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Def Leppard Hits


05/02/05
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(press release) Def Leppard, one of the most popular bands in rock, will launch a major tour this spring in the wake of the release of its biggest-ever "best of" album. With more than 65,000,000 albums sold worldwide, including two of the best-selling albums ever issued, Def Leppard celebrates their 25th anniversary and not only continues to sell out arenas around the globe but continues to build on its status as a genuine rock 'n' roll icon that keeps on rockin'. How popular is Def Leppard? Only five rock groups can claim two original albums selling 10,000,000+ copies each in the U.S.: The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Van Halen and Def Leppard. Def Leppard - Rock Of Ages: The Definitive Collection (Bludgeon Riffola/Island/UMe), scheduled for release May 17, 2005, boasts 16 of Def Leppard's Top 40 hits among the 35 selections spanning its 25-year album career to date. Besides being the band's first two-CD set, Rock Of Ages also highlights another first--the group's first new U.S.-issued song since 2002, "No Matter What." Attesting to Def Leppard's amazing and enduring success, when U.K.-released with a different tunestack, the compilation became the highest charting debut of 2004 and was gold within a week. The band's previous "best of," 1995's Vault, has sold 7,000,000+ copies worldwide and is U.S. triple platinum. Vault has remained on the Billboard Top 200/Top Pop Catalog Albums Chart since its release, enjoying annual sales of nearly 500,000 copies.

This spring, Def Leppard takes its hits on the road co-headlining the Rock 'N Roll Double Header Tour with Bryan Adams, performing at minor league ballparks across the country. The band will also solo headline shows in additional markets.

Def Leppard's debut album, the platinum On Through The Night (1980), is represented on Rock Of Ages by "Rock Brigade" and "Wasted." The double platinum High 'N' Dry (1981) yields "Switch 625," "Bringin' On The Heartbreak," "Mirror, Mirror (Look Into My Eyes)," "High 'N' Dry (Saturday Night)," "Another Hit And Run" and "Let It Go."

1983's blockbuster Pyromania hit #2 and 10 times platinum, with its "Photograph" and "Rock Of Ages" Top 20 and "Foolin'" Top 30. Rock Of Ages adds its "Rock Rock (Till You Drop)," "Too Late For Love," "Die Hard The Hunter" and "Billy's Got A Gun."

1987's #1 Hysteria soared to 13 times platinum with the #1 "Love Bites," #2 "Pour Some Sugar On Me," #3 "Armageddon It," Top 10 "Hysteria," Top 20s "Animal" and "Rocket," and "Women."

The triple platinum Adrenalize (1992) debuted #1 led by the Top 15s "Let's Get Rocked" and "Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad?," Top 40 "Stand Up (Kick Love Into Motion)" and "Heaven Is."

From the 1993 platinum outtakes collection Retro Active are the Top 15 "Two Steps Behind" (acoustic version) and Top 40 "Miss You In A Heartbeat." From Vault is the then-debuting "When Love & Hate Collide"; from subsequent gold albums are "Work It Out" and "Slang" from Slang (1996) and "Promises" and "Paper Sun" from Euphoria (1999). The band's most recent CD, X (2002), contributes "Now."

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