This fall, NCM Fathom Events together with Live and Network Live take movie-goers back to the ‘80s on a rocking, Sin City, roller coaster ride with the two-night cinema event Def Leppard Viva! Hysteria Concert on Wednesday, October 2nd and Tuesday, October 8th at 8 pm local time. Recorded live over two nights in March and April 2013 at The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas’s intimate and award-winning music venue, Def Leppard Viva! Hysteria Concert” includes a full front-to-back performance of the classic album Hysteria, along with many of the band’s greatest hits such as “Rock of Ages” and “Photograph.”
Tickets for Def Leppard Viva! Hysteria Concert are available at participating theater box offices and online at FathomEvents.com. The event will be presented in nearly 250 select movie theaters around the country through NCM’s exclusive Digital Broadcast Network. For a complete list of theater locations and prices, visit the NCM Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).
While the band is known for their legendary big-scale arena shows, Def Leppard Viva! Hysteria Concert features for the first time in years the band performing in such an intimate space as The Joint. The group’s epic performances are executed on an elaborately designed set created specifically for the Las Vegas residency. The event will also include additional classic, career-spanning Def Leppard material.
“We’ve been asked for many years if we’d ever play an album in its entirety, and the answer was always no because we’d be out promoting a new album,” says lead vocalist Joe Elliott. “Then in March and April 2013 when we had no new music to promote, we had a chance to revisit arguably our most important album. It was an easy decision to make. As for Vegas, it’s no longer perceived as the place crooners go to die! Artists like Mötley Crüe, Elton John, Guns N’ Roses & Cheap Trick have recently done residencies and rock ‘n’ roll has definitely moved in! So, there was no better place for us to take the show. It was a fantastic experience for us and for our fans.”
Def Leppard’s fourth album Hysteria, released in 1987, topped the UK album charts during its debut, and spent a record of 96 weeks on the U.S. Top 40 Chart. The album claimed the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 at the same time “Love Bites” came in at No. 1 on the Billboard Singles Chart. Hysteria went on to dominate album charts around the world for three years after its release. As of 2009, it has 12x platinum sales in the U.S., and has gone on to sell over 20 million copies worldwide; making it one of the best-selling albums in the U.S., according to RIAA certification. The album spawned seven groundbreaking, chart-toping singles, including “Love Bites,” “Pour Some Sugar on Me,” “Hysteria,” “Armageddon It,” “Animal,” “Rocket” and “Women.” The critically-lauded album was also voted one of the “Greatest Albums of All Time” by Q Magazine and Rolling Stone included the collection on their list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.”
The film will be released on CD, DVD and Blu-ray by Frontier Records on October 22nd in multiple configurations – 2 CD+DVD Deluxe Special Edition packaged in a Digipak and standalone DVD and Blu-ray along on all digital formats. The set contains 29 classic hits spread across two CDs while the DVD and Blu-ray will contain a bonus acoustic medley not featured on the CDs as well as a photo montage of the group’s LV residency.
4. Love Bites
5. Pour Some Sugar On Me
6. Armageddon It
7. Gods Of War
8. Don’t Shoot Shotgun
9. Run Riot
12. Love And Affection
13. Rock Of Ages
DED FLATBIRD – Night 1
1. Good Morning Freedom
4. Mirror Mirror (Look Into My Eyes)
5. Action Not Words
6. Rock Brigade
DED FLATBIRD – Night 2
9. On Through The Night
11. Let It Go
12. Another Hit And Run
13. High ‘N’ Dry (Saturday Night)
14. Bringin’ On The Heartbreak
15. Switch 625
DVD/Blu-ray Bonus Features: Acoustic medley of “Where Does Love Go When It Dies” / “Now” / “When Love & Hate Collide” / “Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad” / “Two Steps Behind” and a photo montage.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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