Def Leppard – ‘Hysteria U.S. Tour 1988’ – Tour Book

It has been awhile since we’ve gone through a Tour Book and this time around, we have a three set series on Def Leppard Tour Books. Only 3 because that is all I have at this time. And we are kicking it off with the band’s biggest tour, Hysteria. The Tour ran from 1987-1988 and I saw it 3 times. Yep, three times. Twice in Atlanta, one of which I won on a Radio call-in show, and once in Chattanooga, TN because we had to see them again.

Looking back, what was great about these shows is that I got to see Steve Clark play as he passed a few years later. The band was Joe Elliott, Rick Allen, Rick Savage, Steve Clark and Phil Collen and the album Hysteria was their biggest selling album of all time going Diamond with well over 12 million copies. It spawned an impressive 7 singles and they were the biggest band in the world at that time. They are still one of my favorite bands of all time and why I didn’t buy a tour book back then is beyond me…probably because I was a broke high school student…we will go with that. So, here is the book in all its glory…

The cover is above as the header and if you notice the triangle cut out. When you open it, you get to see the same concert shot wrapped by the Hysteria album cover.

Unlike a lot of Tour books, we don’t get an individual band member page talking about each member. Basically every page has all the members as it is a band…

This next page give us a little history on the band from the release of the ‘Hysteria’ album up to the 1988 leg of the tour. It is a nice long essay that is a must read.

More and more band shots…

This next one has a little flap on the right side…

And when folded out, changes the picture to this…

Now we are to the page where the band thanks the road crew. This time they take it a step further and give you pictures of the road crew which I think is an awesome touch!!

And lastly is the Merch page and one last band photo…

Oh yeah, can’t forge the back cover…

And that is everything. I hope you enjoyed the walk through the book and we have two more Tour Books to go through over the next couple weeks. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Thanks for hanging around.

Here is a list of all the Tour Books we have reviewed over the years. Links are provided so you can go see some history.

Alice Cooper:

Kiss Tour Book Series:

Bon Jovi:


Def Leppard:

  • Def Leppard – Hysteria U.S. Tour (1988)

52 thoughts on “Def Leppard – ‘Hysteria U.S. Tour 1988’ – Tour Book

  1. Omg I love this so much! Also, I love this part: “Unlike a lot of Tour books, we don’t get an individual band member page talking about each member. Basically every page has all the members as it is a band…” Every page featuring all of the members as a band, I love that! Jon Bon Jovi should take notes. I also love that the book features pictures of the road crew; that’s a nice way for the band to show their appreciation for them! One last thing, I really dig when Rick Allen used to wear a black hat because I thought it gave him an edge (and he looked so adorable). Ok, I’m done!

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      1. Oh yes, indeed! I totally see why people collect tour books now. Great picks and a journey to the past. Oh yes, absolutely! I am pumped for the ‘Adrenalize’ tour book next (or The 7 Day Weekend tour, I believe)!

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  2. Cool program and your right nice to see pics of the road crew in there as without them there is no show. Maiden did the same thing in the Piece of Mind tour book as they featured pics of their road crew.
    Good to be acknowledged!

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  3. That’s a nice collectible! I didn’t get to see Def Leppard until much later in their career. It’s fine with me, though it makes me jealous of those who caught those bands in their prime. I was 12 years old when Hysteria came out. I doubt I knew what live shows were about.

    Hysteria was my introduction to the band. As I did with every band I liked back then, I bought the back catalogue.

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    1. Ha! Yeah, my first concert was around 15. My parents wouldn’t let me go earlier than that. I am happy I saw them in their prime and several times after that as well.

      It is a good album to be introduced to the band. And that back catalog is worth having.


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