Def Leppard are an English rock band formed in 1977 in Sheffield as part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal
movement. Since 1992, the band has consisted of Rick Savage, Joe Elliott, Rick Allen, Phil Collen,
and Vivian Campbell.
Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England
Hard rock, heavy metal, glam metal
Kerrang! Classic Songwriter Award, Kerrang! Inspiration Award
Estimated at over 70 million units worldwide
Rick Savage - bass guitar, backing vocals, additional guitar, additional keyboards
Joe Elliott - lead vocals, additional guitar, additional keyboards
Rick Allen - drums, percussion, backing vocals
(1978-present) electronic drums (1985-present)
Phil Collen - guitar, backing vocals
Vivian Campbell - guitar, backing vocals
Tony Kenning - drums, percussion
Pete Willis - guitar, backing vocals
Steve Clark - guitar, backing vocals
Frank Noon - drums, percussion
Jeff Rich - drums, percussion
(1986; supplement to Rick Allen)
Sinéad Madden - fiddle
Def Leppard Quotes
My manager, Cliff Bernstein, gave me a phone call. I wasn’t surprised because I thought I would get that call one day. All he said was, “They found Steve.” I was shocked but I wasn’t surprised.
The real difference with the whole thing associated with Steve is very tragic. The whole thing with Rick ended up such a positive thing. Rick was a guy overcoming a full blown, @#$%& your life up and commit suicide kind of tragedy. Instead of doing that, he came back and said, “What is this then? This is going to be like playing with one arm tied behind my back. No arm? No problem.” It really turned into a great human story of a person overcoming a really shitty situation.
Some of the songs are really catchy and commercial sounding. It is just great to release this stuff and get it out there. People ask me what it is like singing and playing the guitar and I tell them it really great. There are not a lot of places anymore that you can decide in a split second if you are going to sing the next verse or just jam out a little bit. You just can’t do that with a really structured five piece or four piece. With a three piece you can just go nuts.
The great thing was that I was in London and I didn’t have all my shit there. I had my guitar and my little combo amp. No one could hear it so I had to really crank it up. It was really exciting. It is very different than what I do with Def Leppard where I have my really big ass @#$%& expensive guitar rig and in ear monitors. I can hear everything perfectly. With Man-Raze we rehearsed in this gritty little room where people were stealing the rims off our car outside. It was so London. Even though Def Leppard is British, they are from Sheffield. London is a different vibe. I am not patriotic by a long shot but I kind of tip my hat to the fact that I am from London and the other guys do too. The band sounds really fresh and cool.