Def Leppardis an English hard rock band which was formed in 1977, in Sheffield, England. The band was a part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. Def Leppard was one of the top selling rock bands of the 1980's. Their music was a mixture of hard rock, AOR, and heavy metal. They have been associated with the glam metal movement of the 1980's. The band consists of Rick Savage (bass player), Pete Willis (guitars), and Tony Kenning (drums). They formed the band called Atomic mass in 1977 at Tapton School in Sheffield, England. Joe Elliott tried out for a position as their guitar player but the group decided he would better serve the band as the lead singer.
Shortly after the formation of the band they renamed it Deaf Leopard. The group agreed to the name but modified it to Def Leppard. In January, 1978 they added another guitar player named Steve Clark. Tony Kenning left the band in 1978 before the recording sessions for the three song EP in late 1978. Frank Noon replaced Tony for the sessions of the EP which was named Def Leppard EP. The track from the EP called, Rocks Off, was given a lot of airtime and it caused the sales of the EP to soar. Rick Allen (15 years old) joined the band as their full time drummer in November, 1978. The band gained a lot of fans in 1979 among the British hard rock, heavy metal crowd. They also received a record deal with Phonogram/Vertigo Record label and also with Mercury records, in the United States.
Def Leppard released their debut album, On Through the Night, in 1980. The album made it to the Top 15 in the U. K.. They released their second album, High n’ Dry. Bringin’ On the Heartbreak was one of the first metal videos played on MTV in 1982. The band was considered as the favorite rock band over peers such as the Rolling Stones, in a US Gallop Poll taken. They were not that popular in England. On September 5. 2000, Def Leppard was inducted into the Rock Walk of fame on Hollywood’s Sunset Boulevard by their friend Brian May of the band, Queen.
The band’s 10th album was called, X, and was released in 2002. Their music has taken a turn more towards pop and less heavy metal or hard rock. In 2006 the band released an all-covers album called, Yeah!. The album includes classic songs from artists such as Blondie, The Kinks, Badfinger, and David Bowie, as well as others. The album reached number 16 on the charts. It was the groups 10 consecutive Top 20 album and has sold more than 140,000 copies.
Def Leppard are now on their latest tour which is a 52 date Downstage Thrust Tour. The tour is taking them across the U. S. And in canada.
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