On March 22nd, Def Leppard will begin their residency in Las Vegas, performing 11 shows at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Viva! Hysteria & More will feature two sets from the band each show, with the second set featuring their iconic album Hysteria, start to finish.
Classic Rock Revisited caught up with guitarist Phil Collen to find out what fans can expect if they head out West to Sin City between March 22nd - April 13th. An excerpt from the interview follows:
Q: The big news is that Def Leppard is going to do a residency in Las Vegas at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
A: "We are going to do Hysteria from start to finish. We are actually doing two sets; we are going to open up for ourselves. We are going to do 45 minutes, take a break and then do Hysteria. We are learning hundreds of songs and we are going to be doing songs that we’ve not played in years, or that we’ve never done. It is going to be really great. The first set will never be the same; we will change it every night. They will all be Def Leppard songs. We may play songs that we’ve covered of other people. It is going to be very fun for us. We are not sure what we are going to play. We are digging stuff up from the first album and the second album and we are just going to really do a lot of stuff that the fans will love."
Q: How did the whole residency at the Hard Rock even come up?
A: "Joe and I have wanted to do this for probably ten, or fifteen, years. CHEAP TRICK used to do this sort of thing in theaters. They would do the entire Dream Police album, or something like that and we thought that was cool. We wanted to do something like that. The Hard Rock people came to us and asked if we wanted to do the residency and if we would play an entire album. We said we wanted to do Hysteria in its entirety because we’ve never done that before."
Q: You do play a lot of those songs in your main set, but you’ve never done the whole thing.
A: "We’ve never played it all the way through. And, we’ve never done it like this, with no gaps and no talking in-between songs. It is going to be really tricky to do it. When I’ve seen bands before, there are times where I really want them to play the next song that is on the album that they are playing right then. Now, we are going to do just that. It is going to be great."
Q: What will the stage show be like?
A: "We are going to do something really special. We want the production to be really cool."
Q Are you going to record any of the Vegas shows?
A: "Absolutely, we are going to do Hysteria Live."
Read the full interview at this location.
VegasNews.com recently announced that Hard Rock Hotel & Casino will host a memorabilia display dedication Def Leppard, in honor of their upcoming residency Viva Hysteria! at The Joint.
On Thursday, March 21st, Def Leppard band members Joe Elliott, Vivian Campbell, Rick Savage, Phil Collen and Rick Allen will join Paul Davis of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and Bobby Reynolds of AEG Live Las Vegas to unveil a memorabilia exhibit at the main entrance of the property, near valet, featuring the original drum kit Allen used following a near fatal car accident.
The drum kit was custom designed by Allen so he could continue to play the drums after the loss of his arm. The elaborate display is an important piece of Def Leppard and rock ‘n’ roll history. Three additional exhibits will be available for viewing on property including a display of the band’s gold records, guitars and costumes.
Further details at this location.
In preparation for their upcoming Viva Hysteria! shows, Def Leppard wants to see your interpretation of their classic 'Pour Some Sugar On Me'.
Says the band: "Send in your video of you or your friends doing an interpretation of the song 'Pour Some Sugar On Me'. Get creative! Karaoke style, playing air guitar, dancing, head banging, acting out the song, your choice! Def Leppard and crew will be picking the best ones and using these video clips in their upcoming live Viva! Hysteria shows in Las Vegas.
How and what to submit: Email a URL link for us to download your video file in a format of .mov, .m4v, .wmv or quicktime in a Length no longer that 4:26 to: VivaHysteria@gmail.com
According to an update the deadline has been extended from March 4th to March 15th. All entries must be received by end of the day (PST).
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As previously reported, Def Leppard will return to Spain this summer along with WHITESNAKE and EUROPE. Tickets go on sale March 5th at 11 AM (local time) and will be available from TicketMaster here.
23 - San Sebastian, Spain - Donosti Arena
24 - Barcelona, Spain - Palau Olimpic
26 - Madrid, Spain - Vistalegre
28 - La Coruna, Spain - Coliseum