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35 Years Ago DEF LEPPARD's PYROMANIA World Tour Ends In Bangkok

Def Leppard 1984. Bangkok 1984

Def Leppard played the final show of the Pyromania world tour 35 years ago on this day in 1984 in Bangkok, Thailand.

The show took place in front of 6,000 fans at the Indoor Stadium Hua Mark.

It was the last show to be played before Rick Allen's 31st December 1984 car accident.

The following day the band flew to Dublin, Ireland to start work on the Hysteria album.

The tour lasted for one year and was the first to feature 'new' guitarist Phil Collen.

The year long world had started with a UK/European leg in February/March 1983 before moving on to North America until late September.

A second run of European/UK shows took the tour up to late December 1983.

They visited Japan, Australia and finally Thailand for the very first time in January/February 1984.

At the time the Pyromania tour was the longest the band had ever done with over 130 shows played in 12 months.

This venue would be played again for the first show of the Slang tour in May 1996. The first full electric Def Leppard show since this one with Rick Allen playing acoustic drums.

Check out a great gallery of 40 large photos posted on Flickr by t2bb.

Def Leppard 1984. By t2bb

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"There were probably only six or seven people in all of Thailand who'd ever bought a Def Leppard record, at least a legal one anyway (cheap pirate cassette copies of the top albums are the big-sellers in the Far East). Nevertheless, 6,000 folks turned up for the grand end-of-tour finale in Bangkok on February 7th, an impressive turnout made sweeter by the fact that Hall and Oates were also playing in town."

"Bangkok was very strange for me," says Joe. "We were in this nice hotel, like Fantasy Island, with fifteen foot high walls around it. And on the other side was this severe poverty. Sav and I went for a walk and all these fifteen and sixteen-year-old kids came up to us going, "Hey, you want my sister?". We said no thanks, mate, kept on walking and all of a sudden these kids started throwing stones at us. One kid threw a house brick right between us. I guess they didn't like the fact that we had nice clothes, obviously had money and had turned down their sisters."

"I did get to see a guy riding an elephant in down town Bangkok, though. I was eating in this restaurant and spotted this fellow on top of an elephant through the window. I had to run out and take a picture of him. I thought, 'I'm never gonna see anything like that again in my entire life'. And the actual gig was good too."

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