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Wednesday, 31st August 1983

Detroit, MI - Media Reviews

Def Leppard @ Joe Louis Arena By Detroit Free Press

It seems heavy metal is stronger than ever, and Def Leppard is the toughest of the thunderous rock pack.

Its sold-out shows Tuesday and Wednesday at Joe Louis Arena were the hottest tickets in town this summer.

At least the British quintet has learned well from its past.

Early '70s bands like Deep Purple, Urish Heep and Black Sabbath were more cerebral, prone to lengthy instrumental pieces and mystical lurics.

On the other hand, Def Leppard and opening act Krokus rely on youthful energy and quick, hook-laden melodies.

They have one foot firmly planted in commercial pop with the other treading the line of teenage rebellion and the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll philosophy that's always defined the best heavy metal.Def Leppard's enthusiasm and often unruly, faithful were on their feet from the start of 'Rock! Rock! (Till You Drop) through the encore of Creedence Clearwater Revival's 'Travellin' Band' and Led Zeppelin's 'Rock 'n' Roll''

A 16-song, 115-minute orgy of loud music for the faithful.

The first hour was solid, showcasing the nest songs.

After that, things started to get repetitious as well.

The songs 'Let It Go', 'Wasted' and 'Stagefright' sounded redundant, and solo spots by live-wire guitarists Phil Collen and Steve Clark were indulgent.

By Detroit Free Press 1983.


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