No ‘Foolin’ – 30 years ago today (January 20, 1983), “Pyromania” was released.
DefLeppard.com: “Wow ….. I can’t believe it’s 30 years since Pyromania came out! It had been a labour of love to make (little did we know in comparison to Hysteria, it was a piece of cake!)…. Multiple studios in London, one guitarist out, one guitarist in, equipment breakdowns, tapes turning transparent because of the thousands of times they were rewound & fast forwarded for multiple overdubs, but we found our sound on this record with the help of a great producer in Mutt Lange, the new studio technology that we eagerly embraced (unlike many of our peers) and an incredible enthusiasm to “make a record no one else had ever made” whether we did or didn’t isn’t important, what is, is that we had made the record WE wanted to make, it had been percolating in our DNA for 6 years!!…. we finally sounded like the “us” we wanted to be!!!” -Joe Elliott
Announced last month, Def Leppard will play its multiplatinum 1987 album ‘Hysteria’ in its entirety for Viva Hysteria!, which will begin March 22 at The Joint at Las Vegas’ Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. The band’s stay follows Hard Rock residencies from Mötley Crüe and Guns N’ Roses.
Vegas.com: What do you think it was about that album that continues to attract fans today?
(Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen) “Mutt Lange is a genius. He said we can do an ultimate rock album or we can do a rock version of ‘Thriller,’ where we have seven hit singles. But to do that, you have to put the extra effort in. The attitude when the album came out, a lot of people didn’t like it. They thought, oh this is too pop or they didn’t understand the crossover because it’s a perfect hybrid between rock and pop. If you look at Mutt Lange’s track record, his biggest successes are for example, Shania Twain. He definitely brought country to the masses. He successfully fused rock, pop music with country, and I never thought I’d see the day. I remember being in Japan and hearing Shana Twain when I was going up and down in an elevator. That for us, like I said, it was the perfect hybrid of pop and rock that was actually acceptable. A lot of rock fans didn’t like it at first, but by the end of that year everyone had the record. You couldn’t really escape the whole thing. It was pop music but done rock. We kicked our ass on it. It was very different from anything that had come before it actually.”
Has performing those songs changed for you over the years?
“I guess a little bit. ‘Pour Some Sugar on Me’ took on a whole life of its own, the stripper pole anthem if you like. Wherever you play that song every girl actually turns into a stripper, it’s really interesting. Again, that’s how that song became successful… So I guess all the songs take on something a little different after a few years… They’re not exactly like they were on the record. They certainly take on their own lives. It’s really interesting. It’s just wonderful to be part of one of those classic albums.”
From the 1987 Hysteria ‘In The Round’ World Tour, the Def Leppard concert book below is slightly over-sized (Approx: 12″ x 10″), but in good condition (slight wear on the cover). Beautiful full-color photographs.
From the 1996-1997 KISS ALIVE WORLD TOUR, the first with the original members (Gene, Paul, Peter, Ace) since 1979, the KISS concert book above is over-sized (Approx: 14″ x 11″), but in good condition (slight tear at the bottom of the cover). Awesome full-color photographs.
USA Today: “Def Leppard will play its multiplatinum 1987 album ‘Hysteria’ in its entirety for Viva Hysteria!, which will begin March 22 at The Joint at Las Vegas’ Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. The band’s stay follows Hard Rock residencies from Motley Crue and Guns N’ Roses.
“We’re very happy to be part of what I call the first wave of rockers to take Vegas back from the lounge singers — Wayne Newton and his type,” says Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott.
“Things like Run Riot, Don’t Shoot Shotgun and Love and Affection got left by the wayside because of the popularity of other songs that, to be frank, if you don’t play them live, you don’t get out of the building alive,” Elliott says. “The oddest thing is going to be doing Sugar fifth. In many respects, it’s like the Troggs opening with Wild Thing.”
Def Leppard, Poison and Lita Ford “Rocked” the quiet suburbs of Orange County on June 22, 2012 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. I got hooked up with a backstage pass and orchestra “1″ seats and had the honor of hanging out with Lita Ford and her two little dogs. Spending surreal moments with Lita in her dressing room after her smoking set was a highlight of my life, for sure. As we were chatting and talking about her new album “Living Like a Runaway,” in walked legendary bassist Glenn Hughes. He and Lita are old friends. She played several songs from new new record including a crazy cover of Elton John’s immortal,”The Bitch is Back”. Killer guitar and awesome vocals, metal’s blonde bitch IS back with a vengeance.
Poison also delivered a rock solid set with hits like “Talk Dirty to Me” and “Every Rose has it’s Thorn.” Don’t get me wrong, I love “Look What the Cat Dragged In,” but I saw the same show on their 2007 tour! Nevertheless, the Poison faithful ate it up. All the middle age ladies in the audience still swooned big time over Bret Michaels’ baby blue eyes and, well, can you blame them?!
The headliners, Def Leppard, were my number one childhood rock heroes and the first band I ever saw perform live back in 1994 when they toured with Ugly Kid Joe. I was really fixated on lead guitarist! Phil Collen with his ripped abs, bod of a 25 year old. He and fellow axeman, Vivian Campbell ripped it up together as did drummer Rick Allen, bassist Rick Savage and still-gorgeous lead singer, Joe Elliot. Can you tell I was excited to see them? HA! Halfway into their set the band calmed the frazzled crowd down by grouping together at the front of the elongated stage by playing a 10 minute acoustic set of perfectly blended Leppard ballads. Then it got back to all electric and all classic with “Photograph, “Hysteria”, “Pour Some Sugar on Me” and the horn’s up anthem, “Rock of Ages.” I still haven’t made it out to the theaters to see the film, ‘Rock of Ages,’ but it sure better be fantastic to match the rockin’ fun of this tour. -Raquel