Def Leppard

Celebrity Q&A
on January 28, 2007

Q Is the band Def Leppard still around? How did they get their name?
—Dan Reagen, Wilmington, Ohio

The British rock band still is going strong, celebrating 30 years of making music and touring with an arsenal of pop-metal hits, including "Photograph," "Rock of Ages" and "Pour Some Sugar on Me." "We still get along together. It's all about the common goal," says lead singer Joe Elliott. "We came from a very gray, industrial town and a working-class background. I think the fear of going back to that keeps you motivated." Elliott conjured up the band name "Deaf Leopard" as a young art student in Sheffield, England. "Honestly, I don't know where it came from. It could have been ‘Blind Tiger' just as easily." The band later changed the spelling because they all thought it looked cooler as "Def Leppard."

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