Review: Def Leppard, Motorpoint Arena

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HOW do you follow a band with a drum-kit that rotates on a circular rollercoaster track?

Such was the challenge for Joe Elliott’s men as they returned to Sheffield with a show that boasted less frills than US flame-throwing touring buddies Motley Crue brought along but arguably hit the mark harder than their Download headliner this summer.

A vast wall of screens flashed news clippings and band snaps past as the Lepps leapt across a career that has sustained them as one of the UK’s biggest rock exports. Joe indulged nostalgia further as he reminded fans of their spoon factory origins before launching into enduring hits that made them musical millionaires.

If they rued teaming up with Tommy Lee’s lot they didn’t flinch, the LA hair metal hedonists delivering an OTT contrast prior to the hometowners; Girls Girls Girls and Shout At The Devil recalling an era breast-worshipping openers Steel Panther clearly revel in.

David Dunn