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27 Years Ago DEF LEPPARD SLANG In MANILA (Joe Elliott's Tour Diary)

Def Leppard 1996. Def Leppard 1996

Def Leppard played a show on the Slang tour in Manila, Philippines on 6th June 1996 and an archive tour diary is available to read.

The show took place at the Folk Arts Theater.

Read The Story Of The Slang Album which had been released on 13th May 1996.

This was the fifth show of the tour and the first time they had ever played in the Philippines.

Joe Elliott wrote another entry for his Q Magazine tour diary at this show.

In this entry he continues to talk about his Dad, Joe Snr, who was in hospital at the time recovering from a heart attack.

A playback performance of 'Work It Out' was broadcast live on local TV before the band played the concert that evening.

'Miss You In A Heartbeat' was played live for the first time at a full electric Def Leppard concert and featured Phil on lead vocals.

The opening show of the tour took place in Bangkok, Thailand on 28th May.

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Visit the Album News section for more news on new music (based on band member quotes).

Def Leppard 1996. Slang Tour 1996

Joe Elliott Slang Tour Diary

"Don't fancy yours much..." ...especially when "yours" is an hairsuite Irish guitarist in an ill-fitting dress. Always the open-minded one, Def Leppard's Joe Elliott takes on South East Asia at karaoke, drinks his own body weight in Scotch and worries about his father, lying in an intensive care ward back in Sheffield.

Wednesday June 5 - Kuala Lumpur to Manila, Philippines.

Dad's improving. He had a reasonable night's sleep and mum's been to see him so I feel a bit more at ease. I'm happy, too, that she's got my aunt and uncle staying with her to keep her company and help her get around a bit as she can't drive. I don't know if anybody reading this can understand the frustration of being many thousands of miles away from your loved ones when something like this happens, but I'll tell you straight that it sucks the big one, really.

Thursday June 6 - Manila, Philippines.

Slept like a baby. Woke up with Tom Waits's throat. We've got a live TV to do at about 1pm, so off we trundle onto the coach and plough our way through the flooded streets of Manila. A spectacular rain storm started off the day and doubled up as a pretty cool alarm clock.

This TV show was a real eye-opener. We're used to the TOTP-type thing with numerous practice run-throughs, make up, dress rehearsal, etc. This, however, is how it should be done. We sit around in the "dressing room" until we get a shout. Everybody ambles onto the stage and it's like LIVE, like RIGHT NOW!! I can't tell my arse from my elbow - no mic, no stand and the song's started! I finally catch sight of my stand, grab it, and it gets stuck in the scenery! I just manage to get out alive, looking all cool and like I planned it as the vocal comes in. As we pose our way through Work It Out, the cameras get as much wrong and as much right as every other TV show we've ever been on, and we're out of there in 30 minutes flat. Funny as hell and total comic relief in what for me has been a bad couple of days.

Read the full tour diary on the - Manila Show Page

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