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10 Years Ago DEF LEPPARD Open VIVA! HYSTERIA Las Vegas Residency

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Def Leppard kicked off their 11 date VIVA! Hysteria residency in Las Vegas, NV on this day in 2013.

The event kicked off with the first of 11 shows at The Joint At Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on 22nd March 2013.

The band would play the classic 'Hysteria' album in its entirety and in sequence for the very first time.

Many of the songs being played for the first time in 25 years since the original 'Hysteria' album tour of 1987/1988.

They opened for themselves each night with a different setlist of rarely played songs as spoof cover band 'Ded Flatbird'.

Each band member took on a different name based on classic Rolling Stone magazine front covers hanging in the venue dressing room.

The event kicked off with 'Ded Flatbird' playing 'Good Morning Freedom' live for the first time since 1980.

The show was recorded and filmed or a live 2CD and DVD package that was released in October 2013.

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