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23 Years Ago DEF LEPPARD's Slang Tour In JOHANNESBURG (Video/Diary)

Def Leppard 1996. Def Leppard 1996

Def Leppard played a Slang tour show in Johannesburg, South Africa on 5th December 1996 and a tour diary/video footage is available.

The show took place at the Johannesburg Stadium.

The first time the band had played in this city or country where they were supported by local band Just Jinjer.

The European leg of the Slang tour had ended in with a club show in Exeter, England on 28th November.

The show was filmed by local TV for broadcast.

13 songs were included from the show which was played in front of 37,500 ecstatic and very loud fans. The first of three stadium shows played on the mini tour of the country.

Vivian wrote about the show for Kerrang! magazine as part of a series of Tour Diaries from the three South African shows.

Watch the full TV broadcast via the links.

Johannesburg, South Africa 1996 - Vivian Campbell Tour Diary Quotes

"There are certain countries we've visited on this tour where they treat us like big, fat pop stars. South Africa. I'm glad to say, is one of them - from the trouble-free excursion through immigration and Customs (yes, of course I'll sign your CD...), to the obligatory press conference, security guards, etc, etc."

"The gig: 30,000-plus young (white!) Leppard fans. Singing every word, playing every chord. I guess we've yet to crossover to the indigenous peoples."

"That said, it was stunning, brilliant, mind-blowing, unbelievable, not to mention great fun. We had beau coup des TV cameras capturing the event for a local broadcast (did I say big, fat pop stars?), and capped it off with enough fireworks to keep Gerry Adams out of the Northern Ireland peace talks for another 27 years."

Def Leppard 1996.

Joe Elliott - Pre-Two Steps Behind

"Here's something that you can sing along with. And I really do think that this could possibly be the loudest version that we've ever played. But that's up to you guys. And it goes something like this."

Watch all the footage from the show on this YouTube Playlist including a video of the full show.

Def Leppard 1996 South Africa Fan Videos.

Fan photos and reviews from any past tour can be submitted - Here

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