• Def Leppard: Their Rousing, Rocking, Remarkable Journey

    20 days ago - By Life

    The following is from LIFE's new special issue on Def Leppard, available at newsstands and online .
    It was a mighty big stage for such a risky experiment. On August 16, 1986, the seventh annual Monsters of Rock festival took place in Castle Donnington, England, in front of 80,000 fans. Def Leppard had become one of the biggest rock bands in the world with their breakthrough 1983 album Pyromania , which sold more than 6 million copies, though this popularity hadn't fully swept their native U.K., where the record only peaked at No. 18 on the charts. At Monsters of Rock the band was slated in...
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