Archive for 2000

New guitar tablatures added

Thursday, September 21st, 2000

New guitar tablatures have been added to the Guitar section. Newly available are:

  • Goodbye – music card
  • Hysteria – bass tablature
  • Two Steps Behind – tablature

New version of the Def Leppard font available

Monday, September 18th, 2000

Version 1.4 of the Def Leppard True Type font has been released and is available from the Downloadable Files section. This update from version 1.3 updates all the numbers as well as many accented characters. Available in both Windows and Mac formats.

Officials say concert fiasco not their fault

Thursday, September 14th, 2000

Oregon State Fair officials say they're not to blame for last weekend's Def Leppard concert fiasco that forced $14,000 in ticket refunds.

About 800 fans sought refunds after the '80s-era band told the crowd it couldn't play at its normal hard-rocking volume because of a city noise ordinance, which they had learned about only during pre-show sound checks.

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Def Leppard unleashes 'Hysteria'

Wednesday, September 13th, 2000

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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Def Leppard to be honoured by Sheffield

Thursday, September 7th, 2000

The following two articles report on Def Leppard's supposed honouring by their hometown of Sheffield. However, the report was dubbed incorrect hours later by the Sheffield city council.

Def Leppard Honoured by Sheffield

Def Leppard have been granted the freedom of their home town – Sheffield by city officials.

It's been reported that Sheffield City Council were keen to do something special for the band after they received another accolade last week – a star on the Los Angeles Rock Walk.

Council spokesman, Neil Anderson, explained: "So many stars get given the keys to cities these days and we'd like such an award to be really special.

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Pity, they were steeling themselves for the honour

SHEFFIELD COUNCIL have dismissed reports that DEF LEPPARD are to be granted the freedom of their hometown.

It has been reported on other music websites this afternoon (September 7) that the rockers, who formed in Sheffield over 20 years ago, are set to receive the freedom of the city. A spokesperson for the council was quoted as saying the band are still "the city's favourite sons", having "done so much for Sheffield".

However, Neil Anderson, the council official who was originally quoted and went on to say the band "deserve a really special award", now claims he was misquoted.

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Vault climbs to #8

Thursday, September 7th, 2000

Vault has climbed this week to the #8 position on Billboard's top catalog music charts. It has remained near this position for several years while selling over 2 million copies in the United States.

Rock Walk Induction

Wednesday, September 6th, 2000

Def Leppard was inducted yesterday into Hollywood's RockWalk of Fame. The band was introduced by Queen's Brian May and joins other notable artists like Aerosmith, Marvin Gaye, Jimi Hendrix, Elvis Presley, John Lennon, and Stevie Wonder to be so honored. They proceeded to imprint their hands on fresh cement. Rick Allen, in lieu of a left hand, made an imprint of his left foot as well.

Pictures courtesy of REUTERS: 1, 2.

Pictures courtesy of Def Leppard On Top: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.

Def Leppard Told To Turn Down The Sound In Oregon, Offers Refunds

Wednesday, September 6th, 2000

Def Leppard–after learning upon its arrival at the L.B. Day Amphitheater in Salem, Ore., that a county ordinance wouldn't allow the band to play at its normal volume–offered refunds to a sold-out crowd of 8,000 before playing a note on Saturday (9/2). About 700 fans took the group up on its offer, according to Malvin Mortimer, Def Leppard's tour manager.

Singer Joe Elliott explained the situation in a posting on Def Leppard's official website. "We turned up for soundcheck as usual, to what is a fine venue. Great facilities, cool staff, the works. As we ran through 'Promises,' we were informed that we were over the sound limit. This was one of those gigs where the 'Sound Police' were there to enforce a most ludicrous rule. It appears that after an MC Hammer gig a few years ago, a law was passed limiting the volume of any artist playing this particular venue.

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Def Leppard is still rockin'

Wednesday, September 6th, 2000

A one-armed drummer. A guitarist who died after the band's biggest album was released.

The rise of grunge.

None of it has fazed Def Leppard, a band that helped start the lite-metal movement of the 1980s, yet has remained largely immune to the mockery associated with that genre.

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Def Leppard Fans Like It Loud

Tuesday, September 5th, 2000

About 700 Def Leppard fans got refunds after a disappointingly quiet concert at the Oregon State Fair in Salem September 2.

The city of Salem's noise ordinance forced the band to play at an unsatisfactory volume – according to many fans – during the sold-out show in the L.B. Day Amphitheatre.

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Def Leppard fans get refunds

Monday, September 4th, 2000

About 700 refunds were given to Def Leppard fans unhappy with the sound level during the hard rock band's concert at the Oregon State Fair.

The city of Salem's noise ordinance combined with Mother Nature on Saturday night reduced, said many fans, the sound to an unsatisfactory level.

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Def Leppard still having fun with rock 'n 'roll

Saturday, September 2nd, 2000

Def Leppard has a thin line to walk.

On one side, they are proud of a history in which they've sold 45 million albums and recorded two of the biggest albums of the '80s, 1983's 'Pyromania' and 1987's follow-up, the 12-times platinum 'Hysteria.' It's a legacy that has established the band in the annals of rock history.

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Def Leppard sticks together through it all

Friday, September 1st, 2000

Decades from now, when scientists ponder the fountain of pop-music longevity, they just may want to put Def Leppard under the microscope.

The quintet from Sheffield, England, has weathered a guitarist's death, a drummer's dismemberment, a couple of divorces and, most recently, a major disaster of an album.

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Def Leppard shakes stands at Allentown Fair

Wednesday, August 30th, 2000

The five members of Def Leppard love soccer, and Tuesday night they did their very best to turn the Allentown Fair Grandstand into a football stadium. They played beefy, catchy rock perfect for arm waving, seat banging and singing along.

The band's first record label was Bludgeon Riffola. Twenty years later, they're still bludgeoning senses with masses of massive riffs. Tuesday evening, lead singer Joe Elliott shook concession stands with primal screams of tough, tart lyrics. Drummer Rick Allen and bassist Rick Savage built a concrete bunker of crunching, creeping noise. Guitarists Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell ripped off the roof with shooting-star, sawed-off-shotgun solos.

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Def Leppard keeps crowd on its feet

Tuesday, August 29th, 2000

Singer Joe Elliott asked for the crowd's help.

The rock fans at the State Fair Grandstand Monday night couldn't wait to assist their heroes.

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