Reviewed by Jerry
So, if you've never seen Def Leppard, they still put on a great show and it's easily worth the price of admission. This is the third time I've seen Def Leppard in the last 10 years and the second time in two years. The set list is generally the same as it was when I saw them in 2006 - all the songs you'd expect to hear plus a few post-Hysteria ones thrown in. For my money, I'd love to hear more from High 'N Dry but it is what it is. At this show, they did play 'Let It Go' and 'Switch 625' from that great album. They play no less six songs from Hysteria - a bit much for me but again, it is what it is and they played them spot on. The encore was phenomenal with 'Rock Of Ages' & 'Photograph'. Joe Elliot still has the pipes necessary to belt out all of their tunes and the backing band of Collen, Savage, Campbell, & Allen still kill it musically. Again, go see them if you haven't or even if you haven't in a long time. It will be a great show.
REO played just before Def Leppard and put on a great show as well. I'd consider myself an average REO fan as I barely know anything that isn't played on the radio (which to my credit is more than their top three hits) thus the brevity of this review of their performance. But I like what I know and as this was the first time I'd seen them I was really excited to go. They did not disappoint. Their ten song set list included one of my favorites - 'Back On The Road Again'. If you like these guys, I'd recommend you go see them as well. Kevin Cronin can still hit the notes and the band sounded great. Be warned. They will play the song I count as one of the top ten worst songs ever - 'Can't Fight This Feeling'.
Then there's Tesla who opened up this show. The bad thing about seeing Tesla in a concert format such as this is they never get the chance to play long. This is the third time I'd seen them in the last 18 months and they friggin' rocked it again! Their eight song set included a new song in which Phil Collen helped write and came out and played on. Tesla fans would of course recognize all of the other songs they played. Unfortunately, we probably only accounted for about a quarter of the audience. The entire audience naturally got all giddy when they played 'Signs' - an overplayed song which I'd be just fine not ever hearing again. Jeff Keith still sounds fantastic and the band still plays like it's 1986. If you are even a mild fan of these guys go see them live and preferably when they headline so you can hear more of them. They are fantastic. Their set consisted of three from Mechanical Resonance, three from Great Radio, Edison's Medicine, and the new one. Man, what a performance! Too bad the other 15,000 non-Tesla fans there didn't fully realize it.
Videos from the show:
Def Leppard: Rock Of Ages & Photograph
REO: Take It On The Run
Tesla: Edison's Medicine