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Def Leppard Mourn the Death of Keyboardist Dick Decent

The members of Def Leppard are mourning the passing of their friend and sometime collaborator Dick Decent, who had played with the band live as well as in a side group with Joe Elliot and Phil Collen.

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Def Leppard’s ‘Hysteria’ Turns 25

When Def Leppard began to write for the follow-up to their 1984 multi-platinum breakthrough ‘Pyromania,’ the group had no idea what a monumental task lay ahead of them. The album would eventually survive through four long years of changes, re-writes, re-recordings and personal traumas to become the defining album of the band’s career.

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Def Leppard Guitarist Phil Collen: Tom Cruise’s ‘Rock of Ages’ Performance ‘Incredible’

Def Leppard are back in the spotlight this summer, due in part to the upcoming film ‘Rock of Ages.’ The movie, an adaptation of the stage production, borrows its name from the Def Leppard classic song, but licensing issues kept the song itself out of the Broadway show. It’ll be included in the movie, though, and guitarist Phil Collen says the band has given their full stamp of approval.

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Def Leppard to Release Re-Recorded Versions of Two Classic Songs

With ‘Rock of Ages’ set to open in theaters everywhere on June 15, Def Leppard has recorded new versions of the two songs by the band featured in the film, ‘Rock of Ages’ and ‘Pour Some Sugar On Me,’ which they will release on iTunes, Amazon and other digital retailers on June 4.

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Def Leppard’s Vivian Campbell Plans Reunion Of Classic Dio Band

Considering the volatile nature of his past relationship with the late Ronnie James Dio, it’s somewhat surprising to hear that Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell is reuniting with the classic lineup of the Dio band where he found some of his early success as a guitarist.

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Def Leppard Recalls Failed Attempt to Record ‘Hysteria’ with Meat Loaf’s Producer

In the ‘80s, Def Leppard had one of the most successful albums of the decade with their bombastic 1987 release ‘Hysteria,’ which featured a hefty seven hit singles that charted from the album. As the album marks its 25th anniversary, guitarist Phil Collen told Ultimate Classic Rock how ‘Hysteria’ finally saw the light after the band faced a series of obstacles and an abortive attempt at working with Meat Loaf’s ‘Bat Out Of Hell’ producer Jim Steinman.

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