Review: DEF LEPPARD Less Than Electric

T'cha Dunlevy of the Montreal Gazette reviewed DEF LEPPARD's show at the Bell Centre in Montreal Saturday night (August 9). "It was the third big rock revival show in the past month, following the ruthless riffage of METALLICA (before 50,000 on Île Ste. Hélène) and the melodramatic camp of IRON MAIDEN last Saturday," he writes. "And it ain't over. Next Sunday we get POISON.

"DEF LEPPARD falls somewhere in the middle. Melodic hooks, power chords and shiny production are their trademarks. The made hard rock MTV-friendly — not quite as mainstream as BON JOVI, but not far off.

"Little of that party-starting oomph was in evidence last night, however. Try though they did, the group couldn't get things off the ground through the first half of a generous (but perhaps excessive) two-hour performance.

"While there have been attempts, DEF LEPPARD has never really returned to the heights of its mid-'80s heyday. And though 'They seem like a nice band,' (as my date put it), it wasn't enough to shake the feeling that these guys are way past their prime." Read more.

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