‘Are you excitable? This obsession, check it out …’
Superfan Karen Fairchild-Meyer has put her passion for her favourite band into print – with Def Leppard Die Hard Fans book ‘Our Stories So Far’.
The 716-page book has 630 member stories from her Def Leppard Die Hard Fans Facebook Group and covers 48 US states and 17 countries.
Karen, who lives in Arizona, first heard Def Leppard’s Pyromania album through a car’s cassette player as an eighth-grade student and was ‘hooked’. She has since attended more than 90 of the band’s shows and even watched their Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction performance in 2019.
Over the years, she has formed bonds with the band’s members and fans from around the globe and launched the Facebook fan page that has since garnered more than 6,500 members, including the band’s official photographer.
Now her obsession with and passion for the band has culminated in her hardback book – and Karen has sent all three Directors of Project Presents a copy each.
The 40 guest contributors include Scorpions’ vocalist Klaus Meine, Queen’s Brian May and American actress and model Lorelei Shellist, who was engaged to the band’s guitarist Steve Clarke prior to his tragic death.
Also recounting his story is The Almighty, Thin Lizzy and Black Star Riders frontman Ricky Warwick. The guitarist is good friends with Def Leppard singer Joe Elliot, having performed backing vocals on the band’s 2014 album Euphoria, and was Best Man at his wedding in 2004.
Fraser Rowlin, Creative Director at Project Presents, said: “All three Directors are self-confessed diehard fans – Def Leppard is the inspiration behind our whole business.
“So we’re all thrilled that fellow superfan Karen has sent us each a copy of her amazing book full of so many cherished memories.”
The ‘Are You Excitable?’ lyric is found on the track ‘Excitable’, from Def Leppard's 1987 album ‘Hysteria’.