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DEF LEPPARD To Post 1983 PYROMANIA Tour Video On YouTube (23rd April)

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Def Leppard will release a rare 1983 Pyromania tour show video on YouTube on 23rd April.

A teaser clip posted to Twitter revealed plans to release footage from the tour next Monday.

The footage appears likely (but not confirmed) to be the 20th September 1983 show at Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego, CA when the band headlined the annual KGB-FM 101 Sky Show festival along with openers Eddie Money, Uriah Heep and Motley Crue.

Read more about this show as posted on its 34th anniversary in 2017.

Monday 23rd April would have been Steve Clark's 58th birthday.

Update - Although most Dortmund 1983 videos are blocked on YT some remain and looking at the shot seen below, the teaser clip is definitely from Dortmund. Of course they could just be using this for the teaser only. The one at the top of this page is from the teaser video. The full Dortmund set has never surfaced or been revealed with just six songs broadcast by German TV and radio at the time.

The San Diego show was filmed by Joe Elliott's then girlfriend Denise Dakin from the mixing desk. This was revealed in the 1987 'Animal Instinct' biography book.

Some of this footage was briefly shown in the March 2002 VH1 Ultimate Albums Pyromania documentary. A show which also included some other footage from that tour that looked more professionally shot including different angles and close ups - see screenshots below. Exterior shots of Oakland Coliseum were also shown (played for two nights before San Diego).

The other possibility is a show filmed by the band in Seattle, WA in August 1983 for their then fan club. Footage that was to be part of a documentary which was ultimately never released.

It could also be an entirely different show - we will find out on Monday. To date there is only one full Pyromania show on YouTube from Montreal in June 1983. The only full tour show video that has ever surfaced.

Visit the Tour News section. For more news on future tour plans.

Pyromania 1983.

Ultimate Albums Pyromania - Joe Elliott Quotes

"We had 55,000 people to watch us. And I have a video that my girlfriend shot of that and she spins the camera right round and the whole crowd are stood up going mad. I mean it was, it was fantastic."

Show Story - 1987 Animal Instinct Biography

"The mainland portion of the tour climaxed September 17 with an outdoor blowout at Jack Murphy Stadium in front of 55,000 fans. Leppard topped a bill featuring Motley Crue, Uriah Heep and Eddie Money."

"Leppard's entire set was captured for posterity on videotape by Joe's girlfriend at the time, Denise, who filmed the show from the mixing desk with Joe's video camera. It was the perfect end to a nearly perfect tour."

Show Story - 1984 Fan Club Newsletter Excerpts

"Our final gig in the continental U.S., was appropriately, the biggest. Due to a set of circumstances, the opportunity to headline San Diego's Sky Show came our way. Looking to make up for our last San Diego gig, we jumped at it."

"For all of you not aware of the Sky Show, it is an annual event capping a week of activities in San Diego taking place as a giant concert at Jack Murphy Stadium."

"50,000 plus watched Motley Crue and Eddie Money warm up for Def Leppard. It was a fitting end to our tour. Especially fitting was the astounding fireworks display after our show. Amazing!."

Def Leppard 20th September 1983 - San Diego, CA, USA Setlist

  • 00 - Pyromania Album Intro
  • 01 - Rock! Rock! (Till You Drop)
  • 02 - Rock Brigade
  • 03 - High 'N' Dry (Saturday Night)
  • 04 - Another Hit And Run (Extended)
  • 05 - Billy's Got A Gun
  • 06 - Mirror, Mirror (Look Into My Eyes)
  • 07 - Foolin
  • 08 - Photograph
  • 09 - Rock Of Ages (Extended)
  • 10 - Bringin' On The Heartbreak (electric)
  • 11 - Switch 625 (Instrumental)
  • 12 - Let It Go
  • 13 - Wasted

  • 14 - Stagefright
  • 15 - Photograph

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