Def Leppard are all set to celebrate the 33rd anniversary of their smash hit album Hysteria with a week of special events.
The diamond-selling Hysteria was released on August 3, 1987 and the band are kicking off their celebration of the album with a special listening party and live chat with guitarist Phil Collen later today at 5pm BST.
Def Leppard say: “Follow along with the Def Leppard social channels all week long as we celebrate the album anniversary with Hysteria artefacts, commentary, music videos, merchandise, a contest giveaway, and more!”
Fans are encouraged to use the hashtag #Hysteria33 all week and and keep their eyes on Def Leppard’s official website.
Hysteria left an indelible mark on rock ‘n’ roll. Powered by stadium-filling drums, rapturous guitars, and unshakable choruses, the record saw Def Leppard rightfully claim their place among rock’s divinities forever. As a result, its influence now reverberates through three generations of artists to follow. It also historically marked their third straight collaboration with producer Robert John “Mutt” Lange.
Phil Collen told Vegas: “Mutt Lange is a genius. He said we can do an ultimate rock album or we can do a rock version of Thriller, where we have seven hit singles. But to do that, you have to put the extra effort in. The attitude when the album came out, a lot of people didn’t like it. They thought, oh this is too pop or they didn’t understand the crossover because it’s a perfect hybrid between rock and pop.”
In other Def Leppard news, the band have announced that their planned 20/20 Vision tour with ZZ Top has been cancelled.
The two bands were due to head out on the road together across the US throughout September and October. However, with coronavirus continuing to spread and lockdown restrictions still in place, the whole tour is off.
Def Leppard say in a statement: “Regretfully, we will not be moving forward with our 20/20 Vision tour with ZZ Top out of caution for our fans and crew. Our collective safety is most important at this time. We look forward to getting back on the road and seeing you soon.”