What Does Def Leppard Look Like Now?
Check out recent photos of Def Leppard, one of the most iconic rock metal bands of all time.
Whether you’re a longtime fan or have simply found yourself occasionally enjoying their hits on the radio ever since they first came to prominence in the 1980’s, have you ever found yourself wondering, “What does Def Leppard look like now?” The English rock band, first formed in 1977, are still regarded by many as one of the greatest rock metal bands of all time. Since 1992, the band has consisted of Joe Elliott (lead vocals), Rick Savage (bass guitar, backing vocals), Rick Allen (drums, backing vocals), Phil Collen (guitar, backing vocals), and Vivian Campbell (guitar, backing vocals). Here you’ll be able see the latest pictures of what Def Leppard looks like now as well as check out brief bios of the band’s longest standing members.
As one of the world’s best-selling bands, Def Leppard has sold over 100 million records around the world, and two of their records “Pyromania” and “Hysteria” have earned RIAA diamond certification. Known for countless hits like “Pour Some Sugar on Me,” “Love Bites,” and “Rock of Ages,” the Def Leppard was ranked 31 in VH1’s "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock" and ranked 70 in the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time".
So come on in and feast your eyes on what Def Leppard looks like now and brush up on your knowledge of the band and its members’ history.
Joe Elliott is one of the two original members of Def Leppard and is one of the only three in the band’s history who has performed on every Def Leppard record. Not only is he the lead singer of Def Leppard, he’s also performed with the ‘Cybernauts’, a David Bowie cover band, and ‘Down n’ Outz,’a Mott the Hoople cover band.
Though currently back on tour with his Def Leppard band mates, a few year back, Elliot toured with a group of famous rock performers called the Rock N’ Roll All Stars, which was later renamed the Kings of Chaos. Other famous Rock icons who have taken part in the International group include Duff McKagan (Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver and Loaded), Matt Sorum (Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver), and Gilby Clarke (Guns N' Roses).
Rick Savage joins Joe Elliot in being one of the only two remaining founding members of Def Leppard and is often referred to as “Sav” by fans and band members in order to avoid confusion with drummer Rick Allen. He, Rick, and Joe are the only members of the band who have played on every Def Leppard album.
After once considering a career in football, Sav finally chose music instead, a choice millions of fans everywhere agree paid off pretty well for him. Sav first formed a rock cover band named Atomic Mass with fellow Def Leppard originals Tony Kenning and Pete Willis, and they eventually recruited Peter’s friend Joe Elliott when they found themselves in need of a lead singer. After eventually adding guitarist Steve Clark, the band decided to change their name and Def Leppard was born.
Sav made news in 1994 after contracting a case of Bell’s Palsy, which he ultimately recovered from, though it’s effects are still occasionally visible in his facial muscles, especially when he’s tired. Regardless, he continues his reign as an icon in one of the most successful rock bands of all time.
Rick, known as “The Thunder God” by fans, has been the drummer for Def Leppard since 1978 and is known for overcoming incredible odds after being forced to have his left arm amputated in 1985. The accident responsible for the amputation occurred when his arm was severed during a 1984 car accident. Though doctors were initially able to reattach it, the arm ultimately became infected and had to be amputated once again.
Though at first assuming his time as Def Leppard’s drummer had come to an end, his band mates encouraged him to persist. Along with a team of engineers, Rick was able to help create customized drum sets that suited his needs which have allowed him to continue playing with the band to this day.
Phil Collen joined Def Leppard in 1982, after the departure of Pete Willis, and is currently the band’s lead guitarist. He was first asked by Joe Elliot and Steve Clark to consider joining the band the previous year but as Willis was still a member at the time, he remained a member of his group ‘Girl’ until Willis was fired due to alcohol problems in '82.
After auditioning when the spot opened to be filled, Collen quickly impressed the band with his guitar skills and was enthusiastically hired to come on board. He quickly bonded with then fellow guitarist Steve Clark and together the two became known as the “Terror Twins,” developing Def Leppard’s signature dual-guitar sound.
Famous of his trademark shirtless look, Phil began to fear that he too was developing addiction issues in the early 80’s and consequently decided to go sober in 1984. He credits his healthy lifestyle, which also includes veganism, with the gorgeous body he still rocks to this day.
Before joining Def Leppard in 1992, to fill the space left open by Steve Clark’s 1991 death, Vivian Campbell rose to prominence for his work with Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake, Sweet Savage, Trinity, Riverdogs, and Shadow King. According the Phil Collen, Vivian was able to ease naturally into the role and first debuted at a show the band played in a Dublin club in April of 1992.
Despite announcing that he had Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 2013, Vivian also revealed that even during treatments he had continued to tour with the band. “This gave me time to process the information they’d given me. I found that having work to concentrate on was really helpful. Even when I was having the chemotherapy treatment over on the other side of the world, I carried on doing shows. I enjoy work, and the distraction is really helpful,” Vivian explained
Though announcing the cancer was in partial remission in 2013, he announced the next year that unfortunately the statement had been premature. As of October 2015, he said that although he still has the disease, he is doing much better and is undergoing immunotheraphy.