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5 Years Ago DEF LEPPARD At The ROCK IN RIO Festival In BRAZIL (Video)

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Def Leppard played the famous Rock In Rio festival on this day in 2017 in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

The show took place at the Rock In Rio festival in front of over 100,000 fans.

The first visit to Rio since 22nd April 1997 on the Slang Tour.

The much rumoured show had been confirmed and announced in March 2017 as part of their South America/Mexican tour.

The first time the band have played this festival which was headlined by Aerosmith.

Scalene and Fall Out Boy also performed before Def Leppard. The first of 8 shows in South America.

The band's only previous visit to Brazil was in April 1997 on the Slang tour with shows in Sao Paulo and Rio.

The Rio show, like Sao Paulo, was in a small venue and not well attended. The second scheduled show in Sao Paulo was cancelled due to lack of tickets sales.

Def Leppard had been due to play the original Rock In Rio festival in January 1985 at two shows supporting AC/DC and Queen. They pulled out before Rick's car accident to continue working on 'Hysteria'.

They were announced to perform on 11th January 1985 playing before Iron Maiden and headliners Queen.

Then for a second show on 19th January 1985 before Scorpions and headliners AC/DC. The Queen shows on 11th and 18th January of that year attracted crowds of over 250,000 people. Def Leppard were replaced by Whitesnake.

The entire show was broadcast live by Globo TV in Brazil. Phil was interviewed just after coming off stage with his words dubbed over into Portuguese.

LiveXLive had secured the rights to stream sets worldwide on their website with Def Leppard not on their schedule at first but it turns out (as seen on the fan videos) that they were along with Scalene, Fall Out Boy and Aerosmith.

14 songs were performed in all.

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Watch some Fan Videos from the show here.

Def Leppard 2017 Fan Videos.

Joe Elliott - Armageddon It/Vivian Campbell Intro

"Obrigado Rio!. Can you make some noise?. Can you make some noise?!. Can you make some noise please for Mr. Vivian Campbell."

Joe Elliott - Let It Go/Phil Collen Intro

"Obrigado. Oi Rio!. How ya doin'?. It's good to be here at last. 32 years later but better late than never. Make some noise for Mr. Phil Collen."

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Joe Elliott - Pre-Rock Of Ages Speech

"Obrigado. Oi Rio!. How about you guys out there make some noise for the boy at the back. Stand up Rick Allen!. He will introduce this one for ya."

Joe Elliott - End Of Show Speech

"Rio. Obrigado. Good to see you again. Thank you. Obrigado. Ciao. Photo, arms up!, Ciao."

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Def Leppard 2017 Tour - Show #39 Rio De Janeiro, Brazil Setlist

  • 00 - Let's Go Intro (PA)
  • 01 - Let's Go

Played for the first time in Rio De Janeiro.

  • 02 - Animal
  • 03 - Let It Go

Played for the first time in Rio De Janeiro.

  • 04 - Love Bites
  • 05 - Armageddon It
  • 06 - Man Enough

Played for the first time in Rio De Janeiro.

  • 07 - Rocket (Single Version)
  • 08 - Bringin' On The Heartbreak (electric)
  • 09 - Switch 625 (Instrumental)
  • 10 - Hysteria/Heroes (David Bowie) tag
  • 11 - Let's Get Rocked
  • 12 - Pour Some Sugar On Me

  • 13 - Rock Of Ages
  • 14 - Photograph

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