Archive for 2004

Pyromania certified Diamond

Wednesday, August 11th, 2004

Pyromania, the band's 1983 release, has been certified as a Diamond Album by the RIAA. This means the album has sold 10 million (10,000,000) copies in the United States. Pyromania joins Hysteria as Def Leppard's second Diamond Album.

I'm back

Tuesday, July 6th, 2004

So I'm back. I just moved to my new job after having finished 22 years of school. Oof. So now that's all done, and I have (some) free time again to continue updating The Def Leppard Archive. I have a few more samples of cover songs available (very popular right now) to put up sometime this weekend.

Added samples for 3 new covers

Tuesday, June 1st, 2004

Added short samples of Seven Witches' cover of Wasted, Raising Cain's cover of Rocks Off, and DJ Kro's remix of Long, Long Way To Go to the Audio section.

More covers coming up

Wednesday, May 26th, 2004

Apparently, Def Leppard covers are popular right now. Lionel Richie has an upcoming cover of Long, Long Way To Go in his new album and DJ Lee Cabrera has made a remix of Photograph. I will post samples when I get copies.

Added sample of When Love & Hate Collide cover

Tuesday, May 25th, 2004

Added a sample of Skylark's new version of When Love & Hate Collide to the Audio section. This cover song is featured in their upcoming album, Wings.

Added audio tracks from Sheffield Today show

Monday, April 26th, 2004

Added audio tracks to the Audio section for From The Inside and Winter Song from Joe Elliott's and Rick Savage's performance at the Sheffield Today show.

Added sound clips for Tributized and Leppardmania

Thursday, March 25th, 2004

Added sound clips for the tribute albums Tributized and Leppardmania to the Audio section.

Added more guitar tabs

Thursday, March 4th, 2004

Added the guitar tabs for Comin' Under Fire, Everyday, and Now to the Guitar section.

Def Leppard and KISS touring?

Saturday, January 31st, 2004

Contrary to some rumors, Def Leppard will NOT be touring with KISS this summer.

Def Leppard beginnen Deutschland-Tournee in der Jahrhunderthalle (auf Deutsche)

Wednesday, January 14th, 2004

Was sich in freier Wildbahn höchstwahrscheinlich als unhaltbarer Zustand erweisen würde, bewahrheitet sich im internationalen Showgeschäft. Zwar erreichte die 1975 in Sheffield gegründete Formation "Def Leppard" ihren kommerziellen Zenit schon Mitte der achtziger Jahre, als Alben wie "Pyromania" und "Hysteria" weltweit in zweistelliger Millionenzahl abgesetzt werden konnten, doch zehrt das fidele Quintett noch heute von seinem einst legendären Ruf. Dabei weist gerade die Historie der nach einer Verballhornung des Anglizismus "Deaf Leopard" benannten Band einige eklatante Schicksalsschläge auf: Schon in der Frühphase wurde Ur-Gitarrist Pete Willis wegen seiner chronischen Alkoholprobleme durch Phil Collen ersetzt.

In der Neujahrsnacht des Jahres 1984 verlor Schlagzeuger Rick Allen bei einem Verkehrsunfall seinen linken Arm, was ihn aber nicht davon abhielt, mittels einer Spezialanfertigung weiterhin seiner Pflicht nachzukommen. 1992 schließlich starb Gitarrist und Gründungsmitglied Steve Clark an einer Überdosis Drogen.

Full text of article… with Joe Elliott

Tuesday, January 13th, 2004

The original interview was printed in russian. Any mistakes in the translation are the fault of the automatic translation service.

How passes your round?

Super! It is second round Def Leppard in the Great Britain. We have already visited ño the program Japan and had time to give more than 50 shows! Have a little got tired, but this normal phenomenon. Before the beginning of round you feel vigorously, but then all these infinite crossings from city in city and concerts have an effect. You need to reconcile only that it is necessary to rise early in the morning to begin all all over again. The schedule of the actor is those!

And than you usually are engaged after concerts: be ready to drop, or still there are forces to pass a pair stakanchikov?

What is the time usually leaves at you on preparation of a new album?

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Edinburgh Review

Monday, January 12th, 2004

Most bands wouldn't dare to show their faces in public having committed the crime against music that is Let's Get Rocked. But with the Darkness making 80s rock clichés popular again, there's probably no better time for Def Leppard to make an appearance.

Leppard's songs were always pretty bad but, with rock'n'roll, poor material can occasionally be salvaged by the vitality of the delivery. Sadly, Def Leppard's pace has slowed since their heyday and the performance is stale.

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Rick Talks (from October 2003)

Sunday, January 11th, 2004

The "X" World Tour is almost over. Are you as exhausted as the rest of the band and the crew?

It's funny, it's only really hit me since we got to the UK. Maybe it's been the change of weather or the damp, but I'm really starting to feel it in my bones. I guess when we were in America and Canada it seemed easier because we've been touring there during the summer and early autumn, but we come over here and I feel the change of season more than I would if I was fresh. So yeah, I'm ready to go home. That would be nice.

Is that just because there's nothing fresh about the show any more?

It must be weird being back in the UK as you're British but haven't lived here for so long. Does it still feel like home or is it just the place you grew up in?

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