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38 Years Ago DEF LEPPARD Start U.S. PYROMANIA Headline Tour IN ODESSA, TX

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Def Leppard played their first American headline arena show during the Pyromania tour on this day in 1983 in Odessa, TX.

It was also the opening night of the Pyromania North American headline portion of the 1983-1984 world tour.

The show took place at the 8,000 plus capacity Ector County Coimseum in Odessa, Texas.

The band had ended their 24 shows with Billy Squier on 21st April in Portland, Oregon.

Four days were spent - 24th to 28th April - at the arena rehearsing for their first ever American headline arena tour.

The success of the the 'Pyromania' album which had been released there on 20th January and the 'Photograph' single and a the successful run with Billy Squier prompted promoters to offer the band their first headline tour.

By July the tour would be so successful that it was extended through to the end of September and became one of the longest U.S. headline tours at this time.

The first single 'Photograph' was at Number 26 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart after seven weeks and four weeks away from peaking at Number 12.

The video was also still in heavy rotation on MTV along side the three clips from the 'High 'n' Dry' album.

It had entered the Billboard Hot 100 earlier that week at Number 87 and by late May would reach Number 12.

In the same week the 'Pyromania' album was currently at Number 8 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and was spending its 7th week inside the Top Ten.

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