So, 31 years on the Def Leppard album Hysteria is still going strong. When Def Leppard annouced they were coming to New Zealand I couldn’t resists; reminiscient of an easier time in my life of high school, no bills, no resposibilities; great .. I’m going to see Def Leppard!
I had to go with someone from the dark ages, someone who might appreciate the music, AND the funniness of it all!
Parrott ! Yep, a quick emotional blackmail to Mark:
If you really loved me you’d come with me to Def Leppard
Of course he’s overseas somewhere, but months pass, and I remind him .. and we’re off
So we meet in Matamata, and head to Auckland, to Spark Arena.
Spark Arena isn’t huge, and this is a seated concert; we’re all old men and women remember, we need to sit :P
What a laugh; I just love (in small doses) the leather pants (especially on the ladies :) ), the big hair, the screaming guitars, the harmonies of the singer (Def Leppard still sounded like they were 20 somethings!!). Fantastic.
The concert was opened by The Scorpions, what a hoot.
You can’t help but sing along to the Winds of Change ! and they sounded great! The band formed in 1965 .. 1965 !! and Klaus Meine still sounds the same ! amazing!
But who I really came to see was Def Leppard !
These guys got together in 1977, and the album they came to play, Hysteria, was released in 1987 (man that was a pivotal year in my life! so many things happened that year.).
So here I am sitting with a friend who I’ve known for .. err .. 29 years (sheesh), listening to music that was released 31 years ago, wow!
So cool, so funny :)
Thanks Mark, I had a blast !
Pros vs Cons
- Hanging out with Parrott
- Def Leppard !
- The Scorpions
- Big hair
- screaming guitars
- leather pants
- bogan chicks
- The queue for the bathrooms full of men fighting their prostate :P
- WHAT I can’t hear? (read: old man hearing :P )