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DEF LEPPARD Open Summer Stadium Tour In ST. LOUIS w/ PYROMANIA Set (Show Report/Setlist)

Def Leppard 2024. Screenshots

Def Leppard started The Summer Stadium Tour 2024 last night in St. Louis, MO with 18 songs performed.

The show took place at the 45,538 capacity Busch Stadium.

The first show in this city since July 2022.

The third time at this venue and second time with co-headliners Journey.

Would it do another rainy start to a Stadium Tour as in 2022?.

Spectacular In St. Louis

Bright sunshine and hot temperatures greeted the first night of The Summer Stadium Tour.

Returning to this city almost exactly two years to the day since they played a Stadium Tour show here with Motley Crue.

No daylight show for Def Leppard this time as in 2022 and 2018.

They closed the show in darkness with updated and spectacular visuals and new light show.

The first big show of 2024 took place after two nights of rehearsals at Busch Stadium as seen on a local webcam.

After Cheap Trick and Journey had kicked things off in fine style what would Def Leppard have in store for this near sold out crowd of over 40,000 fans?.

Pyromania!

As expected a PYROMANIA heavy set featuring seven songs from the classic 1983 album which broke them in North America.

Plus six songs from the equally classic 'Hysteria' album and a few other surprises.

The look and feel of this shows and the order of the songs would see it differ 'drastically' from both The World Tour and Stadium Tour shows.

In fact the setlist almost resembled the 'Hysteria' tour where they would play seven songs from 'Pyromania' and either five or six from 'Hysteria'.

New Intro Sequences/Pyro Clock

A new 15 minute "Pyro Clock" Countdown sequence started things off at 9:20pm and included the 'Gods Of War (Drastic Symphonies)' audio.

The screens then displayed rocket, satellite, space images as various songs snippets were played including parts of 'Gods Of War' and 'Die Hard The Hunter'.

This 'Pyromania' intro video then led into the recorded album intro for 'Rock! Rock!' which was last heard in 2009 when they supported the first Deluxe Edition.

The bands faces were shown on the main screen as the song started and up to five lighting banks were lowered down which also moved up and down during the show.

2024 Staging

From a distance the staging resembled that of 2022 and 2023 but with a few twists.

The first being one massive video screen instead of being split into segments.

The other (already previewed on Ticketmaster seating charts) was the new Thrust staging.

Featuring three walkways and two Pit areas (Pit Left, Pit Right) with a couple of hundred fans seated inside.

The band had various mics positioned around this new stage area.

More lights were used around the edges of the stage and around this thrust staging (as can be seen in the Fan Videos).

A triumphant opening night and now three full days off for the band before the next show in Florida (rain time?...).

18 Song Setlist

A "usual 17 song setlist" this was not!.

But after the pre-tour hints and the SiriusXM show in June we were not expecting one.

An 18 song setlist played to match the length of the initial Stadium Tour shows in 2022.

The full concert debuts of both 'Just Like '73' and 'Comin' Under Fire' after they were played in Los Angeles last month for just 75 fans.

The expected four 'Hysteria' songs came back in for this first show - 'Rocket', 'Animal', 'Armageddon It', and 'Love Bites' were never not going to be played at a stadium show.

Sadly both 'Kick' and 'Billy's Got A Gun' did not survive from the SiriusXM show but may yet feature again.

Billy possibly as a rotating track with 'Die Hard The Hunter'.

'Comin' Under Fire', DHTH and Billy in the same show was probably too much to expect but then again three acoustic songs was kind of a surprise.

This was still a show packed with hit singles despite the more than usual album track/rarity songs.

St. Louis History

The first visit to St. Louis took place in June 1980 at The Checkerdome on their first American tour.

The first headline show took place in August 1983 during the Pyromania tour at The Checkerdome.

The first time they opened with 'Rock! Rock!' here and also played 'Billy's Got A Gun'.

Last night's show was the third time at Busch Stadium after playing before Journey here in August 2018.

They were also on first in July 2022 on The Stadium Tour meaning last night was their first time closing out a stadium show in this city.

Last night's show was the 21st overall performance in St. Louis.


The next Def Leppard show takes place in Orlando, FL on 10th July.


St. Louis, MO 2024 Photos

Screenshots by dltourhistory.


Watch some Fan Videos from the show here.

Def Leppard 2023 Fan Videos.


Def Leppard - St. Louis, MO 6th July 2024 Setlist

  • 01 - Rock! Rock! (Till You Drop)

First time as a regular opening song since the 2015 world tour and it would appear to be opening each show on this tour.

  • 02 - Rocket (Single Version)
  • 03 - Foolin'
  • 04 - Armageddon It
  • 05 - Animal
  • 06 - Love Bites
  • 07 - Just Like '73 - (Full Concert Debut)

The full concert debut after its live debut in Los Angeles in June for SiriusXM and used visuals from the lyric video.

  • 08 - Comin' Under Fire - (Full Concert Debut)

Another full concert debut after it was played for the very first time in June 41 years after its first release and the last of the 10 Pyromania songs to be played live.

It also surpasses 'Action! Not Words' which was only played once in Odessa, TX in April 1983.

Def Leppard 2024.

NOTE - The printed setlist shown above confirms this song and 'Billy's Got A Gun' will probably rotate at each show.

  • 09 - Too Late For Love
  • 10 - Die Hard The Hunter (Short Version)

A welcome return for the song only played (with Vivian in the band) in the USA in 2019 at the Hits Vegas residency in Las Vegas.

It was of course a major feature of the 1987/1988 Hysteria tour.

Although sadly this again was not the full version and had a verse and chorus cut out.

  • 11 - Two Steps Behind Short Version (Acoustic on Thrust Stage/Joe Only)

The band using the new Thrust/walkway staging for a three song acoustic set starting with their biggest acoustic song.

Joe played this on his own as he did in 2015/2022 and it was a short less than two minute version.

Played for the first time since the final Stadium Tour show in September 2022 in Las Vegas.

  • 12 - This Guitar (Acoustic on Thrust Stage)

The lone 'Diamond Star Halos' album survivor with 'Kick' not making the cut after being played at the SiriusXM show.

This song featured Rick Allen on "shaker" and was fully acoustic. And yes, he showed his shaker to Phil and Joe (see Fan Videos).

  • 13 - Bringin' On The Heartbreak (Acoustic/Electric on Thrust Stage)

In a throwback to the 'Hysteria' and 'Adrenalize' tours the band used the acoustic into electric version of this song.

  • 14 - Switch 625 (Instrumental)
  • 15 - Rock Of Ages
  • 16 - Photograph
  • 17 - Hysteria (Extended Outro)

Alongside the SiriusXM show this was the first time 'Hysteria' has been used as an encore song at a full concert even if they don't actually leave the stage for long these days.

  • 18 - Pour Some Sugar On Me

Played as the final encore song for the first time since the YEAH! tour in San Juan, Puerto Rico in November 2006.


Joe Elliott - Foolin' Intro

"Woo hoo hoo! Thank you."

"Good evening St. Louis! And welcome to the first night of our 2024 tour!."

"It is good to see you again."

"Amongst tonight's festivities we're gonna celebrate an album that is 40 years old last year."

"We're celebrating it now."

"That album is Pyromania."


Joe Elliott - Armageddon It Intro

"Wow Thank you. Thank you very much. Vivian Campbell!."


Joe Elliott - Just Like '73 Intro

"Thank you."

"Right St. Louis got a brand new song for ya."

"Wanna see some hands in the air on this one."

"Can you do that? Are you ready?."

"Are you ready?."


Joe Elliott - Comin' Under Fire Intro

"Thank you. Just Like '73."

"OK let's notch it up, whatever, ten years one decade to 1983."

"Let's do a deep deep dive on Pyromania for ya."


Joe Elliott - Two Steps Behind Intro

"Thank you St. Louis. Thank you very much."

"How we doing out there?."

"Been a couple of years and as I said we have the opportunity tonight to celebrate that album Pyromania which came out in 1983."

"Yes it's 41 years but COVID f**ked everything up so - but that is the first time we've every played Comin' Under Fire in front of an audience ever."

"So something good to share with you guys."

"First time we've played it in anger in 42 years. So f**king great to have done it and a new song to boot."

"So how's your voices feeling?. How's ya voices feeling?!."

"Alright let's see what you can do on this one then. Just you and me OK."



Joe Elliott - This Guitar Intro

"That's sounding pretty good out there St. Louis!."

"OK so let's just put the audience participation bit away for just a few minutes while these guys come down."

"Phil, Sav, Viv and on the shaker Rick."

"We're gonna sing to you alright."

"This is from Diamond Star Halos. This one's called This Guitar."

Joe Elliott - End Of Show Speech

"Goodnight!."

"What an amazing way to start the tour!."

"Thank you to Cheap Trick. Thank you to Journey."

"And thank you St. Louis for having us."

"Been a real pleasure as always."

"Until next time!."

"And there will be a next time!."

"Do us a big favour. Don't forget us, we won't forget you."

"Goodnight!."


Various Photos/Videos


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