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Def Leppard’s 2013 concert film, Viva! Hysteria, will be the centerpiece of 12 hours of special programming on December 29 on AXS TV. Shot earlier this year during the band’s multi-show residency in Las Vegas, Viva! Hysteria features a performance of Def Leppard’s multi-platinum 1987 album, Hysteria, in its entirety.
As indicated on the band’s website, members of Def Leppard will also provide “exclusive commentary” throughout the day during broadcasts of other seminal concert films, including performances by KISS, Bon Jovi, the New York Dolls, Sammy Hagar and Friends, and the TV premiere of Cheap Trick at Budokan – The 35th Anniversary Performance Live From the El Rey.
Speaking with Rolling Stone this fall, Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen described the Viva! Hysteria concert as “the best live performance we’ve ever captured, and better than most other bands.” He added: "We sounded 20 years younger [with] an aggression that for some reason we haven't had on previous live recordings. It had a punk ethos."
Russell Hall, Gibson.com
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