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2 Years Ago DEF LEPPARD Debut LET'S GO Live In MOLINE, IL (Video)

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Def Leppard played their new single Let's Go live for the very first time in Moline, IL on this day in 2015.

The first single taken from the Def Leppard studio album.

The song had been premiered by Rolling Stone on 15th September and released on 16th September as a digital single.

The show took place at the iWireless Center in Moline, IL where the band had last played in October 2006 on the YEAH! tour.

The song opened the show in place of 'Rock! Rock!' and the new intro was also debuted.

Phil later revealed it was Joe's idea to have the Lep logo come out of the screen as an extended album intro played.

The full album cover was then shown after the curtain was raised before exploding out of the video screen.

The cover with the classic Def Leppard logo surrounded by shattered glass being brought to life on the giant screen as a dramatic new introduction.

The tour leg had begun on 16th September as the single was issued in iTunes but it's live debut was delayed as the new visuals were being readied and the band rehearsed it during soundchecks. The 14th show played after it was first heard by fans would be when it was first played before an audience.

The lyrics reflected the mood before the start of the shows on the 2015/2016 world tour - "Welcome to the carnival, Welcome to the party".

It has remained as the show opener since but was briefly moved to song #5 on 11th October 2015 in Lincoln, NE where it was played for the fourth time.

Watch all the videos from the show on the YouTube Playlist linked below including three different versions filmed by Lep fans Curt, Michael and Richard from different angles.

The song was one that Rick Savage brought to the first writing/recording sessions for the album in February 2014.

Visit the Album News section. For more news on new music (based on band member quotes) dating back to January 2011.

Vivian Campbell - 7th October Facebook Quote

"Congratulations Moline! You get the first performance of the new tune. Now I just hope we don't f**k it up... Just in case we do, here's a cute picture of a small dog to distract you."

Rick Allen - 7th October Facebook Quote

"Moline is about to be the "first" for something special!."

Moline, IL Fan Videos 2015.

Joe Elliott - September 2015 Interview Quotes

"It's a call to arms, you know? Rick Savage wrote 80 percent of the song. I wrote the verses, he wrote all the music and the choruses. He came in with it, and we knew it was a classic Def Leppard song. It's that three-minute pop-rock stuff with big chunky guitars and a big chorus. And it has that swaggering, mid-tempo rhythm, like "Sugar," and "Rock of Ages."

"The idea was, we wanted something familiar. I mean, when AC/DC comes back after years away, you're not going to get "Bohemian Rhapsody" from 'em, you know? And you don't want it, either — you want "Back in Black," or something like it. For us, this is what we do. And it's something we enjoy doing."

Phil Collen - September 2015 Interview Quotes

"The lead-off single, but it was actually one of the last tracks in the sessions. That was a Rick Savage song he’d had floating around for a while, but it was very pop-orientated. When we started recording, the guitars were a little lightweight. We decided they needed to be way more aggressive and nasty. So that was the second coat of paint, if you like – we replaced some of the stuff we’d done earlier and just made it way more violent and aggressive."

"We're really pleased with the way it come out. We went so overboard on the backing vocals."

Joe Elliott - October 2015 Interview Quotes

"It's one of those songs when we kind of approached the way we were doing stuff and playing each other our ideas. We'd kind of giggle and smile and go that sounds like us you know. And it's like well yeah it does and once we'd established the fact that we didn't care. And then it's like you know we are who we are. We're not afraid of it. We're not embarrassed by it. We write great four minute pop rock stuff. Big choruses and anthemic hooks and that stuff. That's what we do. So we weren't gonna avoid doing it just because we'd done it in the past."

"But at the same time we also did spread our wings out a little bit. And this is no brother or sister song to that song on the album anywhere. There's nothing sounds like it. So it does have the diversity that we were looking for. So when you actually get deep into record that there's all sorts of influences coming out. From our childhood you know. Queen, Bowie, The Faces, Zeppelin, The Beatles. You can hear little snippets. Whereas in the past we might have tried to disguise that. We just let it come oozing out on this record because it was just the freedom of like going, it doesn't matter, it's fine. This is who we are, why try and pretend we're not you know. So there's everything that you can imagine on this record."

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