This section looks at the 'Tonight' single UK and US chart peaks. The fifth hit single from the album in the UK and USA.
"Can't stop my eyes from fallin' into fantasy."
Def Leppard's classic Tonight single reached Number 34 in the UK charts on this day in 1993.
The fifth single to be released from thealbum in the UK.
It was released on 19th April 1993 just over one year since the release of the album.
It entered the chart at Number 34 on the UK Top 40 singles chart on 1st May 1993. Ending a run of four Top 20 singles from the album in the UK.
It would only spend two weeks on the Top 100 chart falling to Number 58 in week two.
The song dated from all the way back to 1984 and the initial writing sessions for Hysteria in Dublin, Ireland.
The single also peaked at Number 62 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart on the same day. It spent nine weeks in total on the Hot 100.
The late George Michael and Queen were at Number One with the 'Five Live (EP)'. The EP featured five live songs including 'Somebody To Love' recorded at the 1992 Freddie Mercury Tribute concert along with 'These Are The Days Of Our Lives' from the same show. A duet between George and Lisa Stansfield.
Both this and Def Leppard's single gave proceeds to the Mercury Phoenix Trust.
Def Leppard entered the chart above then current support act Ugly Kid Joe who were at Number 35 with 'Cats In The Cradle'.
All four rock acts in the Top 40 were next to each other in the chart with Little Angels at 33 and Poison at 32.
UK Singles Chart - 1st May 1993
- 01 - George Michael (With Queen/Lisa Stansfield) - Five Live (EP) - (New Entry)
- 02 - The Bluebells - Young At Heart (1993)
- 03 - Whitney Houston - I Have Nothing
- 04 - Sub Sub Ft. Melanie Williams - Ain't No Love (Ain't No Use)
- 05 - Snow - Informer
- 34 - Def Leppard - Tonight - (New Entry/Peak Position)
The single had entered the US charts on 3rd April at Number 91 and after five weeks it peaked at Number 62.
It would spend a further four weeks on the chart with the last week in the Hot 100 on 29th May at Number 93.
At Number One this week was Silk with 'Freak Me'.
Ugly Kid Joe who had just joined the 'Adrenalize' tour as support act were at Number 11 with 'Cats In The Cradle'.
US Billboard Singles Chart - 1st May 1993
- 01 - Silk - Freak Me
- 02 - Snow - Informer
- 03 - Dr. Dre - Nuthin' But A "G" Thang
- 04 - Whitney Houston - I Have Nothing
- 05 - Vanessa Williams - Love Is (From 'Beverly Hils', 90210)
- 62 - Def Leppard - Tonight - (Peak Position)
Def Leppard Tonight - 7" Single Sleeve Quote
"In your hands, you hold single #5 from Def Leppard's "Adrenalize" album. Celebrating the album's first anniversary, we are releasing "Tonight". Featured as additional tracks in the various formats are 3 more songs recorded live at the Bisquithalle club in Bonn."
"On this CD single we have included our original demo of "Tonight" recorded by the group and Mike Shipley at Wisseloord Studios back in '88. Check it out and drop us a line about which version you prefer.
Joe Elliott - 1992 Interview CD Quotes
"The fourth song is a song called Tonight which we've had for a while and never quite got right."
"We demoed it originally I think in 1985."
"That long ago and it lost the toss with Love Bites for the last album because it wasn't finished."
"And we always knew that one day we'd dig it out and mess with it."
"And the things that we found wrong with it were so miniscule."
"When you actually listen to the original version to the version that's on the record it's like it's hardly any difference."
"But they made such a difference in the arrangement and the actual sound of the record."
"And it's like yeah we go it right!."
"You know and it was just like a harmony here and a little bit of interjection between a couple of verses there and that kind of thing."
"And completely re-recording it."
"Ad it sounds fresh you know. Nobody would really know."
"Apart from the fact that I've just let the cat out of the bag, that it's been around for such a long time."
"But you know it's an old song to us but it's a brand new to everybody else."
"And that's the most important thing."
"There's a potential audience of 10, 15 million people out there that are gonna say 'Wow this is great' you know."
"And we didn't wanna leave it off just because like 'Oh god we've been playing this song for so long'."
"In actual fact we hadn't been playing it for so long."
"We did it for a couple of days a few years ago and it just got shelved because it wasn't right."
"And this was the time to dig it out and work on it."
Def Leppard Tonight - Now I'm Here Quote
"Recorded live at Wembley Stadium London April 20, 1992."
Brian May appears courtesy of EMI Records (Outside Of North America).
"All proceeds from the release of this record will go to The Mercury Phoenix Trust."
Phil Collen - 1992 Interview Quote
"A love song that a lot of people can relate to."
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