35 Years Ago DEF LEPPARD Perform ANIMAL On The Roxy (Video)
Def Leppard performed their classic single Animal on UK music show The Roxy 35 years ago on this day in 1987.
The single had just been released on 20th July in the UK and would eventually reach Number 6 in the charts.
Their first ever Top Ten single anywhere in the world and first UK hit helped by many TV appearances.
This playback appearance was notable as the first time the band performed on a TV show since Rick Allen's December 1984 car accident.
It was originally broadcast on Tuesday 28th July 1987 and repeated on Saturday morning 1st August. Joe's 28th birthday.
The Roxy was a short lived alternative to legendary BBC show Top Of The Pops and ran on rival channel ITV from June 1987 until April 1988. Featuring an almost identical format of playback performances, video clips and chart run downs.
They may have appeared a second time or this performance was re-broadcast on the 11th August show when the single had entered the charts. Also shown on the Saturday morning repeat.
Highlights from the video include Steve climbing up on one of the platforms either side of the stage much to the amusement of Joe. Sav is wearing the same yellow jacket seen in the promo video.
This and other UK TV performances and interviews were the introduction to the band for many UK fans at the time. And yes, Def Leppard have indeed shared a stage with Wet Wet Wet, the late Errol Brown (of Hot Chocolate fame) and Samantha Fox.
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The Roxy - 28th July 1987
- 01 - Wet Wet Wet - Sweet Little Mystery
- 02 - Errol Brown - Personal Touch
- 03 - Hue And Cry - Labour Of Love
- 04 - Samantha Fox - I Surrender (To The Spirit Of The Night)
- 05 - Def Leppard - Animal
- 06 - New Order - True Faith (Video)
- 07 - Madonna - Who's that Girl (Video)
The Roxy 1987 Photo Gallery - By dltourhistory
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