Rock's Def Leppard rolls with tragedies, plays here Tuesday

When VH1 rolled out a "Behind the Music" on Def Leppard – one of its warts-and-all TV documentaries that showcase the meteoric rise (and often precipitous fall) of pop and rock acts – it seemed a logical choice.

In a few years, the band of working-class lads from Sheffield, England, went from toiling in a factory to filling arenas and selling millions of records.

Def Leppard reached its zenith in album sales and radio play in the 1980s and found audiences around the world hungry for the group's brand of tempered rock that was less headbanging and more heartfelt.

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