Legend has it that Joe Elliott met guitarist Pete Willis by chance after missing a bus, and upon auditioning it became apparent that Elliott had a pretty special set of pipes on him, and that's why you've raised a glass to "Pour Some Sugar On Me," gazed forlornly out of the bus window to "Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad" and banged your head to "Rock Of Ages."
If the phrase "Size matters" could be applied to any time period, it's the 1980s. A time of big solos and even bigger hair, the '80s were excessive, to say the least. In the music scene, glam metal was king, and with every new band to set foot on the Sunset Strip, you could bet your 6-inch heels that around the corner was a guitarist who could blow the doors off all the previous trailblazers.
With Nikki Sixx freely admitting to the press that Motley Crue fans had chosen Def Leppard (and Guns N' Roses) over Poison for a headlining US tour, it's no surprise the bands are finally set to launch a joint arena tour in the U.K.
Def Leppard were on hand for this year's Download Festival, which took place June 10-12 at Donington Park in Leicestershire, England. Pro-shot footage of the band performing their classic song "Rocket" can be seen below.