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26 Years Ago Rocket #15 In The UK

Wednesday, 25th February 2015

Rocket 1989.

Def Leppard's classic single Rocket hit Number 15 in the UK singles chart 26 years ago on this day in 1989.

The sixth and final UK single to be taken from the 'Hysteria' album was released on 30th January.

The band performed the song on UK TV show Top Of The Pops which helped it move up the charts. This came off the back of another performance - 'PSSOM' at the Brit Awards earlier in the same week.

The single entered the chart at 31 before rising to 20 and then its peak of 15 with a third week in the Top 20 at 19. In all it spent 7 weeks on the chart, the fifth Top 20 hit from the album in the UK.

Phil Collen - Vault Inner Sleeve Quote

"Probably our most adventurous song from 'Hysteria'. A cool video and my favourite live song."

Phil Collen - 27th July 2011 Interview Quote

"My favorite song to play is "Rocket." I think that kind of represents Def Leppard in one sentence, you know? Big guitars, big drums, a tribal song, actually. It's what the song is about, our heroes and the whole thing."