Archive for June 2009

We made a record no-one had before

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

Thirty-two years into their career, with brand new nominations at the premiere country music ceremony under their belt and a headlining slot at Download coming up, Sheffield arena rock titans Def Leppard remain part of a very select musical club.

Their songs might have ranged from the lascivious – Pour Some Sugar On Me – to the literal – Let's Get Rocked – but Joe Elliott and co are in very prestigious company when it comes to record sales across the Atlantic – they're one of just five bands to have two diamond records in the US (10 million album sales). Who are the others? Oh, no-one special. Just the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Van Halen…

Having sold more than 65 million albums worldwide and proved themselves as popular as ever having been nominated for four Country Music Television awards thanks to collaborations with Taylor Swift and Tim McGraw, the Yorkshire rockers are celebrating their remarkable career with the re-release of two classic albums, 1983's Pyromania – one of their diamond LPs – and 1992's Adrenalize, both out on June 8th.

Lewis Bazley talks to Joe Elliott about breaking America, the impact of grunge and hitting the road after 30 years.

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Video of 2008 CMT performance

Friday, June 5th, 2009

I've added video from the TV broadcast of Def Leppard's performance with Taylor Swift on Country Music Television's show "Crossroads" in 2008 to the Video section.