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DEF LEPPPARD Resume THE WORLD TOUR 2023 In Yokohama, Japan (Show Report/Setlist)

Def Leppard 2023. Screenshots

Def Leppard played another show on The World Tour 2023 last night in Yokohama, Japan with 17 songs performed.

The show took place at the new 20,000 capacity K-Arena Yokohama.

The first show in this city since November 2002.

The first show of this tour leg with two nights to play in Japan before a three show visit to Australia.

Just four more shows to play in 2023 before an expected tour announcement for 2024.

Back In Yokohama

In the very scenic area of Yokohama Bay.

Yokohama being 22 miles to the South West of Tokyo where the band arrived a few days ago.

The band back in action for the first time since ending the short American tour leg in El Paso, Texas in August.

The show ended just a few hours ago and it will very soon be 4th November in Japan.

The band's first time in this city since November 2002 on the X/Ten tour.

A welcome return for local fans in a place played on every Japanese tour from 1988 to 2002.

Pyromania 40/Hysteria 36

The end of September marked 40 years since the first Def Leppard visit to Japan when Joe, Phil and ex-manager Cliff Burnstein made a promo trip to Tokyo after the North American Pyromania tour.

And in just over two months it will be 40 years since the first Japanese shows took place at the end of the Pyromania tour in Tokyo and Osaka.

This visit being the first time in all their years of visits here that they are not playing in either Tokyo or Osaka.

Phil had visited and played in Japan in late 1980 with Girl.

Vivian also had a Leppard anniversary on 2nd November which marked 36 years since he attended his first Def Leppard show in Detroit on the Hysteria tour as a member of Whitesnake.

Def Leppard Opening

It was once again Def Leppard's turn to open the show before Motley Crue (who just announced a show in Milwaukee, WI at Summerfest for 21st June 2024 - without DL).

Starting promptly at 5pm in the usual early evening time for Japanese concerts.

All previous visits have seen them play at around 6 to 6:30pm here other than with Whitesnake in 2008.

The band played the regular 17 aong setlist to a packed arena.

The staging was basically the same size as the outdoor stadium setup so the sold out crowd got a great view of the show.

And it was a loud and enthusiastic crowd as noted by Joe once again at the end.

He described the show and crowd as "Amazing!", as you can see and hear in the Fan Videos.

And in a nod to night #2 he said there will "absolutely will be a next time!".

Which of course there will be tomorrow (slightly later than the 8am UK start this time!).

17 Song Setlist

The same 17 song setlist played once more.

All three 'Diamond Star Halos' songs played in Yokohama for the first time.

The 'Drift Away' snippet was not played at this show.

Rick Allen 60th Birthday

Rick's first show as a 60 years old and indeed for the band all being aged 60 plus.

No sign yet of any mention of Rick's BD by Joe but this will be updated if footage shows up.

Maso Ito/DJ Opener

As at some of the European shows there was a DJ set which this time was veteran Japanese rock DJ/Journalist Masanori Ito (Masa Ito).

A DJ set is also listed for the upcoming Sydney show in place of any opener with a (not named) support act also listed for Brisbane - both at 6pm.


The legendary Japanese promoter Mr. UDO (Seijiro Udo) of UDO Artists Inc passed away on 15th October at the age of 92.

UDO had been the sole promoter for Def Leppard between 1984 to 2018 and again on this tour alongside Creativeman.

New Arena

The grand opening of this new arena took place on 29th September with a few artists already playing here.

The arena stands in a beautiful location by the bay not far from the Pacifico Yokohama venue played on the Euphoria tour.

It is billed as - "the largest purpose-built music venue in the world".

The building is described as having 'Immersive sound' due to its theatre style seating setup.

Definitive Book Signing/Ross Halfin

On 1st November from 1 to 1:45pm the band took part in another signing event for the 'Definitely The Official Story' book at a store in Tokyo.

As seen in the photos posted by fans and Ross Halfin who is with them on this trip.

Ross was also with the band in 1988 and in 1996 he travelled with the band for their entire tour and produced the book 'None More Black' documenting the Japanese Slang tour.

Yokohama History

The first visit to Yokohama took place in May 1988 on the Hysteria tour.

The audience recording from that show being one of the better ones from the 1988 tour.

The next visit came in June 1993 at the same venue.

A third visit to the Yokohama Bunka Taiikukan venue then took place in June 1996.

They returned on the Euphoria tour in October 1999 at the Pacifico Yokohama also in Yokohama Bay.

The fifth show took place in November 2002 at Kanagawa Kenmin Hall and was filmed and broadcast on local TV.

Some songs were also included on Masanori Ito's own 'Maso Ito's Rock City' show including the only pro-shot footage of 'Ring Of Fire'.

Before this Joe and Phil played in the city in January 2001 with the Cybernauts with footage also broadcast on the same show.

Last night's show was the 6th overall Def Leppard performance in Yokohama.

The next Def Leppard show takes place in Yokohama, Japan on 4th November. The second of these two nights with Def Leppard closing.

Yokohama, Japan 2023 Photos

Screenshots by dltourhistory.

Watch some Fan Videos from the show here.

Def Leppard 2023 Fan Videos.

Def Leppard - Yokohama, Japan 3rd November 2023 Setlist

  • 01 - Take What You Want
  • 02 - Let's Get Rocked
  • 03 - Animal
  • 04 - Foolin'
  • 05 - Armageddon It
  • 06 - Kick
  • 07 - Love Bites
  • 08 - Promises
  • 09 - This Guitar (Semi-Acoustic)
  • 10 - When Love & Hate Collide (Short Acoustic/Electric Version)
  • 11 - Rocket (Single Version/Album Intro)
  • 12 - Bringin' On The Heartbreak
  • 13 - Switch 625 (instrumental)
  • 14 - Hysteria (Extended Outro)
  • 15 - Pour Some Sugar On Me
  • 16 - Rock Of Ages
  • 17 - Photograph

Joe Elliott - End Of Show Speech

"Whoo!. Domo arigato Yokohama!."

"Thank you everybody. Been a real pleasure. Thank you."

"Amazing!. Amazing!."

"Until next time. And there absolutely will be a next time!."

"Take care of yourselves. Goodnight."

"Don't forget us, we won't forget you. Domo arigato. Sayonara!."

Various Photos/Videos

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