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Def Leppard

Formed: 1977
From: Sheffield, United Kingdom
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Def Leppard News

Below is our complete Def Leppard news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Sunday Old School: Def Leppard

Many young bands starting out dream of playing in the biggest arenas, but few were seemingly born to perform on the world's largest platforms. One of the groups that were meant to pack out huge venues the world over was formed back in 1977. A band by the name of Def Leppard. Def Leppard was formed in the South Yorkshire city of Sheffield, famous for it's steel production and regularly hosting the World Snooker Championship. They began life under the name Atomic Mass with the founding members consisting of Rick Savage, Tony Kenning, and Pete Willis, before adding guitarist, Joe Elliott to their ranks, who soon switched to vocals, and a second guitarist named Steve Clark, who joined the band after performing "Free Bird" in its entirety. They were all set to begin recording their first EP, when Kenning decided to quit the group, leading them to hire The Next Band drummer, Frank Noon to record the drum tracks for "The Def Leppard EP." After recording the single, Rick Allen, then only fifteen years of age, was hired as their new drummer and they soon found their first taste of sales success, selling out all 1000 copies of "The Def Leppard EP" thanks largely to airplay given to them by John Peel. The band built up a loyal and ever growing fan base and were considered one of, and at times, the most exciting band in the New Wave of British Heavy metal movement. During this time, EMI Records were searching for a new hard rock band to promote and kept a close eye on Def Leppard, though they eventually decided to take their chances on a band from East London named Iron Maiden.

In spite of being passed over by EMI, Def Leppard soon signed to Phonogram/Vertigo Records and before long, they found themselves on the road supporting the likes of AC/DC and Ted Nugent. They also released their first full length album, "On Through The Night," which sold well enough to reach the top fifteen in the United Kingdom, although it was met with some hostility from fans who felt that the band was trying too hard to appeal to the American market. Some people made their feelings about their new direction all too clear when Def Leppard performed at the Reading festival and were met with a hail of bottles, some of which were filled with urine, although Elliott maintains that most bands performing that day were abused by the crowd. More...

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Rocksmith 2014 Song List Revealed

The full song list for Rocksmith 2014 Edition, which just came out yesterday, has been revealed. Rocksmith lets you plug any electric guitar or bass directly into your Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, or MAC, and teaches you to play while playing the game. Here's the latest video about Rocksmith 2014:

The full song list for Rocksmith 2014 is as follows (with even more available as downloadable content): More...

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Def Leppard Guitarist Diagnosed With Cancer

Def Leppard guitarist, Vivian Campbell (who has also previously been a member of Sweet Savage and Dio) has announced through the official Def Leppard website that he is currently two months into chemotherapy treatment, after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Despite the treatment Campbell has promised that he will still be performing with the band this Summer. The post from Campbell reads as follows:

“I feel fortunate that my cancer sent me an alarm call in the form of ‘the cough that wouldn’t quit’. Otherwise, how would I have known? After several months of trying every inhaler known to man, my doctor finally had me X-rayed. A further CAT scan revealed that enlarged lymph nodes were doing wrestling manoeuvres on my windpipe – hence the cough. What was causing the enlarged lymph nodes, however, was yet to be determined, so I underwent a surgical biopsy on March 11th, the first day of Leppard rehearsals for our Viva Las Vegas shows. Obviously, I didn’t make it to rehearsal that day, but it’s okay; I know the songs by now.

"My diagnosis was Hodgkin's Lymphoma and 6 months of chemotherapy is the prescribed treatment. I’m about 2 months in and feeling rather spiffy, all things considered. Hodgkin's has an over 80% cure rate, so by my reckoning, if you’re going to have a cancer, Hodgie’s is the one to have! More...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Viva Hysterical!

Def Leppard is the latest band to take residency in Las Vegas and play a string of shows. The band is using the opportunity to celebrate their ‘Hysteria’ album and have titled the event “Viva Hysteria!” More...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Snakes in Paradise

As the holidays approach a look at some packaged DVD/CD sets, new releases on the horizon, and yes, one hard-to-buy-for Christmas recommendation. More...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Bret Michaels Is Back

Okay, so he never really left, that was just a dream. Poison front man Bret Michaels (Poison) has released a brand new video for his new single “Get Your Rock On”, featuring Phil Collen (Def Leppard) and Sal Coz (My Darkest Days). The video was filmed during Michaels' 2011/2012 solo tour. "Get Your Rock On" is the title track from Bret's upcoming solo album of the same name. The single is available on iTunes along with a cover of Poison’s “Nothing But A Good Time”, featuring former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley and Chickenfoot bassist Michael Anthony. So, is it just me or is Bret Michaels trying to become the “Kevin Bacon Six Degrees” of eighties rockers? More...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Dysfunction is my Business

Steven Adler (ex-Guns N’ Roses) is back with his new band named Adler and a new single titled “The One You Hated.” The band insists that the band is about a man/woman relationship and not what we all assume: heroin. Of course, I guess it could be about Axl Rose as well, or maybe the song is about Steven from the mindset of Celebrity Rehab’s Dr. Drew. Either way you look at it, Steven has an impressive memory catalog to pull inspiration from… More...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: BBQ, Needles, and Vans

Fresh off their “occupy Hard Rock” stint in Vegas, Motley Crue is back in the studio recording a new song. Vegas odds that the words “Hard Rock” are included are 2 to 1. Odds that Nikki Sixx and company will rhyme “cock” with “Hard Rock” is even money… More...

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Steel Panther Performance Footage Available

Fan-filmed footage has been posted online of glam metal tribute/parody band Steel Panther performing with Vivian Campbell at the House of Blues Anaheim on January 21st, 2012. Check out the footage below. Steel Panther also recently released the new album "Balls Out" (reviewed here).

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The Rockstar Ramblings: 1981 M/F/K

30 years ago the bands Anthrax, Metallica, Motley Crue, Pantera, Queensryche, and Slayer were formed. It was also the year many important hard rock/heavy metal albums were released, laying the groundwork for the eighties. Here’s a look back at ten of these classic albums in no particular order. Same as the “1986 M/F/K” edition there is a twist as Marry/Fuck/Kill rules apply. It’s as simple as it sounds. M (Marry) is a song you want to “save” and listen to forever, F (Fuck) is the song you get one more listen to and that is it, and K (Kill) is the song you want to go away and never be heard from again. More...

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Def Leppard And Motley Crue To Tour The U.K.

British hard rock veterans Def Leppard have announced that they will be teaming with American glam metal legends Motley Crue for a co-headlining tour of the United Kingdom this December. Opening the shows will be tongue in cheek glam metal outfit, Steel Panther. Tickets will be available at LiveNation from September 1st.

The tour dates are as follows:

December 6th - LG Arena, Birmingham
December 8th - Capital FM Arena, Nottingham
December 9th - SECC Hall 4, Glasgow
December 11th - M.E.N. Arena, Manchester
December 13th - Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield
December 14th - Wembley Arena, London

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Def Leppard Postpones Dates Due To Family Tragedy

It has been announced that hard rock veterans Def Leppard will be postponing a portion of its upcoming tour dates due to the passing of singer Joe Elliot's father. Phil Collen, guitarist of Def Leppard, has posted the following statement online;

"Sending my condolences to Joe and his mum over the sad loss of his dad Joe, Sr. I have great memories of Joe's dad and we're all here to support Joe through a rough time. Thank you everyone for your thoughts for his family."

The impacted dates can be found below.

Jul. 09 - Bristol, VA - Jiffy Lube Live
Jul. 10 - Saratoga Springs, NY - Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Jul. 12 - Wantagh, NY - Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
Jul. 13 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
Jul. 15 - Tinley Park, IL - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre More...

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Def Leppard Behind-The-Scenes Footage Posted

Hard rock icons Def Leppard have released some behind-the-scenes rehearsal footage from its June 7th concert in Belfast, Northern Ireland. You can view the footage in the player below. Def Leppard are currently on tour promoting its new live release "Mirror Ball," which sold 20,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release.

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Bring Me The Horizon Wins "Best Album" Award

U.K. metalcore act Bring Me The Horizon recently took home the "best album" award in the 2011 Kerrang! Awards for its album "There Is A Hell, Believe Me I've Seen It. There Is A Heaven, Let's Keep It A Secret." The event was held on June 9th and was hosted by Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian and Slipknot/Stone Sour vocalist Corey Taylor in London, England. You can view the full list of award winners below.

Best British Newcomer - ASKING ALEXANDRIA
Best International Newcomer - BLACK VEIL BRIDES
Best Single – "Hurricane" by 30 SECONDS TO MARS
Best Video - "Na Na Na" by MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE
Best Live Act - ALL TIME LOW
Best Album - "There Is A Hell, Believe Me I've Seen It. There Is A Heaven, Let's Keep It A Secret"
Best British Band - YOU ME AT SIX
Best International Band - 30 SECONDS TO MARS
Classic Songwriter - BIFFY CLYRO
Kerrang! Icon - ALICE COOPER
Inspiration Award - DEF LEPPARD
Hall Of Fame - KORN
Kerrang! Legend - OZZY OSBOURNE

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Def Leppard Performs On Jay Leno Show

Video footage has been posted online featuring Def Leppard's recent performance on the Jay Leno show. You can check out the performance of the track "Pour Some Sugar on Me" in the plyer below.

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Def Leppard Posts New Song Online

British hard rock legends Def Leppard has posted a new song online entitled, "Undefeated." You can check it out below. The song received it's premire on the UK's Planet Rock radio station and will appear as one of three new studio tracks on the group's forthcoming new live album, "Mirrorball," which will be released this Summer, though an exact release date has yet to be confirmed. More...

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Forty Three More Bands Confirmed For Download

The organisers of Britain's largest hard rock and heavy metal festival, Download, has confirmed a further forty three names for this year's event, including such big names as Children of Bodom and Biohazard. The festival will be held at the legendary Donington Castle in Leicestershire from June 10th-12th.

The lineup is now as follows:

Alice Cooper
All That Remains
Alter Bridge
Anti-Flag
Asking Alexandria
Avenged Sevenfold
Baptized In Blood
Bellligerence
Biohazard
Black Stone Cherry
Black Veil Brides
Blitz Kids
Bosshoss
Bowling For Soup
Bring Me The Horizon
Buckcherry
Bullet For My Valentine
Cheap Trick
Children Of Bodom
Chthonic
CKY
Clutch
Dan Reed
Danzig
Deaf Havana
Def Leppard
Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows
Devil Wears Prada
Dio Disciples
Disturbed
Down
Duff McKagan's Loaded
Envy Of The State
Escape The Fate
FM
Framing Hanley
Frank Turner
Funeral For A Friend
Gaslight Anthem
Ghost
Gwar
Heights
Hollywood Undead
Hyro Da Hero
Illuminatus
Jameson Raid
Karma To Burn
Kellermench
Korn
Kverlatak
Letlive
Linkin Park
Lower Than Atlantis
Madina Lake
Malefice
Mr. Big
My Darkest Days
Oaf
October File
Pendulum
Plain White T’S,
Puddle Of Mudd
Rise To Remain
Rob Zombie
Rock Sugar
Royal Republic
Sacred Mother Tongue
Sevendust
Silverstein
Skeletal Damage
Skunk Anansie
Starseed
Straight Line Stitch
Suicide Silence
System Of A Down
T-34
The Cult
The Damned Things
The Dangerous Summer
The Darkness
The Dead Lay Waiting
The King Blues
The Morning After
The Pretty Reckless
The Rods
Thin Lizzy
Times Of Grace
Trash Talk
Trc
Turisas
Twisted Sister
Versamerge
Wayne Static
Yashin
Young Guns
Your Demise

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Def Leppard Reveals New Live Album Details

Hard rock icons Def Leppard have revealed details behind its forthcoming live album, titled "Mirrorball." The two-disc set, which was recorded during "The Sparkle Lounge Tour," also contains three brand new studio recordings and a bonus DVD. You can view the album's tracklisting below.

Disc 1:
1. Rock! Rock! (Till You Drop)
2. Rocket
3. Animal
4. C'Mon C'Mon
5. Make Love Like A Man
6. Too Late For Love
7. Foolin'
8. Nine Lives
9. Love Bites
10. Rock On

Disc 2:
1. Two Steps Behind
2. Bringin' On The Heartbreak
3. Switch 625
4. Hysteria
5. Armageddon It
6. Photograph
7. Pour Some Sugar On Me
8. Rock Of Ages
9. Let's Get Rocked
10. Action
11. Bad Actress
12. Undefeated (new studio track)
13. Kings Of The World (new studio track)
14. It's All About Believin' (new studio track)

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Three More Bands Confirmed For Download 2011

The organizers of Britain's Download Festival has announced that three more bands have been confirmed for this year's event. The biggest announcement comes in the form of The Darkness, who have recently reunited and are expected to be releasing a new album by the end of the year.

Also confirmed for festival are Funeral For A Friend and Kverlatak. The event takes place at Donington Castle from June 10th - 12th and will feature the following lineup: More...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: The Draft

Welcome to the first (and probably last) annual glam rocker draft. I am your moderator for this event; we will meet our four participants shortly, first a look at the rules. More...

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