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Happy birthday, Rick Savage

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Rick Savage, bassist and one of the founding members of the English rock band, Def Leppard

Rick Savage, bassist and one of the founding members of the English rock band, Def Leppard

Happy birthday, Rick Savage...
Born Richard Savage on December 2 1960 in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, Rick Savage is a musician and songwriter mostly known as the bassist and one of the founding members of Def Leppard.
As a youth, he learnt to play guitar with his brother. They played songs of artists like Rod Stewart and Don McLean.
In spite of his devoting for Sheffield Wednesday, Rick pursued a career as a professional football player with Sheffield United.
Eventually, he decided to focus on music and formed a band, Atomic Mass, with schoolmates Tony Kenning and Pete Willis. They mostly played covers of Deep Purple, Queen, Jimi Hendrix, Slade...
Later, they thought Pete Willis was better at guitar so Rick switched to bass. Soon after, they were joined by Joe Elliott and Steve Clark, and they changed their name to Def Leppard.
The band released its debut album, On Through The Night, in 1980 (lineup in 1980: Joe Elliott (lead vocals), Steve Clark (guitar), Pete Willis (guitar), Rick Savage (bass), Rick Allen (drums)).
They are considered amongst the leaders of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement.
Pete Willis was fired on July 11 1982 and replaced by Phil Collen the day after. The classic lineup of the band was complete.
The band released its fourth album, Hysteria, in 1987, four years after their third album, Pyromania, because of the car accident that cost Rick Allen his left arm on December 31 1984.
In April 1992, Def Leppard (with Vivian Campbell replacing Steve Clark who had died the previous year) performed at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert at Wembley Stadium, London. They shared stage with  Brian May, John Deacon, Roger Taylor and Slash.
Around 1994, Rick contracted Bell's Palsy (his facial muscles weakened and half of his face was paralized). Though he has recovered, when he is tired some effects of the disease are still visible.
Def Leppard were inducted into the Rock Walk of Fame on Hollywood's Sunset Boulevard on September 5 2000.
They released their ninth studio album, Songs from the Sparkle Lounge, in 2008.
In 2013, Def Leppard released a live album, Viva! Hysteria.
They toured with Kiss in 2014 and will release a new album in May 2015.
To conclude, we wish a happy birthday and years of rock to Rick Savage!

Rick Savage, Def Leppard

Rick Savage, Def Leppard

Rick Savage, Joe Elliott, Rick Allen, Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell (Def Leppard)

Rick Savage, Joe Elliott, Rick Allen, Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell (Def Leppard)

[french version :
Joyeux anniversaire, Rick Savage ...
Né Richard Savage le 2 décembre 1960 à Sheffield, South Yorkshire, Angleterre, Rick Savage est un musicien et auteur-compositeur mieux connu en tant que bassiste et membre fondateur de Def Leppard.
Jeune, il apprend à jouer de la guitare avec son frère. Ils jouent des chansons d'artistes comme Rod Stewart et Don McLean.
En dépit de son amour pour l'équipe Sheffield Wednesday, Rick poursuit une carrière de footballer professionel avec Sheffield United.
Finalement, il décide de se concentrer sur la musique et forme un grouê, Atomic Mass, avec ses camarades d'école Tony Kenning et Pete Willis. Ils jouent des chansons de Deep Purple, Queen, Jimi Hendrix, Slade...
Plus tard, ils décident que Pete Willis est meilleur un guitariste et Rick passe donc à la basse. Peu après, ils sont rejoints par Joe Elliott et Steve Clark et ils changent leur nom pour Def Leppard.
Le groupe sort son premier album, On Through The Night, en 1980 (lineup en 1980 : Joe Elliott (chant), Steve Clark (guitare), Pete Willis (guitare), Rick Savage (basse), Rick Allen (batterie)).
Ils sont considérés comme étant parmis les leaders du mouvement New Wave of British Heavy Metal.
Pete Willis est viré du groupe le 11 juillet 1982 et est remplacé par Phil Collen le jour d'après. Le lineup classqiue du groupe est enfin complet.
Le groupe sort son quatrième album, Hysteria, en 1987, quatre ans après leur troisième album, Pyromania, à cause de l'accident de voiture qui a couté son bras gauche à Rick Allen le 31 décembre 1984.
En avril 1992, Def LEppard (avec Vivian Campbell remplaçant Steve Clark ayant décédé l'année précédente) joue au Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert au Wembley Stadium, Londres. Ils partagent la scène avec  Brian May, John Deacon, Roger Taylor et Slash.
Vers 1994, Rick contracte la paralysie de Bell (ses muscles faciaux sont affaiblis et la moitié de son visage est paralysé). Bien qu'il se soit rétabli, quand il est fatigué des effets de la maladie sont toujours visibles.
Def Leppard sont induits au Rock Walk of Fame sur Sunset Boulevard à Hollywood le 5 septembre 2000.
Ils sortent leur neuvième album, Songs from the Sparkle Lounge, en 2008.
En 2013, Def Leppad sort un album live, Viva! Hysteria.
Ils tournent avec Kiss en 2014 et préparent un nouvel album pour mai 2015.
Pour conclure, nous souhaitons un heureux anniversaire et des années de rock à Rick Savage !]

Rick Savage, Joe Elliott, Rick Allen, Phil Collen and Steve Clark (Def Leppard)

Rick Savage, Joe Elliott, Rick Allen, Phil Collen and Steve Clark (Def Leppard)

Rick Savage, Def Leppard

Rick Savage, Def Leppard

Rick Savage of Def Leppard performs on the opening night of Viva! Hysteria in Las Vegas (2013) - credit: David Becker/Getty Images

Rick Savage of Def Leppard performs on the opening night of Viva! Hysteria in Las Vegas (2013) - credit: David Becker/Getty Images

Rick Savage, Def Leppard (2012)

Rick Savage, Def Leppard (2012)

Rick Savage, Def Leppard (2012)

Rick Savage, Def Leppard (2012)

Rick Savage, Def Leppard, O2 Arena, Dublin, Ireland, 8th June 2011

Rick Savage, Def Leppard, O2 Arena, Dublin, Ireland, 8th June 2011

Rick Savage, Def Leppard (2011)

Rick Savage, Def Leppard (2011)

Rick Savage, Def Leppard (2008) - credit: Ben Spencer/flickr

Rick Savage, Def Leppard (2008) - credit: Ben Spencer/flickr

Rick Savage, Def Leppard (2008) - credit: creative mishmash/flickr

Rick Savage, Def Leppard (2008) - credit: creative mishmash/flickr

Rick Savage, Def Leppard, Live in Japan on The Sparkle Lounge Tour (2008)

Rick Savage, Def Leppard, Live in Japan on The Sparkle Lounge Tour (2008)

Rick Savage, live with Def Leppard on August 13, 2008

Rick Savage, live with Def Leppard on August 13, 2008

Rick Savage, Def Leppard (2007)

Rick Savage, Def Leppard (2007)

Rick Savage, Def Leppard (2007)

Rick Savage, Def Leppard (2007)

Rick Savage, Def Leppard

Rick Savage, Def Leppard

Rick Savage, Def Leppard - credit: CYBUS IMPERIAL/deviantart.com

Rick Savage, Def Leppard - credit: CYBUS IMPERIAL/deviantart.com

Rick Savage, Joe Elliott, Rick Allen, Pete Willis and Steve Clark, Def Leppard (1980)

Rick Savage, Joe Elliott, Rick Allen, Pete Willis and Steve Clark, Def Leppard (1980)

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