How Florida Strip Clubs Saved the Hysteria Album by DEF LEPPARD

Hysteria, an album released by Def Leppard in 1987, has sold over 12 million copies in the United States alone and spawned several massive hits. But before all of that, the album was released without much fanfare. In an interview with Essentials Radio on Apple Music host Jenn, Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen stated that “Pour Some Sugar On Me” saved the album in the United States because Florida strippers wanted to dance to it.  “”Well, initially it tanked. We spent so much time and money on the production of Hysteria that it was eventually released. It was released, and it was disappointing. It was great in England because it reached the top ten, so we’re like, “Yeah, this is cool.” And in America it was extremely slow and did not occur. The second single did not occur. It was like different running orders, like ‘Women,’ ‘Animal,’ ‘Hysteria. ‘ ‘Sugar,’ so our albums haven’t made their money back, we’re in debt, and these girls in these Florida strip clubs keep requesting this song on the local radio because they’re dancing to it, because it has this sexy groove and it has all the things we were talking about. It has a rock element, a rap element, heavy drums, and you can reportedly dance seductively to it.

“In any case, they are requesting it wildly. It begins to catch fire. So it’s on every station in Florida, and it begins to climb to the top of the charts. It gets picked up and spreads to other locations…so that’s how it began. The result was a snowball effect. It ignited, and then everyone exclaimed, “Oh my God, this is the best album you’ve ever created.” This is so incredible… And the album reaches number one twice, selling 12 or 13 million copies in the United States; you exclaim, “Wow!” “But we were well aware of how much it hurt when we released it… We were pleased because we believed we had created the best music we had ever produced. Thus, we were ecstatic with the outcome. We were a little disappointed that there was no response until that song was released, and then there was a massive response. merely night and day”  The stadium tour of Def Leppard, Motley Crüe, Poison, and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts also included Poison.
8/6 – Boston, MA @ Fenway Parl
8/10 – Buffalo, NY @ New Era Field
8/12 – Pittsburgh, PA @ PNC Park
8/14 – Minneapolis, MN @ U.S. Bank Stadium
8/19 – Houston, TX @ Minute Maid Park
8/21 – San Antonio, TX @ Alamodome
8/22 – Arlington, TX @ Globe Life Park
8/27 – Inglewood, CA @ Sofi Stadium
8/28 – San Diego, CA @ Petco Park
8/31 – Seattle, WA @ T-Mobile Park
9/7 – San Francisco, CA @ Oracle Park

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