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Saturday, 8th July 2006

Virginia Beach, VA, USA - Media Reviews

Hysteria for Def Leppard By Jeff Maisey

This may come as a complete shock: 18,000 people turned out for the Def Leppard/Journey double-bill concert at the Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheater. Most of those in attendance certainly counted themselves as lucky.

Def Leppard was the headlining act primarily because it has a new charting album, Yeah, a collection of '70s British glam rock gems. They performed David Essex's "Rock On," Badfinger's "No Matter What" and T-Rex's "20th Century Boy" from that CD.

All five members were physically fit and displayed outstanding musicianship. The band was as good if not better than in its heyday of the 1980s. There were stairways leading to a platform that extended behind the drum kit, as well as a standard large video screen used as a backdrop and a hot light show.

Def Leppard performed all of its popular tunes, including "Photograph," "Love Bites," "Pour Some Sugar On Me" "Rock of Ages" and "Foolin'." Long live rock!

By Port Folio Weekly 2006.


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