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DEF LEPPARD Film For Tour Documentary In PHOENIX, AZ (Show Report)

Def Leppard 2018. By Radiobabe

Def Leppard played another show with Journey on the 2018 North American tour last night in Phoenix, AZ with 16 songs performed.

The show took place at the 18,422 capacity Talking Stick Resort Arena.

The band last played Phoenix on 20th September 2016 on the Summer Tour 2016.

Lep fan Radiobabe spotted a notice to fans entering the venue which stated filming would be taking place for an upcoming documentary.

This appears to be linked to posts made back in March by Ben McFarlane who had said documentary footage was being filmed during the rehearsals for the Royal Albert Hall show. No specific details were given or any release schedule for the footage.

Similar notices have been seen at venues the last time the band filmed for DVD's/Blu-rays in Las Vegas 2013 and Detroit 2016.

Ben has continued posting photos from the tour and it seems likely the documentary could be a document of the entire 2018 tour. He was also at the rehearals in New York and New Jersey in June before the current North American tour started. View many of his posts below.

The 19th show the band have played in Phoenix and third time at this venue which was opened in June 1992.

The first visit to Phoenix took place in June 1980 at Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum as support to Ted Nugent.

The first outdoor show took place in November 1981 with Blackfoot at the original Compton Terrace on the High 'n' Dry tour.

The Veterans Memorial Coliseum was played again in April 1983 as support to Billy Squier on the Pyromania tour before the band's first headline show at Compton Terrace in September.

They came back to the Veterans Memorial Coliseum for a one end show in November 1987 during the Hysteria tour when the stage could not fit in the middle.

The new Compton Terrace was played in August 1988 on the same tour and featured in the notorious Tour Manager' video showing the band flying to the show in a helicopter.

Ak-Chin Pavilion was played for the first time in July 1993 (as Desert Sky Pavilion) on the Adrenalize tour.

That venue was then played on most of the visits since then in 1996, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014, 2015 and the last show here in 2016.

The exceptions being the December 1999 show at the Celebrity Theatre on the Euphoria radio promo tour.

And a show at America West Arena in December 2002 on the first US leg of the X/Ten tour.


'When Love & Hate Collide' was played for the first time in Phoenix.

Watch some Fan Videos from the show here.

Def Leppard 2018 Fan Videos.

Def Leppard Documentary - Fan Notice

Please be aware we are filming in this venue for a Def Leppard documentary.

All spectators entering this venue agree to be filmed without any rights of ownership of the produced footage in perpetuity.

If you do not wish to appear in the film, please make yourself known.

Thank you for your co-operation.

Joe Elliott - Pre-Rock Of Ages Speech

"Cheers everybody. Thank you. How are we?. You guys have been in great voice all night long. We love that, oh yeah. So do you think you can make a bit more noise?. Maybe just a little bit?. A little more?. For the boy at the back. Stand up Rick Allen!. ."

"Yeah it's loud but do you think you could make a bit more noise?. Just a little bit more. For the boy at the back. Stand up Rick Allen!. And as ever he will introduce this one for ya."

Joe Elliott - End Of Show Speech

"Phoenix, Arizona!. Thank you. Thanks for having us. Thanks for coming. Thanks for being here. We'll see you next time. Goodnight!."

View the current Setlist Statistics in the next news update.

The next show takes place on 8th September in Las Vegas, NV. The last show of leg three on this tour.

Def Leppard 2018 - Phoenix, AZ Setlist

  • 00 - Are You Excitable? Video (Intro)
  • 01 - Rocket (Single Version)
  • 02 - Animal
  • 03 - Foolin'
  • 04 - When Love & Hate Collide

Played for the first time in Phoenix, AZ.

  • 05 - Let's Get Rocked
  • 06 - Armageddon It
  • 07 - Rick Savage Bass Solo/Rock On
  • 08 - Two Steps Behind (acoustic)
  • 09 - Man Enough
  • 10 - Love Bites
  • 11 - Bringin' On The Heartbreak (electric)
  • 12 - Switch 625 (Instrumental)
  • 13 - Hysteria/Heroes (David Bowie) tag
  • 14 - Pour Some Sugar On Me

  • 15 - Rock Of Ages
  • 16 - Photograph

Watch footage from the show on - Periscope

Journey - Phoenix, AZ Setlist

  • 01 - Intro/Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)
  • 02 - Only the Young
  • 03 - Escape
  • 04 - Stone In Love
  • 05 - Chain Reaction
  • 06 - Be Good To Yourself
  • 00 - Neal Schon Guitar Solo
  • 07 - Lights
  • 08 - Lovin' Touchin' Squeezin'
  • 09 - Who's Crying Now
  • 10 - Open Arms
  • 11 - Ask The Lonely
  • 12 - La Do Da/Steve Smith Drum Solo
  • 13 - Any Way You Want It
  • 14 - Wheel In The Sky
  • 00 - Jonathan Cain Piano Solo
  • 15 - Faithfully

  • 16 - Don't Stop Believin'

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