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Def Leppard is an English rock band formed in 1977 in Sheffield as part of the new wave of British heavy metal movement. Since 1992, the band has consisted of Joe Elliott (lead vocals), Rick Savage (bass, backing vocals), Rick Allen (drums, backing vocals), Phil Collen (lead and rhythm guitar, backing vocals), and Vivian Campbell (rhythm and lead guitar, backing vocals). This is the band's longest lasting line-up.

The band's strongest commercial success came between the early 1980s and the early 1990s. Read more on Last.fm

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The future of British rock and metal festivals

April 1st, 2014

With Black Sabbath, Soundgarden, Faith No More, Motörhead and Soulfly (and Wolfmother…) set to fill the main stage of a day at British Summer Time festival in Hyde Park this July, it struck Raziq Rauf that the same bill could easily have been announced in 2000 to the same fanfare. What has (or has not) happened in the last 14 years for this to be the case and what does the future have in store?

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What is the future of music festivals? I’m not talking 2015 (because 2014’s summer season lineup is just about fully lined up), I’m talking about something more like 2025. What is going to happen to our music festivals in the next ten years? Will Metallica still be headlining on a rota with Slipknot, Iron Maiden and Linkin Park? The classic rockers like Aerosmith, Def Leppard and Black Sabbath have a shelf-life. Are Avenged Sevenfold or Rammstein the answer? While they sell out arenas in London and that simply translates to headlining Donington or Knebworth, neither have ever had quite the same impact as those first mentioned few and they likely never will.

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Thrash Hits’ Favourite Gigs of 2013

December 12th, 2013

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Part and parcel of being opinionated music lovers is that we go and experience lots of music in its natural habitat – on a stage – and then we decide how good it was. Some spectacles are so powerful that they evoke emotions strong enough to form memories through the drunkenness. It’s a rarity but that’s why some here have to name several before deciding upon their Favourite Gig of 2013. There is zero reason for you to be reading this but if you’ve read this far, you’ll get at least halfway down before clicking the cross.

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DVD: Def Leppard – VIVA! Hysteria

October 1st, 2013

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Def Leppard
VIVA! Hysteria
Frontiers
22 October 2013

by Raz

This is the first time Def Leppard have played Hysteria in its entirety. Yes, they did it eleven times at The Joint in the Las Vegas Hard Rock Hotel, but it’s one of the greatest rock albums of all time and so it’s absolutely necessary for it to be documented like this. Just like this.

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Live: Def Leppard, Mötley Crüe + Steel Panther @ London Wembley Arena – 14 December 2011

December 16th, 2011

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Where is Def Leppard? Where is Mötley Crüe? When Steel Panther asked these questions in their debut single ‘Death To All But Metal’ – little would they have known that a few years later, they would actually be on tour with them. We managed to find our leopard print trousers and guy-liner in time to race over to Wembley for the ultimate hair metal night out.

Six things we found out when we went to see Def Leppard at Wembley:

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Download Festival 2011: Interviews, Photos, Setlists, Gossip – it’s all here

July 4th, 2011

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Yeah baby! The Thrash Hits Download Festival splash page is back! All of our Download Festival 2011 coverage from the weekend is going be linked to from this here page, so give it a bookmark or just don’t close it, because it’s all you’re going to need. Individual band coverage (interviews, photos, setlists and some tiny reviews), rumours and gossip, drinking games, stage times, dodgy photos of as many sexy ladies in various states of safe-for-work undress as we can legitimately get away with? It’s all here.

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Who do you want the final Download Festival 2011 headliner to be?

February 16th, 2011

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Sometimes people like to whisper in our ears and sometimes we are just better at the internet than other people. This all leads to us hearing about stuff way before we’re meant to. That’s how we got the scoops on Metallica and Linkin Park headlining Sonisphere Festival 2009 as well as when AC/DC self-confirmed Download Festival 2010.

This time, a little whisper found its way into our stupid heads about Def Leppard and The Darkness co-headlining Download Festival 2011. There’s a tiny little more to it than just a silly rumour though. It just depends on how hard you look…

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Album: Def Leppard – Pyromania: Deluxe Edition

June 7th, 2009

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Def Leppard
Pyromania Deluxe Edition
Universal Music
08 June 2009

by Luke Morton

Few bands today are able to call themselves legends and still be on tour. Some have given us all they could 10 or so years ago and then faded away in obscurity, but some have kept rocking for the past 30 years; Def Leppard are one of those bands. Having played to millions of fans worldwide, Def Leppard are widely regarded as one of the best New Wave of British Heavy Metal bands.

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Which festivals are you going to this summer?

March 3rd, 2009

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Both of the major heavy music festivals have announced all of their headliners now. Sonisphere Festival came straight out with Metallica and Linkin Park while the acts appearing at Download Festival 2009 were dripfed to us much more slowly.

Claiming Slipknot, Def Leppard and Faith No More as headliners, with the mighty, reformed Limp Bizkit (pictured) also hitting the stage, Download is looking good. Sonisphere, however, is an unknown quantity but has the strong names of Lamb Of God, Machine Head and Mastodon on the undercard.

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