By: Gary Graff
Def Leppard's "Viva! Hysteria," documenting the group's 11-show stand at the Hard Rock Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas, is out today (October 22) on CD, DVD and Blu-ray.
The sets feature an entire front-to-back performance of the group's multi-platinum "Hysteria" album as well as other favorites, but frontman Joe Elliott tells us the best part of the residency was being able to pull out rarities from Def Leppard's 33-year catalog:
"The first song that we played in Vegas was 'Good Morning Freedom;' we haven't played it live in 33 years. It was a B-side of 'Hello America,' never made the first album. So, you know, for all those people that were always haranguin' us for only ever playing the hits, we came out with this song that ended up on YouTube that night. They didn't even know what it was called. So that was kind of gratifying. We did things like 'All Through the Night'...We did 'Wasted,' Rock Brigade.' One night we played the entire side of 'High 'n' Dry.' We were just doing 'Let's Get Rocked' and stuff like that...We wanted to dig deep, and if we were gonna play the same songs in the 'Hysteria' set, and in the same order, for 11 nights, then when we open for ourselves 45 minutes before that we've really only got to go for our terribly obscure stuff...We went more for the kindg of 'Mirror Mirror,' 'Too Late For Love,' stuff like that that doesn't get a room on every tour. It was a lot of fun to do that, and it's all there. It's all there to be heard."
Def Leppard is currently on hiatus while the group members work on individual projects, but Elliott says he expects writing to start soon for a follow-up to 2008's "Songs From the Sparkle Lounge."
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