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Wednesday, 1st June 1983

Richmond, VA - Media Reviews

Def Leppard @ Richmond Coliseum By Richmond Times Dispatch

Def Leppard, an 18-year-old's rock 'n' roll dream, set the scene last night at the Coliseum with an air raid opening.

Spotlights careened through the audience during the performance.

Sirens and guitars blazed like determined heralds and the message was 'long live rock'.

An audience of about 4,100 responded in kind with shouts and hand claps, prodded by a screaming Joe Elliott.

The vocalist sounded hoarse, his overworked vocal chords straining with the competition of two guitars, bass, and drums.

The success measure for this concert was not based on music, rather on the audience, which here passed with flying colors.

Elliott offered his microphone to the crowd to amplify its yells, then redoubled with delight with each resounding chorus.

The heavy metal guitar style of Steve Clark and newcomer Phil Collen brought to mind the layered sound of the '70s super group Boston.

Their collective sound stood far less inhibited than their peers.

By Richmond Times Dispatch 1983.


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