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34 Years Ago DEF LEPPARD Start HYSTERIA World Tour In Dublin, Ireland

Def Leppard 1987. Hysteria Tour 1987/1988

Def Leppard began their 14 month long Hysteria world tour on this day in 1987 in Dublin, Ireland.

The first show took place at the SFX Hall (or SFX Centre) in Dublin, Ireland and was the start of a 17 date sold-out UK and Irish tour.

It came hot on the heels of their first ever Top 10 hit single, Animal, and first Number One album, Hysteria which had been released on 3rd August.

The venue was located at 23 Upper Sherrard Street. In 1984 U2 filmed the live performance scenes there for the 'Pride' video. It was later closed as a music venue but the building remains.

Tesla were the support act and stayed with them until July 1988. Playing over 100 shows as they supported their debut album 'Mechanical Resonance'.

The band played a lengthy set which included the rarely played 'Billy's Got A Gun' and 'Don't Shoot Shotgun' - played for the very first time.

The show mainly consisted of tracks from the 'Pyromania', 'Hysteria' and 'High 'n' Dry' albums. New single 'Pour Some Sugar On Me' was released near the end of the tour and became the second hit single in the UK.

Just two nights later at the third show in Belfast Joe would suffer a back injury after jumping off the drum riser during 'Die Hard The Hunter'. It resulted in him not being able to move properly for the rest of the UK tour.

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