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40 Years Ago DEF LEPPARD's HIGH 'n' DRY Album Certified Gold In USA

Def Leppard 1981. Def Leppard 1981

Def Leppard's classic High 'n' Dry album was certified Gold in the USA on this day in 1982.

The album had been released in the USA on 21st July to coincide with their US tour supporting Ozzy Osbourne.

The second studio album from the band would be their first to go Gold in the USA.

It was certified Gold for sales of over 500,000 copies on 17th December 1982.

This success was based on the playing of the 'Bringin' On The Heartbreak' promo video by MTV.

The success of the video prompted a resurgence in sales for the album as the band were finishing up the recording of 'Pyromania'.

That album would go not only Gold in 1983 but also multi platinum with sales of over six million copies by the time their accompanying world tour finished in early 1984.

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High 'n' Dry Album - USA Certification

  • 17th December 1982 - Gold - (500,000 Album Sales)

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High 'n' Dry Album - 1981 Band Member Quotes

Joe Elliott

"We're looking forward to it a lot. We've got some great songs and Mutt Lange is an excellent producer. I think we're going to surprise a lot of people who thought we were just a sort of flash in the pan."

Rick Allen (on Mutt Lange)

"The guy is a genius. He's a slave driver, but he's a genius."

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"This was when we started taking it seriously, and found out what hard work really was."

"Mutt Lange at the helm at Battery studios in Willesden, London."

"Our first venture into video promo saw us featured on a new channel in America called MTV. The song from the album was "Bringin' On The Heartbreak."

"This album was slow to take off but a year after it's release it started to make waves in the U.S. Thanks to "Bringin' " on the MTV."

"This record is a favourite of mine."

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