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21 Years Ago DEF LEPPARD Enter The 21st Century In CHICAGO (Audio)

Def Leppard 1999. Def Leppard 1999

Def Leppard played a show in Chicago, IL on 31st December 1999 during the Euphoria tour and rare audio is available.

The show took place at the Allstate Arena.

The last show of the 20th century taking place on New Year's Eve.

The band had originally planned to play two shows on this day with the other taking place at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, WI but that idea was scrapped in favour of just one show.

A few extra surprises were in store for the audience as the band began the encore with the first ever playing on '21st Century Sha La La La Girl' from the current 'Euphoria' album.

Listen to audio of the performance below as well as the New Year countdown celebrations and Joe's end of sow speech.

The encore took place after the chimes of Big Ben were played to mark the start of the New Year and the New Millennium.

The first song played in 2000 was '21st Century Sha La La La Girl' for the only recorded time followed by 'Let It Go'.

After the Big Ben chimes were played over the PA lots of 'Def Leppard Dollars' were shot up into the crowd. Each member had their own dollar bill with a promo photo shown along with the words "The Bank of Euphoria, Sheffield, UK".

Enuff Z'Nuff opened the show with Dokken as special guests who replaced Motley Crue on the bill.

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Def Leppard 1999. Joe Elliott 1999

Joe Elliott On Stage Quotes - 31st December 1999

New Year Celebrations/21st Century Intro

"It's here!. Cheers everybody!. Happy New Year!. Welcome to the year 2000. In fact, Welcome to the 21st Century!."

End Of Show Speech

"It's nice to think that you guys are still with us after all this time. Stick around 'cause we ain't going anywhere."

"Until next time Chicago, and there will be a next time!. Have yourselves a very happy new year and we'll see ya again alright. And so us a big, big favour yeah. Don't forget us and we won't forget you. Goodnight."

Def Leppard Dollar Bill 1999.

The show was the band's first time in the city since July 1996 on the Slang tour.

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