English rockers Def Leppard are bringing their signature sound to the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on September 4 as part of their 2011 Mirror Ball Tour.
While some believe they have been plagued with tragedy and tribulation, with over 65 million albums sold worldwide, Def Leppard continues to be one of the most successful rock bands on the planet.
Def Leppard Time Line Snap Shot
Rick “Sav” Savage (bass) along with Pete Willis and Tony Kenning founded the band Atomic Mass in 1977. Joe Elliott (vocals) joined the group that same year and convinced the band to change its name to Def Leppard after his dream of playing in an imaginary band “Deaf Leopard.”
In 1978, Rick Allen, at the age of 15, joined the band replacing Kenning on drums just before they signed their record contract. After a car accident in 1984, Allen would lose his left arm, but that didn’t stop him from playing. A custom drum kit was built for Allen that consisted of mostly electronic drums; however, since 1995, Allen has incorporated more acoustic drums in his playing.
After being introduced to the band by Pete Willis, Steve Clark joined Def Leppard in 1978. During his time with the band, Clark came up with most of the guitar riffs for the band earning him a nickname of “the Riffmaster”; tragically, Clark lost his battle of alcoholism and died on January 8, 1991, during the band’s recording of the Adrenalize album.
Phil Collen replaced Pete Willis in 1982 while the band was recording their album third album, Pyromania. After Clark’s death, Collen had to take care of all of the guitar parts during the Adrenalize recording session, and since then, Collen has also become one of the main songwriters.
With the loss of Clark, Def Leppard needed to fill the void and Vivian Campbell was asked to do that. Campbell joined the band in 1992 and was introduced as the newest member during the Freddy Mercury AIDS-awareness concert at Wembley Stadium. Campbell was immediately tasked with accompanying the band on their Adrenalize tour in 1992 & 1993.
With 13 albums to their credit, including their first ever live album, Mirror Ball: Live & More, Def Leppard has been selling out arenas worldwide for the past 30 years.
Get your tickets now to see Def Leppard and special guests Heart live at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, September 4, 2011.
Ticket Prices: $39, $59, $79 & $125
To order online, visit Ticketmaster.com or call the MGM Grand Box Office at: 1-800- 929-1111 or 702-891-7777
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