Def Leppard - Viva Hysteria!

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A little while ago now Def Leppard, like Mötley Crüe and Guns N' Roses, turned the Las Vegas residency idea, usually considered the death knell of a career, into a roaring success by playing their hit album Hysteria every night. They also played as their own support band, under a different name (Ded Flatbird), playing a set of rarities. The short run was a pure delight for fans, and inevitably resulted in a live record. Visually Viva Hysteria! couldn't look better. In full HD, with superb camera-work and editing, it's a true visual treat, as live recordings should be in 2013. The audio quality is also superb, with a thick sound and excellent clarity. The content is excellent too. A three-disc set, the first CD contains the complete Hysteria headlining set, and the second - the real highlight - contains two entirely different Ded Flatbird support sets. The DVD of course contains all of that. As a package, this should be one of the best products in the Def Leppard catalogue. But it isn't, and the reason is Joe Elliott. He simply cannot sing most of the old songs anymore, and instead of modifying his approach to them, like Joey Tempest has done in Europe for example, he's still trying to sing them the way he used to, and sounds appalling doing it. It's a shame that such a great concept and product is ruined simply by a lack of maturity. It can only be hoped that Elliott and co. realise they need to adapt before the 2014 run which will see them play all of Pyromania, an even more vocally challenging album than Hysteria.

Written by Andy Lye
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