With 100 million records sold worldwide, Def Leppard continues to be one of the most potent forces in global rock. For the past 30 years the band has been a top box-office draw, consistently selling out arenas worldwide. October 2013 sees them issue an exciting new live release, “Viva! Hysteria”, across multiple formats through Frontiers Records.
Over the course of their career, Def Leppard produced a series of classic groundbreaking albums and with the release of HYSTERIA the band set the sound for a generation of music fans and artists alike.
Released in August 1987, the album went on to sell over 20 million copies worldwide, spawning seven hit singles including “Pour Some Sugar On Me,” “Love Bites,” “Women,” “Rocket” and the album’s classic title track. HYSTERIA was produced by Robert John "Mutt" Lange and following its release the album reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart in the U.S. and also No. 1 on the U.K. Album chart.
HYSTERIA has earned critical acclaim from a number of sources including Q Magazine, who voted the release as one of the greatest albums of all time, and Rolling Stone Magazine, who included the collection on their list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
For the first time ever, Def Leppard played HYSTERIA in its entirety during an eleven-show residency which started on March 22, 2013 at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel And Casino in Las Vegas. The band played also under the fictitious name of DED FLATBIRD (which came about after someone once mispronounced Def Leppard as "Dead Flat Bird"). Two different opening sets of 35 mins. on each of the nights. The band showcased some fan favourite and rare songs from the early years of the band besides playing a selection of their greatest hits, highlighting classic material from throughout their career. The “Viva! HYSTERIA” show featured an elaborate set design created only for Def Leppard 's Las Vegas residency.
Known for legendary big-scale arena shows, Def Leppard will bring their over-the-top production to your house as “Viva! HYSTERIA” is their first full live show shot in HD released commercially.
Finally “Viva! HYSTERIA” showcases for the first time a career-defining album (excluding concept albums) performed live in its entirety - from start to finish - for a commercial audio/video release.
“Viva! HYSTERIA”! is unlike any show Def Leppard has ever done or will ever do again. This is one release not to miss….
Joe Elliott – lead vocals
Phil Collen – guitar, backing vocals
Vivian Campbell – guitar, backing vocals
Rick Savage – bass guitar, backing vocals
Rick Allen – drums, percussion, backing vocals