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Friday, 12th February 1993

Norman, OK - Media Reviews

Sooners Rocked By Def Leppard By Melissa Hayer

"DO ya wanna get rocked? " Joe Elliott asked at the Def Leppard concert at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman Friday night and the sold-out crowd roared.

Def Leppard then delivered a top-notch, first-rate show "in the round" to promote its current work Adrenalize. It featured dazzling lasers, lights and a stage on which the drum set moved on a track.

The rest of the band members constantly changed places giving the audience a chance to see everyone and everything going on all the time.

Lead singer Elliott was in fine form belting out hits including "Hysteria," "Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad," "Armageddon It," "Pour Some Sugar On Me," "Let's Get Rocked" and "Rock of Ages. " New band member Vivian Campbell proved to be quite an asset, especially when he performed a guitar involving a power drill and during the hit "Too Late For Love. " Guitarist Phil Collen sizzled on such songs as "Women," "White Lightning" and "Foolin' " and provided the cockney rhyming rap on the fun tune "Make Love Like a Man. " Rick "Sav" Savage's bass playing was strong, while drummer Rick Allen lived up to his nickname "Thundergod. " Both were highlighted on the hit "Rocket" as they were elevated on the hydraulic drum platform several feet above the stage.

The band performed "Love Bites" and "Photograph" for its encore in a show that lasted about 2 hours and 20 minutes and that kept most of the crowd on its feet most of the time and "Def-initely" adrenalized.

By The Oklahoman 1993.


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