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19 Years Ago DEF LEPPARD Release The Pop Influenced X Album (Making Of Special)

Def Leppard 2002. Def Leppard 2002

Def Leppard released their eighth studio album X/Ten on this day in 2002 in North America.

The band's tenth overall album release was issued on 30th July 2002 in the USA and Canada.

It was later released in the UK and around the world on 12th August and was actually first issued in Japan on 24th July.

This album had been just over a year in the making and saw the band letting in more of a modern pop influence than previous releases. It also saw them work with a number of outside songwriters and co-producers. One song started with Mutt Lange's involvement was not included.

Mostly produced by the band and Pete Woodroffe. Current co-producer Ronan McHugh was also involved in the production and would become the band's out front sound man on the 2002/2003 world tour.

Led by the first single 'Now' the album would enter the US charts at Number 11 and Number 14 in the UK. That song became a minor hit in the UK and the second single 'Long Long Way To Go' would be their last UK Top 40 chart entry in April 2003.

The album received a mixed reaction from fans and critics alike but still featured some great songs.

On the same day of the American release the band attended a signing session at a Walmart store in Saddlebrook, NJ.

As mentioned the 27th July promo show took place at the Mall Of America and their Twitter account posted the photo shown below in 2016.

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