Def Leppard played another show with Journey on the 2018 North American tour last night in Cincinnati, OH with 16 songs performed.
DEF LEPPARD 2018 News Recap Part 5 (May)
Welcome to recap of all things Def Leppard in the year 2018 continuing with the month of May.
Another year for the band is about to end and these updates will look back at the major events that took place over the last 12 months.
Featuring links to past news stories.
2018 became one of the band's most successful touring years for decades with 83 shows played on the main world tour and 84 in total throughout the year.
May saw the band start their 2018 world tour in Hartford, CT with Journey as co-headliners.
A new stage production was unveiled with moveable rigging, video screens and lasers used for the first time since 1993. The spectacular show intro saw the movable screens displaying the name of the city as they rose up to the venue roof.
Def Leppard and Journey alternated who closed each show with both playing for 90 minutes. A 16 song setlist included 'When Love & Hate Collide' which was played for the first time in each city outside of Las Vegas. Only 'Man Enough' would remain from the last self-titled studio album.
The tour would go on to feature ten large outdoor stadium shows and sell over 1 million concert tickets by its end in early October.
In late May Phil Collen had to miss the third show of the tour in Hershey, PA to fly back to California due to a "family emergency". His first full concert missed since he joined the band in July 1982.
The emergency was revealed to be medical complications as his wife gave birth to their son Jaxson. Mother and baby was also revealed to be recovered and doing well as Phil rejoined the tour.
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Phil Collen rejoined the band in Cincinnati, OH and would be with them for all of the remaining dates in 2018 after he had to miss three shows.
Phil Collen's return to the tour was revealed by a chance meeting with a fan near the venue in Cincinnati, OH.
The last of three shows played without Phil Collen took place in Cleveland, OH.
A Limited Edition clear vinyl of the Vault album was announced by UK retailer HMV.
A second show without Phil Collen was played in Buffalo, NY where the band had not played since March 1993.
Fan footage from Hershey, PA was shared with Joe announcing Phil's absence. He also reassured fans on his weekly radio show that Phil would return to the tour very soon.
Footage revealed the band were playing their cover of Depeche Mode's Personal Jesus before each show and that it was one of the songs recorded for the Spotify Singles session.
The third show of the tour was played in Hershey, PA but without Phil Collen. Steve Brown stepped in to play in his place and would do so for the next two shows.
Joe Elliott and Neal Schon talked about alternating the headline spot on the 2018 tour.
The second show of the 2018 tour was played in Albany, NY. Their first visit here since 2003.
The 2018 world tour kicked off in Hartford, CT with 16 songs performed and the new stage design unveiled including a spectacular video intro and the use of lasers.
Joe Elliott was interviewed at the band's production rehearsals in New Jersey and mentioned the Spotify session and new tour staging.
An English video director who had revealed he was making a tour documentary on the band also said they had recorded a Spotify Singles session in New York.
Joe Elliott appeared on new songs by the band Doctors Of Madness.
Joe Elliott taped an interview for Speakeasy TV in New York with Rolling Stone writer David Fricke.
Phil Collen told of his excitement at playing stadiums on the upcoming tour including one in Atlanta, GA.
Joe Elliott said the band would would on the next album once the 2018 tour had finished.
The Def Leppard Pale beer was announced and launched ahead of the 2018 tour start.
Phil Collen talked about the upcoming Def Leppard x Journey tour in a radio interview.
It was revealed that Joe Elliott would be interviewed in New York for the Speakeasy TV show.
The Live At Abbey Road Studios Record Store Day 12 inch vinyl entered the UK charts.
Vivian Campbell said the band would be working on their next studio album in 2019 with less time spent touring.
Joe Elliott gave an interview previewing the Hysteria tour and his thoughts on playing live.
A second show was added in Honolulu, Hawaii which would become the opening night of the Hysteria & More portion of the 2018 world tour.
The first in a series of lyric videos was posted online to promote the upcoming Volume One box set.
Vivian Campbell revealed to the Australian press that the 2018 tour would include new staging. This would turn out to be a reference to the movable video screens and new show intro.
Vivian Campbell told a US radio station about the impending tour rehearsals.
Vivian Campbell launched a new signature Gibson Les Paul guitar and spoke about it in a video interview.
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