20 Photos Of Legendary Bands At The Beginning Of Their Career Compared To Photos Of Them When They Got Famous

14. Def Leppard

High school friends Rick Savage, Tony Kenning and Pete Willis formed their band called Atomic Mass in 1977. Joe Elliot auditioned for the role of guitarist at the band but during his audition it was decided that he is better as a lead singer. The name “Def Leppard” was proposed by Elliott… well, not exactly. Actually, he proposed the name “Deaf Leopard” – a name he came up with while writing reviews for imaginary rock bands in his English class. The name was modified in order to make it sound less like that of a punk band.

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