Def Leppard is from Sheffield, England and currently consists of five members: Rick Savage, Joe Elliot, Rick Allen, Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell. They first called themselves “Atomic Mass,” but the band changed their name to “Deaf Leopard” as suggested by Elliot. The name was altered to “Def Leppard” to sound less like a punk band. Def Leppard released their first EP in 1978 and quickly gained popularity – they were considered leaders of a “New Wave of British Heavy Metal”. Their second album, “Pyromania” sold 6 million copies in 1983 and was certified “Diamond” by the RIAA.
In 1989 Def Leppard won “Favorite Heavy Metal Artist” as well as “Favorite Heavy Metal Album” for their album “Hysteria” at the American Music Awards, in the first year that the category had been added to the ceremonies. After the album “Adrenalize” was released, the band went on a world tour. On October 23, 1995, they went on record with “Guinness Book of World Records” as the first band to do three concerts on three continents in one day in Morocco, England and Canada. Def Leppard’s most recent album “Songs from the Sparkle Lounge” was released in April 2008 and followed by a tour with Styx and REO Speedwagon in 2008 and with Poison and Cheap Trick in 2009. The band will be taking a year off from touring and will be recording new material to be released in 2010.
Summary by Dean Knightly, TicketNews: It’s been a big year for the iconic rock band, Kiss. They will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next month and then plan to hit the road alongside fellow 80’s legends, Def Leppard. Their tour will cover 42 cities... Read more
Well-known hard rock and heavy metal band Def Leppard recently announced on their official website that they will be “taking over the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas for an exclusive nine show residency entitled VIVA Hysteria!” Performances are scheduled to begin on Friday, March 22 at... Read more
Less than a week before Def Leppard was due to launch its latest North American tour leg, the ’80s metal band cancelled its outing. The band cited “unforeseen personal matters” in its decision to ax the eight-date trek, but did not go into details. “We know how truly blessed... Read more
Def Leppard postponed its August 10-11 shows at the Sommet Center in Nashville, TN, and the Verizon Wireless Center in Pelham, AL, near Birmingham, respectively. The English rock band is touring with Poison and Cheap Trick this summer. A post on the band’s official Web site said the postponement... Read more
Tickets to catch the New York Yankees and New York Mets this season, as well as tickets for Def Leppard’s upcoming concert tour, are on sale throughout the weekend ending March 16, as compiled by TicketNews. Today’s onsales start with tickets to see Nine Inch Nails and Jane’s Addiction... Read more
Tickets to upcoming performances from Lil’ Wayne as well as tickets for Def Leppard, Poison, and Cheap Trick’s upcoming joint concert tour are on sale throughout the week ending March 7 as compiled by Ticket News. This week’s onsales kicks off with tickets to catch country crooner Kenny Chesney... Read more
A hard rock tour de force will hit cities across the nation this summer as Def Leppard teams with Poison and special guest Cheap Trick for a massive headlining tour. The trek kicks off June 23 at Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ, and closes out September 6 at... Read more
Def Leppard, who had to postpone four Canadian and two American shows in April on their month long joint tour with REO Speedwagon and Styx after lead singer Joe Elliot developed an upper respiratory tract infection, has announced a new leg of Canadian and U.S. dates this summer, from... Read more
Veteran rockers Def Leppard, Styx and REO Speedwagon have hooked up for an 18-date joint tour that will hit the road March 27 in Greensboro, NC and wrap on April 26 in Chula Vista, CA. “We played with Def Lep in Indianapolis, Columbus, and Pittsburgh last summer, and drew... Read more
By Jane Cohen and Bob Grossweiner Def Leppard will continue its trek across North America with a series of 19 headlining arena shows beginning March 17 in Greensboro, NC and ending April 26 in Chula Vista, CA. From June 2007 through September 2007, the group mounted a 50-date arena... Read more