After releasing two albums in the early eighties to mediocre sales, this English metal band hit rock stardom with the release of their third album, Pyromania, in 1983. In total, the band has released two diamond certified albums, countless singles, and headlined over a dozen tours. Along the way, the band suffered through tragedy, fluctuations in success, deadly battles with addiction, and several line-up changes. They have however, endured, and Def Leppard tour dates are scheduled internationally this spring and summer 2011.
The Sheffield, England natives formed in the late seventies and are considered the forerunners of New Wave British Heavy Metal. Through their strenuous touring efforts and energetic metal shows, Def Leppard were able to secure a major label contract with Mercury Records. Their debut album, On Through the Night, was released in 1980 to mediocre sales. However, Def Leppard were able to book tour dates at the Reading Festival and were the supporting act for AC/DC and Ted Nugent. Their touring attracted the attention of famed record producer, Mutt Lange, who produced their second album, High 'n' Dry in 1981. In spite of their talent and Lange's fame, this album also had tepid sales. Not to be outdone, the Def Leppard concert schedule saw the band opening for Ozzy, and they continued to cultivate a hard rock following throughout their prolific touring. Due to excessive drinking, the band was forced to fire their lead guitarist and replace him with Phil Collen. Sadly, this wouldn't be the only alcohol/drug related issue that the band would face.
In the end, 1983 proved to be the big year for Def Leppard. Their third album, Pyromania, was again produced by Mutt Lange and released in January. Their hard rock image and catchy songs translated well through videos, and Def Leppard band found themselves in heavy rotation on MTV. Pyromania spawned hit after hit, including "Photograph" and "Rock of Ages," and was certified diamond by the RIAA. The Def Leppard concert schedule included a major headlining tour and to top it all off, they were voted as 1984's favorite touring rock band in a Gallup poll.
Under pressure to record a hit follow-up, Def Leppard relocated to Ireland to craft the sequel entitled Hysteria. Tragedy struck later that year when drummer Rick Allen was involved in a car accident that severed his left arm. Undeterred, the bandmates decided that he would stay on as drummer with Allen finding alternate ways to keep the drums beating. After a four year recording session, Hysteria, was released in 1987 and was also certified diamond by the RIAA. The album would go on to produce seven singles on the Billboard Hot 100, and also featured the crowd favorite, "Pour Some Sugar on Me." Def Leppard booked a worldwide tour entitled "Adrenalize," which had the band on the road internationally for fifteen consecutive months.
Upon returning from the road, Def Leppard quickly hit the studio, only to encounter more setbacks and tragedy. Due to his continued dependence on alcohol, guitarist Steve Clark was granted a leave of absence from the band to get sober. Clark was later found dead in his London home in 1991 after consuming a lethal amount of drugs and alcohol. The tragedy left the bandmates shaken; however, they continued to record their fifth album Adrenalize. It was released in 1992 and was instantly successful, hitting #1 on the Billboard 200. This was the band's last runaway commercial hit. The band has continued to release more material, a total of five albums, including the most recent, Songs from the Sparkle Lounge, which was released in 2008.
During the last decade, the band has continued to tour. Def Leppard has also received one of music's greatest accolades with their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. A testament to their longevity, Def Leppard tour dates 2011 have been announced, and the band will co-headline a tour with Heart this spring and summer. Headbangers and eighties rock fans alike, don't miss out on the chance to catch these living legends in your area: use Eventful as your source for Def Leppard tour dates and concert schedule updates through 2011 and beyond.
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