Get Rocked by Def Leppard

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.

Good luck!

Albee Dalbotten
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  • Nevin Martell June 1, 2011 at 5:39 am

    Considering the fact that "Hysteria" was my favorite album in 7th and 8th grades, it's hard to select just one song. That being said, I'm going with "Gods of War." It was never a single, so I never got burned out on it (Sorry, "Pour Some Sugar On Me!"). Listening to it on YouTube in the background now, it still sounds just as fresh as it did back in the late '80's.

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  • Kristin June 1, 2011 at 11:53 am

    It' s tough to only pick one. I would have to go with "Pour Some Sugar on Me". Def Leppard songs always make me think of high school in the later 80s.


  • Lara June 1, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Ok, I don't have a favorite song, but a funny anecdote. I went to Jr. High with a Russian girl who was a head-banger (or "Hesher" as we called them then) and frequently featured a Def Leppard t-shirt, or as she called them "Doff Loppard."

    To this day I can't not call them "Doff Lopperd"


  • Stephanie June 1, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Favorite Def Leppard song is definitely Foolin' 🙂


  • Cinthia June 1, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    Pour Some Sugar on Me.


  • Elaine Kontra June 1, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    Pour Some Sugar On Me is my fav. song!


  • Chd June 1, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    This has got me singing old pyromania songs in my head. How fun. I’ve just packed to move or i’d go look up the proper song name, but what i’ve always thought of it as is Picture of you


  • Chandini Davis June 1, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    Def…initly Photograph


  • RazeGirl June 2, 2011 at 8:07 am

    Love all the Leps' masterpieces, but Bringin' on the Heartbreak has to be my #1 favourite. Steamin' Steve Clark at his best.


  • Kate June 2, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    My favourite Def Leppard song is Armageddon it, but there are so many great ones to choose!


  • Angie Brown June 4, 2011 at 8:33 am

    Not to show my age, but I've been a Lep fan since I first saw them open for Billy Squire, many years ago. I've seen them live 20+ times and, of course, have all the albums, cd's etc….so, it's hard to pick just one favorite. Live, one of my favorites is Photograph, watching Joe hit that one long note in that just leaves me in total awe everytime. Bringing on The Heartbreak is another one. When they do it acoustically and the crowd starts singing along, it's just amazing. I could go on for ever here, I love this band that much. LOL!


  • candace June 6, 2011 at 4:43 am

    It's a tie between "Have you ever needed someone so bad" and of course "Pour some sugar on me".


  • Charlotte June 6, 2011 at 11:29 am

    Like Oh My Gosh, my fav is "Pour Some Sugar on Me." Totally!

    (Ahhhh, the 80's.)


  • Margie June 6, 2011 at 11:49 am

    "Pour Some Sugar On Me" is classic, but my favorite is "Photograph."


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