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Big hair, ripped jeans, a decidedly sexy lack of shirts – Def Leppard never did things by halves when they rocked their way through the 80s and 90s. And now they are back with their 11th album and a huge donation to their favorite charities.

Bass player Rick Savage, one of the founding members of the group, recently handed over a check for £6,000 (US$12,000) to two charities – the Sheffield Children’s Hospital and Cash for Kids – after selling off some of the clothes he wore onstage during the band’s latest tour to promote their new CD – Songs From The Sparkle Lounge.

“At the end of our US tour I was going to throw out some old clothes when I got the idea that maybe we could auction them off, maybe through the fan club,” said Savage, who is a patron of the Sheffield Children’s Hospital. “But I was amazed by the response – the amount of money some people would pay! One T-shirt, which probably cost £3, went for about £1,000!”

Savage hopes the auction will become a regular event for the band from now on.

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