Behind the Band Name: Def Leppard

Art Class Origin Joe Elliott created band names for an art project, naming one "Deaf Leopard" for its sound.

Phonetic Adjustment: Altered to "Def Leppard" for aesthetics, avoiding association with hearing impairment, inspired by Led Zeppelin's style.

 Inadvertent Influence: Rick Rubin sought permission to use "Def" for Def Jam Records, setting a precedent.

Regrets and Growth:  Elliott regrets giving "Def" to Rubin for free, but the name became iconic over time.

Legendary Status Despite initial silliness, Def Leppard achieved legendary status, selling over 100 million albums with their unique name.