Viva Hysteria began March 22 at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Hysteria, the album, celebrated its 25th birthday in August 2012 and was the band’s first time ever playing an entire album live. Hysteria being one of their diamond albums and the fact they had never done anything like this before would prove to be another monumental decision for Def Leppard.
After being asked if they would do a residency and then asked if they would do Hysteria, Leppard decided to record the live album. The stars aligned and a decision to film the first two nights of the residency was the deciding factor for the DVD and the pre-release via theatres. Fans around the world were given the chance to pre-view the Viva Hysteria Movie. Screened first in the UK on September 19th and 21st, America had their chance on October 2nd and October 8th for the fans that were not able to attend the Vegas shows now had the chance to do so. A 2CD+DVD Deluxe edition/Blu-Ray collection was released October 18 in Europe and October 22, in the U.S. CD #1 contains the entire Hysteria album performed live at The Joint during the residency. CD #2 includes performance by Ded Flatbird as the greatest Def Leppard cover band. The first set lavishes fans with Good Morning Freedom, Wasted. Stagefright, Mirror Mirror (Look Into My Eyes), Action, Rock Brigade, Undefeated, and Promises. Set #2 brings some classics with On Through The Night, Slang, Let It Go, Another Hit And Run, High ‘n’ Dry (Saturday Night), Bringin’ On The Heartbreak, and Switch 625.
These men have aged well and matured even more dramatically in their musical right. Caught between tragedies, they have always returned to stand the test of time. The new album is a complete recording of Hysteria some 26 years later and the band sounds just as amazing as ever if not better. Between the album and the dvd, there are 29 audio tracks and a complete recording of the live performance filmed the first two nights of the residency along with plus an acoustic set, and a photo montage . Joe Elliott is and always will be the definitive voice of Leppard while co-founder Rick Savage continues to bound around the stage as he always has done and give the Sav Salute to the fans. Thundergod Rick Allen is the man smiling behind the drum kit. Phil Collen always seems to outperform himself, which is no surprise with the ability the man has with a guitar. Let’s not forget the new guy, Vivian Campbell who has now been with the band past the 20 year mark and shares the stage well with Collen. Never forgetting the left side of the stage, Leppard once again brings Hysteria In The Round back to the screen and a young Joe Elliott introduces, “And this is my very good friend, Mr. Steve Clark on the electric guitar”….Gods Of War is a tribute to the late and great Steve ‘White Lightning’ Clark and what better way than to show Clark in his glory opening Gods Of War for Viva Hysteria.
Any fan, diehard or new, this is a must have! Everyone needs a little Leppard every now and then.
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