This section looks at the 3 Continents In One Day world record attempt in October 1995 when the band played three shows in three different countries in a single day.
"Would I do it all again next week? No f**kin' way."
Def Leppard played three concerts on three continents on one day on 23rd October 1995 to promote their new Greatest Hits album.
This was done to help publicise the 'Vault Greatest Hits 1980-1995' album and to set a new world record.
The three countries chosen - Morocco, England and Canada also happened to be on three different continents. Europe, Africa and North America. The name given to the event was - 3 Continents In One Day and written on various press releases and backstage passes as "Vaulting The World" or "3 Continents In A Day."
The 6,000 mile trip started in Morocco (which is on UK time-GMT) with the band having flown from London's Gatwick airport. They then flew back to London (2 hours 45mins each way) to play show two and finally flew on to Vancouver to end the trip - a nine and a half hour flight.
With the last show in Vancouver taking place at 10:45pm local time they actually played the shows in 30 hours. 10:45pm in Vancouver being 6:45am in London, England. Due to the time zone changes the record was allowed to stand as it was still the 23rd October in Vancouver.
Also on board the plane with the band were a group of journalists from around the world and fans who had all won competition prizes. Many TV stations including MTV covered the event. A 30 minute special was broadcast on Norwegian TV.
The day after the band completed this mammoth journey they took a 22 hour flight to Singapore to continue their two month Vault acoustic promo tour.
The UK release of the 'Slang' single in April 1996 included the only official release from the band tied to this event. CD2 was packaged in a purple card sleeve and titled the "Limited Edition 3 Continents On One Day Souvenir Pack". It included four postcards with memorabilia pictured from that day and live photos plus a message from Joe.
As Joe explains below in his tour diary, there were a few mishaps along the way! Including lost instruments and his own health issues.
Read the story of the day below with quotes from the band on that day and afterwards. Plus some photos/screenshots from various sources - mostly UK rock magazines.
Watch afrom this day including MTV News Reports, interviews with band and performance footage.
Def Leppard 23rd October 1995 - Photos
3 Continents In One Day - Record Attempt
In order to set a new world record the band had to play three shows of at least one hour in length and have a minimum of 200 fans in attendance.
Show Number 1 - Hercules Cave (Grottes d'Hercules), Tangier, Morocco
The show was due to start at 12am local time but due to power issues it started 30 minutes late. This prompted Joe to tell the crowd - "Sorry about the delay folks. Apparently somebody forgot to put a shilling in the meter.". It took place in - an old cave located on the coast with a stunning view of the ocean. A popular tourist destination. Joe wore a Fez during the performance."
Whilst in Tangier the band attended a banquet that featured lots of local themed festivities. Phil rode a camel and got lifted up by a 'strongman' who walked along broken glass - whilst also holding up a roadie under his other arm.
World record Facts - Kerrang! 1995
The band aimed to get into the record books by playing three gigs in one day on three continents. The first was in Morocco, the second in London and the third in Vancouver, Canada.
Their set-list for the shows included the following songs, 'Armageddon It', 'Two Steps Behind', 'From The Inside', 'Ziggy Stardust', 'All I Want Is Everything', 'Animal', 'You Can't Always Get What You Want', 'Little Wing', 'Where Does Love Go When it Dies', 'Pour Some Sugar On Me', 'Hysteria' and 'Get It On'.
Leppard's record bid is currently being processed by the Guinness Book Of Records.
Show Number 2 - The Bottom Line club, London, England
The second show (which was free to fans who turned up on the day) took place in a small club located next to the Shepherd's Bush Empire in London. This show was due to start at 11:45am UK time...Morocco and the UK are in the same time zone - GMT. At this show the band began to vary their setlist slightly. Singer Stevie Vann got up on stage with the band to sing her vocal parts on When Love & Hate Collide. She had originally done this for the 1990 demo of the song and those parts were kept for the new 1995 studio recording. The venue later became an Australian themed bar called The Walkabout.
Show Number 3 - Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, BC, Canada
A third show took place at around 10:45-50pm in a small Vancouver club with around 900 radio station contest winners attending. The band later noted that they were a very loud and enthusiastic crowd with some even moshing during PSSOM. The band played two new songs - 'All I Want Is Everything' and 'Where Does Love Go When It Dies' as a preview of the upcoming 'Slang' album which had been announced for March 1996 at this time.
Joe Elliott - 1995 Interview Quote
"It was the band's idea to do something weird and wacky. We haven't actually had the chance to nail this persons head to a coffee table yet who actually came up with this 3 gigs in one day lark you know. But I mean it is a challenge and we do like a bit of a challenge."
Rick Savage - 1995 Interview Quote
"We're actually, we're looking forward to it. It's a challenge and nobody's ever done this before so somebody's gotta do it for the first time why not it be us. We always like breaking barriers and if the Guinness Book Of Records are on hand. If it puts us in there that's alright with us."
1995 Interview Quotes
On Playing In A Cave
Joe - "Yeah we are."
Sav - "We've played some strange gigs in our career. We've never played in a cave before. It will probably sound like a big empty cave."
Joe - "Yeah toilets, lots of toilets but never a cave. Yeah I just hope that there's no bats in out that come flying out when we hit the first chord. Never been to Morocco before. This is a first for I think everybody in the band."
Vivian Campbell/Rick Allen - 1995 Interview Quote
Vivian - "No I'm not nervous. I'm feeling hungry and a little tired but I'm sure we can sort that out. Are you nervous?."
Rick - "Not really. It's not like a sort of a full electric show so it's meant to be a little more relaxed. And, you know, every man for himself."
Brian Johnson's A Life On The Road 2017 - Joe Elliott Interview Quotes
3 Continents In One Day World Record
Brian - "Joe of all the things you've done with Def Leppard there's one thing I've always wanted to ask you. There was a time when you did three gigs on three continents in one day. WHat the f**k was that about?. You know are you nuts?."
Joe - "Right well let's explain it. We had a Greatest Hits album coming out. So what can we do that's completely bonkers that the press will go Oh I've gotta see this. Why don't you play three gigs in three continents in one day. I was like how's that even possible?. They said well technically it's not but with time zones it is. I can't remember where the first gig was. This is how mad it was. It was in a cave in Turkey or something I don't know. At midnight and then you fly to London. You play London at noon. And then play North America..."
Brian - "At 7 in the evening."
Joe - "Yeah. So we ended up playing this cave and then we came and we did the Shepherd's Bush Empire. That's the one gig I don't remember doing. I saw the reviews where it said Joe Elliott sat on a stool completely talking bollocks. I mean it was nuts but all the journos were on the plane with us. So you know the ones that had stamina came all the way to Vancouver. And the ones that didn't got off in London. But it was bonkers. But it's what we did to promote a Greatest Hits record."
Brian - "Geez...boy you guys."
Joe - "Again it was one of those never again moments!."
Joe Elliott's 3 Continents In One Day - Road Report
Def Leppard performed three gigs in three continents in just one day last week. And here's the full story of how it went, courtesy of our on-the-spot roving reporter...Leppard singer Joe Elliott.
"Arrive at Gatwick a bit late and dash to the Sports shop to get a bag for all my stuff. I've got all my overnight gear in a plastic laundry bag, and it doesn't look very cool. So I get a £10 hold-all, and stuff my gear in. Right, we should be in Morocco in two hours and 35 minutes."
"I'm now at the hotel. in Morocco. It's nearly five o'clock, and we've done loads of press on the flight on the way. Sav's bass hasn't turned up, so his guitar roadie's scouring Morocco trying to find one!."
"We found Sav an electric bass - couldn't find an acoustic one - and everything's okay. It's five minutes to the gig. More soon!."
"Well, I'm hoarse as hell. We played a little set, and it was a good laugh. We went on half an hour late because of a power failure. There were hundreds of people in this little room with just four candles for light! We encored with (T. Rex's) 'Get It On', which we'd never played before. I screwed up 'When Love & Hate Collide' and a bit of 'Hysteria', because of my voice. I've had a bit of a cough for a few days, so it's an uphill struggle from here..."
"Back at Gatwick for 7am. The worst part of the trip so far has been the drive in the bus back to the hotel, which took two hours in the rush hour traffic. Had a quick sleep when we got to the hotel - that was a big mistake."
"The London gig was great - apart from Sav's acoustic bass not working!. It was nice to see a few more fans - a good five or six hundred people. There was some good banter between us. Now we have to pack for a nine-and-a-half-hour flight to Vancouver."
"I missed the films on the plane, but I don't give a shit cos I managed to sleep for six hours. Quick soundcheck and a few interviews and then we did the set in a different order. The audience was stunning. It was like Beatle-mania, with people moshing - moshing! - during our acoustic set. It's great to be back in America knowing that we can still be as valid as ever in '95."
"By the time we'd finished the set I was so buzzing I wasn't tired any more. Me and my girlfriend stayed up all night and had some drinks, and we're straight off to Singapore on a 22-hour flight tomorrow. Somehow I'll lose a Wednesday because of it all. I want my Wednesday back! There's a good headline for you!."
"Would we do it all again? Yes. Would I do it all again next week? No f**kin' way. It's been a great way to launch the 'Vault' album, and if we get into the record books then great, so be it, if not, then we're definitely the first band ever to have done what we've just done, and it feels great. Yeah! We did it!."
Guinness Book Of Records - Quote
"Def Leppard played concerts in three continents on 23 October 1995 to become the first band to achieve this feat. Signed by Peter Mathews and Norris McWhirter."
Rick Savage May 1996 Interview Quotes
"Well strangely to really top it off we had to fly the following morning from Vancouver to Singapore on a 22 hour plane flight. It's madness. You wouldn't want to do it every week, but we have fond memories of it. It was a good idea to finish in Canada, because the Canadians have been very very supportive and the audience is possibly one of the best."
"The greatest hits is like closing a chapter."
Def Leppard released their first greatest hits album Vault on this day in 1995 in the UK and worldwide.
The 'Vault Greatest Hits 1980-1995' release was their first hits album and collected together all the biggest singles from their most successful period.
It debuted at Number 3 in the UK and 15 in the USA where it would be released on 31st October.
15 of their major hit singles were included on the UK version from 1983's Pyromania (x2), 1987's Hysteria (x6), 1992's Adrenalize (x4), Retro-Active (x1), High 'n' Dry (x1) and new song 'When Love & Hate Collide' which reachedin the UK charts.
Release Dates/Tracklisting Info
The album was released earlier in Japan on 13th October and came out in North America on the 31st October.
The UK and World edition featured UK/European single 'Heaven Is'. For one pound extra UK fans could buy a Limited Edition version featuring a 9 track bonus CD. This had live songs recorded at the June 1993 Don Valley Stadium show in Sheffield.
In Japan and North America 'Foolin'' was included instead of 'Heaven Is'. The Japanese version added 'Rock! Rock! (Till You Drop)' in the main tracklisting as it had been a popular song there.
The North American version also replaced 'Action' with 'Miss You In A Heartbeat'. A thank you to Canadians who had made it a hit in that country. 'Can't Keep Away From The Flame' was included in Japan as the usual extra bonus track.
Joe Elliott on Tracklistings - 1995 Interview Quote
"That is because certain songs are bigger in the States or Japan, so we thought, 'Why not do a different album for each territory?'."
Vault - 1995 USA Press Release
Def Leppard To Release 'Vault' Greatest Hits LP To Include New Song.
Mercury recording artists Def Leppard are set to release 'Vault', a collection of 15 tracks, consisting of songs from the band's previous hits, and one new song. 'When Love And Hate Collide'. The track will be released to radio on October 23rd and the LP will be in-store October 31st.
Vault draws on songs from 1981's 'High 'n' Dry', 1983's 'Pyromania', 1987's enormously successful 'Hysteria', as well as tracks from their most recent 'Adrenalize' and 'Retro-Active' LPs.
Def Leppard will also release a new studio LP in 1996, tentatively titled 'Slang'.
Vault Greatest Hits 1980-1995 - UK/World Album Release
The album had originally been announced in the UK press as being released on 16th October with 'When Love & Hate Collide' coming out before this on 25th September. Both of those dates got pushed back. The UK press had also announced the album would be out around Christmas time with the band playing a Far East tour in December 1995. In May 1996 the album was certified Platinum in the USA and went on to become four times Platinum in June of 2005.
Vivian Campbell - 1995 Interview Quote
"I'll be honest, when I first heard that there was going to be a greatest hits album before Slang, I thought, "Oh bollocks!". But then, if you think about it, it's the perfect time for Def Leppard to do a hits album because we want the new record to be perceived as something new, so the greatest hits is like closing a chapter. And if the greatest hits is successful, it'll provide a good springboard to release the new album."
Joe Elliott - 1995 Interview Quote
"It's the perfect time to do it as far as I'm concerned, you know, looking at our career overall. We've got a brand new album that's nearly finished. It's coming out in Spring next year and it is a slightly different sound to anything we've done in the past. To have done a Greatest Hits after that record I think would have been a bit like opening up the 80s again. And it's something that, you know, this is a chapter that we think it needs closing."
Rick Savage - 1995 Interview Quotes
On Including A New Song
"No I don't think it's cheeky. I mean you hope that that's gonna become a hit as well. I mean it would look a bit out of place if it didn't, but it seems to be doing well. So I mean we're fortunate in that respect. But we wanted to put a new song out there just to actually let people know what is happening and it's basically a good advertisement for the album. If the single does well. It's like well it's a brand new track as well as far as the people are concerned."
"We're very strong internally. We have a lot of respect for each other's musical ability and personalities. And we give each other the right amount of space. I think that helps."
"We've always wanted to be in a position to be able to put a greatest hits album out. And we now are in that position, We've had 16 or 17 songs around the world, singles that somewhere around the world where hits. And it's great to put them all on one album you know. And this is not the end of Def Leppard by a long chalk. Hopefully there's loads more hits to come. But it's basically just ending a chapter as such. that's the first 15 years."
Joe Elliott - 1995 Interview Quote
Playing Live/Next Album
"We have to go wherever we're needed, wherever we're wanted. If somebody's says come play, you can play now like South Africa, we've never been, well now go."
Rick Savage - 1995 Interview Quote
"It's an old cliche but you can't beat playing live you know. And it's a bit Spinal Tap and what have you, but it's true. It's the only reason you ever start a group in the first place is actually just go out and perform. Whether it's ten people or ten thousand doesn't make any difference."
Vault Album - 1995 News Quotes
Rock Superstars line up winter assault
AC/DC and Def Leppard are both set to release new albums this Winter!.
Def Leppard, meanwhile, will release a 'Greatest Hits' set this Chrstmas! It's expected to include such smash hits as 'Bringin' On The Heartbreak', 'Photograph', 'Foolin', 'Animal', 'Pour Some Sugar On Me', 'Hysteria', 'Love Bites', 'Let's Get Rocked' and 'Two Steps Behind'. There's also the possibility that a handful of new and/or previously unreleased tracks will be added.
The band are also set to play a series of dates lined up in the Far East this December!.
Leppard are currently in LA working on their next studio album with co=producer Pete Woodroffe.. Provisionally titled 'Slang'. It will emerge in the first half of next year!.
Vault Album/Joe Elliott - 1995 News/Interview Quotes
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Def Leppard are set to release two albums inside the next 10 months!.
The first, a greatest hits collection entitled 'Vault', is out on October 16. It includes all of the band's biggest UK hits plus the new track 'When love & Hate Collide'.
And 'Vault' will be followed next Summer by a brand new Leppard studio album, 'Slang'. The quintet are currently recording 'Slang' in a house in Spain with producer Pete Woodroffe.
Leppard singer Joe Elliott reveals, "We're excited as hell about 'Slang'. It's different, but we haven't gone weird!. It's a very positive move.".
"It's got a bit of a '70s vibe. The house in Spain has got marble floors so the sound has a lot of slap!. It's very organic and a little more mature, more serious. I'm not saying it's all doom and gloom, but I can't be 17 forever."
"I'm 36, I can't write another 'Let's Get Rocked'. But we do what we do,. We don't make records to please a Green Day fan!.
'Slang' is scheduled for release in the Spring of 1996.
"But hey, you know us!."
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