DEF LEPPARD kicked off its eleven-show residency last Friday night (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.
Fuse has just posted a behind-the-scenes video about DEF LEPPARD‘s Vegas residency. They interviewed all five members of the band and had exclusive access to shoot their final rehearsal. Check out the footage below.
Known for legendary big-scale arena shows, DEF LEPPARD is bringing its world-class production to The Joint offering an up-close-and-personal experience like never before. With the furthest seat only 155 feet from the intimate venue’s stage, Viva Hysteria! is unlike any show the band has ever done or will ever do again.
“We are actually doing two sets; we are going to open up for ourselves,” DEF LEPPARD guitarist Phil Collen recently told Classic Rock Revisited. “We are going to do 45 minutes, take a break and then do ‘Hysteria’. We are learning hundreds of songs and we are going to be doing songs that we’ve not played in years, or that we’ve never done. It is going to be really great. The first set will never be the same; we will change it every night. They will all be DEF LEPPARD songs. We may play songs that we’ve covered of other people. It is going to be very fun for us. We are not sure what we are going to play. We are digging stuff up from the first album and the second album and we are just going to really do a lot of stuff that the fans will love.”
Asked how the residency at the Hard Rock came up, Phil said: “Joe [Elliott, DEF LEPPARD singer] and I have wanted to do this for probably ten, or fifteen, years. CHEAP TRICK used to do this sort of thing in theaters. They would do the entire ‘Dream Police’ album, or something like that, and we thought that was cool. We wanted to do something like that. The Hard Rock people came to us and asked if we wanted to do the residency and if we would play an entire album. We said we wanted to do ‘Hysteria’ in its entirety because we’ve never done that before.”
Fan-filmed performance footage: