DEF LEPPARD To Play Hysteria In Its Entirety For Viva Hysteria! Las Vegas Residency

November 12, 2012, 4 years ago

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According to USA Today, DEF LEPPARD will play its multiplatinum 1987 album Hysteria in its entirety for Viva Hysteria!, which will begin March 22 at The Joint at Las Vegas' Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. The band's stay follows Hard Rock residencies from MÖTLEY CRÜE and GUNS N' ROSES.

"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.

The nine-show residency will also feature encores highlighting other material from the group's 35-year career.

Hysteria, which includes hits 'Pour Some Sugar on Me', 'Animal' and 'Love Bites', has sold more than 12 million copies in the USA and more than 20 million worldwide. The shows will mark the first time the band has played one of its albums live from start to finish.

"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.

Tickets go on sale Friday 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."

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