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