Def Leppard fans travel 11,000 miles to get rocked

Def Leppard: Homecoming concert at Sheffield Motorpoint Arena on Tuesday, December 13, 2011.

Def Leppard: Homecoming concert at Sheffield Motorpoint Arena on Tuesday, December 13, 2011.

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DEF Leppard superfan sisters Lindsay and Jennifer Klinefelter will get rocked in Sheffield tonight after travelling half way around the world just to see the band’s homecoming concert.

They are on a whistle-stop 11,000-miles round-trip after flying in from the entertainment capital of Las Vegas.

Superfans: Def Leppard dans Jennifer and sister Lindsay Kilnefelter flying in from Las Vegas for Sheffield gig.

Superfans: Def Leppard dans Jennifer and sister Lindsay Kilnefelter flying in from Las Vegas for Sheffield gig.

There’s only one live show they want to see and it’s tonight at Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena.

The city’s own rock legends Def Leppard will mark a rare appearance back where it all began for them with special guest supports Steel Panther and Motley Crue.

But sisters Lindsay and Jennifer, who have always wanted to see the band in Sheffield, will then jet back tomorrow to their homes in Las Vegas.

Their incredible journey started on Saturday with a connecting flight from Las Vegas to Chicago, which got them in Manchester on Sunday morning.

Thrill ride: Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee playing on his 360 degree drum roller-coaster.

Thrill ride: Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee playing on his 360 degree drum roller-coaster.

Lindsay, aged 25, and big sister Jennifer, 27, finally arrived in Sheffield yesterday and will be sitting in the front row for tonight’s concert.

Then it’s a race back to the airport for their flight home in the morning.

In total they will have spent around 24 hours on the go and had little sleep since they set off three days ago on the fan trip of a lifetime.

Lindsay told The Star: “We are lifelong fans, being exposed to their music at an early age through our dad’s vinyl records.

“We have followed Def Leppard across the United States and seen them in San Diego, Chicago and Boston, to Las Vegas casinos. Of course we own all the records and DVDs.

“But we realise the history and significance Sheffield has to the band. So to experience this particular concert will be extremely special.

“By living in one of the entertainment capitals of the world we have a chance to see a lot of artists as their tours come through. We have been drawn to Def Leppard because their concerts are very energetic and fun. It is also obvious the guys are friends and enjoy performing, making each concert a unique experience for their fans.

“We started our current careers this year so we have very limited vacation time which is why the trip is so quick. This will be our first time in Sheffield and Jennifer’s first time ever abroad.”

n Motley Crue’s daredevil drummer Tommy Lee is bringing his amazing 360 degree drum roller-coaster to the Sheffield show which will feature him complete a drum solo while he is strapped in for multiple loops and pyrotechnics.

n Def Leppard superstar Rick Allen is drumming up charity cash for Amy’s House respite care centre, for families with special needs children in Sheffield. As patron he donated backstage passes to tonight’s show, which have raised a total of almost £400 in silent auctions. Star reader Karli Holroyd, 22, of Hathersage, bid £200 for a pair.

n Tickets for tonight are £45, booking fee may apply. Buy in person, call 0114 256 5656 or visit www.motorpointarena.sheffield.co.uk