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Def Leppard Meets Arkansas School For The Deaf Students (Photo/Video)

Thursday, 12th May 2016

Arkansas 2016.
Deaf Leopards By Def Leppard

Def Leppard played a show in Little Rock, AR last night and posed for a photo with the students from an Arkansas School.

As mentioned the Arkansas School For The Deaf online petition was a success and a handful of students met the band last night.

Petition organiser Cary Tyson was joined by students Henry James, Stephen Cathart, Jewel Brandon, Alex Gossett and various local media crew.

The photo was posted by the band last night and was taken prior to the show in the Meet And Greet area.

A replica of their 'Leopards' sports team scoreboard, which brings the words "Deaf" and "Leopards" together, was provided by the Verizon Arena who arranged the event.

Local reporters posted photos and video footage which can be viewed below along with links to local media coverage (including video).

The school's sports team name 'Leopards' apparently dates back to 1941. Joe came up with his original fictional band name 'Deaf Leopard' in 1975 while in a school art class in Sheffield.

Tony Kenning, the band's original drummer, suggested the spelling be changed to Def Leppard after the band's first few live shows were played in late 1978.

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Planet Rock - Joe Elliott Quote

"It was destiny, as we’ve known about them for a while now!"

Arkansas Matters - News Quotes

"I was like, wow are you serious? The rock band wants to meet us?" Henry James said."

" I told my grandmother that I was going to meet Def Leppard and she was like that was my favorite band when I was young," Alex Gossett said.

"It was awesome, I don't think I'm ever going to wash my hands," James said."

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