Def Leppard | 09.04.15

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Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, St. Louis

English rock legends Def Leppard will be pouring some sugar on St. Louis on Friday, Sept. 4, 2015. From meager beginnings in rural England, their first release in 1983, On Through the Night, brought immediate attention from fans. By the time the 1984 mega hit Pyromania hit stores, MTV, and radio, there was no stopping the pop-metal machine. The band has known much tragedy during their run. Having lost members to drugs and alcohol, and with their drummer losing an arm in an accident, it seemed success was merely teasing the band. Yet, they buckled down and created their most successful album to date, Hysteria, which exploded upon its release. Not every band can take a five year hiatus to create an album and have any fans still waiting. But Def Leppard made the album they wanted to make, took the time to do it, and developed an electronic drum set for drummer Rick Allen. Nothing has ever stopped this band.

With mega hits like “Foolin’,” “Rock of Ages,” “Hysteria,” and “Pour Some Sugar on Me,” the band never disappoints in a live setting. High energy and musically proficient, the band seems to be enjoy themselves more now than in their heyday.

Sharing the stage will be rock icons Styx, featuring Tommy Shaw. Having seen mega success in the ’70s and ’80s, the band is back to grace us with the hits that made them legends. While Dennis De Young is no longer a part of the band, the remaining members are still rocking. Songs like “Too Much Time on My Hands,” “Renegade,” and “Blue Collar Man” have helped the band sell millions of albums over the course of more than 30 years.

Opening the evenings festivities are rockers Tesla. Touring in support of their latest effort, Simplicity, the band went “old school” when recording the album, eschewing most of the latest studio technology. Classic songwriting and no-frills recording was the theme of the release. Now, they bring not only new material to the stage, they also offer up classic hits such as “Signs,” “Love Song,” and their first hit, “Modern Day Cowboy.”

This is a great lineup and is sure to be a killer show. | Marc Farr

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