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29 Years Ago DEF LEPPARD Release ARMAGEDDON IT Single In USA

Armageddon It 1988.

Def Leppard released their classic Armageddon It single on this day in 1988 in the USA and Canada.

The fourth single to be released from the 'Hysteria' album in the UK.

It a had already been released as single four in the UK in March 1988 where it would go on to peak at Number 20 in the singles chart.

It was released on 2nd November 1988 reaching Number 3 on the US Billboard charts in early 1989.

The fifth hit single there from the album.

Previous US single 'Love Bites' had reached Number One on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on 8th October.

Following on from the success of the 'Hysteria' album which finally topped the Billboard chart on 23rd July some 11 months after it had been released.

The band had ended the 14 month long 'Hysteria' world tour on Tacoma, WA and were about to film the video for 'Rocket' and return to Wisseloord Studios in Holland to start recording what would become 'Adrenalize'.

Def Leppard Armageddon It - Band Quotes

Phil Collen - "Tongue in cheek. T. Rex meets Eddie Cochran with backing vocals."

Phil Collen - "A fun song to do live. It's kind of like T. Rex's "Bang a Gong." A good party song. It never gets boring to play and it translates well to acoustic."

Joe Elliott - "Armageddon It was the last one. Mutt and I were only ones in the studio. And as soon as I finished doing the last bit of that song, it wasn't so much a feeling of anti-climax as it was an inner sense of being totally relieved. I didn't jump up and down."

"We didn't hug each other and drink tons of champagne. It was more like 'Oh we're finished, man. This is great.' We shook hands, sat down, looked at each other and we both let out a big sigh."

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Phil Collen - Guitar
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