Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott is sharing his thoughts on Las Vegas and the band’s forthcoming DVD, “VIVA! Hysteria”, in a new interview promoting the project.
“It’s not Raiders Of The Lost Ark - it’s not actually a movie,” Elliott tells The Star. “It’s a document of our residency in Las Vegas. The place is not tied into that old mentality of Frankie [Sinatra], Sammy Davis and Deano [Dean Martin] any more, or Wayne Newton, or Elvis. The residencies now are Mötley Crüe, Guns N’ Roses, Def Leppard, Elton John, Rod Stewart. The Who was in just after us and Prince was following us as well. It’s a very rock and roll town now.”
The UK rockers played 11 shows at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino this past spring, following in the footsteps of Motley Crue and Guns N’ Roses.
The Las Vegas shows featured two sets from the band: the first, a wild card collection of songs that changed from night to night – performed under the name “Ded Flatbird”; the second presented the band’s iconic 1987 album, “Hysteria”, from start to finish.
The project hits theaters this month for a series of worldwide screenings; for a full list of territories, theaters and dates, visit the band’s website here.
Following the cinema event, “VIVA! Hysteria” will be released in multiple formats: 2CD+DVD digipak, Blu-ray, DVD and digital album download.
“VIVA! Hysteria” release dates include:
Oct 09: Japan
Oct 18: Germany, Austria, Switzerland
Oct 21: UK / Rest of Europe / Oceania
Oct 22: North America