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Friday, 25th August 2006

Concord, CA - Media Reviews

Def Leppard/Journey By Kevin Karr

Wow! I was Just blown away by the power and feeling this concert had to offer. Arriving to the show just as Journey was taking the stage, and I must tell you - these guys look and sound better than ever. Neal Schon's guitars were as bold and in-your-face as they tore in to such classics as "Any Way You Want It", "Faithfully", "Wheel in the Sky" and many other classics to add to the list. Awesome live show. Very energetic!

What really surprised me was new vocalist Jeff Scott Soto. He was singing all of the songs like he had written them himself. I feel these guys are better now than they ever have been. Simply a great band to see. Drummer Deen Castrovano was impressive as well with his vocals. He did vocals on most of the mellow-dramatic hits like "Faithfully", and "Open Arms." Very nicely done.

Def Leppard were amazing as well. Doing classics like "Photograph", "Rock of Ages", and "Foolin'", you could not go wrong from the get-go. The musicianship of this band has always been a tight one. Always in connection with each other on stage. These guys make a lot of eye contact with each other to make sure that everyone is on the same page. They are.

With the show ending after encore songs "Pour Some Sugar On Me" and "Rocket", the band showed no mercy and kept fans on their toes to see what would happen next.

I really had mixed feelings going into the show. I was really unsure if either band could live up to the potential of keeping up on the music sets. I had heard mixed reviews from people on how either band played live. But I had to see it for myself. I was glad I did. Most of the people were wrong in their decision to say that the band was not good. They were. I would go again and again to see what either band has to offer.

By Times-Herald 2006.


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