Sav’s so cute in his glasses
Phil Collen looks so sweet <3
On this day in music history: January 20, 1983 - “Pyromania”, the third album by Def Leppard is released. Produced by Robert John “Mutt” Lange”, it is recorded at Park Gates Studios in Battle, East Sussex, UK and Battery Studios in London from January - November 1982. Following the modest success of their “High ‘n’ Dry” album, the hard rock band from Sheffield, UK will take a quantum leap forward with their third release. Once again working with South African born producer “Mutt” Lange (AC/DC, Billy Ocean, Shania Twain), the producer will drive the band relentlessly to come up with first rate material, and to deliver the best performances possible during the recording process. Guitarist Phil Collen will replace original member Pete Willis midway through the sessions when Willis’ drinking problem comes to a head, effectively forcing him out of the band. The end result of the sessions will yield a rock record, highly polished and radio friendly, but with plenty of edginess to please the bands’ hardcore fanbase. It will prove to be their major commercial breakthrough, spinning off three singles including “Photograph” (#12 Pop), “Rock Of Ages” (#16 Pop), and “Foolin’” (#28 Pop), all accompanied by music videos which garner heavy MTV airplay. “Pyromania” will spend 2 weeks at #2 on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 10x Platinum in the US, becoming their first album to receive a Diamond certification.