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41 Years Ago DEF LEPPARD End UK PYROMANIA Tour Leg 1 In London (Review/Photos)

Def Leppard 1983. Def Leppard 1983

Def Leppard played a show on the Pyromania tour in London, England on 4th March 1983 and an archive concert review is available to read.

Kerrang! reviewed the show which took place at Hammersmith Odeon supported by all female trio Rock Goddess.

The second show of the year in London for the band after the 9th February show at The Marquee Club.

That show was their first of the year and one of two warm up shows for new guitarist Phil Collen.

The third time the band had headlined Hammersmith Odeon after April 1980 and July 1981. Their first two major UK headline tours.

Mark's Rock Concert Photography added a gallery of 9 photos from the show to Flickr.

Two photos of Steve Clark from this show can be viewed below courtesy of Gettyimages.

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Kerrang! - Online Review Quotes

"Even when Phil was featured in his own spot he chose power chords and lots of reverb, and when Rick Allen backed up Joe in a drums/vocals duet, his snare drum tended to sound like a box of gravel. But I suppose it's no use demanding subtlety when Leppard are in full cry. The aim is maximum excitement and volume epitomised by 'Rock of Ages', which featured Joe and Rick's chanting session with the audience."

"The pace slowed for 'Bringin' On The Heartbreak' followed by 'Let it Go' when Joe formally introduced the new boy on guitar. 'He used to be a Girl, but he got better!' From then on the show whirled towards a climax of yelling fans, and blazing guitar and drum fury. There weren't very many memorable tunes, but one of the more musically satisfying moments came when they played an old time rocker to recall 'the old days at the Marquee'. You could say that Def Leppard need to control their volume and come up with some more in-depth material, but as one old fan told me 'They're up there - doing it'. And that's what counts in the jungles of rock."

London 4th March 1983 - Photo Gallery

4th March 1983 - Joe Elliott Onstage Quote

"OK I think it's about time I introduced you to someone. He used to be a Girl, but he got better! Ladies and Gentleman, our new guitarist Mr. Phil Collen."

This and other archive concert reviews can be found on the show pages in the Tour History.

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