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DEF LEPPARD/MOTLEY CRUE/STEEL PANTHER
Birmingham, 6 December 2011
This was a stunning evening of rock entertainment with added emphasis on
entertainment, headline length sets by two of the biggest names in rock
and an opening set by one of the most outlandish, gloriously fun rock
act Steel Panther put smiles on the faces of everyone in the
audience but importantly alongside all of their saucy pantomime fun and
games they also really rock, they play glam/sleaze classic rock numbers
full of power, riffs and knockout choruses (with of course a touch of
the Spinal Tap's) and use every exaggerated rock pose in the book in the
look fantastic with plenty of sparkly outfits, spandex and feather boas
on display, and their obviously well rehearsed banter with each other
and the audience went down a treat, of course slightly sexist in nature
but as a great man once said "What's wrong with Sexy !!".
included an electric 'Supersonic Sex Machine', the possibly libellous
but hilarious 'Just Like Tiger Woods' and the (does what it says on the
tin) '17 Girls in a Row', what a start to the evening and the mood was
well and truly set.
visit sleaze town next with Motley Crue who opened with a
pulsating 'Wild Side', the stage set up looked fantastic like a back
street from the Sin City movie and this was a real crowd pleasing best
of set including classics 'Shout at the Devil', the sing-along 'Same OL'
Situation', and an emotional 'Home Sweet Home' complete with Tommy Lee
playing a grand piano which somehow magically appeared (with the stage
lights only out for a couple of minutes !) at the end of the stage's
centre platform which went out a great distance through the audience
like a pier, all of the bands made great use of it giving more fans the
up close experience.
was a co-headline tour the Crue had full use of the excellent lighting
system and a full range of stage effects, the Motley boys chose to go
for numerous pillars of flame and explosions to compliment their set,
the last four numbers really brought the house down, one of the bands
real anthems 'Dr. Feelgood', 'Girls,Girls,Girls' one of the all time
rock classics complete with complimentary back screen projections, a
down and dirty 'Smokin' in the Boys Room' and they closed with the
adrenaline fuelled 'Kickstart My Heart'.
leave the Motley Crue part of the review without mentioning Tommy Lee's
spectacular roller coaster drum solo, his huge kit which was attached to
a huge circular lighting rig almost touching the LG ceiling started to
rock from side to side and travelled around the frame, for a while
stopping upside down at the very summit (with Tommy still playing), in a
nice touch a fan selected from the front of the crowd was strapped in
and went for the ride of a life time.
Spectacular stuff from one of the best bands in the business, Vince and
Nikki worked the crowd all set, Mr Mars (in usual cool head gear)
revving up on the guitar and Tommy when not on his fairground ride
rocking up a storm as well as showing his prowess on the piano earlier
in the set.
of the best rock bands around to another, this time our very own Def
Leppard, as was the case with the Crue this was also a crowd
pleasing greatest hits set.
the Crue they had a spectacular stage show, rather than the flames and
fireworks of the previous set Leppard went for sensational back
projections the complete length of the stage with ramps also stretching
over the huge stage area, front man Joe Elliot announced from the stage
that they had bought their full American 'Mirror Ball' stage set over to
the UK for the fans and I must admit it was some spectacle, an amazing
combination of lights and projections.
were on top form, Joe's vocals spot on, the twin guitars of Phil and
Vivian rocking and the two Ricks that make up the bands rhythm section
holding it all together perfectly with the band also making full use of
the mammoth stage area throughout set.
tracks made up the Leppard set, most of which the entire crowd could
sing word for word, after impressive new number 'Undefeated' it was time
to visit hit city, an explosive (sorry for that one !) 'Rocket' was
followed by their top cover of Sweet's 'Action', the mega album Hysteria
was of course well represented including a power packed 'Gods of War',
the uplifting title track and the knockout one - two of 'Armageddon It'
ballad side of the set was taken care of with 'When Love and Hate
Collide' and a beautiful 'Two Steps Behind You', the latter making great
use of the centre platform, the main set ended with the stadium anthem
to beat them all 'Pour some Sugar on Me', before they returned for the
encores, a pumped up 'Let's Get Rocked' and a rocking 'Wasted' from the
bands debut album On Through the Night.
one entertaining rock and roll show, three bands playing at their peak,
hits by the bucket load, a crowd ready to rock and a visual delight from
start to finish.