Gifted to me by the notorious Aaron of the KMA!
It’s the Seven Day Weekend tour! Def Leppard brought back the “in the round” stage concept from their previous tour and played a set of hits with a few deeper cuts. This audience recorded bootleg captured the Los Angeles date permanently.
Wasting no time, it’s straight into the first single “Let’s Get Rocked”. I have never particularly felt this song was as strong as past efforts, but Def Leppard had overcome such tragedy. I was willing to forgive them for painting by numbers a bit with the new songs. One thing apparent on a bootleg with no post-production sweetening: Def Leppard’s vocals are 100% live.
Right into something better, it’s “Tear It Down”, better because it’s originally a B-side from the inspired Hysteria sessions. Speaking of Hysteria, onto “Women”! You can hear that new guitarist Vivian Campbell fit right in, seamlessly. A couple seriously great tunes follow — “Too Late for Love” from Pyromania and Hysteria‘s title track. Two of Leppard’s most accomplished singles. Slower, ballady, and not at all weak. “Hysteria” live begins just a little differently, but quickly becomes familiar and authentic.
I never cared for “Make Love Like a Man”, but it’s a temporary speedbump before a deeper track. “White Lightning”, the tribute to the late Steve “Steamin'” Clark is very hard to find live. This is the first version I’ve owned. It’s every bit as epic as it deserves to be. The stone cold classic “Foolin'” follows, and the Los Angeles crowd goes nuts when the track explodes. They are just as excited for “Animal”, sounding brilliant in live form, although hampered on audio by a loud talker in the crowd. New guy Vivian Campbell gets a big showcase solo next. I’m sure this show is edited down to fit on CD, since Phil usually gets a big solo too.* Viv’s is impressive and he gets to show off his shred a little bit, though his solo is more of an instrumental composition that sounds delightfully Vai-ish.
Another big epic, “Gods of War” from Hysteria is a serious thrill and chill. Say what you will about Leppard’s more pedestrian material. When they wanted to do something a little more challenging, they nailed it. A big long version of “Rocket” including the “Whole Lotta Love” segue closes the CD prematurely, which is a shame, and one can hope that the second half of the set was issued elsewhere.
*Here is the full setlist that night according to setlist.fm:
- Let’s Get Rocked
- Tear It Down
- Too Late for Love
- Make Love Like a Man
- Guitar Solo (Phil Collen)
- White Lightning
- Guitar Solo (Vivian Campbell)
- Gods of War
- Rocket (
- Acoustic Medley Section
Enter Sandman (Metallica cover) (Vivian)
Back in Black (AC/DC cover) (Phil)
You Can’t Always Get What You Want (The Rolling Stones cover) (acoustic)
Bringin’ on the Heartbreak (acoustic/electric)
- Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad
- Armageddon It
- Rock of Ages
- Pour Some Sugar on Me