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9 Years Ago DEF LEPPARD End VIVA! HYSTERIA Residency In Las Vegas

Def Leppard 2013. By Curt Taft/Sari

Def Leppard ended their 11 date VIVA! Hysteria residency in Las Vegas, NV 9 years ago on this day in 2013.

The first residency by the band which had started on 22nd March came to an end after 11 shows.

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.

It featured the full 'Hysteria' show, encore and two 'Ded Flatbird' sets. Before this the film was given a limited release in cinemas around the world in September 2013.

The final show saw the first and only appearance of Sav as 'Spice Bizkit' complete with black wig and moustache.

Phil Collen reflected on the shows in May 2013 during an interview with Music Backstage.

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