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Def Leppard 2018. Screenshot

Def Leppard played another show on the 2018 Hysteria tour earlier today in Sydney, Australia with 17 songs performed.

The show took place at the 8,000 capacity ICC Sydney Theatre.

The fifth show of the Australia/New Zealand leg of the 'Hysteria & More' tour. The concert ended within the last few hours and was played at 9pm local time (AEDT).

The band's first time in Sydney since 17th November 2015 during the World Tour 2015.

The 8th appearance by the band in this city and first time at this venue. Full name - International Convention Centre Sydney.

The first appearance here was in February 1984 on the Pyromania tour at Salinas Club with Australian band Boss as support.

They would return eight years later in July 1992 for two In The Round shows at the Entertainment Centre on the Adrenalize tour.

They would not return for a full show until November 2008 on the Songs From The Sparkle Lounge tour at the 17,000 capacity Acer Arena.

A small acoustic show did take place before this on the Vault tour in November 1995.

Another show here then took place in October 2011 on the Mirrorball tour.

The last show here was played in November 2015 as part of the three date Australian tour. The final time at the Entertainment Centre then known as the Qantas Credit Union Arena.


The 'Hysteria' album was played in full for the very first time in Sydney.

'Don't shoot Shotgun', 'Run Riot', 'Excitable' and 'Love And Affection' were all played for the first time in Sydney.

The full Hysteria album was followed by five songs again. 'Let It Go' was played as song #13 and for the first time in Sydney.

As the encore section began fans shouted for AC/DC. Joe replied with "No we're not playing any AC/DC." which prompted Phil to start the 'Back In Black' riff. He was joined by the rest of the band for a short and full electic snippet lasting a few seconds. They then played 30 seconds or so of 'Highway To Hell' and seemed to be playing the full song before it was stopped with Joe commenting "We tried" - (full video below).

The impressive looking video wall outside the venue featured the Hysteria poster - see photos below.

Scorpions Cancellation/Dallas Crane

The Scorpions once again had to pull out with a few hours notice. Singer Klaus Meine's voice has not yet recovered.

Scorpions Press Release/Statement

Klaus Meine, Scorpions‘ co-founder and lead singer said:

“Dear Australian Fans, believe me I have tried everything to be up on Stage tonight in Sydney … I haven‘t said a word in the last 36 Hours to rest my pipes but unfortunately my voice is not back to the power it needs to sing my heart out for you tonight. You deserve nothing less than the best Performance and I hope we have a chance to come back, to finally ‘Rock you Like a Hurricane’. Thank you for all the ‘get well soon’ messages. Thank you, Def Leppard, for your amazing support on this Tour. Love Klaus”. Klaus

It is hoped Klaus will make a full recovery ahead of their final show scheduled for Monday at Spark Arena, Auckland.

Scorpions Meet and Greet will still go ahead as planned but without Klaus, for those who have purchased Scorpions Meet and Greet packages.

Aria Award nominated Melbourne alternative rock band Dallas Crane will be opening the show tonight in Sydney.

Watch some Fan Videos from the show here.

Def Leppard 2018 Fan Videos.

Joe Elliott - Armageddon It/Vivian Campbell Intro

"Alright Sydney?!. How we doing?. It's good to be here. Welcome to Hysteria 2018!. This is a weird one we've got less people down here than we have up there. We've got people up there I can't even see. Up the top how we doing?. In here how we doing?. Down here how we doing?. Everybody how we doing?!. Well this is the - this is the last night of our Australian tour. What a f**king amazing place to finish. Oh yeah and if I'm counting correctly it is 31 years since this album that we are playing tonight from start to finish was released. 31 years!. Glad you came along for the ride. A lot of things have happened in those 31 years including the fact that this young man stood right behind me has been in this band for 26 of those years. Can you make some noise please for Mr. Vivian Campbell."

Joe Elliott - Pre-Rock Of Ages Speech

"Thank you Sydney. Thank you very much. As I said earlier this is the last night of the Australian tour. This is a f**king amazing place. It sounds great in here. I love this place, this is good. We'll do this again one day what do you think?. You wanna do this again?. Are we still OK up at the top?. Yeah?. How about down here?. No, we're not playing any AC/DC no. (after Back In Black) Highway To Hell?. We tried. We tried. We tried. I tell ya what. We're gonna do ya some stuff that came after Hysteria. We're gonna do ya some stuff that came before Hysteria. And for all you AC/DC fans this one was produced by Robert John 'Mutt' Lange. 1981 High 'n' Dry. Make some noise for Phil Collen!."

Joe Elliott - End Of Show Speech

"Sydney, Australia!. Thanks for having us. Thanks for coming. Thanks for being here!. Goodnight!."

"Thank you everybody. Unbelievable thank you so much. Let's do this again one day. Oh yeah!. Until next time. And there will be a next time!. Till then do us a big favour. Don't forget us and we won't forget you."

View the current Setlist Statistics in the next news update.

The next show takes place on 12th November in Auckland, New Zealand.

Def Leppard 2018 - Sydney, Australia Setlist

  • 00 - Hysteria Album Intro


  • 01 - Women
  • 02 - Rocket (Album Version)
  • 03 - Animal
  • 04 - Love Bites
  • 05 - Pour Some Sugar On Me
  • 06 - Armageddon It
  • 07 - Gods Of War
  • 08 - Don't Shoot Shotgun

Played for the first time in Sydney.

  • 09 - Run Riot

Played for the first time in Sydney.

  • 10 - Hysteria
  • 11 - Excitable

Played for the first time in Sydney.

  • 12 - Love And Affection

Played for the first time in Sydney.

  • 00 - Back In Black - (AC/DC Snippet)
  • 00 - Highway To Hell - (AC/DC Snippet)

Two snippets of AC/DC songs played fully electrically. The first lasting a few seconds and the second for about 30 seconds.

  • 13 - Let It Go

Played for the first time in Sydney.

  • 14 - When Love & Hate Collide
  • 15 - Let's Get Rocked

  • 16 - Rock Of Ages
  • 17 - Photograph

Scorpions - Sydney, Australia Setlist

Dallas Crane opened in their place again.

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