This section looks at the 'VIVA! Hysteria' residency film was release on CD/DVD and Blu-ray in the UK.
"It's the entire Hysteria album played from start to finish."
The Def Leppard VIVA! Hysteria Live At The Joint, Las Vegas CD/DVD/Blu-ray was released on this day in 2013.
The concert film had been screened in UK cinemas on 19th September and in North America on 2nd and 8th October ahead of the physical release.
The 11 date 'VIVA! Hysteria residence' took place from 22nd March to 13th April at The Joint in Las Vegas, NV.
The live album and film was released on 2CD/DVD (or Blu-ray) Special Deluxe Edition or stand-alone DVD, Blu-ray and digital release.
This was the second full live album release by the band after the 'Mirrorball' album of 2011.
A document of the band playing the classic 'Hysteria' album in its entirety and in sequence for the very first time. Many of the songs being played for the first time in 25 years since the original 'Hysteria' album tour of 1987/1988.
They opened for themselves each night with a different setlist of rarely played songs as spoof cover band 'Ded Flatbird'. Each band member taking on a different name based on classic Rolling Stone magazine front covers hanging in the venue dressing room.
The CD and DVD/Blu-ray featured a massive 29 live tracks in total. Many of the songs had not been release before as live versions including the ultra rare 'Good Morning Freedom' which was only previously available on the B-Side of the 'Hello America' UK seven inch single in 1980.
The two Ded Flatbird opening sets from 29th/30th March 2013 were included on CD2 and the DVD/Blu-ray. 15 songs in total including 7 from 'High 'n' Dry'. 'When Love & Hate Collide' from night one was omitted from the tracklisting.
The Japanese release also included the Acoustic Medley as a bonus track on CD2. This was included as part of the DVD bonus material along with a photo montage section.
As a possible consequence of the ongoing dispute over digital royalties with Universal, the digital version of the CD was removed from iTunes very quickly after its release.
Read more about the concert filming.
Phil Collen - 23rd August Facebook Quote
"Just saw the final cut for Viva Hysteria! on a big theater screen and it was fantastic! Not just saying that because it's me up there either. I rarely get to see Def Leppard perform for obvious reasons and this was absolutely wonderful. The edits and filming rocked."
Joe Elliott - August 2013 Interview Quote
(On theatrical release) "We were like, 'Well, that ties in with exactly what we want to do. It just kind of fell into place."
Joe Elliott - September 2013 Interview Quotes
"The world film is a bit of a stretch to me; I am a little uncomfortable calling it a film because a movie has actors and scripts."
"This is a document of Def Leppard live when we play the Hard-Rock hotel in Las Vegas. We played eleven nights, and we filmed two of them; this footage is mostly from the second night."
"It's the entire Hysteria album played from start to finish, live in front of a pretty rowdy audience in Vegas. What they can expect if they are Def Leppard fans is a very good live band playing an album that took the best part of two years to record."
"This is completely live there is no over-dubs, and the whole thing is real. It is an honest reflection of what the band is like in the year 2013."
Joe Elliott - September 2013 Interview Quotes
"Well, it’s not really a movie, is it, because nobody dies. I don’t save anybody in the last minute, neither does Sav. Movie is a funny word - it’s not one we chose to call it. To me it’s a live performance. It’s just a gig. It doesn’t have any documentary bits in it as such, it’s just a case of bringing Def Leppard live into a cinema situation, which is becoming kind of trendy to do."
"I’ve seen a couple of these myself and they’re even bringing in live gigs actually ‘live’ live. I think Robbie Williams from the Ukraine was in some cinemas so I think it’s just a new experience and people thinking ‘We should put rock n roll on in cinemas'.
VIVA! Hysteria - UK Press Release Quotes
“We’ve been asked for many years if we’d ever play an album in its entirety, and the answer was always no because we'd be out promoting a new album,” says lead vocalist Joe Elliott. “Then in March and April 2013 when we had no new music to promote, we had a chance to revisit arguably our most important album. It was an easy decision to make. As for Vegas, it's no longer perceived as the place crooners go to die! Artists like Motley Crue, Elton John, Guns N Roses & Cheap Trick have recently done residencies and Rock ‘n Roll has definitely moved in! So, there was no better place for us to take the show. It was a fantastic experience for us and for our fans”
Known for legendary arena shows, Def Leppard bring their extravagant production to your house as “VIVA! Hysteria” is their first full live show shot in HD released commercially. Finally “VIVA! Hysteria” showcases for the first time a career-defining album (excluding concept albums) performed live in its entirety - from start to finish - for a commercial audio/video release. “VIVA! Hysteria”! is unlike any show Def Leppard has ever done or will ever do again. This is one release not to miss…
VIVA! Hysteria - UK Screening Info
A new rock music concert release has just been announced by More2Screen. The UK’s leading event cinema distributor has been appointed by AEG Live to distribute a spectacular rock show event, Def Leppard’s Viva! Hysteria, to cinemas worldwide (ex. US and Canada) from 19 September 2013. Filmed live in March 2013 at the Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas, this is an all-out, no-holds-barred music concert extravaganza destined to rock cinema screens across the globe.
Famed for their extravagant arena productions, the band confounded expectations by booking out The Joint, the Hard Rock Hotel’s intimate and award-winning music venue, giving fans a truly up-close-and-personal concert experience. Filmed live over two nights, the set list includes top-selling album Hysteria in its entirety, plus many of the band’s greatest hits – Rock of Ages and Photograph included. With 100 million records sold worldwide, Def Leppard continues to be one of the most potent forces in global rock. For the past 30 years the band has been a top box-office draw, consistently selling out arenas worldwide.
Christine Costello, Managing Director, More2Screen comments: “From our experience distributing concert movies from other legendary groups like Queen, The Doors and The Rolling Stones we know that music events at the cinema have a fantastic global appeal and we’re very excited to be working with AEG Live to bring Def Leppard’s Viva! Hysteria to our exhibition partners worldwide.”
John Rubey at AEG Live says of the collaboration with More2Screen: “With their reputation as an event cinema distributor with an impressive global reach, we’re looking forward to working with More2Screen to take this monumental rock event from the epic Def Leppard out to their many fans across the world.”
VIVA! Hysteria - US Screening Info
A set list that contains the top-selling album Hysteria performed in its entirety, plus many of the band's greatest hits including Rock of Ages and Photograph.
NCM Fathom Events and AEG Network Live partner to present Def Leppard Viva! Hysteria in a spectacular two night cinema event on Wednesday, October 2 and Tuesday, October 8.
This all-out, no-holds-barred event was captured live over nine nights during the band’s spring residency at The Joint located in the Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas and includes a set list from Britain's greatest arena rock band that contains the top-selling album Hysteria performed in its entirety, plus many of the band's greatest hits – Rock of Ages and Photograph among them.
The concert event takes fans on a trippy nostalgic ride of high energy performances mixed with elaborate set design created only for the band’s Las Vegas residency.
Don’t miss the Hysteria when Def Leppard comes to a movie theatre near you!
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