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27th October, 2011, Brisbane Entertianment Centre, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Choirboys and Heart opened for the act and both were spectacular. It was the most amazing rock concert I have ever been to!
Australia (Brisbane), October 27, 2011
BrittXxMusic, on december 05, 2011 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Sound: Lead singer, Joe Elliot may be in his 50's, but he sure can amaze an audience with his powerful vocals! He hit every note perfectly and interacted with the audience like a true frontman does. Phil Collen used his usual Jackson guitars for most of the show, as Vivian used his Gibson Les Paul as well. One-armed drummer, Rick Allen didn't fool anybody on his customised drum kit and overall, it was a truly great sounding show - they sound awesome live! // 10
Perfomance: Boy, did they put on a show! They interacted largely with the audience - even throwing picks out to us regularly! They started the show with the new tune "Undefeated" and appeared onstage as the drums performed the intro in complete darkness with the occasional lighting effects. As the guitars burst on the scene, the lights came on and the place erupted. Following with such hits as "Hysteria", where the crowd was 100% thrilled, and "Pour Some Sugar On Me", which every person in the building screamed along to.
They played "Switch 625" in memory of the amazing Steve Clark - which everyone responded to, and every member performed with passion. "Rock Of Ages", "Love Bites", "Animal", "Bringin' On The Heartbreak" and "Rock On" were all performed with such passion and heart that it was extremely clear that these guys live for playing this music and playing to fans.
The crowd sang along to every single line in every single song, even shocking Joe Elliot with the vocal power of Queensland when he told us through the microphone, "And give yourselves a round of applause for being so f***ing loud!"
Joe Elliot, Phil Collen and Rick Savage moved around the most - Vivian Campbell stayed mostly to the right of the stage until nearing the end of the show - when he did come over to the left side, he was welcomed with open arms and applause! When Rick Allen was introduced by Joe Elliot, the place absolutely erupted and modest Rick smiled up from his drum kit, looking very grateful.
They threw a lot of picks to the audience - and actually started throwing them before the show - throwing them to the mosh pit from backstage. The stage itself was simple - a runway paraded into the audience and there were some steps with Rick and his drum kit at the top level. There were great giant screens propped up displaying pictures and videos along with the songs and it created a great dynamic. And of course, there was the "MIRRORBALL". They indulged us in an Encore - playing "Photograph" for the screaming audience and leaving us begging for more! // 10
Overall Impression: 27th October, 2011, Brisbane Entertianment Centre, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Choirboys and Heart opened for the act and both were spectacular. Heart were a little off, but still very good and Choirboys smashed it. I loved the adrenaline and Drive they put into all their songs, the energy and the amazing sound quality. They are definitely not a band that suck live! I absolutely hated the fact that they didn't play longer! I think they could've played all night and no one would have gotten tired. My ticket for a place in the "Armageddon Pit" aka, the mosh pit cost me $190 but definitely well worth it for the memories.
The unforgettable moments? Well, the guy walking around in a full-on latex body suit with leopard print material! Good on that to that guy 'cause he had no shame! Also, the chick at the end of the show who flashed everyone as we walked out. And probably that really short-a-s chick in the mosh pit who was like, 5"3... Oh wait, that was me! I will absolutely, without a doubt be at their next gig. It was the most amazing rock concert I have ever been to and anyone reading this considering going to a Def Leppard gig - go! Trust me, you wont regret it one bit! // 10