It used to be that playing Vegas was the death knell for musicians. Not anymore. Once bands like Aerosmith broke the ice, followed by among others, Journey, Def Leppard, Foreigner, and Billy Idol, Vegas has become a cool hot spot. They’ve done it before, now Def Leppard is ready for its second Las Vegas residency.
The Leppard mini-tour will kick-off at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, with 12 shows between August 14 and September 7.
Def Leppard’s first Las Vegas residency was at the Hard Rock Hotel, six years ago which at the time was a pioneering effort for them. This time around in order to keep things fresh, the band intends to change the setlist a fair bit.
Speaking to Las Vegas Magazine, vocalist Joe Elliott said, “We’re not doing the same show, and it’s likely that we won’t even do the same show twice.” Elliott spoke further about the band’s extensive song list, saying, “We’ve got a ton of songs we’ve not played for a long time and others we’ve never played live.”
Elliott acknowledged that while the band is looking forward to playing the rarely heard songs, they can’t get away from their hits. “We’ll be mixing in some of the lesser-known songs with the ones that we couldn’t get out of the room if we didn’t play – and we’ve never been scared of our hits,” he added. “If you can’t handle the responsibility of a hit, then don’t write it. And we get such a kick out of doing them in front of an audience. We’ll never get bored of that.”
Def Leppard’s brand new greatest-hits collection, ‘The Story So Far – The Best Of,’ was released in November. They’ve had an extremely fruitful year, including being inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in March.