There was plenty of "hysteria" generated at the University of Laverne outside of Los Angeles on Aug. 17 when Def Leppard lead guitarist Phil Collen joined internationally acclaimed cultural artist Yukiko Matsuyama.
It was held at the Westfield School in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, and they were paid only five pounds, but July 8, 1978, nevertheless was a very big deal for Def Leppard: It marked the group's first-ever public performance.
In another ten days time, British classic rock band Def Leppard will become residents of Las Vegas. The acclaimed group is getting set to launch their 'Viva! Hysteria and More' show a 11-date run at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Sin City.
Stephen Colbert poked gentle fun at some classic rock bands on Twitter as an extension of a comedy bit on Comedy Central's 'The Colbert Report' last night (Feb. 21). Def Leppard, Bad Company and Meat Loaf were among those satirized.
The LP is becoming such an antiquated term that it seems unlikely most music lovers born after 1990 will know what the letters stand for soon. Def Leppard's Phil Collen says most people don't want to buy a full "long playing" album any longer, and he's enjoying what that means.
Scoring a residency gig at one of Las Vegas' many fine casinos can be a great way to pick up a healthy paycheck -- just ask Guns N' Roses, Motley Crue, and/or Elton John -- but it also offers a combination of steady work without travel that can provide the perfect ingredients for writing and recording new material, and Def Leppard plans to take advantage of that during its own upcoming stint in the desert.
In 2012, Def Leppard re-recorded two of their biggest hit songs and made them available digitally. The once-unusual move was done just before the Tom Cruise movie 'Rock of Ages' was released, but Joe Elliott says his band's inspiration for heading back to the studio was to one-up their record label.
29 years ago, Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen lost his arm in a car wreck. But the musician has since rebounded from that setback, and he's hoping his experience will help wounded soldiers deal with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) stemming from their battlefield experiences and injuries.
Last weekend news of Def Leppard's Vivian Campbell's divorce was unearthed by TMZ who also reported the guitarist was hoping to convince a court to deny wife Julie spousal support. Campbell owns up to the divorce on his Facebook page before taking the tabloid news site to task for irresponsible and inaccurate reporting about the spousal support.
Def Leppard's Phil Collen has no doubt raised the spirits of those being treated at the Gerson Institute in San Diego, as his 'Wings' guitar just netted $15,000 in an auction with the proceeds going to the organization's holistic cancer therapy efforts.
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