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31 Years Ago DEF LEPPARD Rock NUREMBERG, Germany (Video)

Def Leppard 1986. Nuremberg 1986

Def Leppard played a Hysteria warm-up show in Nuremberg, West Germany on this day in 1986.

The third of four Monsters Of Rock festival shows was played on 30th August 1986 at the Zeppelinfeld (Zeppelin Field).

This location was one of the Nazi party's rally sites in the 1930/40s. The main stands in the pic above are where the leaders would stand with the rest of the 'people' parading on the fields where the fans and the stage are seen.

The photo was later used in the middle of the 'Vault' album CD booklet.

The event was jointly headlined by Scorpions and Ozzy Osbourne with Def Leppard playing fourth after openers Warlock, Bon Jovi and MSG.

As noted by Joe in August 2016 this was the show where he first met Jon Bon Jovi and the other members of the band. Rick Allen had previously met them in late 1984 when attending a show in Europe shortly before his car accident.

The photo used on this video (of a different 1986 German concert) shows Bon Jovi taking their bows at the end of the Nuremberg gig.

The four date festival tour kicked off on 16th August 1986 at Donington Park in Derby, England.

By this show 'Foolin'' had replaced 'Run Riot' in the set with 'Love And Affection' (still under its original title of '(Don't Give Me) Love And Affection') as the sole pre-'Hysteria' album track played.

Between the Donington show and this one they had played a second Monsters gig in Stockholm on the 23rd August and Joe was still going back to the studio with Mutt Lange to continue vocal work on the album.

Watch 9 minutes of rare footage below which is the only film available from the Monsters Of Rock tour.

Def Leppard 1986. Nuremberg 1986

Show Story - Animal Instinct Biography 1987 Quotes

"Compared to that the next Leppard show was a bit anti-climactic. The next-to-last stop on the tour, the Zeppelinfield in Nuremberg, West Germany where Adolf Hitler once held outdoor Nazi rallies, was standard Leppard procedure - an hour in the afternoon sun, knock 'em dead with the hits."

"Sav and Joe were in less than peak physical condition - Sav with food poisoning, Joe with a sore throat - but Joe was excellently attended by Ozzy Osbourne, who gave Joe some honey in a hot lemon drink half an hour before show time."

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