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29 Years Ago Def Leppard's Hysteria Tour In Cologne (Video/Photos)

Sunday, 12th March 2017

Def Leppard 1988.
Screenshot by dltourhistory

Def Leppard played a Hysteria world tour show in Cologne, West Germany on 12th March 1988 with a review, photos and video available.

The show took place at the Sporthalle.

Support came from M.S.G (McAuley Schenker Group) who had replaced Poison after they pulled out of the UK/European shows to be replaced by M.S.G. (in Europe) and Loverboy (in the UK).

This was the second of seven German shows on the 1988 European tour and one of four recorded by fans.

The video shows the laser effects used during the song.

This was the first visit to the city since October 1983 on the Pyromania tour.

The venue was closed down in 1998 and then demolished in March 1999.

Their only previous visit before 1983 was at the same venue in June 1981 as support to Rainbow.

The fourth show played by the band in Germany and the first known audience recording of the 1981 tour.

Metal Hammer reviewed the show at the time and this review (and photos) have been added to the site for the first time.

Def Leppard 1988.
Screenshot by dltourhistory

Metal Hammer - Concert Review Quotes

The ensuing 100 minutes in Def Leppard's company were excellent; their choice of songs couldn't have been more balanced, from the exciting opening track 'Stagefright', through the ballad 'Bringin' On The Heartbreak' up to the final number 'Let It Go'. Really, Leppard fans couldn't have asked for more.

The band played 16 great songs, all of them enhanced by an unusually complex laser show, cleverly adapted to compliment the atmosphere of each track. This band sure know how to create and project a mood - mellow passages were interrupted by heavy rock attacks, but enough room was left for instrumental asides, which on the whole were well-played. The only exception here was guitarist Phil Collen's solo, which was too long and distorted to the point of agony. But that was one of the few weak spots and otherwise the five Englishmen gave value for (a lot of) money.

Read the full review via the show page

Watch 'Hysteria' via the YouTube playlist.

Def Leppard Fan Videos 1988.

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