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Def Leppard back on tour and set for new round of ‘Hysteria’

Hard-rocking English band that launched 40 years ago performs in San Diego June 16.

Def Leppard, featuring Phil Collen (shown above with green guitar), is celebrating two major anniversaries this year. (Photo by David Swanson/Philadelphia Inquirer/MCT)

Def Leppard is celebrating two major anniversaries this summer.

The hard-rocking English band was launched 40 years ago.

Its fourth album “Hysteria” — three years in the making — was released 30 years ago.

Buoyed by such hits as “Pour Some Sugar On Me,” it sold 12 million copies in the U.S. alone and 18 million more in other countries.

A five-CD, two-DVD special edition of “Hysteria” is due out Aug. 4, along with single-CD and double-vinyl editions.

Expect to hear lots of hysteria — and at least a good chunk of “Hysteria” — when Def Leppard performs here Friday.

Def Leppard, with Poison and Tesla

When: 7 p.m. June 16

Where: Mattress Firm Amphitheatre (formerly Sleep Train Amphitheatre), 2050 Entertainment Circle, Chula Vista.

Cost: $29.50-$133, plus service charges.

Info: 800.745.3000 or ticketmaster.com

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