DEF LEPPARD Bassist Opens Door To His Multimillion Dollar Home

Sheffield Today reports:

It is a home fit for a rock star — but it has cost DEF LEPPARD rocker Rick Savage a cool £1 million to get it that way.

More familiar with legions of heavy metal fans across the globe as a man who puts rhythm into one of the world's biggest bands, the Sheffield mansion is a dramatic contrast to how most music folk see the star.

He may be Savage by name, but he's anything but by nature.

And taking in the chandeliers, the imported marble fire surrounds and the lovingly restored ornate coving, you can see Sheffield-born star has more than just an eye for a good tune.

That said, you'll be hard-pressed to spot an electric guitar in the music room at Holmwood House, tucked away in leafy Ecclesall.

In fact, the 1910 Steinway grand piano, double bass and a harp rescued from a junk shop suggest a jazz musician rather than the bass player in one of the first British stadium rock bands to crack America.

Rick, who recently married his Irish girlfriend Paige at a discreet city ceremony, saved the building, constructed in 1864 for armaments manufacturer Henry Vickers, from the hands of developers.

The couple bought the place in 2000 and spent 18 months transforming it into a family home for them and their three kids.

Now it is a palace with modern and antique touches — and seemingly no expense spared.

"The firm that owned it had a few good offers for it, but they took mine because I was the only one who wanted to turn it back into a house and I could guarantee them a quick completion," says Rick, 44.

"The others were all developers who wanted to turn it into apartments, which meant getting tied up waiting for planning permission."

Rick says he was originally drawn in by the gates and driveway leading to the house, formerly used as offices since the '30s.

It cost him £900,000 and — despite the huge £1.2m outlay in restoring it to its former glory — the only clues as to the rock star resident are the music notes he had set into the entrance gates.

Inside the gold and platinum discs, earned by DEF LEPPARD's massive record sales across the world, confirms the business of the owner, however. Read more.

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