Sound: Before we start allow me to begin by stating my top five favourite bands in all of time and existence. 1. Cinderella, 2. Def Leppard, 3. Motley Crue, 4. Guns N Roses. 5. Bon Jovi. So keeping that list in mind try and imagine my excitement when I discovered that Motley Crue and Def Leppard are going to play together. Well you're wrong I was even more excited that. It really had some big expectations to fill.
Steel Panther were the opening act. Steel Panther could be a most triumphant band but there are two areas that they need to work on. One of these areas is their lyrics. Some say they are funny but I struggle to take them seriously. It's all well and good them trying to go all out with the big 80's rockstar appeal, in fact its great of them, but they are really not doing 80s bands a favour and seem to only confirm the myth that 80s bands were a joke and nothing more. The second aspect these guys need to work on is their bass levels whilst playing live. There was a big bassy beat which you could feel (At least you could where I was) shaking through you each and every time that bass drum was hit. This was hard to get used to but (somehow) I managed to eventually.
Now I would like to point out that their music is (musically) excellent and they had the odd funny moment or two. My favourite was probably...
Michael Starr: Ok we're going to ask you a few questions. Who here has bought our new album?
Micheal Starr: Who here went and downloaded it for free...
Lexxi Foxxx: (Jumping up and down excitedly) Who likes going to the zoo?
Crowd: Yeah!!! (and laughing)
Micheal Starr: F*** off! Everyone likes going to the zoo! What a stupid question! The zoo's great! // 9
Perfomance: During the interval when we all went in search for something to drink and some toilets it was quite cool when you finally realise that you're not the only one out there with big, long 1980's hair. It was a little annoying when you learn that many were wigs. (like my brother's, YOU CHEAPSKATE REDD DYMOND!) But all in all It was fun to be amongst the rest of my kind seeing as we're a dying breed.
After our venture in search of toilets and something to drink me and my brothers return to our seats still thirsty as none of us thought to bring any money. Anyway we were sitting there talking to each other about something (I forget what. It wasn't the most exciting part of the night if I'm honest) and "Killer Queen" by Queen was playing In the background. Then something happened which is a moment which will stay with me for the rest of my life. Motley Crue came on stage. But this is Motley. They couldn't just come on stage. Oh no, pyrotechnics fired half way through the Queen song. As my head spun round I was truly amazed to then see and hear Motley Crue jumping around and playing on the stage.
They played all the obvious songs like "Dr Feelgood", "Shout At The Devil", "Live Wire" etc etc. For me the best song they played was "Shout At The Devil", not necessarily because it's my favourite song of theirs (which it isn't) but because of the way they played it. Which was full of flames. The crowd were punching the air and shouting at the devil along with Motley Crue and it was all great fun. You may be aware of Tommy Lee's tendency to not keep his drum kit on the floor and today was no exception. Round and round he went in his big machine banging away at his drums. Wasn't as exiting as it could have been. Afterwards however, he says "Oooh, there's another seat here!". Now I don't know what was going through the head of the person who got to go with him but it was probably a mix of both "AAARRRGGGHHH! I'm sitting next to Tommy Lee whilst he's playing drums in front of thousands of people!" and "AAARRRGGGHHH! I'm spinning around in a cage in front of thousands of people!" // 10
Overall Impression: Def Leppard put on an almighty performance. Perfect volumes and everything was perfectly clear. Again, like Motley Crue, they played the songs you'd expect them to play. Pour some sugar on "Me", "Animal", "Hysteria" and so on. There was however one song that I was dying for them to play, "Let's Get Rocked". Yes, the one which starts "Do you wanna get rocked!?" Even well before the concert started when I was asked what song I really wanted for them to play my answer was "Let's Get Rocked". My answer would have been and was the same, months and months before the concert. Time was passing and they still hadn't played it. Bogus. Then they said goodbye and left. Extra Bogus. But like all wise men I said insistently, "we're not going. We're staying. They will comeback." Much time had passed and many people had left. My younger brother was saying come on they obviously aren't coming back. Well he was wrong! On they came and played... "Love Bites". Bogus. Great song but not "Let's Get Rocked".
Oh well! It was great fun anyway. They finished playing and Joe Elliot said: "Thank you Manchester, thank you, you've been great but we have to go now but before we do let me ask just one question... DO YOU WANNA GET ROCKED!?!" Now, I was excited when I discovered the news that Motley Crue and Def Leppard were playing together but try and imagine how I reacted at this point. Wrong. I exploded. Jumping up and down and screaming and doing something that to me resembled singing! Steel Panther were OK, Motley Crue were extremely fantastic and Def Leppard were just, just, just completely amazing. It's not like "Let's Get Rocked" is their biggest hit, not by any means so I believe they could read my mind. Or something like that. Ok I don't but that's beside the point.
Lots of other stuff happened as well (such as singing happy birthday to Nikki Sixx) but this is a quick summary of what Def Leppard, Motley Crue and Steel Panther at MEN Arena in Manchester on November 11th 2011 were like for me. It said that bit was required so I threw it in there. Clever of me wasn't it. No. Oh well. // 10