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.
May 6, 1986 |
"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.
January 9, 1991 |
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.
March 9, 2002 |
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.