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34 Years Ago DEF LEPPARD Create HYSTERIA In MANHATTAN (Photo/Review)

Def Leppard 1988. By K-State

Def Leppard played a show on the Hysteria tour in Manhattan, KS on 20th October 1988 and a fan review and photo are available.

The show took place at the Bramlage Coliseum.

The band played to a sold out and record crowd of 13,768 fans.

They held the venue ticket sales record until it was broken by Garth Brooks in April 1996.

The photo shown below was posted a few years ago by K-State.

It shows the 'Hysteria' tour stage in all it's glory. Taken as the band were enjoying a recent Number One single with 'Love Bites' and 'Hysteria' spending six weeks at Humber One in August/September. And including some crowd member 'mullet' action.

This show took place just one week before the tour ended in Tacoma, WA.

Local fan John sent in a fan review in 2013.

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Def Leppard Manhattan, KS 1988

Photo by K-State.

John - Fan Review Quotes

"Okay, so what if Def Leppard is looked on as kinda wimpy nowadays. Back in '88 no one could challenge there heavy metal supremacy. Some of their early work is almost interchangeable with early Iron Maiden. And 'Pyromania' brought metal to the masses like no other hard rock album before. So, when Bramlage erupted with the pounding riff to "Rock! Rock! (Till You Drop)" you can imagine the thrill the 13,000 fans were feeling. I've loved that song since grade school; back when I had a Def Leppard shirt and wore it to the third grade (by the way, it was also one of those horrible white shirts with dark half-sleeved things like my Iron Maiden shirt Scott bought me)."

"It was quite a concert, believe me. They famously played "in the round", which is to say, their stage was located at center court with the audience seated a full 360 degrees around the band. They had lots of nifty smoke and lasers. Of course they were all dressed in swanky ripped jeans and flowing long blond hair that defined 1988."

This and other archive concert reviews can be found on the show pages in the Tour History.

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