Friday, August 26, 2011

Def Leppard to perform on America’s Got Talent

Def Leppard have announced an upcoming appearance on “America’s Got Talent.”

Leppard will perform on the talent competition series on September 7; the show airs at 9:00 PM ET on NBC.

AGT producers revealed the musical performers that will be stopping by for the rest of the season; they include Tony Bennett with Queen Latifah, Susan Boyle, Il Divo, David Guetta with Nicki Minaj and Flo Rida, and Cirque du Soleil 'Iris.'

'AGT' executive producer Jason Raff tells AOL what he hopes these acts will bring to the show - both on and off screen.

It's a two-fold purpose, Raff said. The musicians bring entertainment to the audience and serve as inspiration for 'AGT' contestants.

"A lot of times these acts spend time with the contestants off-camera," Raff said. "We don't publicize that. But a lot of our acts look up to these people. We want the results show to be more than the results. We want it to feel like the variety shows that America used to watch."

No word on what track Leppard will perform, but singer Joe Elliott did share some insights, recently, into meeting fan expectations when building the band’s setlist.

“If we're in America, we choose songs because they were hits in the States,” Elliott told Spinner. “There are songs that we have to play in England that we don't play in the States. And the same thing goes for Japan or Australia. We're out on tour with Heart so we have a limited amount of time to play and you've got to cram it all in.”

“We have to play for the majority,”
adds Joe. “If we don't play 'Photograph' and [Pour Some }'Sugar' [On Me], we won't get out the building alive. And that pays our wages.”

Def Leppard – Undefeated

1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre - Tampa, FL - June 17, 2011

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