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Def Leppard

Band
1977 / Present
Great Britain Great Britain

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Band Def Leppard

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History

Def Leppard are an English rock band from Sheffield, who formed in 1977 during the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. Largely on the strength of their albums Pyromania and Hysteria, Def Leppard became one of the top-selling rock bands throughout the 1980s, selling over 65 million albums worldwide, including over 35 million in the United States alone.
Rick Savage (bass), Pete Willis (guitar), and Tony Kenning (drums), all students at Tapton School in Sheffield, formed a band called Atomic Mass in 1977. Following a chance meeting with Willis after missing a bus, 18-year old Joe Elliott tried out for the band as a guitarist. During his audition, however, it was decided that he was better suited to be the lead singer.
Soon afterward they adopted a name proposed by Elliott, "Deaf Leopard", which was originally a band name he thought up while writing reviews for imaginary rock bands in his English class. At Kenning's suggestion, the spelling was slightly modified in order to make the name seem less like that of a punk band. In January of 1978, Steve Clark joined the band. According to Joe Elliott, he successfully auditioned for the band by playing Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Freebird" in its entirety.

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Members

Rick Savage (bass guitar)
1977 - Present
Joe Elliott (lead vocals, acoustic guitar)
1977 - Present
Rick Allen (drums)
1978 November - Present
Phil Collen (electric guitar)
1982 - Present
Vivian Campbell (electric guitar)
1992 - Present
Steve Clark (electric guitar)
1978 - 1991 January
Pete Willis (electric guitar)
1977 - 1982

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Discography

Studio Album

1980
Album has 11 releases
1981
Album has 22 releases
1983
Album has 19 releases
1987
Album has 25 releases
1992
Album has 13 releases
1993
Album has 10 releases
1996
Album has 6 releases
1999
Album has 6 releases
2002
Album has 6 releases
2006
Album has 8 releases
2008
Album has 9 releases
2010
Album has 1 releases
2015
Album has 8 releases

Single

1979
Album has 1 releases
1980
Album has 1 releases
1980
Album has 1 releases
1981
Album has 1 releases
1981
Album has 1 releases
1983
Album has 2 releases
1983
Album has 4 releases
1983
Album has 5 releases
1987
Album has 6 releases
1987
Album has 6 releases
1992
Album has 2 releases
1993
Album has 3 releases
1995
Album has 6 releases
1996
Album has 4 releases
1996
Album has 4 releases
2006
Album has 1 releases
2011
Album has 1 releases
2012
Album has 1 releases
2013
Album has 1 releases
2018
Album has 2 releases

EP

1979
Album has 6 releases
2018
Album has 1 releases