As the band recorded the follow-up to High 'n' Dry with producer Mutt Lange, Pete Willis was fired from the band for alcoholism, and Phil Collen, a former guitarist for Girl, was hired to replace him. A few months later, vocalist Joe Elliott, a fanatic follower of Mott the Hoople and T. Following an extensive international tour, the group re-entered the studio to record the follow-up, but producer Lange was unavailable, so they began sessions with Jim Steinman, the man responsible for Meat Loaf's Bat out of Hell. You Got Me Runnin' 7. Make it electric Shock me! Mirror, Mirror Look Into My Eyes 10.
Def Leppard managed to pull through such tragedies, and they even expanded their large audience with 1987's blockbuster Hysteria. In fact, his abuse was so crippling that Collen had to play the majority of the guitar leads on Hysteria. The recording continued throughout 1986, and that summer, the group returned to the stage for the European Monsters of Rock tour. Rex, joined the band, bringing the name Deaf Leopard. Oh bump and grind Shock me! Make it last Curtain up let the camera roll It's automatic it's in control Got no script baby, ain't no lines Just me and you and a real good time Oh Shock me! Make it last Shock me! Make a night to remember Shock me! Oh, I just gotta know If you're really there and you really care 'Cause baby I'm not F-F-F-Foolin', Ah F-F-Foolin' Not F-F-F-Foolin', Ah F-F-Foolin' Won't you stay with me awhile close your eyes don't run and hide Easy love is no easy ride Just wakin' up from what we had Could stop good love from going bad 04:35 7. On Through The Night 9.
Despite their success, the band was about to enter a trying time for their career. High 'n' Dry followed in 1981, and it became the group's first platinum album in the U. Def Leppard finally completed its fourth album, now titled Hysteria, early in 1987, releasing it that spring to lukewarm reviews; many critics felt that the album compromised Leppard's metal roots for sweet pop flourishes. Drive me crazier, no serenade No fire brigade, just Pyromania What do you want? I'll be the hero, you be the star With your wine and your caviar No audition, a starring roll I'll be your Bogart 'n' you be Monroe yeah Shock me! Clark had long had a problem with alcohol, and following the Hysteria heyday, the band forced him to take a sabbatical; he did enter rehab, but to no apparent effect. Women to the left, Women to the right There to entertain and take you thru the night So grab a little heat and come along with me 'Cause your mama don't mind what your mama don't see Anything goes! On Through the Night, the band's full-length debut, was released in 1980 and instantly became a hit in the U. Oh he was locked inside a room without a door His innocence he suffered for In a world of black and white, they were wrong and he was right Just looking for a clue, it's a nightmare come true He's going underground to track that danger down Oh Billy, why you got that gun? Another Hit And Run 3. You really move me Hold on, hold on, hold tight We're gonna rock tonight Too loud man, too loud 03:55 2.
I want rock'n'roll, yes I do Long live rock'n'roll Oh let's go, let's strike a light We're gonna blow like dynamite I don't care if it takes all night Gonna set this town alight What do you want? Hold onto your hat, hold onto your heart Ready, get set to tear this place apart Don't need a ticket, only place in town That'll take you up to heaven and never bring you down Anything goes! During the recording, Steve Clark died from an overdose of alcohol and drugs. After a spelling change, the trio, augmented by a now-forgotten drummer, began playing local Sheffield pubs, and within a year they had added guitarist Steve Clark, as well as a new drummer. The pairing turned out to be ill-advised, so the group turned to its former engineer, Nigel Green. The group was already blessed with photogenic good looks, but they also crafted a series of innovative, exciting videos, which made them into stars. Heh heh heh heh Now listen to me I'm Burnin', Burnin', I got the fever I know for sure, there ain't no cure So feel it, don't fight it, go with the flow Gimme, gimme, gimme, gimme one more for the road What do you want? Bringin' On The Heartbreak 5.
The group members were still in their teens. Soon, the band resumed recording, and within a few months Lange was back on board, but once he joined the team, he judged the existing tapes inferior and had the band begin work all over again. Emerging in the late '70s as part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, the group actually owed more to the glam rock and metal of the early '70s -- their sound was equal parts T. While still opting for a controlled musical attack, and melodies as big-sounding and stadium-ready as possible, the band opens up its arrangements a bit more on High 'N' Dry, letting the songs breathe and groove while the rhythm section and guitar riffs play off one another. Do it one more time So cut me in on the action Lights, camera, sound, I need action! After the release of Adrenalize, the group added former Whitesnake guitarist Vivian Campbell. Def Leppard had its origins in a Sheffield-based group Rick Savage bass and Pete Willis guitar formed in their late teens in 1977.
Hysteria proved to be the peak of Leppard's popularity, yet their follow-up remained eagerly awaited in the early '90s as the band set to work on the record. Make it electric Shock me! As the '90s began, mainstream hard rock shifted away from Leppard's signature pop-metal and toward edgier, louder bands, yet the group maintained a sizable audience into the late '90s and were one of only a handful of '80s metal groups to survive the decade more or less intact. Slang arrived in the spring of 1996, and while it was more adventurous than its predecessor, it was greeted with indifference, proving that Leppard's heyday had indeed passed, and they were now simply a very popular cult band. Following Clark's death, Def Leppard resolved to finish their forthcoming album as a quartet, releasing Adrenalize in the spring of 1992. Following the release of Getcha Rocks Off, Rick Allen was added as the band's permanent drummer, and Def Leppard quickly became the subject of the British music weeklies. Ooh babe I need it fast Cause All I want is some Action, Action, Action, not words Gimme Action, Action, Action not words C'mon and shock me, Let the cameras roll!. They intended to follow Pyromania quickly but were derailed when their drummer lost an arm in a car accident, the first of many problems that plagued the group's career.
The arm was reattached, but it had to be amputated once an infection set in. Rex, Mott the Hoople, Queen, and Led Zeppelin. Undaunted, Leppard soldiered on, returning to their patented pop-metal sound for Euphoria, which was released in June of 1999. Danger Such a strange emotion Can you feel it in the air? Rock Of Ages Gunter glieben glauchen globen All right I got something to say Yeah, it's better to burn out Yeah, than fade away All right Ow Gonna start a fire C'mon! Over the course of the year, Def Leppard relentlessly toured Britain and America, including opening slots for Ozzy Osbourne, Sammy Hagar, and Judas Priest. High 'N' Dry Saturday Night 4. One month into recording, Allen lost his left arm in a New Year's Eve car accident.
Give it to me It's what I got goin' thru' me Don't ever stop do it to me Yeah, Rock! Two years later, the group released the greatest-hits collection Vault while preparing their sixth album. Long live rock'n'roll Rock of ages, rock of ages Still rollin', keep a-rollin' Rock of ages, rock of ages Still rollin', rock'n'rollin' We got the power, got the glory Just say you need it and if you need it Say yeah! It became the group's first Top 40 hit in the U. Stagefright I said Welcome to my show It's just a-you and me baby We got the whole damn night to go You're holding out on me, while I'm on fire If you can't stand the heat, then you should try Victim of my vices, you know you are You skate on ice to paradise, stairway to the stars Stagefright all night, won't you let go All night Stagefright, on with the show You come on like a lady dressed to kill Never thought you could be caught, but you will A Little understanding, a little love A headline act around the back, is what I'm thinkin' of Stagefright All night, Won't you let go All night Stagefright, On with the show Stagefright All night, You're dream starts today All night Stagefright, is only a heartbeat away You're going for my head, you're going down Gettin' good at being bad, you're hangin' round A fun inspired asylum, toys for the boys Love on the rocks, forget-me-nots, you got no change 3:52 4. Die Hard The Hunter Shotgun Let's welcome home the soldier boy from Far away, far away No angel of mercy just a need to destroy Fire away, fire away Let's toast the hero with blood in his eyes The scars on his mind took so many lives Die Hard the Hunter Welcome home soldier boy Put down your pistol, yeah, put down your toy Yeah, they can take your gun away from you But never take away your attitude They can't do that, no, they can't do that You got no enemy, no front line The only battles in the back of your mind You don't know how to change from bad to good You brought the war to your neighbourhood Back in the city, he's a man on the loose He is the shadow that's following you He takes no prisoners when he's hunting for game He's got a bullet and it carries your name Die hard Caught in a trap Hunter There's no lookin' back Die hard He hides in the crowd Hunter Die Hard and Proud 06:28 6. Without a drummer, Def Leppard's future looked cloudy, but by the spring of 1985 -- just a few months after his accident -- Allen began learning to play a custom-made electronic kit assembled for him by Simmons. There were many bands that rocked harder, and were more dangerous, than the Sheffield quintet, but few others captured the spirit of the times quite as well.