Def Leppard continues their tour overseas in September to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their album Hysteria. The band recently released a new box set which includes a remastered version of the hit album, alternate versions, B-sides, live sets and two DVDS.
The album included seven singles, including the band’s only number one hit “Love Bites.”
Def Leppard will kick off their international tour on September 21 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and wrap up on October 7 in Monterrey, Mexico. The band will play three dates in Brazil, one in Argentina, one in Chile and three in Mexico.
The band’s guitarist Phil Collen revealed on the LA radio station KLOS that the band will continue its Hysteria celebration in 2018. The band plans to play the album in its entirety during every show.
English rock band Def Leppard formed in 1977 in Sheffield, England as part of the new wave British heavy metal movement.
It all started with Tony Kenning, Rick Savage and Pete Willis, school mates who formed a band in 1977. Joe Elliott tried out for the band at the age of 18 after a chance meeting with Willis when he missed the bus. After auditioning, it was decided that Elliot was better suited as the lead singer.
The band’s original name “Deaf Leopard” was proposed by Elliot, who came up with the name when writing reviews for made-up rock bands in his English class. The band changed the spelling to “Def Leppard” at the suggestion of Kenning, who felt the original name sounded like a punk band.
Steve Clark joined the band in 1978, and Rick Allen replaced Kenning after his abrupt departure from the group.
The band reached the height of commercial success between the 1980s and 1990s. Their single “Bringin‘ On the Heartbreak” was one of the first rock videos that was played on MTV.
Def Leppard reached mainstream success with the release of Pyromania, which spawned the hits “Rock of Ages” and “Photograph.” The album ranks as number 384 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list.
The band’s 1987 album Hysteria topped both the UK and the US charts and has since been certified 12x platinum. The album has sold more than 12 million copies in the U.S. and 25 million globally. Hysteria includes the hits “Hysteria,” “Love Bites,” “Rocket,” “Pour Some Sugar on Me,” “Armageddon It,” and “Animal.”
Def Leppard has released 11 albums throughout their career.
Considered one of the best-selling artists of all time, the band has sold more than 100 million records. They are one of five bands to have two original studio albums sell more than 10 million copies in the U.S.