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Def Leppard


Fri 14 Nov 2008, 7:30pm

Where: Spark Arena, 42 Mahuhu Cres, CBD, Auckland

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They've sold more than 65 million albums, played to more than 50 million fans and have produced a series of classic rock albums that helped define a generation of music.

Just say the words Pyromania, Hysteria and Adrenalize and it can be no other than DEF LEPPARD!

Andrew McManus Presents is thrilled to announce the British rock heavyweights will include Auckland New Zealand in the world tour for their new album Songs From The Sparkle Lounge in what will be their first visit since 1992.

The DEF LEPPARD story is now down in rock history. From humble beginnings in Sheffield 30 years ago, the band became a world conquering musical force. They have garnered almost every accolade and award available in the music industry and are one of an elite few (along with Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd,
U2 and the Eagles) to have received two Diamond awards for individual album sales in excess of a staggering 10 million units for the ground-breaking Pyromania (1983) and Hysteria (1987).

With singles like Pour Some Sugar On Me, Love Bites, Rocket, Rock Of Ages, Armageddon It, Let's Get Rocked and Photograph, DEF LEPPARD became a staple at rock radio all over the world.

But it hasn't all been incredible highs. The band has weathered some devastating tragedies including the death of original guitarist Steve Clarke after a drug overdose, and drummer Rick Allen's car accident, which resulted in him loosing an arm.

However the band - Joe Elliott (vocals), Phil Collen (guitar), Vivian Campbell (guitar), Rick 'Sav' Savage (bass) and Rick Allen (drums) - have stuck together and are now back in the spotlight with a new album Songs From The Sparkle Lounge - their first new material in six years.

The first single Nine Lives, a collaboration with country music superstar Tim McGraw, hit #1 at US and UK rock radio, while the album debuted at #5 on the US Billboard chart, their 11th consecutive US Top 20 album.

Also on the bill is one of Melbourne's current buzz bands THE GALVATRONS. This synth-rock four-piece have just released their debut EP When We Were Kids, had rave reviews on their first trip to the UK and are due back there soon for the European summer festival circuit. Their unique sound and up-vibe live show will kick off the night perfectly.

DEF LEPPARD's spectacular live shows have made them a touring institution, as they continue to sell out arenas around the world - get set for an unforgettable, not to be missed, night of classic rock!

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