Def Leppard

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The 1980’s popular rock band consisted of Joe Elliot (vocal), Rick Savage (bass), Phil Collen (guitar), Vivian Campbell (guitar), and Rick Allen (drums). They were best known for the songs Pour Some Sugar On Me, and Love Bites. The members are now in their late 30’s early 40’s but age has not stopped them to come out with more albums.
The band got together in the late 1970’s and their initial albums were released in the U.K. The album High ‘N’ Dry which came out in 1981 was a big jump for the band. The album did very well and also helped in sales of their Pyromania album in 1983.

However things did not always go so smoothly for the band. In 1984, the drummer Rick Allen lost one of his arms in a car accident. Even though Allen lost his arm he still continued to be the drummer for Def Leppard, equipped with special types of drums: with his right arm he played a combination of electronic pads and he used a foot pedal to replace what he would play with his left arm. Def Leppard eventually came out with another album called Hysteria, which sold over 15 million copies worldwide.

Where are they now?

In 1991, another tragedy struck: guitarist Steve Clark died of a drug overdose. They replaced him with Vivian Campbell.
The band came out with a greatest hits CD in 1995 and in 1999 came out with Euphoria. The band however now does not top the charts, as many of the members started to pursue other projects. Phil Collen and Joe Elliot created a David Bowie cover band, the Cybernauts and came out with a double CD.


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2 responses to “Def Leppard”

  1. Leppard Nut says:

    Def Leppard are still together, now most in their 50’s (although looking at them, you’d never guess it!) and late 40’s. They have a new live CD coming out this summer, 2011, and are touring with Heart in the USA. Check for more details. The site is actually updated frequently and is also streaming info on Twitter and Facebook courtesy of Malvin Mortimer (former guitar tech for the late, great Steve Clark.)

  2. Hillerbees says:

    Saw them touring in Europe with Whitesnake in early 2008

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