Def Leppard were simply the biggest band in the world in the late 80’s. The record sales are there to prove it. They ruled the world and sold out everywhere in every country during their lengthy world tours. At the climax of their career – the end of the Hysteria World tour in 1988 Steve’s band were at this point bigger than The Beatles and Led Zeppelin and Madonna.
And it’s one thing to be big in your own country… but it’s another thing to conquer the world as well! By the time Hysteria had been certified Diamond in the US (10 million sales) this band because one of only five artists to date who have sold over 10 million copies of two consecutive studio albums. The other album of course is Pyromania. The other four artists with this same achievement are Van Halen, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles and Pink Floyd.