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Released on January 20, 1983, Pyromania is Def Leppard’s third studio album. The incendiary breakthrough album rocketed the band to super stardom and was loaded from start to finish with great songs, including 3 top 40 hits. Pyromania charted at No. 2 on the Billboard and No. 18 on the UK Albums Chart. Selling over 10 million copies in the US, Pyromania has been certified diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America.
The first track on the album and was originally titled “Medicine Man” with different lyrics. The anthemic song has a melodic building intro and has often been used as a show opener on Def Leppard tours.
This song reached No. 1 on the Billboard Top Tracks chart, where it stayed for six weeks, and No. 12 on the Pop Singles chart. In 2009, it was named the 13th greatest hard rock song of all time by VH1. It was also listed as the No. 17 greatest song of the past 25 years by VH1. Upon release, “Photograph” was the most requested video on MTV and was a staple of Rock Radio.
The first song that Phil Collen played on the album when the band parted company with Pete Willis toward the end of the recording. Mutt Lange asked him to work out a solo, what he came back with blew them away and the rest is history!
This song reached No. 9 on the mainstream rock charts. This epic power ballad is the first song the band worked on when they began recording Pyromania.
Track 5 was inspired by a late night viewing of Rambo, First Blood. This classic, rock epic was driven by riffs from Steve, Sav and Phil that were all pieced together into this incredible track. This song really pushed the boundaries of the band’s musical experimentation at that point in their career.
This track reached No. 9 on the mainstream rock chart and No. 28 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The music video was shot in June 1983 at the Ritz Theatre in Elizabeth, New Jersey and was directed by David Mallet. There is a rare “Performance Only” version of the video, which focuses solely on the concert series. This version was briefly shown during the Ultimate Albums episode of the “Making of Pyromania” in 2002.
This song was released as a single in the United States. The song reached No. 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and No. 19 on the Cash Box Top 100. It also hit No. 1 on the Top Tracks Rock chart. In 2012, the band re-recorded the song, along with “Pour Some Sugar On Me” under the title “Rock Of Ages 2012.” The song begins with “Gunter Gleiben Glausen Globen”, a German-ish nonsense phrase introduced by Mutt Lange as a count in when rolling tape to start recording.
Is this really the ONLY song the band has never played live? Sav recalls that this track is truly an “example of how a song comes together from a music point of view, by different people’s ideas”. One of Joe’s favorite vocal performances.
Not the Rolling Stones? Joe and the band explain how the recording of this song was a complex mix of things they had never done before… including the use of a slide guitar.
The closing track on Pyromania. The extra instrumental track at the end of 'Billy's Got A Gun' has also been called 'The March Of The Dreaded Ziltrons'. The sound is Rick Allen putting random numbers into a Linn drum machine, later added to by the band and Mutt.