in British rock and heavy metal. The group has undergone a number of lineup changes throughout the years, with one incarnation consisting of Vivian Campbell on guitar, Phil Collen also on guitar, Rick Savage on bass, Rick Allen on drums, and Joe Elliott as the lead singer. Though the lineup changes, that has not stopped music lovers from picking up Def Leppard tickets to see one of the most storied and energetic metal rock bands in all of English history.
Def Leppard formed in 1977 by bassist Rick Savage and charismatic lead singer Joe Elliot. With a slightly altered lineup, the group first came together under the moniker Atomic Mass. Elliott is credited with coming up with the name Def Leppard, which he apparently proposed after dreaming it up in one of his high school classes. Once they had been playing together for barely a year, the group released The Def Leppard E.P., in November 1978. While the record only featured three tracks, it received extensive airplay in the U.K. and rocketed the band to instant fame.
Rise to fame
By 1979 the band was sharing the stage with the likes of AC/DC and Sammy Hagar. After performing throughout the U.K., it was not long before they would make their mark in the United States, and their second album, 1981’s High ’n’ Dry did just that. Featuring the songs “Bringin’ on the Heartbreak” and “Let it Go,” the record helped kick off what would prove to be a successful decade for Def Leppard.
If High ’n’ Dry got their foot in the door, 1983’s Pyromania brought Def Leppard to a whole new level. Often regarded as one of the best albums of all time, the album peaked at number two on the Billboard 200 and featured the well-known track ”Photograph” and “Too Late for Love.” In the years since the early 80s, Def Leppard’s star has not faded. Thanks to songs such as “Pour Some Sugar on Me” and “Hysteria,” they will not soon be forgotten.
Def Leppard has gone on to release 10 studio albums including Slang, Euphoria, High ’n’ Dry, Pyromania, On Through the Night, X, Yeah!, Songs From the Sparkle Lounge, Adrenalize and Hysteria. VH1 ranked them among their “100 Greatest Artist of Hard Rock” and the group has also won two American Music Awards, both in 1989. The first came for ‘Favorite Heavy Metal or Hard Rock Artist’ and the second was awarded to the band’s album Hysteria for ‘Favorite Heavy Metal or Hard Rock Album.’