Def Leppard Proclaims Viva Hysteria

Have you ever wanted to go see your favorite artist in concert but tickets were too expensive? What if I told you that you could go see that artist in concert in your area for a lot cheaper than concert tickets usually are? Seeing live concerts in a movie theaters are now a possibility. Concerts in a movie theater are becoming more popular and it allows an audience to see a live show on the big screen. It’s not the same as seeing the band live in person, but, it’s the next best thing. Especially if they aren’t playing in an easily accessed venue.

Nathan Kashak -- The Stinger
October 8, at Lakes 10 Cinema in Duluth, I took a flashback in time as the event took fans on a trippy, nostalgic ride of a high energy performance by the rock band Def Leppard. NCM Fathom Events and Anschutz Entertainment Group partnered to present Def Leppard: Viva Hysteria. The concert was presented in a spectacular two night cinema event broadcasting from the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas.

Def Leppard is an English rock band formed in 1977 in Sheffield as part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement. The band consists of Rick Savage (bass, backing vocals), Joe Elliott (lead vocals), Rick Allen (drums), Phil Collen (guitar, backing vocals), and Vivian Campbell (guitar, backing vocals). Vivian Campbell replaced Steve Clark in 1992 after he passed away due to drug and alcohol abuse. The band has been inspiring everyone with their music for 33 years and shows no sign of stopping.

Nathan Kashak -- The Stinger
In the beginning of the film the audience is given a variety of vintage interviews and footage of the band offstage present a more personal introduction to the band. As the concert begins they’re shown scenes of past performances with the band displaying absolute passion in doing what they do best. The audience in Vegas ranged from the original fans that have been with them from the start; to a new generation showing more interest in classic 80’s rock n roll.
Guitarist Phil Collen emerged alone from the darkness, playing the intro to Women, and making the crowd jump to their feet in anticipation. The fans were going absolutely wild as the rest of band entered the stage and lit the venue up. The band has a trademark sound that is like no other. It’s easy to identify a Def Leppard song on the radio because of that distinct sound that they have. Front man Joe Elliot has an amazing stage presence with very strong vocals, matching the intensity around him. His emotions were running very high throughout the night. This was the first show ever to be sent out to thousands of theaters throughout the world.
Nathan Kashak — The Stinger
Lighters were being waved through the entire venue as guitarist Vivian Campbell began to start out the song Hysteria, which is the title track of their most famous album. When Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell play side by side together the transmitted an electrifying feeling to the crowd, as well as during the song Photograph. Rick Allen is seen as a British blur behind the kit. He has only one arm but his play is still powerful with the use of multiple foot pedals. Rick Savage was a joy to watch as he worked up the crowd with his bass and gave everyone a great sound with his backup vocals.
Def Leppard stirred up the crowd with energetic songs like Pour Some Sugar on Me, “Rocket”, and Animal. After their song Gods of War was done the stage went dark and the band exited and seemed to finish their night. However, The crowd was still invigorated by the show and was screaming for more Def Leppard. The band returned to the stage with exploding energy for the two-song encore of Rock of Ages and Photograph.
Nathan Kashak -- The Stinger
From triumph to tragedy, Def Leppard’s story is absolutely fascinating. When drummer Rick Allen lost an arm in a horrible car accident, the band was right there for him, giving him time to recover and to learn how to play with his feet on a special kit. When guitarist Steve Clark passed away, they kept on. Viva Hysteria was shot while guitarist Vivian Campbell received chemotherapy for cancer.

The band finished the night by taking a bow and thanking everyone around the world watching for an unbelievable night. This was a five star show that certainly did not disappoint and will soon be available out on DVD. Fans of Def Leppard will love this film and it will make them want to check out a concerts on the silver screen

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