Arguably the most popular hard rock band of the '80s (and definitely one of the most tragedy-prone) was Def Leppard, fronted by singer Joe Elliot. Born in Sheffield, England, on August 1, 1959, Elliot became transfixed by such rockers as David Bowie, T. Rex, Queen, and Thin Lizzy as a teen. Def Leppard quickly built up a following with their heavy yet melodic rock, becoming part of the burgeoning new wave of British heavy metal movement (which included Iron Maiden, Saxon, Motörhead, and Judas Priest). In addition to his musical activities, in 1998 Elliot co-opened an American-style restaurant/bar in Sheffield called the Players Café. ~ Greg Prato
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