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Wednesday, 6th April 1983

Media Review - Billy Squier/Def Leppard @ Rupp Arena By Lexington Herald-Leader

Def Leppard, though its lack of pop abilities and ambitions keep it more tightly bound to its own style and audience, showed a lot more passion in performance.

The heavy metal group famous for shocking all of the hippest critics in the late '70s by making a new, standard-style hard-rock group take off during the heat of the punk invasion.

Their set last night was all highly polished chrome and titanium, and dealt with all the standard bogies, teen love and lust and loss and frustration and so on and on.

But it was earnest and unpretentious and spirited.

Until recently, the band has only had one hit, 'Passion Killer,' big enough to build a set on, nut in the past few weeks it has begun to share honors, as it did last night with 'Photograph,' from the band's fourth and newest album, 'Pyromania'.

The song is now No, 1 on Billboard's album air=play chart and the entire album is in the Top 10 - heady stuff for heavy metal rockers in general, much less a group whose youngest member won't be old enough to drink around these parts for another three years.

By Lexington Herald-Leader 1983.


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