Def Leppard: A Rock Odyssey

Updated: February 1, 2024    Author: International Star Registry

Star Name Def Leppard Star Date July 18, 2001 Coordinates Lyra RA 18h 33m 3.15s D 38° 51' 32.91"

In a celestial gesture of admiration for the iconic English rock band, someone named a star after Def Leppard through International Star Registry on July 18, 2001. This celestial tribute shines bright in the Lyra constellation, precisely located at RA 18h 33m 3.15s D 38° 51′ 32.91″. To learn more about Def Leppard’s incredible journey, achievements, and their starry dedication, visit their Wikipedia page.

Def Leppard’s Rock Odyssey

Def Leppard, a quintessential English rock band, was born in Sheffield in 1976. The band’s lineup has remained remarkably consistent since 1992, featuring Rick Savage on bass and backing vocals, Joe Elliott as the lead vocalist, Rick Allen on drums, and Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell on guitars and backing vocals. They catapulted to fame as part of the new wave of British heavy metal during the early 1980s, with their greatest commercial success spanning from the early 1980s to the early 1990s.

From Obscurity to Stardom

Their debut album, “On Through the Night” (1980), reached the Top 15 in the UK, albeit with limited recognition elsewhere. However, their sophomore release, “High ‘n’ Dry” (1981), produced by Mutt Lange, marked the beginning of their melodic hard rock style. The album’s standout track, “Bringin’ On the Heartbreak,” became one of the pioneering rock videos played on MTV in 1982. The subsequent album, “Pyromania” (1983), elevated them to superstardom. Hits like “Photograph” and “Rock of Ages” dominated the charts, propelling “Pyromania” to Diamond certification in the US and 7× platinum in Canada.

Hysteria Strikes Worldwide

Def Leppard’s fourth album, “Hysteria” (1987), showcased a more pop-oriented sound and achieved global dominance. Topping the charts in the UK, US, New Zealand, Canada, Australia, and Norway, it reached the second position in Sweden and tenth in Germany, all without a single Top 50 single in those countries. “Hysteria” sold over 25 million copies worldwide, with six Top 20 US singles, including the No. 1 hit “Love Bites.”

Continuing Success and Resilience

Following the tragic loss of guitarist Steve Clark, their 1992 album, “Adrenalize,” reached No. 1 in multiple countries, featuring hits like “Let’s Get Rocked.” “Retro Active” (1993) contained the acoustic hit “Two Steps Behind.” The band’s greatest-hits album, “Vault” (1995), included the UK No. 2 hit “When Love & Hate Collide.” Def Leppard continued to release albums throughout the late ’90s and 2000s, consistently reaching the Top 15 in various countries.

A Star-Studded Legacy

With their self-titled album released in 2015, Def Leppard proved their enduring appeal, reaching the Top 10 in multiple countries. Their latest studio album, “Diamond Star Halos,” released in May 2022, reaffirmed their position in the music industry, reaching the Top 10 in the US, the UK, and Australia.

A Celestial Tribute to Def Leppard

As one of the world’s best-selling music artists, Def Leppard has sold over 100 million records worldwide. They hold the distinction of having two albums with RIAA diamond certification: “Pyromania” and “Hysteria,” making them one of just five rock bands with two original studio albums selling over 10 million copies in the US. Their impact on the rock genre is undeniable, as evidenced by their ranking at No. 31 in VH1’s “100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock” and No. 70 in “100 Greatest Artists of All Time.” Their legendary status was cemented with their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2019.

Record a Star Name in Def Leppard’s Honor

If you’re seeking a unique and celestial way to celebrate a Def Leppard fan’s birthday, Christmas, anniversary, or a 40th birthday gift idea, consider recording a star name in their honor through International Star Registry. It’s a heartfelt tribute that will shine brightly in the night sky, just like the band’s music has illuminated the world for decades. 


Def Leppard’s remarkable journey from a Sheffield garage to international stardom is a testament to their talent, resilience, and timeless music. With their stellar achievements and celestial dedication, they continue to rock the world and shine as brightly as the star named in their honor.


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