Although the legendary English rockers have already left a path of chaos in their wake, it’s time to coordinate your faux leather, tease your hair and toss on a skin-tight pair of leopard print jeans because the veteran British pop-metal legends, Def Leppard, are set to push the envelope and bring on waves of nostalgia as the headliners of the 2017 Fort Rock, Welcome To Rockville, and Carolina Rebellion festivals. Believe it or not, it’s going on 40 years since Steve Clark, Joe Elliott, Rick Allen and Pete Willis first joined forces in a spoon factory in Sheffield, England to bring to life one of the greatest bands of all time.
Def Leppard’s theatrically executed spectacles full of electrifying solos cascading into melodic, sustained riffs carry a personality of their own and the gang’s unabashedly hedonistic lifestyle led the gents to selling more than 100 million records stemming from 11 studio albums worldwide. As one of the two original members of the band and one of three members to perform on every Def Leppard album, Joe Elliott’s snarky vocal style tunes the life of lifeless souls and demonstrates not only his ability to belt charismatic and sing-along choruses, but his showmanship and abounding stylistic influences that shaped his sneering performances. As a purveyor of the power ballad, Def Leppard’s pop sensibilities matched with their ass-kicking rock and roll tendencies created a name that will live on forever and the mere thought of the gent’s gracing the stage in 2017 has created storm-tossed waves in the hearts of frenzied fanatics eager to embrace Def Leppard’s drive-em’-crazy antics.
Def Leppard threw the 1980’s headbanging pop-metal scene for a loop with seemingly biblical anthems, hook-fests and sports anthems such as “Rock of Ages”, “Pour Some Sugar on Me, “Foolin’”, “Photograph”, “Armageddon It” and the power ballad that skyrocketed the ravenous hot commodities to the top of the Billboard Hot 100, “Love Bites”. Although the band suffered a major stroke of misfortune with drummer, Rick Allen, losing control of his vehicle and severing his left arm, Rick created an infamous moment in Rock and Roll history by taking it upon himself to drum one-armed with the aid of an electronic kit to keep the band steadily soaring within their prime.
The world of metal could never be understood in the way you knew before with the band’s blockbuster double shot of 1980’s musical album bliss, ‘Pyromania’ and ‘Hysteria’, which landed the Englishman number one spots on the UK top 40, US Billboard Top 200 and Rolling Stones 500 greatest albums ever and opened the door to decades of flashy, adrenaline-fueled sold out audiences craving abounding with leather booties, badass eyeliner, mullets, smokey eyes, teasing combs and furry rock and roll at stadiums and arenas worldwide. Armies of hot gun-slingin’ women marched to the tune of their drum with lewdly named backstage passes that granted access to windows rolled up on the tour bus and actions that racked barbaric stories up. Not only did Def Leppard play 227 kick-ass shows in support of their groundbreaking album ‘Hysteria’ worldwide, they surpassed the magic million mark of albums sold with ease and kickstarted one of the most implausible tales of rock and roll success of all time.
Steamrolling through borders in the industry and crushing the hump over to the 1990’s, Def Leppard encountered another tough blow with guitarist and songwriter, Steve Clark, passing away at the age of 30 from alcohol poisoning after a handful of failed attempts in rehab. Plunging on with pain in their hearts, the four surviving members bolted through and released their fifth studio album, ‘Adrenalize’, and asked Vivian Campbell (formerly of Dio and Whitesnake) to jump on board and fill the hole in their rock and roll souls. ‘Adrenalize’ debuted at the #1 spot on the charts and went on to bring to life five more chart-topping albums full of a sea of genres and no nonsense rock and roll. The band was honored in the states by the RIAA with the prolific Diamond Award for ‘Hysteria’ in 1999, as it was recognized for sales of over 10 million copies worldwide.
Def Leppard was one of the first bands featured on VH1’s classic TV series, “Behind the Music”, in 2001 which scored the highest ratings that VH1 had yet to encounter amongst viewers worldwide. The art of creating rock and roll that keeps you stimulated until your jaw is dropped is dying, and Def Leppard coming back to life to rock a stage near you is a terrific reminder of not only their indisputable track record of topping the charts, but the lost charm laced within the art of playing and bringing to life rock and roll that will ignite and impassion your heart. Let the positive vibes wash over you from the pit to the back stretches of the lawn and get ready for many all-night rock and roll sing-alongs!
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