AXS TV premieres ‘Def Leppard: Viva Hysteria’ Dec 29th

Although the year is winding down, the music keeps rockin’ at AXS TV, especially on Sunday, December 29th when Def Leppard takes over the network providing exclusive commentary throughout the day’s 12 hours of concerts, including the broadcast premiere of the Def Leppard: Viva! Hysteria concert at 8 pm ET/ 5 pm PT.

Famous for rock classics such as “Rock of Ages,” “Love Bites” and “Pour Some Sugar on Me,” the award-winning band released the concert film, Def Leppard: Viva! Hysteria, nationwide in theaters last October but now, fans will be able to watch it for the first time on broadcast TV. Filmed earlier this year at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, the concert includes a full, front-to-back, live performance of the 12-time platinum album Hysteria, along with many of the band’s greatest hits.

Viewers will hear firsthand from Def Leppard members, Rick Savage (bass), Joe Elliott (vocals), Rick Allen (drums), Phil Collen (guitar, vocals) and Vivian Campbell (guitar), as they provide behind-the-scenes commentary about their Hysteria album in custom interstitial wraps throughout the marathon.

Def Leppard: Viva! Hysteria is part of a marathon dubbed “Day of Hysteria,” that also includes the broadcast premiere of Cheap Trick at Budokan: The 35th Anniversary Performance — Live From the El Rey Theatre at 9:35 pm ET (6:35 pm PT). AXS TV was on hand to film this historic concert shot at Los Angeles’ El Rey Theatre last April. The GRAMMY Award-winning band performed the identical set they previously played at their legendary show in Budokan, Japan, in 1978. The album, Cheap Trick at Budokan, catapulted the band to super stardom with such hit singles as “I Want You to Want Me,” and “Ain’t That a Shame.”

In addition to these two network premieres, the “Day of Hysteria” marathon also features other concerts such as New York Dolls, Bon Jovi – Lost Highway TourSammy Hagar and Friends and KISS Monster World Tour: Live From Europe.

AXS TV is giving away Def Leppard prizes to commemorate “Day In Hysteria.” Fans can sign up to win autographed copies of Viva! Hysteria, vintage 1987 Hysteria Tour t-shirts and Hysteria lithographs.

The schedule for AXS TV’s “Day In Hysteria” marathon on Sunday, December 29th is (all times Eastern):

1:30 pm – New York Dolls – The New York Dolls, pioneers of glam and punk rock, blast through a set of newer tunes as well as classics like “Jet Boy” and “Personality Crisis.”

2:35 pm – Bon Jovi, Lost Highway – The Concert – After three impressive decades, Bon Jovi tirelessly continues to rock and roll. They deliver a high energy, rousing performance off the album Lost Highway. (Repeats at 7 pm).

3:40 pm – Alice Cooper Live At Montreux – Alice Cooper’s live shows are legendary for their sense of Rock Theater and sheer visual spectacle. Underpinning the visual assault has always been a collection of some of the best rock songs around delivered by one of the all-time great front men. This show includes tracks from across his career including all the classics fans would expect.

5:25 pm – Sammy Hagar And Friends Annual Cabo Wabo Birthday Bash – Rock ‘n roll legend Sammy Hagar granted an all-access, VIP pass to AXS TV for his much-anticipated 24th Annual Cabo Wabo Birthday Bash at the Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The telecast features performances by Hagar and the Wabos as well as some of the Red Rocker’s illustrious friends, including Mana’s Alex Gonzalez, Montrose’s Denny Carmassi and Chickenfoot’s Michael Anthony. (Repeats at 4:30 am ET)

7 pm – Bon Jovi, Lost Highway – The Concert  (Rebroadcast)

8 pm – Def Leppard: Viva! Hysteria (Premiere) – Filmed over two nights this year at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas’s venue The Joint, this sold-out concert includes a full front-to-back live performance of Def Leppard’s 12-time platinum album Hysteria, along with many of the band’s greatest hits. (Repeats at 1:20 am)

9:35 pm – Cheap Trick At Budokan: The 35th Anniversary Performance – Live From The El Rey Theatre (Premiere) – The legendary quartet from Illinois became super stars due to the success of their 1978 album, Cheap Trick at Bukokan. The band recently revisited this historic concert, performing the exact set that they did 35 years ago, and AXS TV was there to tape it for fans to enjoy. This edited version is the broadcast premiere and includes their top hits like “I Want You To Want Me.” (Repeats at 2:55 am)

11:15 pm – KISS Monster World Tour: Live From Europe Concert – AXS TV was on the scene to tape KISS’ Zurich, Switzerland concert live last May. This edited concert featured new staging, lighting and pyrotechnics as part of the band’s performance. (Repeats at 1:30 am).


Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.

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