Def Leppard have been milking the Hysteria album for years and why not as it is their most popular album. It was an album that would reach Diamond status with well over 10 million copies sold. It would produce 7 singles in the US and even 6 in it’s home country of the UK.
In celebration of the albums 30 years, they released a beautiful box set of the full album which I reviewed a long while back (Hysteria). Now, they have decided to release the Singles Box set to celebrate those 7 singles and for fun they released two more singles plus gave us an extra Spanish Version of one of their singles (Spanish cover, not sung in Spanish although that would’ve been cool). This gives us a nice set of 10 singles plus their B-Sides.
There were two things that made the Hysteria Singles so special. One was the cover of those singles were a puzzle piece that when put together, they created the album artwork. The second thing was that the B-Sides were all unreleased tracks. As a collector, they were awesome.
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Def Leppard decided to grace us with yet another Greatest Hits Collection right before the holidays. How nice of them! It is exactly what I needed…uhh…yeah…NO!! No offense Lep, I am a huge fan, but why do we need another greatest hits collection. We have some solid ones already.
I get it. They have been riding a pretty big wave this last year with the awesome success of their arena and stadium tour with Journey (You can read about those here for Def Leppard and here for Journey). They have picked up some fans this past year and also they were nominated for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (FINALLY!!!). All-in-all, a pretty big year so why not cap it off with a new greatest hits set.
Now, they released 3 different sets. One was a single CD set, a Deluxe 2CD set and a Vinyl Set (2LPs). So what are the differences between the sets? I am glad you asked. We will start with the single CD and the Vinyl Editions. Both of these sets have 16 tracks. Okay, the CD has 17 because it includes the new track which is a cover of Depeche Mode’s song “Personal Jesus”. Now that I mention that, the Vinyl set has that song 2 but is on a separate 7″ Single and the B-Side is the bands new Christmas song “We All Need Christmas”…we will get to those two new songs later.
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Def Leppard is back on tour and this time they are out with Journey on a co-headlining trek around North America. The last time the two bands toured together was 12 years ago and I missed that tour (I am sure it had to do with having an almost 3 year old and maybe another on the way). Whatever the reason, I missed it and I wasn’t going to do that again.
When tickets went on sale, I joined the Def Leppard Rock Brigade so I could get early access to tickets. And damn, tickets were expensive. This show wasn’t going to be just 2 tickets, I had to buy 3 this time as my wife and my oldest daughter (the one that was almost 3 is now almost 15 – my 11 year old opted out), were joining me on this one. My wife was going for Journey, but my daughter was going for Leppard (and now has the shirt to prove it). Me…I was actually going for both. I have seen Leppard numerous times, but I have never seen Journey…crazy, I know. Here is what you get for joining the Rock Brigade…a T-shirt & a Pin…
Back to tickets, Lower Level seat were kinda ridiculous. They were at least $150 or so a piece and then even higher the closer to the stage. I settled for 3 Front Row Tickets!! That is right 3 Front Row Tickets!!! Of course, front row in section 226 on the upper deck because I do have to eat and these were only $99 a piece (only…like $99 is cheap). Hey, I had an unobstructed view of the show and I could sit if I wanted and not miss a thing. No real complaints (except I will pay more next time…and there will be a next time).
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We interrupt the normal Tuesday’s Memes scheduled to talk about something amazing…Matt Nathanson surprised his fans with an announcement of a new album and released it the very next day. The album was only a 6 song E.P., but who cares. Any new music from Matt is super fantastic. The only problem is that it wasn’t actually new music. It was an E.P. full of cover songs.
Now, they aren’t just any cover songs. They are from my all time favorite band, Def Leppard. If you don’t know, Matt Nathanson is a metal head. I realized that a few years ago when I saw Matt being interviewed on the VH1 show “That Metal Show” with Eddie Trunk. Matt gushed on and on about his rock and metal influences and it made me appreciate him more than I already did.
Matt is also one of my all time favorite artist and he can do no wrong in my book. So, let’s throw Matt together with Def Leppard songs and you have what could possibly be the greatest combination in music history. I am not kidding!!
When I saw the track listing, I was a little disappointed with a few choices as they seemed obvious and then stunned at some others as I couldn’t imagine what he would do with it. The songs are as follows:
- Pour Some Sugar on Me
- Bringin’ on the Heartbreak
- Comin’ Under Fire
With cover albums you either need to nail it perfectly or completely re-imagine the song. Matt completely re-imagined the songs. He plays them acoustically and even adds some string orchestration to them. He takes these songs and makes them his own and does an absolutely impressive covers album.
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Thirty years ago on August 3rd, 1987, Def Leppard released their fourth studio album, ‘Hysteria’. Little did they know this ground breaking album would go on to sell over 25 million records, produce 7 hit singles and go to #1 on the Billboard Charts. The album was a labor of love for the band as it took several years to record and they struggled so much during this time.
There were so many setbacks during the recording of the album. First, Robert John “Mutt” Lange turned down the producing job for the record after he had recorded “High & Dry” (my personal favorite) and “Pyromania” although he did help in the initial song writing for the record. The band went through several producers during the recording including working with Jim Steinman of ‘Bat Out of Hell’ fame. Their relationship did not go smoothly and he was later fired (they paid him a lot of money to get out of the contract so it must have gone badly). Later in the process, “Mutt” did come back and produce the final product and then history was made.
The second big obstacle was Rick Allen’s car accident that severed his arm. Yes, the drummer of the band lost an arm. With all respect to the band, they did not abandon Rick. They stood by him and supported him until he was capable of playing the drums with one arm using an electronic drum set and a set of foot pedals to compensate for the lost arm. It definitely was a trying time. I won’t go into much more as you can watch the documentary included to learn more.
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Part 3 of the Def Leppard Live Series is ‘And There Will Be A Next Time…Live From Detroit’. This the latest released from Def Leppard and sparked my reason behind reviewing all three of the Live albums they have released. The other two are as follows:
‘And There Will Be A Next Time…’ was recorded back over the Summer of 2016 in Detroit, MI (obviously) in support of their album that was simply titled ‘Def Leppard’. The release was in both CD form and in Blue Ray / DVD and consisted of 17 tracks. The track listing is below:
- “Let’s Go”
- “Let It Go”
- “Love Bites”
- “Armageddon It”
- “Rock On”
- “Man Enough”
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