Def Leppard: The Kings of Glam Metal

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Def Leppard was one of the most successful bands of the 1980s. They were known for their high-pitched vocals, catchy hooks, and glam metal image.

Def Leppard’s Beginnings

Def Leppard is a British rock band that formed in 1977 in Sheffield, England. The band was initially made up of lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Joe Elliott, bassist Rick Savage, drummer Tony Kenning, and lead guitarist Pete Willis. The band’s first album, On Through the Night, was released in March 1980 and reached number 15 on the UK Albums Chart.

The band’s formation

In late 1978, 16-year-old Pete Willis was playing guitar in a band called Atomic Mass. They had just finished a gig when Rick Allen, who was also 16 at the time, approached Pete and asked if he could audition to be the band’s drummer. Willis liked Allen’s playing and agreed to let him try out.

During Allen’s audition, the rest of the band was fooling around on stage and one of them knocked over a mic stand, which hit Allen’s left arm and caused him to lose his grip on his stick. The force of the impact broke Allen’s arm in three places.

Despite this accident, Willis was so impressed with Allen’s playing that he agreed to let him join the band. With their new drummer in place, they changed their name to Def Leppard and started gigging around clubs in England.

The release of their first album

On October 30, 1979, Def Leppard released their first album, On Through the Night. The album was produced by Tom Allom, who had previously worked with bands such as Judas Priest and Black Sabbath. On Through the Night was a commercial success, reaching number 15 on the UK Albums Chart. The album featured the singles “photo Of Me” and “Wasted,” which were both moderate hits in the UK.

Def Leppard’s Success

The English rock band Def Leppard formed in 1977 in Sheffield. The group signed with Mercury Records in 1978 and released their debut album, On Through the Night, the following year. The album reached number 15 on the UK Albums Chart and number 51 on the US Billboard 200.

The release of their second album

The release of their second album, Pyromania in 1983 saw them become international stars, reaching number two in the US and number one in their home country. The album’s first single, “Photograph”, was particularly successful, becoming one of the best-selling singles of all time. It remains one of Def Leppard’s best-known songs and helped propel Pyromania to diamond status.

The release of their third album

After the release of their third album, Pyromania, in 1983, Def Leppard became one of the world’s most popular rock bands. The album was a huge success, selling more than 10 million copies in the United States alone. It spawned several hit singles, including “Photograph” and “Rock of Ages.” Pyromania made Def Leppard superstars and helped to launch the 1980s rock music scene.

Def Leppard’s Legacy

Def Leppard is one of the most iconic rock bands of all time. They burst onto the scene in the early 1980s with their debut album Pyromania and have since gone on to sell millions of records worldwide. Def Leppard is often credited with popularizing the glam metal genre and their influence can still be felt today. In this article, we’ll take a look at Def Leppard’s legacy and how they’ve left their mark on the world of rock ‘n’ roll.

The band’s influence on glam metal

Def Leppard was one of the most successful bands of the 1980s, selling over 100 million records worldwide. The band’s influence can be seen in many ways, including their use of harmony vocals, soaring melodies, and bombastic production values. Def Leppard also helped to popularize the glam metal genre with their flashy image and glitzy stage show. Many other bands would follow in their footsteps, including Poison, Guns N’ Roses, and Motley Crue.

The band’s influence on hard rock

Def Leppard is often credited with being one of the bands that defined and popularized the glam metal genre in the 1980s. Their use of harmonies and catchy hooks helped to make them one of the most successful hard rock bands of all time.

The band’s influence can be heard in the work of subsequent hard rock and metal bands, many of whom have cited them as an inspiration. Def Leppard’s popularity has also resulted in their songs being used in a number of films and television shows, further cementing their legacy as one of the most influential hard rock bands of all time.

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