Rock legends Def Leppard set to enter home city's Hall of Fame

Lucy Harvey SHEFFIELD rock legends Def Leppard will return home next week to be inaugurated into the city's Hall of Fame.

Singer Joe Elliott, drummer Rick Allen, bass player Rick Savage, and guitarists Phil Collen and Viv Campbell, will appear outside the town hall at 12.30pm on June 16 to unveil a bronze plaque in honour of their musical achievements.

Formed in 1977, the original band began rehearsing in a Bramall Lane spoon factory and performed publicly for the first time at Westfield School in 1978 for a fee of 5.

They were signed in 1979 and quickly found fame in America. They finally gained success in the British charts in 1987 with their fourth album Hysteria.

Elliott and Savage, who were part of the original line-up, will perform alongside their newer bandmates at Sheffield's Hallam FM Arena before embarking on a European Festival tour in July.

The group are among nine "legends" chosen by the people of Sheffield to be recognised in the Hall Of Fame. Others include fellow musicians Joe Cocker, Jarvis Cocker, actors Sean Bean and Michael Palin, athlete and chair of the 2012 Olympics bid Lord Sebastian Coe, astronaut Helen Sharman, footballer Gordon Banks and rock climber Joe Simpson.

Sheffield Council leader Jan Wilson said: "Def Leppard truly deserve their place as Sheffield Legends and have been great ambassadors for the city wherever they have performed throughout the world and the nominations they received reflected this.

"In terms of international record sales, they are up there with the top musicians of all time.

"I am looking forward to meeting them and thanking them personally."