Review: Def Leppard/ Motley Crue

Def Leppard performing at Sheffield Arena
Def Leppard performing at Sheffield Arena

Motorpoint Arena

JUST as they blasted the airwaves in the 1980s as one of the world’s biggest rock acts, Motley Crue take to the stage like a bombastic storm.

Here, at the Arena, pyrotechnics blast off, vivid visuals form a back-drop and Vince Neil struts around the stage like a leather-clad peacock.

But it doesn’t stop there.

Tommy Lee’s colossal drum kit is built on to a huge steel ring. Then, as if by magic, the kit moves around the ring and upside-down while Lee drums.

The price tag on this roller-coaster novelty beggars belief but it certainly makes an impact.

Fans are aghast as the Crue tear into a set of hard -ocking classics and then, at 9.30pm, the band everyone’s been waiting for join the stage – Def Leppard.

Thousands of fans clad in Def Leppard uniform chant as Sheffield’s biggest act takes its perch at the arena.

Tribal drums clatter to tantalise the crowd and gradually the band appear.

Joe Elliot greets his home city and within minutes the band are playing a set of Leppard classics, including 1987 hit Rocket, which is accompanied by an epic visual backdrop of rockets blasting and motorcyclists crashing.

The imagery flickers in sync with the music – a powerful force in itself.

Other hits include the very Eighties-sounding Everybody Wants a Piece of the Action, which is performed to seductive visuals of girls in various poses.

All the while Rick Allen plays mean, storming drums, thumping a visceral energy into the set.

The crowd are loving. Fists are thumped into the air, women are dancing around their handbags and others sing verbatim to Leppard’s lyrics.

Musically Def Leppard are tight and their repertoire is repetitive but this doesn’t bother the band’s enormous following.

And then, towards the end of the set, Leppard throw their biggest number at the crowd – Pour Some Sugar On Me.

And while it may have been released 24 years ago, it still possesses its anthemic power.

Now, more than half the crowd have their fists in the air. And that in itself, is worth a trip to the Arena to see.

Rachael Clegg