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Def Leppard

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Def Leppard are an English rock band formed in 1977 in Sheffield. Since 1992, the band has consisted of Joe Elliott (lead vocals), Rick Savage (bass, backing vocals), Rick Allen (drums, backing vocals), Phil Collen (guitars, backing vocals), and Vivian Campbell (guitars, backing vocals). They established themselves as part of the new wave of British heavy metal movement of the early 1980s.

The band's greatest commercial success came between the early 1980s and the early 1990s. Their first album, 1980's On Through the Night, reached the Top 15 in the UK but received little notice elsewhere. Their second album, 1981's High 'n' Dry, was produced by Mutt Lange, who helped them begin to define their melodic hard rock style, and the album's most popular track "Bringin' On the Heartbreak" became one of the first rock videos played on MTV in 1982, but the album only reached the Top 30 and 40 in the UK and US. Def Leppard's next studio album, Pyromania, was released in January 1983, with "Photograph" and "Rock of Ages" both topping the US Rock Tracks chart and reaching the top 20 of the Hot 100. Reaching No. 2 on the US album chart, Pyromania was certified Diamond in the US and 7× platinum in Canada and reached the top 20 in the UK but did not sell much elsewhere.

Def Leppard's fourth album, the more pop-oriented Hysteria (1987), topped the UK, US, New Zealand, Canadian, Australian and Norway charts. It also went to No. 2 in Sweden and No. 10 in Germany without any Top 50 singles in those countries. It has been certified 12× platinum for sales in the US and 13× platinum in Canada, selling over 25 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling albums of all time. The album spawned six Top 20 US singles, including the US Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 "Love Bites" (went Top 10 in several other countries including No. 2 in NZ), alongside "Pour Some Sugar on Me" (US No. 2), "Hysteria", "Armageddon It" (No. 2 in NZ), "Animal" (at No. 6, the biggest UK hit), and "Rocket" (a Top 15 hit in many countries). Hysteria had four Top 10 hits in New Zealand.

Their next studio album, Adrenalize (their first following the death of guitarist Steve Clark), reached No. 1 on the UK, US, NZ, Canadian and Australian charts in 1992, while going Top 10 in Sweden and Germany. It contained several hits, including the US Rock Tracks chart-topper, "Let's Get Rocked", which became their biggest hit in several countries, including No. 2 in the UK, No. 3 in Canada and Switzerland, and the Top 20 in Sweden and Germany. The third single, "Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad", was a Top 15 song in the US, UK and Canada. Adrenalize went on to sell over 8 million copies worldwide. Their 1993 album, Retro Active, contained the acoustic Top 5 North American hit "Two Steps Behind". Their greatest hits album Vault, released in 1995, featured the UK No. 2 hit "When Love & Hate Collide" and reached the Top 10 in several countries, going 5× platinum in the US. Beginning with Slang, Def Leppard released five albums between 1996 and 2008, with most usually reaching the Top 15 in several countries, including the UK, US and Canada. Their self-titled album was released in 2015 and reached the Top 10 in several countries. The band's newest studio album, Diamond Star Halos was released in May 2022 and reached the Top 10 in the US, the UK and Australia.

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, making them one of only five rock bands with two original studio albums selling more than 10 million copies in the US. 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". Def Leppard were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2019.

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July 11, 2022

Watch Billy Joel Perform ‘Pour Some Sugar On Me’ With Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott

They both happened to be booked at Detroit's Comerica Park on the same weekend

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July 5, 2022

Watch Machine Gun Kelly, Pitbull Perform at CNN’s ‘The Fourth in America’ Concert

Ava Max, Def Leppard, and Journey also celebrated the American holiday

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July 1, 2022

Bret Michaels Hospitalized, Forcing Poison to Cancel Nashville Show

Poison is on tour providing support for Def Leppard and Mötley Crüe's massive The Stadium Tour

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June 9, 2022

Def Leppard, Paul McCartney & All the Acts With Billboard 200 Top 10 Albums Each Decade Since the ’80s

The band is only the third group to notch a new top 10 album in each decade from the 1980s onward.

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June 8, 2022

Def Leppard Debuts at No. 1 on Top Hard Rock Albums Chart With ‘Diamond Star Halos’

The album is the band's first ruler since its eponymous 2015 set.

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May 27, 2022

Def Leppard Turns It up With ‘Diamond Star Halos’: Stream It Now

Def Leppard keep the rock rolling along with "Diamond Star Halos," their 12th studio album.

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May 26, 2022

Def Leppard Rips Out ‘Hysteria,’ ‘Pyromania’ Classics on ‘Kimmel’: Watch

Def Leppard's warmed-up for the release this Friday (May 27) of "Diamond Star Halos," the group’s 12th full-length album.

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April 6, 2022

Rock Radio Getting a ‘Kick’ Out of New Def Leppard Hit: ‘A Catchy, Fun-filled Party Anthem’

"Kick" debuts at No. 39 on Mainstream Rock Airplay, marking the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers' first appearance on the chart since 2003.

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March 25, 2022

Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott on New LP, Upcoming Motley Crue Tour, and Why They’ll Never Retire

They're about to start a three-year stadium tour with Poison and Mötley Crüe, but just don't call them hair metal

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March 17, 2022

Def Leppard share new track ‘Kick’ and announce first album in seven years

'Diamond Star Halos' is the follow-up to the band's 2015 self-titled LP The post Def Leppard share new track ‘Kick’ and announce first album in seven years appeared first on NME.

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March 17, 2022

Def Leppard Preview New Song ‘Kick’ From Upcoming Album ‘Diamond Star Halos’

It's the first collection of original songs in seven years, and they cut it all over the world throughout the pandemic

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February 17, 2022

Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard, Joan Jett, and Poison Announce Rescheduled Tour Dates

The long-delayed tour from four 1980s rock mainstays is finally coming to North American stadiums

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February 17, 2022

Def Leppard, Mötley Crüe Announce Rescheduled Summer Stadium Tour

Joan Jett & the Blackhearts and Poison will support the long-awaited summer trek

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February 1, 2022

Def Leppard Expands Partnership With Primary Wave

The deal adds to the rock band's longstanding partnership with the independent publisher, which dates back to 2009.

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December 8, 2021

David Bowie 75th birthday livestream concert announced

The event will feature appearances from long term members of the late icon's band, Gary Oldman, Ricky Gervais, Duran Duran and Def Leppard The post David Bowie 75th birthday livestream concert announced appeared first on NME.

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Discs

Diamond Star Halos

May 27, 2022

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X, Yeah! & Songs From The Sparkle Lounge: Rarities From The Vault

June 11, 2021

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Hysteria At The O2 (Live)

May 29, 2020

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Hits Vegas (Live)

May 29, 2020

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Billy's Got A Gun / Paper Sun (Live)

April 3, 2020

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The Early Years

March 20, 2020

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Rocket / Run Riot / Hysteria (Live)

February 27, 2020

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When The Walls Came Tumbling Down – Live In Oxford

October 25, 2019

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Too Many Jitterbugs - B-Sides and Rarities

October 25, 2019

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Raw - Early BBC Recordings

October 25, 2019

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Rock On (Radio Edit / Remixed)

November 23, 2018

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Animal (Remastered 2017)

November 2, 2018

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We All Need Christmas

October 12, 2018

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Spotify Singles

July 18, 2018

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Def Leppard

October 30, 2015

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Let's Go

October 26, 2015

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Slang (Deluxe Edition)

February 11, 2014

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Slang (Deluxe Edition) - Spotify Commentary

January 1, 2014

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Acoustic Medley 2012: Where Does Love Go When It Dies / Now / When Love and Hate Collide / Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad / Two Steps Behind (Live) - Single

September 4, 2013

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When Love & Hate Collide - Single

August 27, 2013

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Mirror Ball - Live & More

June 7, 2011

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Songs From The Sparkle Lounge

April 25, 2008

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Yeah!

May 23, 2006

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X

July 30, 2002

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Euphoria

June 8, 1999

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Retro Active

October 5, 1993

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Adrenalize (Deluxe)

March 31, 1992

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Adrenalize

March 31, 1992

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Hysteria

August 3, 1987

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Hysteria (Super Deluxe)

August 3, 1987

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Pyromania

January 20, 1983

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Pyromania (Deluxe)

January 20, 1983

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High 'N' Dry

July 11, 1981

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High 'N' Dry (Remastered)

July 11, 1981

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On Through The Night (Remastered)

March 14, 1980

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On Through The Night

March 14, 1980

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The Def Leppard E.P.

January 11, 1979

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