List of Atomic Mass & Def Leppard members

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Def Leppard are an English rock band formed in 1977 in Sheffield as part of the new wave of British heavy metal movement. The following is a complete list of all official members, session musicians, featured artists, touring musicians, and live guests of Def Leppard's career

Def Leppard evolved from Atomic Mass after vocalist Joe Elliott joined Atomic Mass in November 1977. The lineup of Elliott, drummer Tony Kenning, bassist Rick Savage, and guitarist Pete Willis was completed by the addition of guitarist Steve Clark in January 1978. The band would play their first show on 18 July of the same year before recording their first EP in the fall after the departure of Kenning.

The departure of Kenning having left the drummer position open, Rick Allen joined the band in November 1978 and has been the full-time drummer ever since, despite the loss of his left arm in a car accident on 31 December 1984. Def Leppard recorded On Through the Night and High 'n' Dry as the five piece of Savage, Willis, Elliott, Clark, and Allen before Pete Willis was fired in July 1982. Willis was replaced by Phil Collen of Girl, and the band went on to the most commercially successful period of their career, the releases of Pyromania and Hysteria.

On 8 January 1991, during a leave of absence from the band, guitarist Steve Clark was found dead in his home. Savage, Elliott, Allen, and Collen recorded their next album Adrenalize as a four-piece before Vivian Campbell joined as a second guitarist. The lineup of Def Leppard has not changed since the addition of Campbell in April 1992, and is thus the longest standing lineup of the band since its incarnation. The current lineup has released four compilations, two live albums, and six studio albums in the time since, most recently the self-titled, Def Leppard, on 30 October 2015.

Members[edit]

Current members[edit]

Image Name Years active Instruments Release contributions
Rick Savage.jpg
Rick Savage 1977-present
  • bass
  • keyboards
  • backing vocals
all Def Leppard releases
JoeElliott.JPG
Joe Elliott
  • vocals
  • guitar
  • keyboards
RickAllen.JPG
Rick Allen 1978-present
  • drums
  • percussion
  • backing vocals
all Def Leppard releases from On Through the Night (1980) to present
Phil Collen in Australia.jpg
Phil Collen 1982-present
  • guitar
  • backing vocals
all Def Leppard releases from Pyromania (1983) to present
DefLepRAH250318-64 (-1945916867) (Cropped).jpg
Vivian Campbell 1992-present
  • guitar
  • backing vocals
all Def Leppard releases from Retro Active (1993) to present

Former members[edit]

Image Name Years active Instruments Release contributions
Pete Willis 1977-1982
  • guitar
  • backing vocals
all Def Leppard releases from The Def Leppard E.P. (1979) to Pyromania (1983)
Tony Kenning 1977-1978 drums none
Steve Clark.jpeg
Steve Clark 1978-1991 (his death)
  • guitar
  • backing vocals
  • all Def Leppard releases from The Def Leppard E.P. (1979) to Hysteria (1987)
  • posthumous contributions on Retro Active (1993)

Timeline[edit]

Lineups[edit]

Period Members Releases
July – Early August 1977
(Atomic Mass)
  • Nicholas Mackley – vocals
  • Pete Doubleday – guitar
  • Rick Savage – guitar, backing vocals
  • Paul Hampshire – bass
  • Tony Kenning – drums
none
Early – 10 August 1977
(Atomic Mass)
  • Nicholas Mackley – vocals
  • Pete Doubleday – guitar
  • Rick Savage – guitar, backing vocals
  • Pete Willis – guitar, backing vocals
  • Paul Hampshire – bass
  • Tony Kenning – drums
10 August – September 1977
(Atomic Mass)
  • Nicholas Mackley – vocals
  • Pete Willis – guitar, backing vocals
  • Rick Savage – guitar, backing vocals
  • Paul Hampshire – bass
  • Tony Kenning – drums
September – Early October 1977
(Atomic Mass)
  • Nicholas Mackley – vocals
  • Pete Willis – guitar, backing vocals
  • Rick Savage – guitar, backing vocals
  • Andy Nicholas – bass
  • Tony Kenning – drums
Early – 25 October 1977
(Atomic Mass)
  • Paul Holland – vocals
  • Pete Willis – guitar, backing vocals
  • Rick Savage – guitar, backing vocals
  • Andy Nicholas – bass
  • Tony Kenning – drums
25 October 1977 – 29 January 1978
(Atomic Mass/Deaf Leopard/Def Leppard)
  • Joe Elliott – vocals, guitar
  • Pete Willis – guitar, backing vocals
  • Rick Savage – bass, backing vocals
  • Tony Kenning – drums
29 January – 18 November 1978
(Def Leppard)
  • Joe Elliott – vocals
  • Pete Willis – guitar, backing vocals
  • Steve Clark – guitar, backing vocals
  • Rick Savage – bass, backing vocals
  • Tony Kenning – drums
18 November – 27 November 1978
(Def Leppard)
  • Joe Elliott – vocals
  • Pete Willis – guitar, backing vocals
  • Steve Clark – guitar, backing vocals
  • Rick Savage – bass, backing vocals
  • Frank Noon – drums session
27 November 1978 – 11 July 1982
(Def Leppard)
  • Joe Elliott – vocals
  • Pete Willis – guitar, backing vocals
  • Steve Clark – guitar, backing vocals
  • Rick Savage – bass, backing vocals
  • Rick Allen – drums, backing vocals
11 July 1982 – 8 January 1991
(Def Leppard)
  • Joe Elliott – vocals, additional guitar, keyboards
  • Phil Collen – guitar, backing vocals
  • Steve Clark – guitar, backing vocals
  • Rick Savage – bass, backing vocals, keyboards
  • Rick Allen – drums, backing vocals
8 January 1991 – April 1992
(Def Leppard)
  • Joe Elliott – vocals, guitar, keyboards
  • Phil Collen – guitar, backing vocals
  • Rick Savage – bass, backing vocals, keyboards
  • Rick Allen – drums, backing vocals
April 1992 – Present
(Def Leppard)
  • Joe Elliott – vocals, additional guitar, keyboards
  • Phil Collen – guitar, backing vocals
  • Vivian Campbell – guitar, backing vocals
  • Rick Savage – bass, backing vocals, keyboards
  • Rick Allen – drums
February 2003
(Atomic Mass)
  • Joe Elliott – vocals, keyboards
  • Pete Willis – guitar, backing vocals
  • Rick Savage – bass, backing vocals, keyboards
  • Frank Noon – drums
none

Session musicians[edit]

Frank Noon
Active: 25–26 November 1978
Instruments: drums
Release contributions: The Def Leppard E.P.
Chris Hughes
Active: December 1979
Instruments: synthesizers
Release contributions: "Hello America" from On Through the Night[1]
Robert John "Mutt" Lange
Active: 1981 – 1987, 1998–1999
Instruments: backing vocals, guitar
Release contributions: High 'n' Dry, Pyromania, Hysteria, Adrenalize,[2] "Ring of Fire" from Retro Active,[3] "Promises" and "All Night" from Euphoria[4]
John Kongos
Active: 1982
Instruments: keyboards
Release contributions:Pyromania[5]
Thomas Dolby, credited as Booker T. Boffin
Active: 1982
Instruments: keyboards
Release contributions: Pyromania[5]
Melvin Mortimer, credited as Stumps Maximus
Active: 1987
Instruments: lead vocals
Release contributions: "Release Me" B-side from Hysteria singles
Pete Woodroffe
Active: 1991–1996
Instruments: programming, piano, keyboard strings
Release contributions: Adrenalize,[2] Retro Active,[3] Slang[6]
John Sykes
Active: 1991
Instruments: backing vocals
Release contributions: Adrenalize[2]
Phil "Crash" Nicholas
Active: 1991
Instruments: keyboards
Release contributions: "Stand Up (Kick Love into Motion)" from Adrenalize[2]
P.J. Smith
Active: April 1992
Instruments: backing vocals
Release contributions: "Action" from Retro Active[3]
Michael Kamen
Active: April 1993
Instruments: strings
Release contributions: "Two Steps Behind" from Retro Active[3]
Ian Hunter
Active: 1993
Instruments: keyboards, backing vocals
Release contributions: Honky tonk messiah on "Ride Into the Sun" from Retro Active,[3] "The Golden Age of Rock 'n' Roll" from Yeah![7]
Fiachna Ó Braonáin
Active: March 1992
Instruments: tin whistle
Release contributions: "From the Inside" from Retro Active,[3] "You Can't Always Get What You Want" and "Little Wing" from Adrenalize B-sides[8]
Liam Ó Maonlaí
Active: March 1992
Instruments: grand piano
Release contributions: "From the Inside" from Retro Active,[3] "You Can't Always Get What You Want" and "Little Wing" from Adrenalize B-sides[8]
Peter O'Toole
Active: March 1992
Instruments: mandolin
Release contributions: "From the Inside" from Retro Active,[3] "You Can't Always Get What You Want" and "Little Wing" from Adrenalize B-sides[8]
Stevie Vann
Active: 1995, 2003 – 2005
Instruments: vocals, backing vocals
Release contributions: "When Love & Hate Collide" from Vault, "20th Century Boy" from Yeah![7]
Craig Pruess
Active: 1996
Instruments: string and percussion arrangement
Release contributions: "Turn to Dust" from Slang[6]
Gavyn Wright
Active: 1996
Instruments: string leader
Release contributions: "Turn to Dust" from Slang[6]
Ram Naravan
Active: 1996
Instruments: Sarangi
Release contributions: intro for "Turn to Dust" from Slang[6]
Shyam Vatish
Active: 1996
Instruments: Sarangi
Release contributions: outro for "Turn to Dust" from Slang[6]
Av Singh
Active: 1996
Instruments: dohl
Release contributions: "Turn to Dust" from Slang[6]
Damon "Demon" Hill
Active: 1998–1999
Instruments: guitar
Release contributions: end solo on "Demolition Man" from Euphoria[4]
Stan Schiller
Active: 2002
Instruments: guitar
Release contributions: shredding tele licks on "Gravity" from X[9]
Eric Carter
Active: 2002
Instruments: keyboards, drum loops
Release contributions: "Now", "You're So Beautiful" and "Everyday" from X[9]
John "Bro" Campbell
Active: 2003 – 2005
Instruments: saxophone
Release contributions: "20th Century Boy", "Street Life", "Drive-In Saturday", "The Golden Age of Rock 'n' Roll" from Yeah![7]
Justin Hawkins
Active: 2003 – 2005
Instruments: backing vocals
Release contributions: "Hell Raiser" from Yeah![7]
Ronan McHugh
Active: 2003 – 2005
Instruments: mellotron
Release contributions: "Drive-In Saturday", "Little Bit of Love" from Yeah![7]
Emm Gryner
Active: 2003 – 2005
Instruments: piano, backing vocals
Release contributions: "The Golden Age of Rock 'n' Roll" from Yeah![7]
Anita Thomas-Collen
Active: 2003 – 2005
Instruments: backing vocals
Release contributions: "The Golden Age of Rock 'n' Roll" from Yeah![7]
Kristine Elliott
Active: 2003 – 2005
Instruments: backing vocals
Release contributions: "The Golden Age of Rock 'n' Roll" from Yeah![7]
Marc Danzeisen
Active: 2003 – 2005
Instruments: drums, backing vocals
Release contributions: "American Girl" from Yeah![7]
Dick Decent
Active: 2011
Instruments: piano, backing vocals
Release contributions: "Kings of the World" from Mirror Ball – Live & More [10]

Featured artists[edit]

Tim McGraw
Active: 2008
Instruments: lead vocals
Release contributions: "Nine Lives" from Songs from the Sparkle Lounge

Touring musicians[edit]

Jeff Rich
Active: August 1986
Instruments: drums, percussion
Played alongside Rick Allen for the first live shows back since the 1984 accident that resulted in the loss of Allen's left arm.
Sinéad Madden
Active: 2012
Instruments: fiddle[11]
Steve Brown
Active: September 2014 – November 2014, June 2015, May 2018
Instruments: guitar, backing vocals[12]
Trixter guitarist Steve Brown stepped in for Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campell in 2014 and 2015 while Campbell underwent treatment for Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Atomic Mass members[edit]

This is a list of members of Atomic Mass, which became Def Leppard shortly after Joe Elliott joined the band in November 1977. Only Savage, Kenning, Willis, Elliott became members of Def Leppard.

Members[edit]

Image Name Time active Instruments
Rick Savage.jpg
Rick Savage
  • July-October 1977
  • 2003
  • guitar (July-October 1977)
  • bass (October-November 1977, 2003)
  • backing vocals
Tony Kenning July-November 1977 drums
Nicholas Mackley July-October 1977 vocals
Paul Hampshire July-September 1977 bass
Pete Doubleday July-August 1977 guitar
Pete Willis
  • August-November 1977
  • 2003
  • guitar
  • backing vocals
Andy Nicholas September-October 1977 bass
Paul Holland October 1977 vocals
JoeElliott.JPG
Joe Elliott
  • October-November 1977
  • 2003
  • vocals
  • guitar
Frank Noon 2003 drums

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ On Through the Night (booklet). Def Leppard. Polygram / Mercury. 1980.CS1 maint: others (link)
  2. ^ a b c d Adrenalize (booklet). Def Leppard. Polygram / Mercury. 1992.CS1 maint: others (link)
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Retro Active (booklet). Def Leppard. Polygram / Mercury. 1993.CS1 maint: others (link)
  4. ^ a b Euphoria (booklet). Def Leppard. Polygram / Mercury. 1999.CS1 maint: others (link)
  5. ^ a b Pyromania (booklet). Def Leppard. Polygram / Mercury. 1983.CS1 maint: others (link)
  6. ^ a b c d e f "Slang". Deflepparduk.com. Retrieved 27 November 2015.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i Yeah! (booklet). Def Leppard. Island. 2006.CS1 maint: others (link)
  8. ^ a b c Adrenalize Deluxe Edition (booklet). Def Leppard. Polygram / Mercury. 2010.CS1 maint: others (link)
  9. ^ a b X (booklet). Def Leppard. Island / Mercury. 2002.CS1 maint: others (link)
  10. ^ Mirror Ball (booklet). Def Leppard. Bludgeon Riffola. 2011.CS1 maint: others (link)
  11. ^ "wild heart management – Sinead Madden". Maggiereilly.de. Retrieved 17 April 2014.
  12. ^ "Trixter's Steve Brown Filling in for Def Leppard's Vivian Campbell". Loudwire. Retrieved 2 August 2018.

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