Archive for 2000

Def Leppard brings 'Rock of Ages' to state fair

Saturday, August 26th, 2000

Def Leppard's first full-length album, "On Through the Night," came out in 1980 to a small, but significant, wave of hype. The group was heralded as defining a new movement in British heavy metal, along with bands like Iron Maiden.

It was a very big deal then, but listening to "On Through the Night" now makes you wonder why. The young Def Leppard plodded through half-written songs and basically got by on bravado, enthusiasm and volume.

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Def Leppard pleases fair crowd with '80s party music

Friday, August 25th, 2000

"Just listen to that," Def Leppard lead singer Joe Elliott declared after an ovation early in the band's concert Thursday at the State Fair grandstand. "That's a big noise. It really is."

Which was more surprising: the excited response of the 11,423 grandstand-goers or the sounds-as-good-as-ever performance of one of the biggest hair-metal bands of the 1980s?

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Def Leppard to rock the Evergreen State Fair

Friday, August 25th, 2000

Heavy-metal band Def Leppard, which recently launched a new Web site at, will be a part of the diverse musical lineup at this year's Evergreen State Fair in Monroe.

Performing Sept. 1 (tickets are $27.50), the band is one of six grandstand headliners this year.

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Def Leppard pours it on at Grandstand

Friday, August 25th, 2000

Spinal Tap, the fictitious hair band depicted in Rob Reiner's 1984 mock rockumentary, "This is Spinal Tap," is said to be reuniting this year for a tour and album. Someone beat them to the punch. Def Leppard, the biggest hair band of the '80s, kicked off the State Fair's Grandstand lineup Thursday night with a set that was as big and dumb and fun and forgettable as any kid's first 3.2-beer hangover. And while the calendar read 2000, Lep provided a trip back to the days of Reagan- Thatcher, and a soundtrack that launched countless backseat romances in the '80s.

Just as it's hard to argue the weird appeal of watching Princess Kay of the Milky Way get sculpted in butter, it's hard to resist the spectacle of five Brits on a summer night in Middle America…

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Soundscan sales figures for Euphoria

Friday, August 25th, 2000

Soundscan sales figures for Euphoria have surpassed the gold mark at 513,271 units.

Soundscan figures differ from RIAA certifications in that they represent units sold, not just shipped.

Def Leppard to be inducted into Hollywood's Rockwalk

Friday, August 25th, 2000

Def Leppard will be inducted into Hollywood's Rockwalk. The ceremony will be held September 5, 2000 at 2pm PDT at 7425 Sunset Blvd. and is open to the public. Pictures and info will be posted here soon afterwards.

Mac fonts added

Thursday, August 24th, 2000

The Def Leppard font and Bank Gothic font (used in the Slang liner notes) previously available only in a Windows version are now available as Macintosh font suitcases for Mac OS 9. These files are available from the Downloadable Files section. Many thanks go to Deanna for showing me how to do this.

Def Leppard remains a beast intact

Monday, August 21st, 2000

Def Leppard, the long-running English pop-metal band that opened last year's run of Iowa State Fair Grandstand concerts, returned Sunday night to close down the 2000 series and pour some aural sugar on 8,033 euphoric fans.

Despite the repeat booking, just 1,830 fewer fans showed up than in 1999, and most of the 18 songs Def Leppard played were received as if it was the mid-"80s, hairstyles were big and Kurt Cobain hadn't yet smelled the teen spirit that would inspire him to replace "80s metal with "90s grunge.

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Def Leppard proves it still can rock

Sunday, August 20th, 2000

Hard rock band Def Leppard's songs are made for two things: getting played on the radio and being shouted by big crowds in stadiums.

Music snobs may sneer at that formula, but it helped the band pioneer a memorable brand of melodic heavy metal that inspired dozens of imitators in the 1980s.

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It's OK again to like Def Leppard

Sunday, August 20th, 2000

Is it cool again to like Def Leppard? The Brit pop-metal band was huge in the '80s, selling 10 million copies of "Pyromania" (1983) and 12 million of "Hysteria" (1987).

Then the bottom fell out in the '90s, when the grunge movement shoved the more polished Leppard aside.

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New format coming

Sunday, August 20th, 2000

With the reopening of and it's up to the minute news breaks, the news section of the Def Leppard Archive (this page) will change. I will still be providing recent reviews, and news articles, as well as updating the pictures archive to include pictures throughout the year, to name a few. Below, you can see the formating for the addition of new reviews and articles. The first couple paragraphs will be displayed so that the reader will quickly get a feel for the article.

If you have any comments and/or suggestions on how to make the Def Leppard Archive better, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Metal-pop nostalgia gratifies Def ears

Sunday, August 20th, 2000

Rock music returned to the Indiana State Fair on Tuesday night, absent since the Goo Goo Dolls and Gin Blossoms played the Grandstand in 1996 (and perhaps hinted at by Savage Garden in 1998).

The Y2K comeback rested on the reliable shoulders of Def Leppard, who attracted an audience of about 7,500.

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Def Leppard's slickness survives, stirs memories

Sunday, August 13th, 2000

A critical review of Def Leppard's Thursday night show at the riverfront amphitheater?

What's the point, right?

People who like — really like — Def Leppard probably don't read reviews or care. Nor should they. Def Leppard isn't the sort of band that warrants the energy serious critical dissection takes.

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Overview of reviews from July and early August

Friday, August 11th, 2000

Below is a list of reviews published and archived from July and early August 2000. From now on, all new reviews, interviews and other articles will be included in their own entries with a short summary for easier reading.

Pictures from the Mansfield, MA show on July 20, 2000

Tuesday, August 8th, 2000

July 20, 2000 marked the start of the Summer 2000 tour. The local radio station, 94.1 WHJY, held a contest for 100 winners to meet the band after rehearsal. The four pictures below are from this meeting.

Courtesy of Mark: 1, 2.

Courtesy of 94.1 WHJY: 1, 2.