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article imageReview: Def Leppard rocks the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in New York Special

By Markos Papadatos     Aug 7, 2014 in Music
Wantagh - On August 6, English rock band Def Leppard played a show at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in Long Island, New York, as part of their 2014 summer tour.
They shared the stage with acclaimed hard rock band Kiss. Def Leppard commenced their set with the rocking "Let It Go" and it was followed by "Animal," which showed their softer side, as green lights dimmed on the stage.
Lead singer Joe Elliott greeted the New York audience, prior to taking them back to their 1983 album Pyromania with "Foolin'," where the stage was graced in purple and blue lights. He wore ripped blue jeans, a white jacket and a black shirt.
Elliott nailed the high notes on the power-ballad "Love Bites" and he held up the microphone stand towards the end.
"Okay, Jones Beach, New York, we have a question for you. Do you want to get rocked?" he asked, prior to segueing into "Let's Get Rocked."
Elliott noted that their truck overturned on the previous day, which is why most the lights on their tour and props were damaged, so they worked with what they had, and he commended their crew for aiding them in getting the show on.
It was followed by a neat acoustic segment, where Elliott sang the ballad "Two Steps Behind" accompanying himself on acoustic guitar, with Vivian Campbell, Phil Collen and Rick Savage on soaring harmonies.
"What do you say Jones Beach?" he asked, prior to singing "Bring' on the Heartbreak," which had a haunting vibe to it and they incorporated it as a sing-along with the crowd.
They continued with the impressive electric instrumental "Switch 625" and "Hysteria," my favorite vocal of theirs of the night, especially since they incorporated archive images and clips of the band in the televised screen which was a real treat, as the stage was decorated in yellow and orange lights.
Elliott returned with a different jacket and sang "Rocket," prior to asking the crowd to give a "very big, New York welcome" to Vivian Campbell, who hails from Northern Ireland.
During "Armageddon It," Elliott shouted, "C'mon boys," midway through the song and they closed with their signature tune, the fan-favorite "Pour Some Sugar on Me."
"A pleasure as always. See you again," Elliott said, in his eloquent British accent, only to return for a two-song encore that included "Rock of Ages" and "Photograph," as their band's logo displayed on the large screen in the background.
The iconic rock group shared their appreciation for the wounded warriors out there, and Elliott took some time to acknowledge their drummer, Rick Allen (who had lost his left arm in the late 80s, as a result of amputation).
"Don't forget us and we won't forget you," Elliott concluded.
The Verdict
Overall, Def Leppard was at the top of their game at Jones Beach Theater in Long Island, New York. They were able to rock out, and fans were still singing "Hysteria" after the concert was over on the way to the parking lot. All five band members were exceptional and their concert garnered an A rating. One of the most puzzling facts about them is that they have yet to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but after tonight, it is safe to say that they certainly deserve to be in the near future.
For more information on Def Leppard and their summer tour dates with Kiss, visit their website.
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