Def Leppard is preparing to tour in 2018 during which it will perform its classic Hysteria album in its entirety.
The news was confirmed last week by Def Leppard’s Phil Collen during an appearance on Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones’s radio show, “Jonesy’s Jukebox”, on the 95.5 KLOS station in Los Angeles.
Asked if Def Leppard is planning to tour in support of the thirtieth-anniversary Hysteria reissue, which came out on August 4, Collen said “We are. I know it’ll be next year we’re gonna go on tour. We’re getting some offers to play the whole album all the way through. So yeah we’ll be doing that.”
The Hysteria album is one of the most iconic albums over all time. The album has sold more than thirty million copies worldwide and twelve million in the U.S. alone. It stayed in the U.S. top forty of ninety-six weeks and landed in the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time” list by Rolling Stone Magazine. It includes top charting singles such as “Pour Some Sugar On Me”, “Animal”, “Love Bites”, “Hysteria”, “Rocket” and “Armageddon It”.
In a interview with Forbes, Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott stated about Hysteria: “Having an album like Hysteria is kind of like having a tattoo — you make that decision and we lived this album pretty much every day of our lives since then. There are twelve songs on the album. Off the top of my head, three, four, maybe five of them we played every show since because they’re just so important in the live environment. We don’t buy into this school of, ‘I’m not playing the hits.’ Some of the songs off the A list are mostly off Hysteria ’cause it’s an important statement by the band at this time and luckily for us it remains one. That’s the great thing about it — it’s not one of these records that sold really well, then fell off the planet. It stayed alive, the way Hotel California or Rumours or Led Zeppelin 4 did. It’s still, I wouldn’t say an active record, but actively part of our audience’s life as much as ours. They buy the shirts for it. It’s the go-to record for both of us.”