Def Leppard unleashes 'Hysteria'

Note: This is an old article from 1987 that I recently acquired and decided to post.

Def Leppard's album `Pyromania', released in 1983, sold 6 million copies in the U.S. alone. It's no surprise, then, that people ask Def Leppard bassist Rick Savage for his autograph. The only problem is that when they approach Savage these days, it's often because they think he's Jon Bon Jovi. When you've spent most of the last four years hidden in recording studios, people forget who you are.

Not that the Leps expected to spend so much time making Hysteria, the recently released follow-up to Pyromania. But from the moment they began, it seemed the album was cursed. They fired their first producer, then decided to produce themselves. Drummer Rick Allen lost his arm in a car accident, singer Joe Elliott had a recurrence of a childhood illness, and their third producer also had a car accident.

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