PICS: Def Leppard at Petco Park

Def Leppard 'poured some sugar' on Petco Park recently with a hard-rock procession of chart-topping hits.

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The stadium-packing juggernauts were joined on the Sept. 23 show by fellow classic-rock hit-makers Cheap Trick and Journey (stay tuned to SoundDiego.com for photo galleries of them, too). (Vocalist Joe Elliott pictured)
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The U.K. group powered through a 16-song career-spanning set during the show -- no concert-goer left dissatisfied! (Bassist Rick Savage pictured)
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The Saturday night concert was the first time back in town for Def Leppard, who was last played in San Diego at Mattress Firm Amphitheatre two years ago.
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Petco Park was one of 10 stadiums on the band's current 58-city behemoth of a tour. (Drummer Rick Allen, Elliott and guitarist Vivian Campbell pictured left to right)
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A little history: The group formed in 1977 in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, as part of the late-'70s British heavy metal movement (which also included bands like Iron Maiden, Motorhead, Judas Priest, Whitesnake, Saxon and more). (Guitarist Phil Collen pictured)
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Since 1992, the band has consisted of Joe Elliott (lead vocals), Rick Savage (bass), Rick Allen (drums), Phil Collen (guitar), and Vivian Campbell (guitar, pictured). This has been the band's longest lasting lineup.
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The band's strongest commercial success came between the early 1980s and the early '90s. Their 1981 album, "High 'n' Dry," helped them begin to define their style, and the album's standout track "Bringin' On the Heartbreak" became one of the first rock videos played on MTV in 1982. (Collen pictured)
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The band's next studio album, "Pyromania," was released in January 1983, with "Photograph" and "Rock of Ages" as the lead singles. In the U.S., Pyromania was certified diamond (10× platinum), making Def Leppard among the most popular music groups at the time. In 2003, the album ranked number 384 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. (Elliott and Collen, pictured left to right)
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Def Leppard's fourth album Hysteria, released in 1987, topped the UK and U.S. album charts. As of 2009, it has reached beyond the success of Pyromania, having been certified 12× platinum for sales of over 12 million in the U.S. and has gone on to sell over 25 million copies worldwide. (Campbell pictured)
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The album spawned seven hit singles, including the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 number one "Love Bites", alongside "Pour Some Sugar on Me", "Hysteria", "Armageddon It", "Animal", "Rocket", and "Women." (Savage pictured)
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The group's latest self-titled album was released in 2015 and hit No. 1 on the Billboard U.S. Top Rock, Top Hard Rock, and Independent Albums charts.
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Def Leppard are one of only five rock bands with two original studio albums selling over 10 million copies in the U.S. In addition, the band was ranked No. 31 in VH1's "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock" and No. 70 in "100 Greatest Artists of All Time." (Elliott and Campbell, pictured left to right)
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The group's Sept. 23 set (according to setlist.fm) included the following songs: "Rocket," "Animal," "Foolin'," "When Love and Hate Collide," "Let's Get Rocked," "Armageddon It"... (Elliott pictured)
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Followed by "Rock On" (David Essex cover), "Two Steps Behind," "Man Enough," "Love Bites," "Bringin' on the Heartbreak," "Switch 625," "Hysteria," "Pour Some Sugar on Me," "Rock of Ages" and "Photograph." (Elliott and Campbell pictured left to right)
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