I must say they brought it and then some! The show was the first in a string of dates on a mini-Canadian tour. I was really impressed with how much they (or appeared to be) wanted to be there. Def Leppard are a veteran rock band and now what buttons to press to get the crowd involved: shout out to Penticton - check!, interacting with the crowd - check, playing a huge amount of "hits" - check, and having fun - check!. All of these ingredients, combined, make for a solid rock show and a LOT of bands should learn from this and bake the same cake.
Here's the set list that was played in Penticton:
- Rock! Rock! (Till You Drop)
- Paper Sun
- Love Bites
- Armageddon It
- Bass Solo
- Rock On (David Essex cover)
- Two Steps Behind (acoustic/Joe only)
- Bringin' on the Heartbreak
- Switch 625
- Let's Get Rocked
- Pour Some Sugar on Me
- Rock of Ages
Hailing from Saskatoon,opening band "One Bad Son" were very enthusiastic and hyperactive. They totally reminded me of a cross of the Black Crowes, Led Zeppelin, and Alice in Chains.
My two minor disappointment about the show were that they showed up onstage a bit late and that they never played some of the real "old school" Def Leppard songs other than that the show was great.
VIDEO CLIP #1: "Let's get rocked"
VIDEO CLiP #2: "ROCKET"
Def Leppard definitely delivered and were in top form. Considering that they have been playing for over 30 years some things have slipped a bit but that's easily forgiven. They played pretty well every big hit they had in their setlist.
The crowd totally was into it and very jovial especially when the huge hits of "Love Bites", "Pour Some Sugar on Me", and "Rock Until You Drop" were played.
Audience Interaction & Engagement: A+
Quality and Diversity of Music: B
Stage Presence of Band A
Energy from the Crowd: A
Notable Exceptions from Setlist: Another Hit and Run, Hello America, Women
Overall rating for the show: A
Next Up: A MONSTROUS show in Las Vegas: Skid Row, Great White, Extreme and Twisted Sister all in ONE night. This is Twisted Sister's last tour and only show (at present) in Western North America! Should be an AWESOME NIGHT.