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Def Leppard

Def Leppard

Date: Jul 07 2008

Themes: Music, Pop Culture


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There are very few bands in the world with an odd number of arms. Last week we learned about Lefty, the one-armed guitarist, so this week we present the most famous one-armed musician of all time: Rick Savage, the drummer of Def Leppard.

Savage lost his arm in a car crash in 1984, but his band never looked for a replacement. Even before he was out of the hospital, he knew he could build a custom drum set and make better use of his feet to continue playing just the way he used to. It was after that that he helped make the classic hits still played on the radio today as well as Def Leppard’s latest, “Nine Lives.”


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Marni:  So I was just busting out my old cassette tapes, going through and seeing what I still had.

Beren:  Got some Stryper?

Marni:  No, I was never into Stryper, but super into Def Leppard. Pyromania...

Beren:  I know the hits. Is it “Love Bites”?

Marni:  “Love Bites,” yeah. That’s actually Hysteria. Hysteria was their huge album from the late 80s that had “Pour Some Sugar on Me,” and “Love Bites…”

Beren:  All the classic stripper songs?

Marni:  Yeah. All the classics. Total just hit after hit. That was a huge album for them. I actually just saw them in concert last year.

Beren:  No way.

Marni:  It was totally hilariously amazing. They still put on a full-on rock show and I have to admit, my curiosity was partly because their drummer…

Beren:  I was gonna say. Their drummer has one arm and it’s so funny because whenever I think of Def Leppard that’s immediately what I think of, the one arm. He lost it in a car accident, right?

Marni:  He lost it in a car accident.

Beren:  Are they British?

Marni:  They’re very British, yes. They just collaborated with Tim McGraw, which seems…

Beren:  ...out of left field.

Marni:  Out of left field, yeah. I don’t know. It’s the country thing and…

Beren:  “Love Bites” has kind of country-ish lyrics though.

Marni:  They were sort of soft metal. I don’t know how you’d describe them, but they’re just like…

Beren:  Metal light?

Marni:  Metal light, yeah. So maybe country isn’t such an odd pairing.



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Marni go out her old cassette tapes the other day started thinking about Def Leppard. Beren is familiar with their hits. She jokes that exotic dancers typically use them for background music.

Def Leppard just released a song with Tim McGraw, which seems really strange, but makes sense when you think about it. As far as metal goes, Def Leppard is pretty tame, and as far as country goes, Tim McGraw is pretty rock. Beren and Marni compare Def Leppard to a light beer, which is a beer with fewer calories and a weaker taste.

Do you know anyone who has overcome a physical challenge to play an instrument? What cross-genre collaboration would you most like to see?



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Viet Nam

" Love bites", " When love and hate collide", quite nice songs from Deff Leppard.

11:55 AM Mar 31 2011 |



i know some musicians, for eg. lichen(李琛), his song “out of window”,very amasing. He has a leg.

12:08 AM Jul 14 2008 |


Viet Nam

it difficult for me but i think it very good.It is a cool!

09:56 AM Jul 12 2008 |


Viet Nam


09:52 AM Jul 12 2008 |


Viet Nam


04:43 AM Jul 11 2008 |




He is great 

I love their music .Especially for "When Love & Hate Collide" song.

   Without you , one night alone

    is like a year without you baby

    do you have a heart of stone

    without you 

    can't stop the hurt inside

    when love and hate collide

yeah really like this song Cool

02:16 AM Jul 10 2008 |

Merry KHO

Merry KHO



i am so touching in looking one arm drum player.


05:42 AM Jul 09 2008 |

Huong meow

Viet Nam

I don't know this band but I'm very admire Savege

04:48 AM Jul 09 2008 |

karen cristina


yeah, def leppard is one of the most awesomes bands in the history, i love it!!

03:47 PM Jul 08 2008 |


Viet Nam

yeah! good!

03:49 AM Jul 08 2008 |


Viet Nam

it is a cool!


03:37 AM Jul 08 2008 |




Might be really difficult being a handicap person and belong to a rock band, all my respect for this person. I've only known a man who dance although he lost one foot and he uses a crutch to help himself. Laughing

01:35 AM Jul 08 2008 |



Viet Nam

yeah, Def Leppard is one of  most bands that I like. They have many ballad songs very cool and album "love bites" has song "long long way to go" that I like best. Great band. Laughing

05:28 PM Jul 07 2008 |



yes, i agree your point.

sometimes people  should do self-examination.



03:42 PM Jul 07 2008 |



the durmer has unbelieveable will. he is a great person.


03:35 PM Jul 07 2008 |




I don't know that band but that drummer show us a amazing lesson for life! Very nice!!

02:36 PM Jul 07 2008 |




01:13 PM Jul 07 2008 |



I like this kind of En\nglish very much!

Hope to learn more like this!

Thanks a lot for your job!

01:13 PM Jul 07 2008 |





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