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WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 06: Def Leppard's Joe Elliott and Phil Collen perform at YouTube Presents Def Leppard At The House Of Blues at House of Blues Sunset Strip on June 6, 2012 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Hysteria is one of the most-loved rock albums of our generation, but it almost didn’t happen. Several obstacles threatened the success of the album, but Def Leppard pushed on. Hot on the tail of their smash album Pyromania, the band had set a high bar for themselves. Their next album would have been a challenge even with that fact alone. But, through losing a powerhouse producer, drummer Rick Allen losing his arm, and a few other bumps in the road, Def Leppard came out on top.

Here’s the story:

How Hysteria took Def Leppard to hell and back

Def Leppard were under no illusions about what they wanted to do: they wanted to become the biggest band in the world, and were prepared to do whatever it took to achieve their ambition.Perhaps if they’d known exactly how much ‘whatever it took’ would turn out to be, they’d have knocked it on the head and got a job at B&Q.