Life is what happens when you are making other plans~ John Lennon
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Thursday, July 28, 2011

D is for Def Leppard

This English rock band formed in Sheffield as part of a new wave of British heavy metal. Ever since 1992, the band has had these members: Joe Elliot on vocals, Phil Collen on guitar, Vivian Campbell on guitarRick Savage on bass, and Rick Allen on drums. Most of their success came between the early 1980s and early 1990s. According to Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, their 1983 album Pyromania rankes #384. And in fact, they just played at the Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, OH, just last night!

In 1992, their album Adrenalize was the first album without guitarist Steve Clark(strangely enough, this is also my dad's name, lol!). Something unique about Rick Allen is he only has 1 arm. He lost his left arm in a car accident on Dec. 31, 1984 when his Corvette hit a drystone wall. Even though he only has 1 arm, that doesn't take away from his awesome drumming, he uses his feet to do some of the back up drumming.

On January 8, 1991, their guitarist Steve Clark died from a mix of prescription drugs and alcohol in his London home. On Oct. 23, 1995, they got into the Guinness Book of World Records for playing 3 concerts in 3 continents in one day- Tangiers, Morocco; London, England; Vancouver, Canada. On Sept. 5, 2000, Def Leppard was inducted into the Rock Walk of Fame in Hollywood by friend Brian May of Queen. And Def Leppard is only one of 5 rock bands with 2 studio albums selling over 10 million copies over the world, and those bands are The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Vn Halen.

Side stuff

Joe Elliot sang lead vocals on 2 songs on Rolling Stone guitarist Ronnie Wood's album Slide on This, Phil Collen played guitar, uncredited, on Sam Kinison's Wild Thing. The video featured members of the bands Poison, Bon Jovi, Motley Crue, Guns N Roses, Ratt, Aerosmith.

Them younger

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