After World War II the worldwide success of The Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Who, The Kinks, Cream, and a bit later Led Zeppelin all had a profoundly positive effect on the British self-esteem. All of these predecessors of Def Leppard were almost entirely influenced musically by the blues, rhythm and blues, and soul music of African-Americans, yet it is most telling that when the Sheffield England quintet compiled an all-covers tribute album a few years ago made up of their most-loved formative impressions, all but one were by white British musicians.
It became like a Greatest Hits package all on its own: Def Leppard’s July 1987 Hysteria album, one of the most popular albums ever at an estimated twenty-five million copies, yet as Joe Elliott and Ric Savage remind us here in part two of The Story So Far, it is a miracle that it ever was finished. The epic saga is revealed here behind “Pour Some Sugar on Me”,”Love Bites”,”Animal”,”Women”,”Armageddon It“, and “Hysteria” , plus Nineties and 21st century chestnuts “Slang”, “Now”,”Let’s Go”,”Dangerous”, and the uncanny Depeche Mode cover “Personal Jesus“, as Def Leppard are inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! –Redbeard