Rock-n-Roll Giants, Def Leppard & Heart, at Verizon Wireless

Take a trip back in rock-n-roll history with a concert by Def Leppard and Heart at Verizon Wireless Music Center on Friday, August 12 at 7:30 pm. These legendary rock bands rose to fame in the eighties and nineties, setting the scene for many a high school dance. Relive your adolescents; get a little irresponsible, and enjoy this incomparable flashback concert. Tickets to this Indianapolis music event range from $30 to $150 with applicable fees. Don’t miss your chance to hear Def Leppard screech, “Pour Some Sugar on Me.”

Def Leppard

This English rock band first got together in 1977 as part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement. Band members Joe Elliott (vocals), Phil Collen (guitar), Rick Savage (bass) and Rick Allen (drums) have been together for more than nineteen years. Savage began playing music Pete Willis and Tony Kenning as tykes at Tapton School in Sheffield, South Yorkshire under the band name Atomic Mass. Eighteen year-old Elliot auditioned for the band after missing his bus and running into Willis. Soon after, the band adopted the name “Deaf Leopard,” but changed the spelling at Kenning’s suggestion. Clark joined up in early 1978, and a 15 year old Rick Allen was enlisted into Def Leppard later that year.

The band developed a loyal initial following in England in 1979 as the leaders of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (a title later claimed by Iron Maiden). It wasn’t until the early eighties that Def Leppard struck music gold. Their first hit album On Through the Night reached number 15 on the UK charts, but alienated many fans who thought the band was trying too hard to garner attention from American audiences with songs like “Hello America.” They were even pelted with beer cans at the Reading Festival in England because of the fans’ unhappiness with the bands new direction.
However, they did catch positive attention from AC/DC producer, Robert Lange, who collaborated with them on their second album High ‘N’ Dry. Lange helped the band to refine their style, but the album was a flop. It did, however, produce the single “Bringin’ On the Heartbreak,” which gained the honor of being the first metal video played on MTV in 1982.

With increased visibility in the American market, the band was forced to make some changes. Phil Collen replaced Pete Willis, whose excessive drinking had become an issue while they were recording Pyromania. Their first single from the album, “Photograph,” finally won Def Leppard the success they were looking for. The video surpassed Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” as the most requested on MTV. Other singles including “Rock of Ages” and “Foolin'” helped Def Leppard sell more than six million copies of Pyromania. The album was certified diamond by the RIAA in the United States. As a household name at the top of their career, Def Leppard had finally arrived in the States.

Their next album, Hysteria, was just as successful. With seven hit singles charted on US and UK charts, the album sold 20 million copies world wide. It carried the band through until the late eighties and into the early nineties. But as the music industry changed, so too did fan tastes. In the 2000s, the band has experienced renewed popularity as the 1980s becomes a retro fad for young people. Hear them live at Verizon Wireless Music Center this Friday, August 12.


The two consistent members of Heart, Ann and Nancy Wilson, didn’t even start the band. That hasn’t stopped them from continuing Heart’s legacy as one of the most celebrated rock bands in the seventies and eighties. The band was launched in Canada, where they lived long enough to gain status as a Canadian band, thus garnering more attention from Canadian radio stations. Though all members of Heart were United States citizens, they often claimed to be Canadian in the early years of their work.

Ann and Nancy joined the band in 1971, after meeting Mike Fisher, brother of guitarist Roger. The pair hit it off and the sisters found a new career. The height of their success was in the late seventies into the early eighties. Over the years, they have released 13 studio albums and played in front of millions of people. See Ann and Nancy Wilson in Heart this Friday, August 12 at 7:30 pm.

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Def Leppard and Heart
Friday, August 12
7:30 pm

Verizon Wireless Music Center
12880 East 146th Street
Noblesville, IN 46060