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Last Updated: Friday, 16 June 2006, 07:40 GMT 08:40 UK
Rock band enter city hall of fame
Def Leppard
Def Leppard's first rehearsal was in a Sheffield spoon factory in 1977
Rock legends Def Leppard will be inducted into Sheffield's 'hall of fame' when they pay a visit to their home city on Friday.

In 2005, Sheffield residents were invited to nominate people who have brought the city recognition at national or international level.

A new 'hall of fame' outside the town hall already includes actor Sean Bean and former Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker.

The band will unveil a bronze plaque outside the town hall at 1230 BST.

City ambassadors

Council leader Jan Wilson said: "Def Leppard truly deserve their place as Sheffield Legends and have been great ambassadors for the city wherever they have performed throughout the world and the nominations they received reflected this.

"In terms of international record sales, they are up there with the top musicians of all time.

"I am looking forward to meeting them and thanking them personally."

Def Leppard formed in 1977 and their first rehearsal was in a spoon factory in Sheffield's Bramall Lane.

Their first public gig was at the city's Westfield School in July 1978 with tickets selling for just 5.

The band's 1987 album Hysteria sold more than 16m copies and made them one of the most successful British bands ever.


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