Def Leppard sponsor Welsh youth rugby team
... Def Leppard
have announced plans to sponsor a Welsh youth rugby team. Cardiff based Rhiwbina under-10s have teamed up with the band through one of their coaches, Richard Proctor, who worked on artwork on three albums for the veteran rockers. Lead singer Joe Elliott said he was delighted to sponsor the team and put their logo on the team shirts despite initially thinking the band were sponsoring a football team. He told BBC News: "Richard is a long-time friend of mine and he works closely with the band. When he told me he needed a sponsor, I jumped at the chance, only afterwards did I realise it was a rugby and not a footy team! Like all things with our logo on it, I think it looks spectacular. I'm not sure it's going to guarantee a winning team every week though, but at least they will look cool." The band are big football fans various members follow the teams of their home city, Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United. They are not the first band to become involved in sponsorship deals in the area. The Super Furry Animals once had their logo emblazoned across Cardiff City football shirts. Def Leppard
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Def Leppard's Joe Elliott Doing Online Q&A;
... (hennemusic) Def Leppard
singer Joe Elliott will take part in his very first official Twitter fan Q&A; this Thursday May 2 at 5pm (EST). Joe will be available to answer fan questions about Def Leppard
, the band's recent Las Vegas residency called VIVA! Hysteria, Ded Flatbird, side project Down 'n' Outz, or anything else. Visit @Def_Leppard
on Twitter on Thursday - add the hashtag #AskJoe to your question post. In other Leppard news, the band is sponsoring a mini rugby team in Cardiff, Wales. Read about that here. hennemusic is an official news provider for antiMusic.com. Copyright hennemusic - Excerpted here with permission. Def Leppard
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Def Leppard and Slash Teaming Up For A Second Show
... (hennemusic) On the heels of last week's news that Def Leppard
will team up to play a US show this summer with Slash, the UK rockers have announced a second concert date for the pairing. The bands will play the Meadowbrook Amphitheatre in Gilford, NH on July 15th. Def Leppard
had previously revealed a July 17 show with Slash at the Performing Arts Center: CMAC in Canandaigua, NY. Over the weekend, Def Leppard
wrapped up their Las Vegas residency, "VIVA! Hysteria", at The Joint inside The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. more on this story hennemusic is an official news provider for antiMusic.com. Copyright hennemusic - Excerpted here with permission. Def Leppard
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Def Leppard (1977-)
Joe Elliott (vocals) 1977-
Pete Willis (guitar) 1977-1981
Rick Savage (bass) 1977-
Rick Allen (drums) 1979-
Steve Clark (guitar) 1977-1991
Phil Collen (guitar) 1981-
Vivian Campbell (guitar) 1992-
Tony Kennerig (drums) 1977-1978
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Their name was originally spelled Deaf Leopard. They got the idea to alter the spelling from Led Zeppelin.
Rick Allen lost his left arm in a car accident on New Year's Eve, 1984 when he was racing his Corvette on a road in Sheffield, England. He flew through the windshield and his arm was ripped off by the seat belt. He quickly expressed his desire to stay with the band, and learned to play with a specially designed, computer-assisted drum kit.
Guitarist Steve Clark died of a drug and alcohol overdose in 1991.
They formed in England, and Rick Savage lives in the band's hometown of Sheffield. Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell as well as drummer Rick Allen all live in California. Joe Elliott lives in Ireland; the tax laws are much more favorable for entertainers there.
Steve Clark was dubbed "The Riff-Master" because of his ability to make lots of catchy riffs for the band, many of which were not recorded to songs.
Clark and Collen were known as "The Terror Twins," a reference to Aerosmith's Toxic Twins. (thanks, matt - Lee's Summit, MO, for above 2)
Thomas Dolby played keyboards on the Pyromania album. He is credited as Booker T. Boffin.
Allen was once criticized by Queen Elizabeth because of the Union Jack boxers he wore onstage. The Union Jack is the flag representing the United Kingdom.
Their first concert was in a room in a spoon factory in Sheffield, England. Only 6 people went to it. (thanks, Tom - Trowbridge, England)
Due to a lack of interest, the band had to release their debut album on their own label, Bludgeon Riffola Records.
On October 23 1995, the band played three 45-minute shows on three different continents. One show was in Tangier, Morocco, another was in London, and the last one was in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Before joining Def Leppard, Vivian Campbell played in Dio and Whitesnake. (thanks, Gavin - Colchester, England)
Phil Collen joined Def Leppard after the dismissal of founding member Pete Willis. Collen had previously been a member of a glam band named "Girl." (thanks, Michael - San Diego, CA)
While some individual members had serious problems with drugs and alcohol, the band was quite tame when they toured, avoiding the typical Rock mayhem and excess. Said Elliott: "Since rock bands discovered accountants, they don't throw TVs out of windows at 500 quid a time."
Their two biggest albums, Pyromania and Hysteria, were released around the same time as Michael Jackson's Thriller and Bad, and spent a lot of time at #2 on the album charts as a result.
Many British bands move out of England when they become famous to avoid the heavy taxes, which is known as becoming a "Tax Exile." Def Leppard did this in 1984, moving to Ireland so they could keep more of their money.
It wasn't until their 1987 Hysteria album that they broke out in their home country of England. Their biggest success was in America, where Pyromania sold almost 7 million copies, but just 60,000 in England.
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