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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 became 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.

The band originated back in 1977 when Pete Willis (guitar), Tony Kenning (drums) and Rick Savage (bass) put a band together called Atomic Mass. Joe Elliott was hired as the lead singer. Steve Clark came in to make the band a twin guitar band. The name Deaf Leopard was brought in by Joe and subsequently the spelling was altered to Def Leppard. From 1978 began a rollercoaster journey and out of it emerged one of British music’s finest and most successful bands.


Tony Kenning – Drums (Replaced by Rick Allen in 1978)

Pete Willis – Guitars (Replaced by Phil Collen in 1982)

Frank Noon was “borrowed” from The Next Band for a temporary role as drummer with the band until they hired Rick Allen in place of Tony Kenning. Frank Noon plays drums on the Def Leppard EP of 1979.


  • RICK ALLEN – Drums              (Date of Birth: 1st November 1963)
  • STEVE CLARK – Guitars          (Date of Birth: 23rd April 1960)
  • PHIL COLLEN – Guitars          (Date of Birth: 8th December 1957)
  • JOE ELLIOTT – Lead Vocals     (Date of Birth: 1st August 1959)
  • RICK SAVAGE – Bass                (Date of Birth: 2nd December 1960)