Def Leppard will perform Hysteria in its entirety across the UK in 2018 after revealing a headline tour alongside US heavyweights Cheap Trick.

And the Sheffield stars have finally joined the digital age after releasing their entire back catalogue online.

Eleven UK and Irish dates throughout December will deliver an early Christmas present to Leppard fans longing to hear the band’s classic album in all of its glory.

And bass player Rick Savage said: “After many requests from fans in the UK I’m delighted that we can bring the whole Hysteria album to arenas across Britain and Ireland later this year.

“There’ll be everything from Women to Love and Affection plus many other faves thrown in for good measure. Oh, and our old pals Cheap Trick will be there to help with the celebrations! We can’t wait.”

These will be the first Def Leppard UK and Irish tour dates since the sold-out arena run in late 2015. The band will return to Sheffield Arena for what is sure to be a monumental homecoming show, in addition to their first ever show at The O2, London. 2018 also marks the 35th anniversary of Hysteria’s predecessor Pyromania.

Seminal 1987 album Hysteria – celebrated in Volume II of HRH Mag last year – is seen as a landmark recording in the history of rock music.

It was the record that saw Leppard conquer the world with global hits such as Animal, Pour Some Sugar On Me, Hysteria, Armageddon It, Love Bites, Women and Rocket.

The band will deliver Hysteria in full alongside select hits from their bulging back catalogue.

That catalogue is now available via all digital platforms and frontman Joe Elliott said: “It is with a mixture of relief and euphoria that we now see our entire catalogue finally getting a digital release.

“Having embraced every other format with open arms, especially and more recently the re-emergence of vinyl, we’re now going to be available to everyone everywhere and, honestly, it’s as exciting as the original releases were.

Phil Collen added: “We felt we’d been left out of the digital party but it’s a thrill for us to finally accept the invitation and to be able to say ‘Yeah, you can stream us, download us and hear us on all digital outlets’.”

Catch Leppard and Cheap Trick at the following dates this December:

Sat 1st December 2018           Dublin, 3 Arena Ireland
Sun 2nd December                  Belfast, The SSE Arena UK
Tues 4th December                 Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena UK
Thurs 6th December                London, The O2 UK
Sat 8th December                   Nottingham, Motorpoint Arena UK
Sun 9th December                   Newcastle, Metro Radio Arena UK
Tues 11th December               Glasgow, The SSE Hydro Arena UK
Wed 12th December               Manchester, Manchester Arena UK
Fri 14th December                  Sheffield, FlyDSA Arena UK
Sat 15th December                 Liverpool, Echo Arena UK
Mon 17th December               Birmingham, Arena Birmingham UK
Tickets go on general sale at 9am GMT Friday 26th January 2018 through