Monday, January 21, 2013

Def Leppard prepare for Las Vegas residency

Def Leppard will host their first-ever Las Vegas residency this spring, as the band takes over the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino for an exclusive nine-show run entitled “VIVA Hysteria!”

For the series, set to run from March 22 through April 10 at The Joint, Leppard will perform their iconic album, “Hysteria,” in full, in addition to a greatest hits segment.

Rolling Stone reports the band will play their iconic, big-balled LP every night in its entirety during the show’s second set….but it’s the first set that singer Joe Elliott believes will prove to be the most exciting: The band will perform a slew of rarities and lost gems, he says.

The singer is mum on which songs in particular will be revisited, but he reveals that anything pre-1983's “Pyromania” is fair game. "That's about as much information you're going to get out of me without waterboarding me," he says.

As for the lesser-known “Hysteria” cuts, including "Run Riot" and "Don't Shoot Shotgun," Elliott confesses that he hasn't sung them in approximately 20 years. Still, he’s hardly worried. "It'll not be too hard," he says, confidently. "We're not changing arrangements – like [David] Bowie or Tom Waits might do. We are going to play these songs as they are on the record" – something the band hasn't done as of late. "This way we're going to revert back to the original versions."

Read more with Joe Elliott at Rolling Stone here.

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