Def Leppard and Heart Blast Jersey With 80s Hits

Def LeppardDef Leppard & Heart
Susquehanna Bank Center                   
Camden, New Jersey
June 26, 2011
Photos: Steve Trager

As the summer season of great concerts rolls along, we the fans of the eighties’ were treated to another summer run with Def Leppard along with Heart for a co- headliner performance. We the music fans often wonder about iconic bands that still seem to rock your face off to a great degree with all those great memorable hits that can often echo throughout the yester years of musical history. Separately Def Leppard and Heart have scorched both MTV and mainstream rock radio with stellar anthems that can still be heard today. Any rock fan can surly appreciate the magnitude of these bands that can still rock it on stage for more then three decades as performers.

Opening the show fans were treated to a quick set by Evan Watson who was also joined on stage by Def Leppard’s Vivian Campbell shredding out some blues melodies during his set. Even if this solo artist was given the spot light for a mere twenty minutes, Evan Watson seemed to be humble and thanking the fans for his moment of glory opening for two great rock gems.

Just about a five minute set change, the lights went down, and the intro began to fill the air as Ann and Nancy Wilson stepped into the spotlight along with the rest of the band to perform their set as co-headliner of an unforgettable evening of classics. As if 70 minutes wasn’t enough for Heart to captivate the fans with selected prime cuts spanning their musical career, Heart opened their set with “Cook with Fire “. But the night gets going when they performed the greatest songs from the mid eighties’  “Never “, “These Dreams “, “Barracuda“and “Magic Man”topping out their set. All these years Ann Wilson still has that unmistakable one of a kind voice that has transcended this band as a great classic. Although Heart did leave out a bunch of other memorable hits that have etched their trademark in rock history, they still rocked period.

Ann Wilson - HeartAs if that wasn’t enough bang for your rock dollars hard at work, we were treated to another great performance with British rockers Def Leppard, who have made their trademark in America decades ago as a support band making their way in the rock world. Def Leppard is still at the top of their game with a great live show, although they have skimmed down their live set lists leaving out a few tracks that helped them along the way as self starters  yet, Def Leppard still generate the energy from yesterday with songs like “Rocket”, “Poor Some Sugar on Me” and the ultimate rock anthem “Rock of Ages”. Even if Def Leppard continues to release new material, we have grown to love the eighties’ which not only captivated our musical lives, but have built favorites around this band. Def Leppard's stellar performance at Susquehanna Bank Center never gets old. Joe Elliott’s voice still in pristine condition as he can still hit the high notes in all those great hits. In the old days one can remember Def Leppard doing an easy two hour plus show, jamming in as many stellar hits as possible, and today it’s not as beefy of a set list as yester years but, it’s still Def Leppard and for a short but sweet set, they can still burn through songs left and right.

The show itself was great – both bands sounded amazing, quick set changes, nice lights and stellar performances even if the venue was less then half a full house for this show. Just goes to show you that times are tough, but if you’re a true fan you still stick with bands that you grew up with and rock out to maximum level as possible.

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