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Saturday, 2nd April 1983

Indianapolis, IN - Media Reviews

Billy Squier/Def Leppard At Market Square Arena By Indianapolis News

It was difficult to determine just who received the loudest response, Def Leppard or Squier, although Squier's performance clearly was superior.

Def Leppard is so strong right now that it is slated to go on its own headlining tour following the Squier hookup.

Def Leppard opened the show 5 minutes ahead of schedule and played for an hour, a substantial period for an opening act.

Opening with 'Rock! Rock! (Till You Drop)', the English band plucked most of its material from its last two American albums, 'High 'n' Dry' and 'Pyromania'.

Lead vocalist Joe Elliott, whose vocal style sometimes is reminiscent of the late Bon Scott of AC/DC, screamed his way through the set, marred by periodic feedback because of instrumental over amplification.

Some of the best numbers included 'Rock Of Ages', 'Die Hard The Hunter' and hit single 'Photograph', all from the new LP.

'Rock Of Ages' was driven by an infectious backbeat and full-group chorus on which the crowd finally joined in.

'Die Hard The Hunter' featured some gritty guitar playing by Steve Clark and Phil Collen.

By Indianapolis News 1983.


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