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Def Leppard played another show with Journey on the 2018 North American tour last night in Cincinnati, OH with 16 songs performed.

The show took place at the 17,556 capacity U.S. Bank Arena.

The band last played Cincinnati on 5th July 2016 on the Summer Tour 2016.

The 17th show by the band in this city and a return to a venue not played since 1992 and now under a new name.

The first visit here took place in April 1983 at the Cincinnati Gardens as support to Billy Squier.

They returned for the first headline show in January 1988. An In The Round show at Riverfront Coliseum during the Hysteria tour with Tesla supporting them.

A second outdoor show followed in August 1988 at Riverbend Music Center. Their first time playing this venue.

The last of the three indoor shows in this city was played (In The Round) in November 1992 on the Adrenalize tour also at Riverfront Coliseum.

Between July 1993 to July 2016 every show in Cincinnati was played at the Riverbend Music Center.

Def Leppard 2018. Screenshot

Phil Collen Returns

Phil Collen returned to the tour after having to depart a day before the show in Hershey, PA.

News of his return was first reported by a local fan who met him in Fountain Square, not far from the venue and the adjoining Great American Ball Park stadium. Phil confirmed to him that he would be playing the show.

He had missed the previous three shows in Hershey, Buffalo and Cleveland due to an unspecified "family emergency".


'When Love & Hate Collide' and 'Man Enough' were played for the first time in Cincinnati.

All 16 songs played (once again) with Mr. Phil Collen on guitar, as they should be. And once again...Sav wore his pink outfit.


Def Leppard Pale seems to have been more widely available at last night's show after not being seen at the previous shows outside of a few local bars. It's fair to say this is not the reason Phil came back at this show though!. Joe once again opened a can and took a sip before his 'Rock Of Ages' speech. This time giving the can to a fan in the front rows.

Watch some Fan Videos from the show here.

Def Leppard 2018 Fan Videos.

View the current Setlist Statistics in the next news update.

The next show takes place on 1st June in Toronto, ON. The first major stadium show of the tour with a potential crowd of almost 50,000.

Def Leppard 2018 - Cincinnati, OH Setlist

  • 00 - Albums/Are You Excitable? Video (Intro)
  • 01 - Rocket (Single Version)
  • 02 - Animal
  • 03 - Foolin'
  • 04 - When Love & Hate Collide

Played for the first time in Cincinnati.

  • 05 - Let's Get Rocked
  • 06 - Armageddon It
  • 07 - Rick Savage Bass Solo/Rock On
  • 08 - Two Steps Behind (acoustic)
  • 09 - Man Enough

Played for the first time in Cincinnati.

  • 10 - Love Bites
  • 11 - Bringin' On The Heartbreak (electric)
  • 12 - Switch 625 (Instrumental)
  • 13 - Hysteria/Heroes (David Bowie) tag
  • 14 - Pour Some Sugar On Me

  • 15 - Rock Of Ages
  • 16 - Photograph

Def Leppard 2018 - Cincinnati, OH Show Speeches

Joe Elliott - Pre-Rock Of Ages Speech

"Cheers. Thank you Cincinnati. You had a good time tonight?. Once again as I said earlier it's gonna be an amazing summer. It has been one amazing evening. We wanna thank you from the bottom of our hearts for having us tonight. As I keep saying it's a blessing every gig we do that we can do it in front of this many people for so long. F**king beautiful thank you so much."

"Make some noise for the boy at the back please Mr. Rick Allen!. He as ever will introduce this one for ya."

Joe Elliott - End of Show Speech

"Cincinnati, Ohio!. Thank you so much. Thanks for having us. Thanks for coming. Thanks for being here. We'll see you again. Goodnight."

"Woo. Thank you so much. Been a real pleasure. As always. Until next time. And there will be a next time!. Do us a favour yeah. Don't forget us and we won't forget you. Goodnight!."

Journey - Cincinnati, OH Setlist

  • 01 - Intro/Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)
  • 02 - Be Good To Yourself
  • 03 - Only the Young
  • 00 - Neal Schon Guitar Solo #1
  • 04 - Stone In Love
  • 05 - Any Way You Want It
  • 06 - Lights
  • 00 - Jonathan Cain Piano Solo
  • 07 - Open Arms
  • 08 - Who's Crying Now
  • 09 - Edge Of The Blade
  • 10 - Chain Reaction
  • 11 - La Do Da/Steve Smith Drum Solo
  • 00 - Neal Schon Guitar Solo #2
  • 12 - Wheel In The Sky
  • 13 - Faithfully
  • 14 - Don't Stop Believin'

  • 15 - Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'

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