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Def Leppard, just like most of their fans, can’t believe Pyromania turns 40 today (January 20.)

The album was the band’s third studio album and featured the massive hits “Photograph,” “Rock of Ages” and “Foolin’.” Since its release in 1983, Pyromania has sold over 10 million copies in the United States alone earning it “Diamond” status from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA.)

The members of Def Leppard shared their thoughts on the album in the video below. Joe Elliott said of the LP, “It was a breakthrough album for us in the U.S. and Canada … It was a hugely important record for our career. In America, it broke us wide open. It became one of the biggest records of the year, only behind Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ in sales.”

Rick Savage added, “Forty year of ‘Pyromania’! I can hardly believe it! So many great memories in the making of that record. Fantastic experiences working with [producer] Mutt Lange, [who was] a genius of a producer. Even back then, we kind of knew we were really trying hard to make a groundbreaking metal album. I honestly think we succeeded. It still sounds great to my ears, even 40 years later.”

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Phil Collen said of the album’s landmark anniversary, “It flew by. It’s my first album with the band. I started just coming down and hanging with the guys and actually play some solos and do stuff. As we went on, Mutt Lange got me singing and playing more guitar … When it came out, the first gig was a small club. We played the Marquee Club in London. The Beatles, The Stones, Zeppelin, everyone’s played there … But the album exploded. It had a very different thing and was really influential. It kept the rock power, but it was really melodic and almost like pop at the time … MTV was just coming into their own, so it was the perfect storm, really.”

Vivian Campbell wasn’t a member of Def Leppard until 1992, but he still has fond memories of the LP. He said, “‘Pyromania’ songs are a lot of fun to play live. A lot of really deep guitar-y riffy songs. They’re always fun for me, because hey! I’m a guitar player. When we did our last Vegas residency, we got to play some more [album tracks] than we would normally get to play, aside from the normal hits, which are also fun to play. It’s a great album. I was a fan. I bought it way before I was in the band, and now I get to play it on stage. That is terrific.”

Finally, Rick Allen said, “My favorite part of making that album was that I think I learned more about playing drums doing the record and working with Mutt Lange. One of my favorite things, of course, was ‘Gunter glieben glauchen globen.'”

34 Albums that Turn 40 in 2023

Many of the albums that turn 40 in 2023 represent some of the greatest albums of all time. Some of the artists that released albums in 1983 that went on to become classics include The Police, U2, David Bowie, Motley Crue, Def Leppard, Cyndi Lauper and more.

Scroll below to see which albums turn 40 in 2023.

  • Def Leppard - ‘Pyromania’

    Released on January 20, 1983.

  • The Police - ‘Synchronicity’

    Released on June 17, 1983.

  • Lionel Richie - ‘Can’t Slow Down’

    Released on October 11, 1983.

  • Eurythmics - ‘Touch’

    Released on November 14, 1983.

  • Dio - ‘Holy Diver’

    Released on May 25, 1983.

  • Talking Heads - ‘Speaking in Tongues’

    Released on June 1, 1983.

  • U2 - ‘War’

    Released on February 28, 1983.

  • Tears for Fears - ‘The Hurting’

    Released on March 7, 1983.

  • David Bowie - ‘Let’s Dance’

    Released on April 14, 1983.

  • R.E.M. - ‘Murmur’

    Released on April 12, 1983.

  • Iron Maiden - ‘Piece of Mind’

    Released on May 16, 1983.

  • Metallica - ‘Kill ‘Em All’

    Released on July 25, 1983.

  • ZZ Top - ‘Eliminator’

    Released on March 23, 1983.

  • Bob Dylan - ‘Infidels’

    Released on October 27, 1983.

  • Motley Crue - ‘Shout at the Devil’

    Released on September 26, 1983.

  • Ozzy Osbourne - ‘Bark at the Moon’

    Released in December 1983.

  • Slayer - ‘Show No Mercy’

    Released in December 1983.

  • Pink Floyd - ‘The Final Cut’

    Released on March 21, 1983.

  • Cyndi Lauper - ‘She’s So Unusual’

    Released on October 14, 1983.

  • Culture Club - ‘Colour by Numbers’

    Released on October 10, 1983.

  • Billy Joel - ‘An Innocent Man’

    Released on August 8, 1983.

  • AC/DC - ‘Flick of the Switch’

    Released on August 15, 1983.

  • KISS - ‘Lick It Up’

    Released on September 18, 1983.

  • The Rolling Stones - ‘Undercover'

    Released on November 7, 1983.

  • Elton John - ‘Too Low for Zero’

    Released on May 30, 1983.

  • Paul McCartney - ‘Pipes of Peace’

    Released on October 31, 1983.

  • Yes - ‘90125’

    Released on November 11, 1983.

  • Stevie Ray Vaughan - ‘Texas Flood’

    Released on June 13, 1983.

  • Depehe Mode - ‘Construction Time Again’

    Released on August 22, 1983.

  • Quiet Riot - ‘Metal Health’

    Released on March 11, 1983.

  • Bryan Adams - ‘Cuts Like a Knife’

    Released on January 18, 1983.

  • Robert Plant - ‘The Principle of Moments’

    Released on July 11, 1983.

  • Madonna - ‘Madonna’

    Released on July 27, 1983.

  • Billy Idol - ‘Rebel Yell’

    Released on November 10, 1983.

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well-versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice. #TransRightsAreHumanRights

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