If you stop and think about it, Def Leppard is a remarkable band beyond their 1980s dominance. The band, which formed in Sheffield-England in 1977 and have released 11 studio albums, have overcome not one, but three major road blocks, including drummer Rick Allen losing his arm in an automobile accident; founding member and guitarist Steve Clark passing away; and his replacement Vivian Campbell recently battling cancer. Through it all, Def Leppard – Joe Elliott (vocals); Phil Collen (guitar, backing vocals); Vivian Campbell (guitar, backing vocals); Rick Savage (bass, backing vocals); and Rick Allen (drums, backing vocals) – have continued to put out solid records and hit the road as a major touring act.
In the summer of 2016, the legendary rockers set out for a 55-plus date North American summer tour in support of their latest self-titled release. On a steamy July 15 night in Detroit (technically Clarkston, Michigan) at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, the band ripped through a 17-song set list and filmed it for this DVD and two-CD set ‘And There Will Be a Next Time – Live From Detroit.’
As the sun set in the distance, the band took the stage, opening with the single for their new album “Let’s Go,” then kicked into “Animal” and threw it back to the early days with “Let It Go.” Three songs, three decades of different songs, and they sounded flawless next to each other. Two other tracks were included off the new album, “Dangerous” and “Man Enough,” while the band ran through a set list full of classic Leppard.
At the age of 57 and belting out songs for four decades, frontman Joe Elliott’s voice sounds as strong as ever, matching the bands intensity and energy. The interplay between Collen and Campbell on guitar is a thing of beauty, especially on the instrumental “Switch 625.” Behind the drum kit, Allen is stout as ever, and unsung hero Savage holds down the low end perfectly.
The crowd feeds off the energy of the band as they whip through classic after classic, including “Foolin;’” “Rocket;” and of course “Pour Some Sugar on Me,” which closes out the set. The band comes back to the stage for an encore, giving the fans frenzied versions of “Rock of Ages” and “Photograph.” Drained and drenched in sweat, the band leaves the stage and the crowd wanting more.
What is equally impressive to the band’s muscular sound is the intense light show they have, with giant LED screens behind Allen’s drum riser which projects lasers, photos, collages and abstract imagery to accompany the songs.
In addition, the DVD includes bonus material of official music videos for “Let’s Go,” “Dangerous,” and “Man Enough,” and the lyric video for “Let’s Go.”
Def Leppard’s ‘And There Will Be A Next Time – Live From Detroit’ is a feather in the cap of an already stellar career for the band and of course, there is no doubt there will be more from these lads.