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24 Years Ago Def Leppard Start Adrenalize World Tour In Dublin, Ireland

Sunday, 19th June 2016

Def Leppard 1992.
Adrenalize Tour 1992

Def Leppard started the main Adrenalize world tour 24 years ago today on 19th June 1992 in Dublin, Ireland.

The first show of the tour which took place at The Point Depot in Dublin.

The Adrenalize album had been released on 30th/31st March.

The band unveiled their new In The Round stage design which featured the new album cover design and a huge new movable lighting rig/drum riser.

Live footage shot at this show was used for an Italian TV special and clips were used in the 1992 MTV Europe Rockumentary.

The 25 minute special from Italian TV is no longer online but you can view photos and read quotes from it below.

The rare footage showed the crew and band setting up and preparing the stage for the first show.

They also talked about the upcoming world tour with contributions from all of the band plus the lighting designer, stage manager and sound engineer.

The band had warmed up with 13 club shows around Europe in May/June before starting the main world tour here using the new In The Round staging.

After 241 shows they ended the tour with three shows in Mexico at the end of September 1993.

This tour remains the longest tour in their live history and is unlikely to be surpassed.

The show was originally scheduled for the 18th June but then moved to the 19th - as shown on the promo posters below.

Def Leppard 1992.
Show Poster 1

Joe Elliott - 19th June 1992 Interview Quotes

"It's really cool. The lighting rig we've got is a phenomenal lighting rig. It just looks like, I don't know, the USS Enterprise to me. It's like a Space station. It all moves. It's really kind of state of the art which ties in with the kind of music we make because we use the same kind of production techniques making the music as we are live to visualise it all."

Def Leppard 1992.
Show Poster 1

Phil Collen - 19th June 1992 Interview Quotes

"People can see a lot clearer on this stage. The site lines are clearer and everything's a bit lower. There's little ramps down here. You know we run down them. We're a lot closer to people."

Rick Allen - 19th June 1992 Interview Quotes

"There's a hydraulic ramp that takes me up I think something like six feet off the floor of the building and it also tracks across the stage. All the way down to this point. All the way over there. And then just like the last stage that we had. The last drum riser. It also goes around. So it's just a ploy. Trying to keep up with the guys you know running around all over the stage. It the only way that I can get over to the audience as well. It's like being at a fair ground for the two hours that we play the show. But it's kind of fun. I've always liked the carnival rides so it's right up my alley."

Joe Elliott - 19th June 1992 Interview Quotes

"It's true what they say. A band is as good as it's crew. And if you've got a good crew, you've got a happy band. If you've got a happy band, you've got a good performance. If you've got a good performance, you've got a happy crew. And it's just one big, not vicious circle, the opposite, it's a happy circle."

Phil Collen -19th June 1992 Interview Quotes

"We're gonna do a pretty extensive Australian tour and that takes in New Zealand as well. Then we're in the States for about seven months and that's pretty much gonna cover everywhere. Then back to Europe, do everywhere we played on the club tour but you know a larger venue. You know with all this instead of like a tiny club. Then back to America I think and Japan. And them wherever anyone wants us I guess we'll go ."

Rick Allen - 19th June 1992 Interview Quotes

"Obviously really looking forward to doing the tour because we haven't really played together since October 1988. And it's all new. New stage and obviously you know with Vivian joining it's gonna be a whole new sort of experience. And I think everybody's really positive about it. Everybody's looking forward to it. So I'm sure we're gonna have a lot of fun."

Joe Elliott - 19th June 1992 Interview Quotes

"The band's now tighter than it's ever been at any stage of it's career. And everybody's really into their gig which is the nice thing you know. It's like there's this myth that rock and roll is get out there have a bottle of Jack, line of coke, smoke a few cigarettes. Get elegantly wasted and just like oh, do the gig as well. It's the other way around with us. The gig's the only thing that we're bothered about. There might be a few beers afterwards. but everybody's really working hard. Warming up before we go on. Stretching exercises or vocal exercises. Playing the guitar or Rick playing his drums before we do the gig so everybody's on top of what they're doing before we go out on stage."

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