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24 Years Ago Def Leppard Release The Adrenalize Album

Wednesday, 30th March 2016

Adrenalize 1992.

Def Leppard released their fifth studio album Adrenalize 24 years ago on this day in 1992 in the UK.

The follow up to the massively successful 'Hysteria' album had been three years in the making. Although not as popular as its predecessor 'Adrenalize' would go on to sell over 10 million copies around the world.

The album was the first to be released after the death of guitarist Steve Clark and was dedicated to him. It was finished off in 1991 as a four piece with Phil Collen playing all of the guitar parts.

It became the band's second straight UK Number One album after 'Hysteria'.

Like that album in entered the chart at Number One in April 1992. It then spent the first four weeks of its 30 weeks on the chart inside the Top 10.

The album also entered the US Billboard charts at Number One. A first for the band in the USA.

After it's US release on 31st March it went on to spend five straight weeks at Number One on the Billboard Top 200 chart. In doing so it managed to keep Bruce Springsteen's two album releases 'Human Touch' and 'Lucky Town' off the top spot and eventually spend a total of 65 weeks on the chart.

The band released five UK singles (four Top 20 hits) from the album and seven in all around the world.

The first single Let's Get Rocked was the most successful and became the band's biggest UK hit at the time reaching Number Two. It only missed the top spot by 146 copies. The last of the five singles, 'Tonight', would be released just over a year later in April 1993.

'Heaven Is' was only released as a single in the UK and Europe. 'Stand Up (Kick Love Into Motion)' would become a US only release as one of the five singles released from the album in North America. A promo single for 'I Wanna Touch U' was issued with the band also filming a video for the song. These singles helped the album sell over 3 million copies in the USA.

Seven promo videos were filmed for these singles to be released later on the 'Visualize' VHS/DVD.

Below is a UK news article from the Kerrang! magazine 'Mayhem' news section in February 1992 announcing the album release.

Adrenalize 1992.
UK Album Advert

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"Mike Shipley was co-producing, we went to Wisseloord Studios in Hilversum, Holland to make this one. We lost a dear friend in that year. It was tough going, I think that we all felt the strain or recording under these circumstances. But we made a conscious effort to complete the record as a four piece."

"We finished it at my house in Dublin. It went straight in at Number One on both sides of the Atlantic keeping the likes of Bruce Springsteen out of the picture for five weeks (Sorry Boss)."

Kerrang! 1992.

Leppard Adrenalize! - Kerrang! February 1992 News Article

UK Hard rock superstars Def Leppard release their long-awaited new album, titled 'Adrenalize', through Phonogram on March 30.

Produced by the band and Mike Shipley and recorded in Dublin, it will feature the following 10 tracks:

'White Lightning', 'Personal Property', 'Tear It Down' (a re-recorded version of the track that appeared as the B-side to 'Animal'), 'Tonight' and 'Have You Ever' (both ballads), 'I Wanna Touch You', 'Let's Get Rocked', 'Stand Up', 'Heaven Is' and 'Make Love Like A Man'. A single, 'Let's Get Rocked', is due on March 16.

Leppard guru and 'sixth member' Mutt Lange acted as executive producer, and also co-wrote material for 'Adrenalize' with the band.

Following the death of guitarist Steve Clark in January 1991, Phil Collen has handled all guitar parts on the album.

The band are currently auditioning guitarists before heading out on a world tour in support of 'Adrenalize'. Mayhem understands that the band have a shortlist of three axemen, which does not include early favourite John Sykes.

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