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Def Leppard 2018. Screenshot

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

The show took place at the 14,500 capacity Rod Laver Arena.

The fourth 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 Melbourne since 18th November 2015 during the World Tour 2015.

The 8th appearance by the band in this city and sixth time at this venue which hosts the Australian Open Grand Slam Tennis final each year.

The first appearance here was in February 1984 on the Pyromania tour at Earls Court with Australian band Boss as support. They featured B.B. Steal singer Craig Csongrady on lead vocals (who attended the recent Adelaide show).

The next appearances did not happen until July 1992. Two In The Round shows took place at the National Tennis Centre on the Adrenalize tour. The venue was later renamed as Rod Laver Arena after the famous Australian tennis player and 11 time Grand Slam champion.

They would not return to the venue until November 2008 on the Songs From The Sparkle Lounge tour at the same venue.

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

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

The full Hysteria album was followed by five songs again. 'Action' was played as song #13 and for the first time in Melbourne.

Scorpions Cancellation/Dallas Crane

The Scorpions had to pull out of the show with only 4 hours to go. Singer Klaus Meine was ill and could not perform.

Local Melbourne alternative rock band Dallas Crane stepped in with just a few hours notice and opened the show.

They were formed in 1996 and feature Chris Brodie (Bass), Dave Larkin (Vocals/Guitar), Steve Pinkerton (Drums) and Pete Satchell (Guitar/Vocals).

In October they played three shows as support to Cheap Trick in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

Scorpions Statement

"We came a long way to finally ROCK Australia for the very first time (except for Melbourne ) together with our friends Def Leppard. We have had a fantastic run so far, and it breaks my heart to let you know that I can’t sing tonight at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne."

"The Doc has recommended that I rest my Voice until Sydney and I cross my fingers that it all works out ..." -Klaus

Watch some Fan Videos from the show here.

Def Leppard 2018 Fan Videos.

Joe Elliott - End Of Show Speech

"Melbourne. Thank you. Thanks for having us. Thanks for coming. Thanks for being here. We'll see you next time. Goodnight!."

View the current Setlist Statistics in the next news update.

The next show takes place on 10th November in Sydney, Australia.

Def Leppard 2018 - Melbourne, 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 Melbourne.

  • 09 - Run Riot

Played for the first time in Melbourne.

  • 10 - Hysteria
  • 11 - Excitable

Played for the first time in Melbourne.

  • 12 - Love And Affection

Played for the first time in Melbourne.

  • 13 - Action

Played for the first time in Melbourne.

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

  • 16 - Rock Of Ages
  • 17 - Photograph

Watch footage from the show on - Periscope

Scorpions - Melbourne, Australia Setlist

The band did not play - see above.

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