The Daily Cut Def Leppard: “Rocket”

Def Leppard: “Rocket”

ALBUM: Hysteria

YEAR: 1987

WRITERS: Joe Elliott, Steve Clark, Phil Collen, Rick Savage and Robert John “Mutt” Lange

Peaked at number-five on Billboard‘s Album Rock Tracks chart and number-12 on the Hot 100 singles chart.

“Rocket” was the seventh and final single and rock radio track off Def Leppard’s mega-platinum Hysteria album. Guitarist Phil Collen thinks it’s one of the band’s best. “Probably my favorite track on the album. I keep going back to it. It sums Def Leppard up, y’know. It’s the huge drums — they don’t sound realistic. Obviously, they sound overplayed. We’ve always said it’s Star Wars for the ears. It’s like, the guitars are huge, the backing vocals are silly. We always said our blueprint is Queen and AC/DC.”

Guitarist Phil Collen joined Def Leppard on July 12th, 1982, just one day after the departure of his predecessor, Pete Willis, was announced.


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