Def Leppard formed in 1977 when British heavy metal was thriving. The Sheffield band was one of the most successful bands in the 80s and 90s when they were at the pinnacle of their career. Def Leppard produced one of the first rock videos on MTV, with the 1982 reveal of “Bringin‘ On the Heartbreak.”
The band’s Pyromania album, released in 1983, was the first album when Phil Collen was featured on guitar after Pete Willis left the band.
The album hit the #2 spot on the Billboard 200. Pyromania has sold over 10 million copies and has been certified diamond by the RIAA. Hysteria, the band’s fourth album, was released in 1987 and has since passed the success of Pyromania, selling 12 million copies in the U.S. and 25 million worldwide.
“Love Bites,” “Pour Some Sugar on Me,” “Animal” and “Hysteria” are among the band’s most popular singles.
Def Leppard has sold over 100 million records across the world and is always considered in the top 100 greatest rock bands of all time.
Pyromania is ranked among the top 500 albums of all time.
The band last released a self-titled album, Def Leppard, in 2015. The band’s eleventh studio album reached the top ten on the Billboard 200 charts, with the album’s main single being “Let’s Go.” The album reached the top of the charts in the Top Rock Albums category on the Billboardcharts.
The band remains a touring sensation, with tours across the world. The band’s 2017 tour will begin in September, with the band playing in Brazil before moving to Argentina and Chile and finally ending up in Mexico.
Def Leppard also toured in April 2017 through the end of June in the United States and Canada on a tour that will come to an end in Mexico on October 7.
Def Leppard’s long career has led to 13 award nominations, with the band winning just two awards during their legendary career. The band won two American Music Awards in 1989: one for ‘Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Artist’ and an additional award for their Hysteria album: ‘Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Album.‘
The group’s “Pour Some Sugar on Me” and “Let’s Get Rocked” singles were both nominated for several MTV Video Music Awards in 1989 and 1992, but the band has not won an MTV VMA award to date.
Def Leppard is celebrating 30 years of their Hysteria album and has since said that music piracy has helped bring a younger audience to the band’s shows.