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On this day in music history: October 8, 1988 – “Love Bites” by Def Leppard hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week. Written by Joe Elliott, Steve Clark, Phil Collen, Rick Savage and Robert John “Mutt” Lange, it is the biggest hit for the hard rock band from Sheffield, UK. Known for classic and memorable singles like “Bringing On The Heartbreak”, “Photograph”, “Rock Of Ages” and “Foolin’”, surprisingly none of them had reached the top ten on the US pop charts. Def Leppard would have to wait until March of 1988, when the title track of their fourth album “Hysteria” peaks at #10. The follow up “Pour Some Sugar On Me” released in April is an even bigger hit. However, the record has to settle for the runner up spot on the chart, peaking at #2 in July. “Sugar” is unable to move past Richard Marx’s ballad “Hold On To The Nights”, then Steve Winwood leaps over Def Leppard to claim the number one spot with “Roll With It”. While recording the “Hysteria” album, the band’s producer “Mutt” Lange brings them a song with a “country ballad” feel. Unlike anything that Def Leppard had done before, the band re-tool the song, adding more rock elements to it. Re-crafting it into a rock power ballad and re-writing the lyrics, the song is given the title “Love Bites” which had been the title of another song that is re-titled “I Wanna Be Your Hero”. Issued as the follow up to “Pour Some Sugar On Me”, “Bites” quickly becomes another smash. Entering the Hot 100 at #52 on August 13, 1988, it climbs to the top of the chart eight weeks later. Having finally reached the top of the pop singles chart in the US, “Love Bites” helps propel “Hysteria” back to number one of the Top 200 album chart, for an additional four weeks (non-consecutive). The back to back success of “Sugar” and “Bites” are responsible for nearly tripling the sales of the album to over nine million in the US alone by the beginning of 1989.

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On this day in music history: August 3, 1987 – “Hysteria”, the fourth album by Def Leppard is released. Produced by Robert John “Mutt” Lange and Def Leppard, it is recorded at Wisseloord Studios in Hilversum, NL, Windmill Lane Studios – Studio 2 in Dublin, Ireland, and Studio Des Dames in Paris, France from February 1984 – May 1987. The band initially begins work on the follow up to the multi-platinum “Pyromania” with producer Jim Steinman in early 1984. Their long time producer “Mutt” Lange is unavailable, as he is committed to working with The Cars on their album “Heartbeat City”. Steinman is fired from the project when he and the band have musical differences. Lange begins work with them in mid 1985 after drummer Rick Allen returns following a car accident in which he loses his left arm. Working with a specially designed drum kit (partially triggered with foot pedals) he is able to continue playing. Another setback occurs when singer Joe Elliott loses his voice while suffering from a bout of the mumps. Def Leppard finally finishes recording in January 1987, mixing the album over the next few months. When it is finally released, it gets off to a slow start when the first single “Women” stalls on the charts (peaking at #80). Response to the “Animal” (#19 Pop) and “Hysteria” (#10 Pop) is better, but the huge studio bill that the band runs up (over $5 million) recording the album has put them deeply in debt to their record label. They need to sell at least four million copies just to break even. Their fortunes change with the release of “Pour Some Sugar On Me” (#2 Pop), which more than doubles the sales of “Hysteria” in just three months. Spinning off three more singles (“Love Bites” (#1 Pop), “Armaggedon It” (#3 Pop) and “Rocket” (#12 Pop) ), the album becomes the bands biggest seller of all, moving over twenty million copies worldwide. In Europe and several other foreign countries, the album is remastered and reissued as a two CD Deluxe Edition. Originally released on a single vinyl disc back in 1987, with the album clocking in at over one hour, the LP suffers from poor fidelity due to its long running time. It is remastered and reissued as double vinyl LP by Simply Vinyl in 1999. It is also reissued on UMe’s Back To Black series in 2008 in its original single LP format, quickly going out of print. To commemorate its thirtieth anniversary, it is remastered and reissued in multiple editions on August 4, 2017. It is issued as a single CD, two CD deluxe and five CD/two DVD Super Deluxe editions. It is also reissued as a double 180 gram vinyl LP on black vinyl, colored vinyl and triple vinyl edition including B-sides and 12" mixes. “Hysteria” spends six weeks at number one on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 12x Platinum in the US by the RIAA, earning a Diamond Certification.

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On this day in music history: March 31, 1992 – “Adrenalize”, the fifth album by Def Leppard is released. Produced by Mike Shipley and Def Leppard, it is recorded at Wisseloord Studios in Hilversum, NL and Joe’s Garage in Dublin, Ireland from Mid 1989 – Early 1991. Issued some five years after their previous album “Hysteria”, it is the Sheffield, UK rock bands first release following the death of guitarist Steve Clark, as well as their first album not to be produced by longtime collaborator Robert John “Mutt” Lange. Lange’s recording engineer Mike Shipley takes over production duties with the band. It is also the first to feature new guitarist Vivian Campbell. In spite of it being released at beginning of the grunge and alternative music movements beginning to take over mainstream rock, pushing many of Def Leppard’s contemporaries aside, it is well received by fans. The album spins off four singles including “Let’s Get Rocked” (#1 Album Rock, #15 Pop) and “Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad” (#2 Album Rock, #12 Pop). Def Leppard also mounts a major worldwide tour, performing concerts in the round on an elaborate circular stage set in the middle of large arenas. The album is remastered and reissued in 2009, as a double CD deluxe edition. The first disc includes the original ten track album, with the second disc featuring non album B-sides, and the “Live: In the Clubs, in Your Face EP” from a live performance recorded in Bonn, Germany on May 29, 1992. “Adrenalize” debuts at number one on the Billboard Top 200, spending five weeks at the top, and is certified 3x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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On this day in music history: December 31, 1984 – Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen loses his left arm in an automobile accident near Sheffield, UK. While on a break from recording “Hysteria”, the follow up to the bands’ multi-platinum album “Pyromania”, Allen is driving in his Corvette Stingray with girlfriend Miriam Barendsen. The two are on the way to a party at Allen’s family home in Sheffield, when a driver in an Alfa Romeo passes them on the road and then prevents them from passing on either side. Allen becomes enraged and attempts to pass the car again, when he doesn’t see a sharp turn on the road ahead. He loses control of the car which becomes airborne, flying over a stone wall and into a field. Allen is thrown from the vehicle, during which his left arm is severed by his improperly fastened seat belt. Barendsen, still in the car (which lands upside down), only receives minor injuries, her life being saved by having worn her seat belt. Allen is rushed to a hospital where his arm is reattached. Unfortunately, infection sets in shortly after, forcing doctors to amputate the arm. After a period of rehabilitation and recovery, Rick Allen teaches himself how to play drums again, using a specially designed electronic drum kit with foot pedals allowing him to trigger drum sounds with his left foot. Allen rejoins his band mates and resumes recording the album in progress.

On this day in music history: October 8, 1988 – “Love Bites” by Def Leppard hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week. Written by Joe Elliott, Steve Clark, Phil Collen, Rick Savage and Robert John “Mutt” Lange, it is the biggest hit for the hard rock band from Sheffield, UK. Known for classic and memorable singles like “Bringing On The Heartbreak”, “Photograph”, “Rock Of Ages” and “Foolin’”, surprisingly none of them had reached the top ten on the US pop charts. Def Leppard would have to wait until March of 1988, when the title track of their fourth album “Hysteria” peaks at #10. The follow up “Pour Some Sugar On Me” released in April is an even bigger hit. However, the record has to settle for the runner up spot on the chart, peaking at #2 in July. “Sugar” is unable to move past Richard Marx’s ballad “Hold On To The Nights”, then Steve Winwood leaps over Def Leppard to claim the number one spot with “Roll With It”. While recording the “Hysteria” album, the band’s producer “Mutt” Lange brings them a song with a “country ballad” feel. Unlike anything that Def Leppard had done before, the band re-tool the song, adding more rock elements to it. Re-crafting it into a rock power ballad and re-writing the lyrics, the song is given the title “Love Bites” which had been the title of another song that is re-titled “I Wanna Be Your Hero”. Issued as the follow up to “Pour Some Sugar On Me”, “Bites” quickly becomes another smash. Entering the Hot 100 at #52 on August 13, 1988, it climbs to the top of the chart eight weeks later. Having finally reached the top of the pop singles chart in the US, “Love Bites” helps propel “Hysteria” back to number one of the Top 200 album chart, for an additional four weeks (non-consecutive). The back to back success of “Sugar” and “Bites” are responsible for nearly tripling the sales of the album to over nine million in the US alone by the beginning of 1989.

On this day in music history: August 3, 1987 – “Hysteria”, the fourth album by Def Leppard is released. Produced by Robert John “Mutt” Lange and Def Leppard, it is recorded at Wisseloord Studios in Hilversum, NL, Windmill Lane Studios – Studio 2 in Dublin, Ireland, and Studio Des Dames in Paris, France from February 1984 – May 1987. The band initially begins work on the follow up to the multi-platinum “Pyromania” with producer Jim Steinman in early 1984. Their long time producer “Mutt” Lange is unavailable, as he is committed to working with The Cars on their album “Heartbeat City”. Steinman is fired from the project when he and the band have musical differences. Lange begins work with them in mid 1985 after drummer Rick Allen returns following a car accident in which he loses his left arm. Working with a specially designed drum kit (partially triggered with foot pedals) he is able to continue playing. Another setback occurs when singer Joe Elliott loses his voice while suffering from a bout of the mumps. Def Leppard finally finishes recording in January 1987, mixing the album over the next few months. When it is finally released, it gets off to a slow start when the first single “Women” stalls on the charts (peaking at #80). Response to the “Animal” (#19 Pop) and “Hysteria” (#10 Pop) is better, but the huge studio bill that the band runs up (over $5 million) recording the album has put them deeply in debt to their record label. They need to sell at least four million copies just to break even. Their fortunes change with the release of “Pour Some Sugar On Me” (#2 Pop), which more than doubles the sales of “Hysteria” in just three months. Spinning off three more singles (“Love Bites” (#1 Pop), “Armaggedon It” (#3 Pop) and “Rocket” (#12 Pop) ), the album becomes the bands biggest seller of all, moving over twenty million copies worldwide. In Europe and several other foreign countries, the album is remastered and reissued as a two CD Deluxe Edition. Originally released on a single vinyl disc back in 1987, with the album clocking in at over one hour, the LP suffers from poor fidelity due to its long running time. It is remastered and reissued as double vinyl LP by Simply Vinyl in 1999. It is also reissued on UMe’s Back To Black series in 2008 in its original single LP format, quickly going out of print. To commemorate its thirtieth anniversary, it is remastered and reissued in multiple editions on August 4, 2017. It is issued as a single CD, two CD deluxe and five CD/two DVD Super Deluxe editions. It is also reissued as a double 180 gram vinyl LP on black vinyl, colored vinyl and triple vinyl edition including B-sides and 12" mixes. “Hysteria” spends six weeks at number one on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 12x Platinum in the US by the RIAA, earning a Diamond Certification.

On this day in music history: March 31, 1992 – “Adrenalize”, the fifth album by Def Leppard is released. Produced by Mike Shipley and Def Leppard, it is recorded at Wisseloord Studios in Hilversum, NL and Joe’s Garage in Dublin, Ireland from Mid 1989 – Early 1991. Issued some five years after their previous album “Hysteria”, it is the Sheffield, UK rock bands first release following the death of guitarist Steve Clark, as well as their first album not to be produced by longtime collaborator Robert John “Mutt” Lange. Lange’s recording engineer Mike Shipley takes over production duties with the band. It is also the first to feature new guitarist Vivian Campbell. In spite of it being released at beginning of the grunge and alternative music movements beginning to take over mainstream rock, pushing many of Def Leppard’s contemporaries aside, it is well received by fans. The album spins off four singles including “Let’s Get Rocked” (#1 Album Rock, #15 Pop) and “Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad” (#2 Album Rock, #12 Pop). Def Leppard also mounts a major worldwide tour, performing concerts in the round on an elaborate circular stage set in the middle of large arenas. The album is remastered and reissued in 2009, as a double CD deluxe edition. The first disc includes the original ten track album, with the second disc featuring non album B-sides, and the “Live: In the Clubs, in Your Face EP” from a live performance recorded in Bonn, Germany on May 29, 1992. “Adrenalize” debuts at number one on the Billboard Top 200, spending five weeks at the top, and is certified 3x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

On this day in music history: January 20, 1983 – “Pyromania”, the third album by Def Leppard is released. Produced by Robert John “Mutt” Lange", it is recorded at Park Gates Studios in Battle, East Sussex, UK and Battery Studios in London from January – November 1982. Following the modest sucess of their “High ‘n’ Dry” album, the hard rock band from Sheffield, UK take a quantum leap forward with their third release. Once again working with South African born producer “Mutt” Lange, the producer drives the band relentlessly to come up with first rate material, and to deliver the best performances possible during the recording process. Guitarist Phil Collen replaces original member Pete Willis midway through the sessions when Willis’ drinking problem comes to a head, effectively forcing him out of the band. The end result of the sessions yield an album, highly polished and radio friendly, but with plenty of edginess to please the bands’ hardcore fan base. It proves to be their major commercial breakthrough, spinning off three singles including “Photograph” (#12 Pop), “Rock Of Ages” (#16 Pop) and “Foolin’” (#28 Pop), all accompanied by music videos which garner heavy MTV airplay. The album is remastered and reissued on CD in 2009 as a two CD Deluxe Edition. Disc one contains the original ten song album, with the second disc featuring a live concert performance recorded at The Forum in Inglewood, CA during the Pyromania Tour in 1983. The set also comes packaged with a twenty four page booklet with extensive liner notes and photos. Out of print on vinyl since 1989, it is reissued as a 180 gram LP in 2008 as part of Universal’s “Back To Black” vinyl reissue series. “Pyromania” spends two weeks at number two on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 10x Platinum in the US by the RIAA, receiving a Diamond certification.

On this day in music history: December 31, 1984 – Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen loses his left arm in an automobile accident near Sheffield, UK. While on a break from recording “Hysteria”, the follow up to the bands’ multi-platinum album “Pyromania”, Allen is driving in his Corvette Stingray with girlfriend Miriam Barendsen. The two are on the way to a party at Allen’s family home in Sheffield, when a driver in an Alfa Romeo passes them on the road and then prevents them from passing on either side. Allen becomes enraged and attempts to pass the car again, when he doesn’t see a sharp turn on the road ahead. He loses control of the car which becomes airborne, flying over a stone wall and into a field. Allen is thrown from the vehicle, during which his left arm is severed by his improperly fastened seat belt. Barendsen, still in the car (which lands upside down), only receives minor injuries, her life being saved by having worn her seat belt. Allen is rushed to a hospital where his arm is reattached. Unfortunately, infection sets in shortly after, forcing doctors to amputate the arm. After a period of rehabilitation and recovery, Rick Allen teaches himself how to play drums again, using a specially designed electronic drum kit with foot pedals allowing him to trigger drum sounds with his left foot. Allen rejoins his band mates and resumes recording the album in progress.