DEF LEPPARD To Play Entire ‘Hysteria’ Album at Viva Hysteria! in Las Vegas
According to USA Today Def Leppard will be playing their 1987 album, Hysteria, in it’s entirety for Viva Hysteria! at The Joint Las Vegas’ Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on March 22nd for nine shows.
“We’re very happy to be part of what I call the first wave of rockers to take Vegas back from the lounge singers — Wayne Newton and his type,” says Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott.
“In Las Vegas, you have to give people something they can’t see anywhere else,” says Bobby Reynolds, vice president of booking at AEG Live. Hysteria yielded seven singles in the USA, and the band has cherry-picked the album’s material for its live shows for years. Set lists for the group’s 2012 North American tour, for example, typically included eight of the album’s 12 songs. Some songs were inevitably omitted in favor of other areas of the group’s catalog.
“Things like Run Riot, Don’t Shoot Shotgun and Love and Affection got left by the wayside because of the popularity of other songs that, to be frank, if you don’t play them live, you don’t get out of the building alive,” Elliott says. “The oddest thing is going to be doing Sugar fifth. In many respects, it’s like the Troggs opening with Wild Thing.”
Tickets go on sale November 16th and start at $49.50, with floor seats going for $125. The Joint seats 2,950. “It’s small, it’s intimate, but it’s not tiny like CBGB’s, so we can still put on a good show,” Elliott says. “The furthest seat from us is 155 feet.”
Elliott says the band plans to use its days off between shows to write material for its next album.
“The downtime will not go to waste,” he says. “Two of the guys in the band live in Dublin and the other three live in California. This is a great opportunity for a band that has decided to live all over the world to be in one room at one
time, to look each other in the eyes and to come up with ideas.”