This month Def Leppard’s Pyromania celebrates it’s 35th Anniversary. Pyromania was released in 1983 and was a follow up to High ‘n’ Dry which was released in 1981. High ‘n’ Dry had received moderate success in Def Leppard’s home, the United Kingdom, but not much in the United States. Both albums were produced by Robert “Mutt” Lange, however Mutt’s attention to detail and desire for perfection made Pyromania the album that would break Def Leppard into the U.S. market. I remember vividly as a 13-year-old boy watching American Bandstand and seeing Def Leppard preform “Photograph,” and at that moment insisting my mother take me to the local record store so I could buy Pyromania.
Pyromania is easily one of the best rock/metal albums of the 80’s. The opening track “Rock! Rock! (Till you Drop)” sucks you in with its heavy guitar and blistering drums from start to finish. After a short pause you hear the guitar riff that started it all for me. “Photograph” has an opening guitar sound that is as iconic as any song in Rock and Roll. Joe Elliot’s vocals on this song are flawless and as the song progresses it is evident why this song is a classic. Pyromania continues its rock assault with songs like “Too Late for Love,” “Foolin,” and of course “Rock of Ages.”
In 2018, as Def Leppard celebrates the 35th Anniversary of Pyromania, they will hit the road for a summer tour with Journey. This speaks volumes to not only the success of Pyromania but Def Leppard in general. Not many bands can boast 35 years of selling out stadiums. Those of us that grew up with Def Leppard all have memories associated with their songs nevertheless I think it important that we remember how influential Pyromania was then and still is to this day. As you roll through 2018, treat yourself by rediscovering Pyromania and introduce it to someone one younger and see if they can hear the influence Def Leppard had on the bands they listen to, because I will bet there are many.