Lady Gaga recently named Def Leppard as an influence on her new album Born This Way. Unexpected? A little. Then again, the band has sold 65 million albums worldwide and has a legion of dedicated fans, so it isn’t too shocking that the pop superstar says her big choruses contain “Def Leppard-like” melodies.
Def Leppard is on our minds too. Their new live album, Mirror Ball, drops June 7th, the same day their worldwide tour kicks off. Plus, their new book, Def Leppard: The Definitive Visual History is hitting bookstores as I type.
Featuring a foreword by lead singer Joe Elliott, the book follows the band from the new wave of British heavy metal to their massive Pyromania and Hysteria albums, to the sustained power of their records and tours today. Included are more than 450 classic and unseen photographs from legendary rock photographer Ross Halfin, who has been shooting Def Leppard since 1979, along with stories and commentary by the band members and others.
To celebrate the book, we’re giving away Def Leppard: The Definitive Visual History and Mirror Ball on vinyl (available in late June) to one lucky reader. To enter for a chance to win, just share your favorite Def Leppard song in the comments section below by Tuesday, June 7th at midnight (PT). The winner will be selected at random.
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