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Tuesday, 14th June 2005

Tampa, FL - Fan Reviews

Fan Review - By fauvel

This is the first of 3 consecutive shows for me (Kissimme and Jax being the next two). I'm a huge fan to say the least. I was 3rd row for this one, Phil's side. They were spot on! sounded fantastic. I know Joe has been having some problems with a hoarse voice in other shows, didn't show at this one. Sounded really great. I have seen them multiple times over the many years and they sounded better then ever.

Set list was basically the same as the ballpark tour with the inclusion of Two Steps Behind, Rock On and Gods of War, which is MEANT to be a live song. they had the video screen with them, works very well and is a great addition.

One big observation, they all seemed to be having a great time on stage. That is obvious. This is a big reason why they are the best band ever (IMO). They are all about the fun. They like to have fun and they like their fans to have fun. It's entertainment and they get it. I thank them for bringing just a little bit more joy into my life. This is why they have a fan in me for life.

Fan Review - By Kat

It's been about 18 years since Def Leppard and Tesla last toured together, which is about 18 years too long. The bands compliment each other very well, both playing balls to the wall flat out rock and roll from first song to last.

Tesla reunited with all five original members in 2001 after a 5 year hiatus. In 2004 they released their most recent studio recording, "Into The Now." Jeff Keith (Tesla's lead singer) said, "We are here to kick some ass," which they proceeded to do. Tesla hit the stage with, "Cumin' Atcha Live," a great song to start out a night of rock and roll. The next song started off with Foghat's "I Just Wanna Make Love" and shot directly into their highly popular version of "Signs," a song originally released by The Five Man Electrical Band in the early 70's. The band is a powerhouse on stage, never standing still for long. Jeff Keith is a blur of movement, using the entire stage as his playground. They closed their set with three of their most popular classics, "Love Song," "Heaven's Trail (No Way Out)," and "Modern Day Cowboy."

Def Leppard is in the middle of their tour in support of their latest release, "Rock Of Ages" a compilation of some of their best music from the last 25 years. The backdrop for their set was a large video screen showing video clips of the songs interspersed with pictures of the band members past and present, and live footage from the stage.

They started their set with one of the first covers they recorded, "Action" by Sweet. Then it was bringing out the hit songs such as, "Women," "Hysteria," "Love Bites," and "Photograph" As promised in interviews to play rarer songs, their set also included "Gods Of War." Just like their opening band, Def Leppard is constantly in motion, always working the crowd, using every inch of stage to entertain the crowd. Phil Collen, Rick "Sav" Savage, Viv Campbell, and Joe Elliott are continuously changing position during each song, to the delight of the crowd.

They played covers of Badfinger's "No Matter What" and David Essex's "Rock On," songs that are slated to be on the bands next release of all cover tunes, tentatively titled "Yeah!" One surprise was the song "Rocket," in previous shows they have always added part of a cover song in the middle after the solos, something they didn't do this time around, maybe they had enough covers in the set already. Both bands looked like they were having a blast on stage, those of us in the audience sure were. Def Leppard and Tesla are shining examples to the younger generation; this is how rock is done.


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