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News - Def Leppard's Hysteria Album Released 25 Years Ago Today

Friday, 3rd August 2012

Hysteria 1987.
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Def Leppard released their fourth studio album 'Hysteria' 25 years ago on this day in 1987.

The album was released on the same day world-wide - 3rd August 1987. It was the first to be released after Rick Allen's car accident in 1984 when he lost his left arm.

'Hysteria' went straight in at Number One in the UK album charts. Their first ever number one. It would reach the top spot in the US Billboard Top 200 chart almost a year later in July 1988 and eventually reach 10 million sales there.

The band released six UK singles from the album and seven in all around the world. The various promo videos would later be released on the 'Historia' VHS/DVD in 1988.

'Animal' was the first in July 1987 and the success of the album meant the last single would be released almost two years later in January 1989 with 'Rocket' which was the fifth Top 20 single in the UK. The title track also making the top 30 at number 26.

In the USA the band got their first number one single a few weeks after the album reached the top with 'Love Bites'. As of 2012 the album has sold over 20 million copies.

Hysteria 1987. Hysteria 1987.

Phil Collen - 'Hysteria' Postcards from 'Work It Out' Single 1996

"Our most popular album to date."

"It was Mutt's idea to make a rock version of 'Thriller' - rock songs that were hit singles. We were fortunate enough to have seven strong singles from this record."

"Mutt Lange was very influential here. We seemed to be making a video every few weeks."

"We were in the top ten all over the world at one time or another."

Def Leppard - Hysteria Album Section

Def Leppard - Hysteria Tour 1986/1987/1988

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