Sunday, July 3, 2011

Concert Review: Def Leppard And Heart Rock The Mohegan Sun Arena

During the decade from 1980 to 1989, Heart and Def Leppard combined sell over 50 million albums in the US. Their songs were staples on rock radio and their music videos were in heavy rotation on MTV. On Saturday night (July 2), these two rock powerhouses joined forces at the Mohegan Sun Arena.

The band Heart are very well-known for the sister duo of Ann and Nancy Wilson, as they are the only two remaining original members of the band. Singing soulstress, Ann Wilson had no problems hitting the notes and her high piercing vocals never sounded better opening with “Cook With Fire” and “Heartless.” Then Heart kicked it into high gear with their biggest singles of the 80’s “Never,” “What About Love,” and “These Dreams.” Guitar virtuoso Nancy Wilson came alive on the band’s early hits “Magic Man” and “Crazy On You.” Their short hour long set closed with the raw energy and screaming guitars of “Barracuda.” As the audience cheered on, Heart returned with a surprising cover of Led Zeppelin’s “What Is And What Should Never Be.” Once again, Ann’s vocals and Nancy’s guitar playing made the song all their own.

With the lights out once again, it was time for Def Leppard to take the stage. Images of sport heroes and world leaders splashed across the screens as the group dove into their newest song “Undefeated.” Their set list ran through as a greatest hits package. Fans were on their feet singing along to “Let’s Get Rocked” and “Animal”. Front man Joe Elliott made sure the band received the applause it deserved, working the audience into a frenzy at every opportunity. Newest band member Vivian Campbell made his presence known with his electrifying solo on “Love Bites.” After the heavy drumming of “Rocket,” Def Leppard slowed things down with an acoustic version of “Two Steps Behind.” The audience helped Elliott sing the beginning of “Bringin’ On The Heartbreak” before the entire band returned to blow the roof off the arena. Def Leppard finished with their biggest hit singles, “Armageddon It” and “Photograph” before hitting the climax with “Pour Some Sugar On Me.”

Drummer Rick Allen introduced the encore with his only vocals of the night reciting "Gunter glieben glauchen globen,” as the audience jumped to their feet for “Rock Of Ages.” Def Leppard proved once again that after over thirty years, they are still one of the best rock bands performing live.

Heart Setlist:
Cook With Fire
What About Love
These Dreams
You’re The Voice
Magic Man
Crazy On You
Encore: What Is And What Should Never Be

Def Leppard Setlist:
Let’s Get Rocked
Make Love Like A Man
Love Bites
Rock On
Two Steps Behind
Bringin’ On The Heartbreak
Switch 625
Armageddon It
Pour Some Sugar On Me
Encore: Rock Of Ages

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