Fact: Def Leppard have become the latest rock act to stage a floating festival after announcing plans for the inaugural Hysteria On The High Seas cruise in January (16). The band and their fans will set sail from Miami, Florida, and spend four nights at sea rocking around the Caribbean, docking at Half Moon Cay, Freeport and the Bahamas.
Fact: British rockers Def Leppard are hitting the road for a massive 2015 North American tour with Styx and Tesla. The three acts will hit 40 cities from 23 June (15) when the tour begins in Tampa, Florida. The trek will wrap up in Bismarck, North Dakota on 4 October (15).
Quote: "We've never been a band that's blown anything out that we're committed to, so we're honouring the show. It'll be a little bit weird; it was a bit weird doing the first one with Viv, to be honest, and that was two years after Steve (Clark) passed away. You look over and it's like, 'Hold on, there's this other guy there...' But it'll just be a footnote in Lep history, and everything will get back to normal, God willing, next year." Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott admits performing without guitarist Vivian Campbell in California on Saturday (01Nov14). Campbell has stepped away from the band to concentrate on his cancer battle.
Fact: Rockers Def Leppard have signed on to headline the pre-game festivities at the first of this year's National Football League games at Wembley Stadium in London. Joe Elliott and his bandmates will perform before the Oakland Raiders and the Miami Dolphins take the field on 28 September (14).
Fact: British rockers Def Leppard have landed their own Tv network - for a day. The group, fronted by Joe Elliott, will take over AXS Tv on 29 December (13) in the hours before the broadcast premiere of concert movie Def Leppard: Viva! Hysteria, which was filmed earlier this year (13) at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The show features a full performance of the band's hit album Hysteria and other tracks.
Fact: Rockers Def Leppard have scored their own day in Sin City. Carolyn Goodman, the Mayor of Las Vegas declared 22 March Def Leppard Day on Friday, to coincide with the launch of the band's residency, Viva Hysteria!, at the Hard Rock Hotel's The Joint venue.
Quote: "Mick Mars has been pretty ill for a long time and just to get him onstage is probably an effort. He is hardly likely to be propping the bar up until three in the morning after a gig." Def Leppard star Joe Elliott doesn't expect his band's upcoming British tour with Motley Crue to be a wild one. The band's guitarist, Mars, suffers from ankylosing spondylitis, a form of arthritis that affects the spine and pelvis.
Quote: "They think people like us or Jon Bon Jovi or Lemmy from Motorhead, pick anybody who isn't Michael Stipe or Bruce Springsteen, are morons. Def Leppard has sold way more records than Morrissey. But they all think he's cool because he was in The Smiths." Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott is unhappy with the press perception of his band.
Fact: Def Leppard picked up the Services To Rock honour at the Nordoff Robbins Tartan Cleft Awards in Glasgow, Scotland at the weekend (20Nov10). Paulo Nutini, Amy MACDonald, The Bluebells and Gallagher & Lyle were also honoured at the event, which raised over $225,000 (£150,000) for the Nordoff Robbins charity.
Quote: "I bet he’s had worse in bars. We all have, really, at some point in our career. Some irate boyfriend that thinks you looked a bit too hard at the girl in the third row." Def Leppard star JOE ELLIOTT is sure Poison rocker BRET MICHAELS has had a worse battering than the stage prop that fell on him at the Tony Awards in New York earlier this month (Jun09). The singer suffered a fractured nose and split lip in the accident.
Fact: Def Leppard bassist RICK SAVAGE has raised more than $12,000 (GBP6,000) for charity by auctioning off his old clothes. The star sold off his stage costumes from the band's latest U.S. tour to help a British children's hospital.
Quote: "It's all you ever do. You wake up, you're in a band, you go to sleep and you're in a band - and 20 years later you're still doing the same thing." Def Leppard frontman JOE ELLIOTT on his long career with the rock band.
Fact: Def Leppard bassist RICK SAVAGE is selling his luxury home near Sheffield, England for $3 million (GBP1.5 million).
Fact: The top performers at an upcoming Ohio fantasy band camp, which will feature Dr John, Roger Daltrey and Yes star IAN ANDERSON as rock coaches, will get the chance to support Def Leppard and JOURNEY on the two groups' autumn (06) tour.
Fact: <p>Def Leppard have donated all the proceeds from their concert last night (11OCT05) at Boston, Massachusetts' Agganis Arena to the Greater Boston Food Bank. </p>