Venue: Sleep Train Pavilion / Concord CA
I grew up listening to Def Leppard, and it’s incredible to see them more than 20 years later reunited and rocking just as hard. My older brother was hard-core into Def Leppard. And though I’m a rocker at heart, he’s the real rocker. In high school, while I transitioned to 80’s rock, ska bands and friends in Marin, my brother remained a true Sunset boy. For those of you who grew up in San Francisco during the late 70’s/early 80’s, you know what I’m talking about—true old school Sunset.
Growing up my brother and I shared a room. It was sometime in the early 80’s when my brother painted a huge mural over his bed. It must have been at least four feet tall. It was the Def Leppard logo inside of a triangle—black, red and yellow—similar to the logo on the cover of On Through the Night. Today that room is one of many storage rooms in my parents’ house. And though my mother is a collector of all things nostalgic, this mural wasn’t something she couldn’t wrap and box up, and I’m sad to report that wall was painted over many years ago. And although my brother lives back East, every time I hear a Def Leppard song, I always think of him.
In early 2005 Def Leppard started their comeback Rock ‘N Roll Double-Header tour with Bryan Adams. The concerts started out in minor league baseball parks, and by the end of the year they were playing mid-size venues. 2006 rolls around and they start touring with Journey to sold-out arena shows all across the country. There’s been such a demand that they’ve added more shows through the end of the year. I can’t even estimate how many cities—the list seems to scroll down forever.
So last night I went to see Def Leppard and Journey—floor seats, 2nd row center. No shit. Journey sounds as good as ever, but they’ve got a couple of new faces. Def Leppard has to be one of the best bands I’ve ever seen live. They put on such a awesome show, like no other.
Here are some notes from last night’s gig in Concord CA.
Journey opened with—
Those crazy nights I do remember in my youth
I do recall those were the best times most of all
In the heat with a blue jean girl
Burnin love comes once in a lifetime
She found me singing by the rail road track
Took me home, we danced by moonlight…
[ Everything in between, coming soon… ]
Def Leppard‘s 2nd encore took us home—
Love is like a bomb, baby, c’mon get it on
Livin’ like a lover with a radar phone
Lookin’ like a tramp, like a video vamp
Demolition woman, can I be your man
Your man — Hey! hey!
Check out Joe & Phil’s 2002 Pour Some Sugar on Me (stuidio acoutsic)
DJ Radiohead’s review of Def Leppard
and Journey’s 07/16 show in Nashville TN