Rick Savage / Def Leppard

With 100 million records sold worldwide and two prestigious Diamond Awards to their credit, Def Leppard—Joe Elliott (vocals), Vivian Campbell (guitar), Phil Collen (guitar), Rick "Sav" Savage (bass) and Rick Allen (drums)—continues to be one of the most important forces in rock music. Over the course of their career, the band has produced a series of classic groundbreaking albums that set the sound for generations of music fans and artists alike. The group’s spectacular live shows, filled with powerful melodic rock anthems, have become synonymous with their name. For the past 30 years the band’s concerts have become must-see events and have quickly made them an institution in the touring industry, as they continue to sell out arenas worldwide.
Born:
Sheffield, England
Did You Know?
Savage only plays with a pick. Why?

"I'm a terrible player with my fingers and I always play with a pick. I love to have consistency within the sound no matter where you are on the fretboard,” he told Bass Guitar magazine. “I've found that when I play with fingers, notes jump out and others are too muted. It would be a nightmare for the sound engineer just trying to compress the thing to make sure there's an equal balance coming off the stage."
Fun Facts:
As a kid, Savage and his older brother learned to play guitar along to songs like Rod Stewart’s “Maggie May” and “American Pie” by Don McLean.

He formed his first band, Atomic Mass, in 1977 with Tapton School classmates Tony Kenning and Pete Willis. Deciding Willis was a better guitar player, Savage picked up bass guitar instead. Atomic Mass auditioned Willis’ friend, Joe Elliott, for singer, added Steve Clark on guitar and changed their name to Def Leppard.

Def Leppard recorded their first album at Ringo Starr’s house, which was formerly owned by John Lennon. If you’ve ever seen the video for “Imagine” with all the white rooms, that’s the house!

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