Def Leppard Viva! Hysteria Concert
Time Out says
‘In the beginning, God made the land. Then He made water, then the creatures, then He made man.’ It’s precisely this sort of functional, box-ticking approach to music making that has seen Def Leppard become one of the most popular bands on the planet, particularly in America. No high-falutin’ fancy business here, just straightforward, mid-paced metal stompers covering a limited variety of topics: meeting girls, rocking, getting crazy with girls, rocking, losing girls, and rocking. This live show, recorded earlier this year in Las Vegas, hardly captures the (ahem) boys at their best: the steel-and-perspex stage looks like something from ‘The X Factor’, the crowd express their wild excitement by nodding politely, and to be fair, the band are getting on a bit. With his leather jacket and even more leathery face, frontman Joe Elliott appears to have recently escaped from DFS, and his raaaahk falsetto is sounding decidedly ropey. One-armed drummer Rick Allen is still a marvel, but overall, Def Leppard 2013 are as dull to watch as they are to listen to.