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27 Years Ago Def Leppard's SLANG Tour In Jakarta (Tour Diary/Video)

Def Leppard 1996. Screenshot

Def Leppard played a show on the Slang tour in Jakarta, Indonesia on 1st June 1996 and an archive tour diary/video footage are available.

Joe Elliott wrote a tour diary for Q Magazine from the show which took place at Ancol Stadium.

A local TV station filmed the show and broadcast 12 songs in a 65 minute special called 'Def Leppard Slang World Tour 1996'.

You can view the full programme via the links below to YouTube.

It includes the first ever live performance footage filmed of 'Slang'.

Only played before its debut in Singapore on Top Of The Pops (band - play/Joe - live vocals.) in the UK in early May 1996.

The show had been delayed by 30 minutes after the power cut out as they played the opening song 'Gift Of Flesh'.

Once again Joe continued his South East Asian tour diary for Q Magazine with an entry for this show.

Visit the Tour News section. For more news on future tour plans.

Visit the Album News section for more news on new music (based on band member quotes).

Def Leppard 1996. Slang Tour 1996

Joe Elliott Slang Tour Diary

"Don't fancy yours much..." ...especially when "yours" is an hairsuite Irish guitarist in an ill-fitting dress. Always the open-minded one, Def Leppard's Joe Elliott takes on South East Asia at karaoke, drinks his own body weight in Scotch and worries about his father, lying in an intensive care ward back in Sheffield.

Saturday June 1 - Jakarta, Indonesia

Much ribbing about my "performance" at the Hard Rock had to be endured on yesterday's flight here, so I thought it best to keep my head down. Boy, it's another hot one. We're backstage at this enormous outdoor thingy (officially it's a stadium but it's more like a field with a stage at one end) and it has to be 100 degrees. We arrived at the venue by boat as it was quicker than the road and we soundcheck for an hour or so. We can't keep the guitars in tune because of the temperature, but it should be OK when the sun goes down. Tonight is being filmed for TV so we'd better be good. We've rehearsed Let's Get Rocked today (its first airing in two and a half years) because as much as we're really not into doing that song any more these kids are nuts. Since we've never played here before, we figured it would make a good compromise if we made it the last song of the encore.

Everything seems to be ready. The cameras aren't too intrusive so off we go. Then the obvious happens. It's a full moon, we're filming for TV and three minutes into the set the bastard power goes out leaving us looking like the bridegroom who turned up at the altar without his trousers on. A few years ago we'd have gone bananas, but with our new found "looseness" we just shrug and walk. It's a good 30 minutes before power is restored so the natives are well and truly restless. We need an ace up the sleeve to pull this one off so we start all over again but this time we open with Action, which was a massive hit down here.

Much to our relief, plenty of leaping up and down is going on so other than a two-second power hiccup during Photograph it goes well and thank God we did Let's Get Rocked! Brad our sound god, comes in the dressing room and proceeds to throw loads of 20 dollar bills in our direction and then his entire wallet! This was what's called in the biz a sound man's nightmare. The power apparently was fluctuating between 220 volts all the way down to 175 volts. The generator must have come out of Hitler's bunker! Much as I'm tempted to keep all this new found wealth, I pick up Brad's dosh, hand it back to him and everybody calms down a bit. Me, I thought it went OK but others had their reservations.

Read the full tour diary on the - Jakarta Show Page

Def Leppard 1996. Screenshot

1st June 1996 - Def Leppard Interview Quotes

What makes you want to make a concert in Jakarta?

Joe - "Well we came down to do the promotion for the Vault album last year and there just seemed to be a lot of excitement about coming back. So you know we just made sure that we just put it is as part of the whole schedule for the South East Asia leg."

Different response from audience in Asia?

Vivian - "Asian audiences are generally a lot more receptive. Well for the most part, yeah. I mean we played in Bangkok and we played in Singapore. And certainly Bangkok was the wilder crowd of the two. We anticipate that Jakarta's probably gonna be similar we hope."

What kind of message do you want to say from the Slang album?

Joe - "We're still around. We're still here. We've made a different kind of record to anything we've made in the past which was a statement in itself. It was a necessary move on our part. To make a record that was a little bit more organic. A little bit more natural. A little less reliant on technology. And just you know a step away from all that big 80s sound that we were renowned for."

Why choose Spain to make the album in?

Vivian - "Because we live in different places. Myself, Phil and Rick Allen live in California. And Joe and Sav live in Dublin in Ireland. So we had to go - we didn't want to work at home because we always get distracted. So we had to go somewhere that was neither Dublin nor Los Angeles and we like good weather. So we went for the warmest place in Europe which is Southern Spain."

"The other reason was we wanted to make a record outside of the studio. And most studios are in major cities. You know London or Paris. New York or whatever. So we actually went to a small town. We just rented a house and bought our own recording equipment."

Maybe you want to try some places in Indonesia for your next album?

Vivian - "It's a little hot!. There's hot and then there's too hot."

Rick (on the concert) - "It's really nice to play a new place."

1st June 1996 - Joe Elliott Onstage Quote

"We're gonna play you what has turned out to be the title track of our new album. Here's a little ditty for ya called Slang!."

View all the available footage from the show on this YouTube playlist.

Def Leppard 1996 Videos.

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Def Leppard / Latest Release

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