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Def Leppard @ Abu Dhabi Grand Prix By The National News

Def Leppard concluded the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend with a rollicking performance at Etihad Park on Sunday.

The UK group, celebrating their 45th anniversary this year, showed they haven’t lost any of their vigour with a euphoric greatest hits set.

That said, not everything was based on the past.

Leppard began the show with Take What You Want from new album Diamond Star Halos.

It was an apt choice, with the group seamlessly locking into the driving groove before singer Joe Elliott chimed in with pristine vocals.

The next number had the band dialling things back to 1981 with Let it Go, a sturdy rocker led by guitarist Phil Collen.

Well and truly warmed up, Leppard then threw themselves into a gamut of classics to the delight of the crowd.

Animal still has one of the best choruses from the '80s rock era, while Armageddon It had parts of the crowd whipping out their air guitars.

By the time the chiming guitars of power ballad Love Bites were introduced, Def Leppard were cruising their way to another victorious gig.

By The National News 2022 - (Follow link for full review and photos).

Def Leppard @ Abu Dhabi Grand Prix By Zawya

Multi-platinum selling rock legends Def Leppard had Abu Dhabi pulsing as they closed an eclectic 13th edition of the Yasalam After-Race Concerts at Etihad Park in a fitting end to a thrilling FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX 2022 weekend on Yas Island.

On Sunday night, the genre switched to rock and celebrated English band Def Leppard, featuring Rick Savage, Joe Elliott, Rick Allen, Phil Collen, and Vivian Campbell, who graced the Etihad Park stage.

Opening the show with Take What You Want, Let It Go, and Animal, the band treated racegoers of all ages, to a scintillating gig featuring some of their most iconic tracks.

Calling on the Abu Dhabi audience to “make some noise”, the glam rockers treated their adoring fans, young and old, to hits including stadium anthems Kick and Love Bites, a range of guitar riffs and big lyrics before closing their unforgettable set with classic Pour Some Sugar On Me.

However, they weren’t done there. Amid chants of “More,” the rockers returned to the stage with a backdrop of ‘Abu Dhabi’ in the trademark Def Leppard font, blasting out a two-song encore of Rock of Ages and Photograph.

By Zawya 2022 - (Follow link for full review and photo).


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