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May 17, 1992 | DENNIS HUNT, Dennis Hunt is a frequent contributor to Calendar
"The world's most boring, faceless band strikes again. . . ." Def Leppard lead singer Joe Elliott is being sarcastic about the success of the British lite-metal band's latest album, "Adrenalize," which topped the U.S. sales charts for the first five weeks after its release last month. Elliott's tongue-in-cheek comment was directed at critics who love Bruce Springsteen (whose two new albums came out the same day as "Adrenalize") and U2, but trash Def Leppard.
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May 17, 1992 | DENNIS HUNT, Dennis Hunt is a frequent contributor to Calendar
"The world's most boring, faceless band strikes again. . . ." Def Leppard lead singer Joe Elliott is being sarcastic about the success of the British lite-metal band's latest album, "Adrenalize," which topped the U.S. sales charts for the first five weeks after its release last month. Elliott's tongue-in-cheek comment was directed at critics who love Bruce Springsteen (whose two new albums came out the same day as "Adrenalize") and U2, but trash Def Leppard.
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February 17, 1988 | JOHN VOLAND, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
All is forgiven, El Paso, Tex., Latino leaders assured members of Def Leppard on Monday. The British band had been virtually prohibited from performing in the border city since Def Leppard's singer, Joe Elliott, referred to El Paso as "that place with all the greasy Mexicans" in 1983. But Fernando Chacon and Patrick Garcia, representing the League of United Latin American Citizens, said Elliott and the band were forgiven.
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September 17, 1988
I'm really upset about Steve Hochman's review of the Def Leppard shows at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre ("Def Leppard Must Change to Keep Its No. 1 Spot," Calendar, Aug. 22). I flew (to Orange County) from New York City just to see these shows, and there was not a thing wrong with them. In my opinion, they were perfect. Joe Elliott is the best front man around, and he really got the crowd going with the cheering contest. He doesn't talk to the audience with every other word being vulgar as some other bands around today do. As far as Rick Allen is concerned, he isn't just the best one-armed drummer, he's the best drummer, period.
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September 17, 1988
I'm really upset about Steve Hochman's review of the Def Leppard shows at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre ("Def Leppard Must Change to Keep Its No. 1 Spot," Calendar, Aug. 22). I flew (to Orange County) from New York City just to see these shows, and there was not a thing wrong with them. In my opinion, they were perfect. Joe Elliott is the best front man around, and he really got the crowd going with the cheering contest. He doesn't talk to the audience with every other word being vulgar as some other bands around today do. As far as Rick Allen is concerned, he isn't just the best one-armed drummer, he's the best drummer, period.
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May 6, 1986 | DENNIS HUNT, Compiled by Terry Atkinson
"Pyromania." Def Leppard. Vertigo. Actually, the album version of this 1983 heavy-metal collection, a phenomenal commercial success, sounds better than the CD. The relative muddiness of the guitars and Joe Elliott's vocals is part of the appeal of this kind of material. The clean, sharp, open sound of the CD adds an unwanted dimension--a sort of wholesomeness. Also, the extreme clarity of the CD magnifies the shallowness of the material.
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January 9, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Steve Clark, guitarist for the heavy metal rock group Def Leppard since shortly after it started in a garage 12 years ago, was found dead in his London apartment Tuesday, Scotland Yard said. He was 30. A spokesman for the British police agency said the cause of death was being investigated and that an autopsy would be conducted today. There was no evidence of foul play, the spokesman said.
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March 9, 2002 | MARK SACHS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was nearly 20 years ago that Def Leppard's "Pyromania" helped put pop-metal on the musical map, spawning a flood of Aquanet-armed imitators whose output would rattle the airwaves through the 1980s. While some music fans would point this out as reason enough to keep that era in the rearview mirror, VH1 has chosen the multi-platinum effort to kick off its latest series, "Ultimate Albums" (Sunday, 9 p.m.
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February 17, 1988 | JOHN VOLAND, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
All is forgiven, El Paso, Tex., Latino leaders assured members of Def Leppard on Monday. The British band had been virtually prohibited from performing in the border city since Def Leppard's singer, Joe Elliott, referred to El Paso as "that place with all the greasy Mexicans" in 1983. But Fernando Chacon and Patrick Garcia, representing the League of United Latin American Citizens, said Elliott and the band were forgiven.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 1996
Kathryn Marie West Merrick of Camarillo, a lifelong Ventura County resident, died Friday following a long illness. She was 46. West Merrick was born Jan. 13, 1950, in Ventura and attended Santa Clara Catholic School, Our Lady of the Assumption. She graduated from Ventura High School. "She was an angel," said her mother, Helen Kam Elliott of Ojai. Kam Elliott said her daughter enjoyed meeting new people through her jobs as a florist, answering service operator and home care attendant.
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