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Thursday, 27th March 2008

Greensboro, NC - Media Reviews

Media Review - 1980s-era rock 'n' rollers inspire a new approach to column writing By Chad Killebrew

I attended the Def Leppard, REO Speedwagon and Styx concert Thursday night at the Greensboro Coliseum. I'm a big REO fan, so I went primarily to see them. It was the first leg of an 18-date tour among the bands.

The first thing that struck me was the age of the concert-goers. Most people were in their 30s to 50s I would guess. This wasn't really surprising, since these bands topped the charts in the late 1970s and 1980s. I do chuckle, though, at some of the vintage tour T-shirts that people pull from the bottom of a dresser drawer.

The level of energy from all three bands amazed me. These guys aren't young men anymore, but you wouldn't know that from watching them. They constantly run and prance around the stage. Def Leppard used seven or eight different microphones so band members would always have one close by on the multi-level stage.

I've also been inspired by the appearance of the band members. Several retain long, flowing hair. Unfortunately, there's little hope for me there. However, I can mimic part of their look: going shirtless. Three members of Def Leppard wore coats and no shirts. Two of them shed the coats before the concert ended.

By The Times-Dispatch 2008.


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