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Richard Savage (born 2 December 1960) is the bass guitarist and one of the founding members of the English rock band, Def Leppard. Savage and lead singer Joe Elliott
Joe Elliott
are the only remaining original members of the band. The two of them, plus drummer Rick Allen, are also the only members of the band who have performed on every album.

Contents

1 Biography 2 Personal life 3 Equipment 4 Discography 5 References

Biography[edit] Richard Savage was born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. Savage was educated at Tapton Secondary school in Sheffield. In his youth, he learned to play guitar along with his older brother. They played songs like Rod Stewart's "Maggie May" and Don McLean's "American Pie." Savage also pursued a career as a professional football player with Sheffield
Sheffield
United, despite his devotion to rivals Sheffield
Sheffield
Wednesday. Savage ultimately chose music and formed a band with a few schoolmates including Tony Kenning and eventually Pete Willis. As Atomic Mass they mostly played Queen, Slade, Deep Purple, Jimi Hendrix, and other popular covers of the time. At one point, they decided that Willis was the better guitar player so Savage picked up the bass guitar. Needing a singer, the band auditioned an acquaintance of Pete's, Joe Elliott. They subsequently picked up guitarist Steve Clark
Steve Clark
and changed their name to Def Leppard. Savage contracted Bell's Palsy
Bell's Palsy
around 1994. This causes his facial muscles to weaken and become partially paralyzed. He has recovered, but effects of the disease are still visible, especially when he's fatigued. From an interview by Gordon Shearer on DefLeppard.com:

Shearer: "What about when you developed your Bell's Palsy? Did that change the way you dealt with things? Lots of gossip, lots of comments. I could imagine going from the position that you were in – from ultimate rock sex god to...."

Savage: "It was hard to come to terms with and to understand why. I found it was easy to get into the 'why me?' syndrome. Partly because of the disability. It was more not being able to eat properly, or not being able to sleep without putting a patch on your eye because your eye wouldn't close, and things like that. The effect that it has on your everyday life was the hardest thing. In comparison, it was a very minor debilitating disease. It keeps you humble seeing what Rick Allen went through and how he had to deal with things. So, I would rather have not got the disease, but I did and you make the best of what you got".

Personal life[edit] Savage is married , with whom he has three children (one from Paige's prior relationship) Jordan, Tyler, & Scott.[1] Equipment[edit] Savage currently uses custom basses made by Jackson after endorsing Washburn XB920 (4-string) and XB925 (5-string) bass guitars from 1999–2009. He formerly used Hamer 4 and 5-string bass guitars for over 17 years, starting with their Gibson Explorer-inspired "Blitz" model during the High 'n' Dry
High 'n' Dry
and Pyromania albums from 1982–1985 and Hamer's modernistic take on the Explorer shape, the "Scarab" model of which he mainly used a white model during the Hysteria recording sessions and tour (although Savage continued to use a black-colored "Blitz" downtuned C#ADG for the hit single "Pour Some Sugar on Me" which can be seen on their Live: In the Round, in Your Face live video/DVD, and a Scarab model in black with a reverse headstock was seen in the "Rocket" video and their performance at the MTV Video Music Awards in 1989) from 1985–1989. At the release of Adrenalize he used an array of Chaparral Max 5-string models in various colours including a black & white "Granite" finish, one with a variation of the Adrenalize
Adrenalize
album artwork custom painted on it, and a black-painted model from 1990–1999. Savage switched endorsements to Washburn basses in the middle of the promotion cycle for the Euphoria album in 1999, and a Natural Flame XB925 given to him by Washburn in 1999 has been his main instrument since then.[2] However the custom painted Union Jack
Union Jack
XB925 is his most well known bass,[3] followed by the Saint George's Cross
Saint George's Cross
XB925, with both paint schemes reproduced on his new Jackson basses in 2009. He acquired two more of the Jackson basses, one in a grey-toned Union Jack
Union Jack
scheme and the other painted in the colors of Sheffield
Sheffield
Wednesday with the team's logo. He used these on the 2011 Mirrorball tour.[4] Savage never has been a fingerstyle guitarist, relying entirely on a plectrum, or "pick". In an interview with Bass Guitar magazine, he stated: "I'm a terrible player with my fingers and i always play with a pick. I love to have consistency within the sound no matter where you are on the fretboard. I've found that when I play with fingers, notes jump out and others are too muted. It would be a nightmare for the sound engineer just trying to compress the thing to make sure there's an equal balance coming off the stage." Discography[edit] Main article: Def Leppard
Def Leppard
discography

The Def Leppard
Def Leppard
E.P. (1979) On Through the Night
On Through the Night
(1980) High 'n' Dry
High 'n' Dry
(1981) Pyromania (1983) Hysteria (1987) Adrenalize
Adrenalize
(1992) Retro Active
Retro Active
(1993) Slang (1996) Euphoria (1999) X (2002) Yeah! (2006) Songs from the Sparkle Lounge
Songs from the Sparkle Lounge
(2008) Mirror Ball – Live
Live
& More (2011) Viva! Hysteria
Viva! Hysteria
(2013) Def Leppard
Def Leppard
(2015)

References[edit]

^ "A day in the life of a rock star wife". Belfast Telegraph. 19 September 2011.  ^ McIver, Joel (January 2007), " Rick Savage
Rick Savage
– Def Leppard", Bass Guitar, 28: 42–44  ^ Sav's custom Union Jack
Union Jack
XB925 Washburn ^ " Rick Savage
Rick Savage
(Def Leppard) Rig Rundown". YouTube. Retrieved 10 September 2014. 

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Def Leppard

Joe Elliott Rick Savage Rick Allen Phil Collen Vivian Campbell

Tony Kenning Pete Willis Steve Clark

Studio albums

On Through the Night High 'n' Dry Pyromania Hysteria Adrenalize Slang Euphoria X Yeah! Songs from the Sparkle Lounge Def Leppard

Live
Live
albums

Mirror Ball – Live
Live
& More Viva! Hysteria

Compilations

Retro Active Vault: Def Leppard
Def Leppard
Greatest Hits (1980–1995) Best of Def Leppard Rock of Ages: The Definitive Collection

EPs

The Def Leppard
Def Leppard
E.P. Live: In the Clubs, in Your Face

Singles

"Wasted" "Rock Brigade" "Hello America" "Let It Go" "Bringin' On the Heartbreak" "Photograph" "Rock of Ages" "Foolin'" "Too Late for Love" "Women" "Animal" "Pour Some Sugar on Me" "Hysteria" "Armageddon It" "Love Bites" "Rocket" "Let's Get Rocked" "Make Love Like a Man" "Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad" "Heaven Is" "Stand Up (Kick Love into Motion)" "Tonight" "I Wanna Touch U" (Promo) "Two Steps Behind" "Desert Song" "Action" "Miss You in a Heartbeat" "When Love & Hate Collide" "Slang" "Work It Out" "All I Want Is Everything" "Breathe a Sigh" "Promises" "Paper Sun" "Goodbye" "Now" "Long, Long Way to Go" "No Matter What" "Rock On" "20th Century Boy" "Nine Lives" "Undefeated"

Other songs

"Rock! Rock! (Till You Drop)"

Videography

Historia Live: In the Round, in Your Face Visualize Video Archive Historia / Live: In the Round, in Your Face Visualize / Video Archive Best of the Videos Rock of Ages: The DVD Collection CMT Crossroads – Taylor Swift and Def Leppard Viva! Hysteria And There Will Be A Next Time - Live
Live
From Detroit

Concert tours

Def Leppard
Def Leppard
Early Tours 1978–1979 On Through the Night
On Through the Night
World Tour Pyromania World Tour Hysteria World Tour Slang World Tour Yeah! Tour Downstage Thrust Tour Songs from the Sparkle Lounge
Songs from the Sparkle Lounge
Tour Mirror Ball Tour Viva! Hysteria The KISS 40th Anniversary World Tour World Tour 2015

Related

Discography Members Awards & Nominations Hysteria – The Def Leppard
Def Leppard
Story Cybernauts Man Raze Down 'n' Outz Atomic Mass Gogmagog Jeff Rich Frank Noon

Authority control

WorldCat Identities VIAF: 84964306 ISNI: 0000 0001 1772 9066 SUDOC: 078618681 BNF: cb14515847v (data) MusicBrainz: aa85e56c-856d-4381

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