· Joe Elliott – lead vocals
· Phil Collen – guitars
· Steve Clark – guitars
· Rick Savage – bass guitar
· Rick Allen – drums
I know exactly what you are thinking here, I thought the same thing. Def Leppard isn’t Metal!! But let me remind you of something here! THEY WERE! Yes it is true back in the day when the world was young and so was metal Def Leppard were classed as a metal band, one of the bands out there that brought us to where we are today for metal.
As time grew on they now consider them a rock band, I can see that, but there was a time where they hesitated to play Def Leppard on the radio, “Pour Some Sugar on Me” was even considered risky for air play and to be played on Much Music. Oh it’s true folks there is a lot of history here that makes Def Leppards one of the giants out there in music in general.
So hearing that they did a nine day stint in Vegas where they recorded enough material for two full CD’s and a DVD I had to hear what they had. I had seen them back in 2004 during there “X” tour and it wasn’t bad, but I felt a little let down because they just didn’t sound like they had the same charisma they did a couple of decades back.
So how is this live album sounding?
Well it is sounding like they have challenged the test of time, and they won in some aspects and lost in others.
The music they put out year has always been spot on when it comes to the instruments, and background vocals. These guys have been amazing when they put out their music! They have such a great fan base.
Unfortunately for Joe Elliott his voice hasn’t stood up the test of time. It has for most of it, but there are parts where you can tell his voice has been so strained by years of singing that hitting the higher notes sounds almost painful for him, however he keeps pushing on and in all honesty that is a plus cause it still keeps his originality on it. Hard part is listening to songs like “Animal” and when the part he says “A-A-animal” it just doesn’t have the same oomph to it that it did back when it was recorded in 1987. Still it does bring back memories for me of listening to this album and loving it. I still do prefer the original though.
This album has all the greats from Hysteria in fact that first CD has the entire album that was played live, and the second CD has some of the older classical songs from them, in fact 15 tunes! So this 2CD set has 29 songs! A lot of Def Leppard for the fans out there!
If you are a huge fan I strongly suggest getting the DVD/Blu Ray CD combo pack for this! You can watch what they did in Vegas and taking the CD out to your vehicle or put on your MP3 player and rocking out to the tunes, after all it is a new age to hear this and the music is great to hear with the new ways of recording music digitally, but you still can’t beat the original.
I have to give this 2 CD set a 7/10. It does bring back memories, but I still want to hear the originals when he had the vocal range to kick ass and take names, the instrumentals they do still sound awesome to hear and will bring you back. They are one of the original rockers out there, and as a child of the 80’s I loved them, and hearing this stuff reminded me of why I loved listening to them so much! They still can rock, just not in the same fashion as they did back then!
Honestly watch the DVD, seeing them live does so much more for the music they have put on this album than the CD!
I’m PK saying ROCK ON, and we will see you on the next review!
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