I have been looking for Def Leppard bootlegs since I got back in to collecting. I have found Kiss, Whitesnake, GNR, but hadn’t found a Leppard one until now. The first thing that caught my attention was that cover. Love it. So bright, so detailed, just beautiful. A lot of work went into that cover and I find that odd for a bootleg since most I find just slap a picture of the band on the cover that isn’t even from that era of the recording.
Well, they did that hear as well as the back cover is a picture of Joe Elliott from around 1987…which is when this was released. The problem is that the recordings are not from that year.
When was it recorded? I am so glad you asked.
A1 to B1 recorded at the BBC’s Paris Theatre, London, England, 22nd August 1979.
B2 to B6 recorded at the Reading Festival, Reading, England, 24th August 1980.
“On Through the Night’ came out in March 1980, so the first side of this was recorded prior to that album coming out which all these songs are on. Their first EP had come out in January 1979 which “Overture” and “Rocks Off” were from that one only at the time as they would be released on the debut as well.