DEF LEPPARD kicked off its eleven-show residency on March 22 at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel And Casino in Las Vegas. Produced exclusively by AEG Live, the shows are seeing the band play their 1987 album, "Hysteria", in its entirety as well as a selection of their greatest hits, highlighting classic material from throughout their career. Viva Hysteria! features an elaborate set design created only for DEF LEPPARD's Las Vegas residency.
Fan-filmed video footage of DEF LEPPARD's April 5 concert at The Joint can be seen below.
"When Elton John started doing his residency stuff in Vegas, all of us poked our heads out like meerkats, 'Elton is doing a Vegas residency? Surely not!' It got us thinking," DEF LEPPARD singer Joe Elliott told AOL's Noisecreep. "Then I came out and sang some stuff when CHEAP TRICK did their 'Sgt. Pepper's' performances there in 2009. All of a sudden, we were in good company. The Blue Rich Brigade were over. [laughs]"
He continued: "It was just a matter of time before the people who grew up listening to KISS became rich enough and wanted to go and see a rock concert. Not just some old guy with a big blue tie. [laughs] Sooner or later, Vegas was going to catch up with itself and become cool, which it did. I think we're just riding our first wave here with this Vegas stuff. Who knows, in 5-10 years we might see SLIPKNOT and the FOO FIGHTERS doing one of these residencies."
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