Fireworks

DVD & Blu-ray Reviews

Def Leppard - 'VIVA! Hysteria' http://www.rocktopia.co.uk/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/200x200s/eb/8e/a3/def-leppard-viva-hysteria-31-1389217069.jpg Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     January 08, 2014    
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
5895   2   1   0   0   0

Artist

Title

Absolute heaven for long-standing Leppard fans.

Def Leppard's 'Hysteria' album. Certainly their finest hour, and arguably one of the greatest Rock albums of all time, with over twenty million units sold. And though six or seven of the album's twelve tracks would become a mainstay of the groups live performances to this day, the whole album had never been performed in its entirety – until this year when the band took up an eleven night residency at The Joint in Las Vegas' Hard Rock Hotel to do just that, and this DVD package documents the show.

After a brief segment of archive interviews, the show starts with guitarist Phil Collen high on a platform above the crowd peeling out the intro to 'Women', and he descends to the stage as the rest of the band join in, and they proceed to run through the whole album as it was originally sequenced, and staying completely faithful to all of the arrangements, sound effects and all. The band are on fire, with stunning vocal harmonies from Collen, fellow guitarist Vivian Campbell and bassist Rick Savage, while singer Joe Elliott also sounds great and seems to be thoroughly enjoying this resurgence in Def Leppard's popularity.

The stage set is suitably impressive, and while not quite as elaborate as the 'In The Round' tour it's certainly less physically demanding. Raised platforms surrounding Rick Allen's drum-kit are used regularly, and huge video screens beam out footage of the guys performing, as well as things like the album's artwork, a montage of archive photos and karaoke-like footage of fans singing along to 'Pour Some Sugar On Me', while also paying tribute to much-missed guitarist Steve Clarke with footage of his solo spot from the original 'Hysteria' tour to precede 'Gods Of War'. Though it's one of my personal favourites, 'Love And Affection' isn't really a suitable show-closer, but an encore of 'Rock Of Ages' and 'Photograph' completely bring the house down.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site


Also included in the package are two 35-minute opening sets that feature the band masquerading as fictitious tribute band Ded Flatbird (a name that came about when someone mispronounced Def Leppard). I haven't seen the video footage of these sets, but the audio alone is worth the price of admission, and delves deep into the back catalogue for some rarely heard gems. The first set opens with 'Good Morning Freedom' (which has only ever appeared as the B-side to 'Hello America') and takes in more golden oldies like 'Wasted', 'Stagefright', 'Mirror Mirror (Look Into My Eyes)' and 'Rock Brigade', then comes more up to date with their cover of Sweet's 'Action', 'Undefeated' and the excellent 'Promises.' The second set begins with 'On Through The Night' and a slightly awkward sounding 'Slang', before a complete run-through of what is basically Side 1 of the 'High 'n' Dry' album, from the awesome 'Let It Go' to the perfectly executed guitar instrumental 'Switch 625' – quite admirable when you consider that Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell weren't in the band when the original was recorded – and absolute heaven for long-standing Leppard fans.

If you managed to get to one of these shows this is the perfect souvenir, for everybody else it's the next best thing.

Ant Heeks

Share this on the web.

User reviews

There are no user reviews for this listing.

 


Comments (0)add comment

Write comment

security image
Write the displayed characters


busy

Member Login



Calendar

<<  September 2020  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
   1  2  3  4  5  6
  7  8  910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
282930    

Search Here

Shout Here

Latest Message: 1 day, 23 hours ago
  • Hysteria : Received my download copy almost immediately and downloaded 50 magazines for free. Cannot complain! Thanks guys!!!
  • KI2000 : Love the new issue guys, great magazine!
  • Berny : @Mugi89: Your confirmation mail was sent on the 22nd, I've just sent it again. Please contact me at «email» should you not receive it. Many thanks!
  • Mugi89 : Hi! I purchased my digital copy of issue 92 2 days ago but still didn't receive it. When am I gonna be able to download it? thanks
  • Berny : @zom414: Your mail was forwarded to the Fireworks team yesterday, I am going to ask them again. Sorry for the delay!
  • Berny : @Mitch Perry: Your order was received at 4AM local time. As stated on the order page, all payments have to be processed manually. Your copy of Fireworks 92 was added to your download section, many thanks for the purchase.
  • Berny : @RobC68: I sent you two emails explaining the situation. There's not much more I can do for you at the moment, so I'd suggest you stop buying the magazine. Thanks.
  • zom414 : Still not received the latest issue by post, I've emailed as well but not heard anything. Can you let me know what's happening please?
  • Mitch Perry : Can I have my download link, please? Issue 92 22 Sep 2020 07:57:11 BST Paypal Transaction ID: 1BS38875MX3700248
  • RobC68 : purchased issue 92 in download version. been waiting more than a day....PATHETIC SERVICE as it happens with every purchase!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Berny : @rgilman: Please check your e - mail for download instructions.
  • rgilman : Hello I bought the Deep Purple issue how do I download it? Thanks
  • Berny : @jharper36: Please check your e - mail.
  • jharper36 : Hi, i purchased the download of issue #92. How do I download it?
  • Berny : @loudjlopez: Sorry for the troubles, pls. check your mail. Many thanks!
  • loudjlopez@m : Any word on my digital download of issue 91. Paid on Saturday. It is Tuesday. Thanks
  • loudjlopez@m : Paid for Fireworks #91 for digital download. No word since Saturday and it is Monday.
  • Berny : @fdr: Magazines were sent on Monday. Thanks for your purchase and best regards, B. :)
  • fdr : Hi, yesterday (august 12th) I sent you a payment for 21GBP for the purchase of issues 91 and 82 of Fireworks magazine. (code 7D3182072X778721A) but still haven't received a word od confirmation. Can you please check?
  • Rocktopia Te : @kbm1983: Currently, all orders have to be be processed manually. This could take a few hours. Sorry for the delay, you shoulkd have received a mail containing download instructions by now. @ all: Pls. do not worry in case you see a PayPal transaction error message. Your order was received, pls. do not order the magazine twice. Many thanks for your understanding!
  • kbm1983 : Hi, I bought #91 earlier today but its still not in my downloads. Can you check it out please. Thanks!
  • Rocktopia Te : @ Man Shaped Wolf: You should have received a mail containing download instructions yesterday. Sorry for the delay!
  • Man Shaped W : Hey, same as defron but for 91 :) excited to read our review
  • Berny : @Defron: Can you pls. check your mail? Many thanks, B. :)
  • Defron : Hi guys. Bought #90 couples of hours ago but still not in my downloads . Can you check pls regards Ro
  • Berny : @SoCal Rocker: Welcome back! There are 50 free issues of Fireworks Magazine for you (and of course all other Rocktopians) to download. Check out the news on the frontpage. Stay happy, safe & healthy. Best wishes to California!
  • SoCal Rocker : Hello from Burbank CA, I had to change my name and PW. How's anyone doing?
  • Rocktopia Te : @davidputnam: Could you please check your email? Many thanks & best regards, RT
  • davidnputnam : I ordered 86 - 90 and received paypal receipt, but cant find in downloads. Please advise.
  • davidnputnam : I ordered 86 - 90, but cant find in Downloads. i have the paypal receipt.

Only registered users are allowed to post

Follow Us

FacebookTwitterYoutubeGoogle

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site