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29 Years Ago DEF LEPPARD Film TWO STEPS BEHIND Promo Video

Def Leppard 1993. Screenshot

Def Leppard filmed the live scenes of their classic Two Steps Behind promo video on this day in 1993 at Irvine Meadows.

The Adrenalize concert took place at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre in Irvine, CA.

The seventh main show played in the outdoor leg of the North American tour now renamed as 'The Never-Ending Weekend' tour.

During the show the band played the regular acoustic version of 'Two Steps Behind' and filmed the live scenes for the promo video.

All did not go according to plan as the cameras malfunctioned resulting in the song being played twice.

It was played for a second time during the encore with the now familiar footage captured by the cameras.

Having been played a couple of times during radio and private acoustic shows in January 1993, the band gave the song its full concert debut on 6th June 1993 at the Don Valley Stadium show.

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Def Leppard 1993. Screenshot

The promo video and single were released to tie in with the song being used in the end credits of the movie 'Last Action Hero' and its soundtrack album.

New strings had been added to the original B-Side version released in the UK in June 1992 on the 'Make Love Like A Man' Single.

The most elaborate music video the band had filmed with many different locations used.

The band were filmed playing the song in a car park, a studio alongside a string section and then at Irvine Meadows.

Joe was filmed on a movie set with various extras walking along backwards and singing the lyrics backwards. The scenes were later played forwards giving a slow motion effect that had last been seen in the 'Hysteria' video.

In the video commentary below Sav explains that Joe was suffering back issues at the time of the filming making his solo scenes harder to shoot.

1993 Irvine, CA - Screenshots by dltourhistory

1993 Video Commentary - Rick Savage

Joe said he also had trouble with 'Two Steps Behind' and all that walking backwards.

"Yeah same thing. That was pretty tough for Joe especially as he had a severe back problem at the time. He had problems standing up let alone walking backwards and singing words backwards at the same time. When they played the film backwards he appeared to be walking forwards and singing the words in the right order. Yet the rest of us had it fairly easy."

2016 Irvine, CA - Media Review Quote

"How about slipping in “Two Steps Behind?” The concert sequence in the video of that song was filmed at Irvine Meadows on July 10, 1993. It should be a unique memory for the band, because they had to play the song twice that night because the camera equipment malfunctioned on the first take."

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