Concert Review: Def Leppard and Poison Have A Good Time in Portland

Bono take note:

This is how you entertain and put on a rock concert.

Def Leppard played to a jam packed, sold out crowd at the Moda Center on Saturday in Portland, OR along with a strong supporting act by fellow 1980s stalwarts Poison and thoroughly showed why 40 years later people still flock to these arena rock anthems played flawlessly by guys in their 50s.

Let’s go a different route on the review as I usually write these with my “reporter’s hat” on, meaning if it’s good for this blog it’s good for a newspaper (that’s my personal expectation anyway and always hoped for accomplishment). All training aside, I’m going full-on blogger (credit to my wife who suggested I try something different). Forgive the use of “I” and the more casual tone. Perhaps I’ll find that’s what people prefer and today serves as a changing of the guard, so to speak.

Besides, I just wrote a review for Def Leppard last fall and they served the same setlist while replacing REO Speedwagon with Poison and keeping Tesla as the starters. I didn’t even take my notebook to write things down and had no plans to give Def Leppard due credit. But alas, a good show is a good show and deserves positive commentary. My apologies, I failed to arrive on time for Tesla and sat down about five minutes before the lights dimmed for Poison.

Singer and guitarist Bret Michaels was on fire from the start, simply a ball full of energy and seriously happy to be on stage. Poison opened with “Look What the Cat Dragged In” then “Ride the Wind,” the popular “Talk Dirty To Me” and dedicated “Something to Believe In” to the United States military. This was the only mention of anything political for the evening as Michaels repeated he did not want to get political but simply wanted to dedicate the song to the men and woman of our armed forces who allow us to party. And that he did.

That was it. Nothing else mattered. Just rock, a good time and playing hard. I was afraid he might be veering off to say something, not sure which way he leans, or who he’s pissed off at, and yes had it interrupted the show a bit or was just plain dumb, no matter what he said, I would have mentioned it here.

Instead, we got three glorious hours of music by talented musicians who wanted to play their wares for an enthusiastic crowd from the floor to the rafters. Seriously, I haven’t seen the Moda Center this packed since seeing Rush on their 40th Anniversary Tour (which by the way you can see me in the opening sequence of Time Stand Still, filmed at the Portland show, holding signs – finally made Rush immortality!) Love how Def Leppard can still pack an arena. They’ve even got a new album, not new so much anymore, but it rocks!

Back to Poison. Clearly, they draw a strong presence because the usual smattering of empty seats for the opening acts were filled for these guys. Michaels commanded the stage like a headlining act and drummer Rikki Rocket put on a drum solo that even Neil Peart could be proud of. Did you know he’s a stage 4 cancer survivor?

Poison wrapped their set with “Every Rose Has It’s Thorn” (of course) and ended with a rousing “Nothin’ But Good Time” which got everyone off the seats and ready for more. Opening acts typically serve as a “warm up” to the headliner which in all my years of attending concerts I’ve never quite experienced until now. Indeed, Poison got the crowd wild and ready for Def Leppard, who took the stage just a mere 20 minutes after Poison’s 11 song, hour long set.

Thank you Def Leppard for choosing the Moda Center over that (insert mattress company here) amphitheater across the Columbia River located no where near Portland and a pain in the butt to get to. In fact, when the show was announced so many months ago I emailed the band, or whoever actually receives the “contact” email from their website and thanked them for choosing a venue actually in Portland and, most importantly, the more intimate arena setting. I have no idea when the last time these guys actually played in the city but it’s been a while. A long while.

They opened with a new song “Let’s Go” from their 2015 self titled album and of course played all their popular radio staples and two more from their latest. Oh heck, check out my review of their show in Eugene, OR to see the setlist. It’s the same. Like I said, Def Leppard never gets old and I’d pay the cost of admission just to see “Pour Some Sugar On Me.”

Singer Joe Elliott sounded really good. In fact, one of the best vocals I’ve heard from him though he did get drowned out at times with Rick Savage’s bass guitar and a sometimes over exuberant Rick Allen bass drum. Actually, that’s the only hiccup on the night for both Poison and Def Leppard as the vocals were often over-matched by the rest of the band, most notably the bass guitar and drums.

Def Leppard played a 17 song set lasting about an hour and 40 minutes and encored with “Rock of Ages” (Allen providing that hallmark opening), and what now feels just as popular as “Sugar,” the audience kicked it into high gear for the final song, “Photograph” featuring the usual slide show of photos from year’s past of the band. Yes, I’ve seen them now several times in the past few tours and a fresher stage show is due but if that’s the only complaint then please keep coming back.

It’s the band’s 40th anniversary this year so, so much for a 40th anniversary tour. Elliott said it snuck up on them and it’s also the 30th anniversary of their smash Hysteria. which is finally now available on vinyl, well at least easily accessible on vinyl (available Aug. 4).

Def Leppard leads a host of bands still charging forward like it was 1977 as discussed in an Associated Press article, though it left out our friends from Sheffield, England. In a somewhat rare moment of discussion between songs, Elliott talked about meeting Savage for the first time as a teenager and by the end of the night, the two decided on starting a band together.

Forty years later and they still haven’t burned out or faded away.

By the way, we’ve probably entered a new reality when attending concerts. The police were readily present and closed off a main street, complete with police car serving as a barricade, that passes by the Moda Center.

Def Leppard Setlist – Portland, OR (Moda Center)

  1. Let’s Go
  2. Animal
  3. Let It Go
  4. Dangerous
  5. Foolin’
  6. Love Bites
  7. Armageddon It
  8. Rock On
  9. Man Enough
  10. Rocket
  11. Bringing on the Heartbreak
  12. Switch 625
  13. Hysteria
  14. Let’s Get Rocked
  15. Pour Some Sugar On Me
  16. Rock of Ages
  17. Photograph

Written By: AndrewT

Concert Review: Def Leppard Never Gets Old

Def Leppard at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, OR

Def Leppard performs at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, OR

Def Leppard returned to the Pacific Northwest on Friday for the fifth time in seven years this time filling the smaller and more intimate Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, OR in support of their latest album Def Leppard out nearly a year ago.

The setlist didn’t change much from past tours – of course you’re there for all those yummy arena rock anthems and the radio staples – but the classy Brits sneaked in three off the new album and added (for some reason) a cover song in a solid 17 song set that lasted just more than 90 minutes.

Def Leppard got started with the first tract off the new album “Let’s Go” which completely falls in line with the band’s stockpile of songs. It sounds like Def Leppard and feels like Def Leppard. It’s got a familiar hook (Sugar anybody?) and was that both Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell playing the guitar solo, together? It rocked and so did the next one – “Animal.” (Never gets old.)

Singer Joe Elliott really shined on this one, the song now almost 30 years old, off their smash record Hysteria. The band continued with “Let It Go,” don’t get it confused with the first one, because it sounds nothing like it and is 34 years older. It’s an oft overlooked gem from 1981’s High ‘n’ Dry and the boys shredded through it adding a menacing jam to close it out that reduced the album version to rubble.

Def Leppard Guitarists Vivian Campbell and Phil Collen

Def Leppard Guitarists Vivian Campbell and Phil Collen

The big single off their latest record came next -”Dangerous” – and yes it gets airtime. Well, on Sirius radio, at least. Campbell got the go ahead on this one and proved why Def Leppard chose him nearly 25 years ago to replace the late Steve Clark. The 80’s smash “Foolin’” followed and then the female centric “Love Bites.”

“Armageddon It” (never gets old) continued the eventual six scoop dip into 1987’s Hysteria with Campbell in the driver’s seat. Not sure if the band dropped an octave or two, but something proved peculiar about the live treatment on this one as it sounded really fresh and a bit different. Don’t worry, it kept the album version intact. Just goes to show how well the 12 times platinum album stands up over time.

Def Leppard covered the David Essex song “Rock On” from their 2006 covers album Yeah! OK, so technically, sort of, they played a Def Leppard song but with all the gems on their new album it sure would have been nice to hear another one. It’s not a bad song, in fact they gave it justice, it’s just not their song and with such a deep catalog available, even without offering another new tune, let’s consider the covers album recess but don’t include it on the touring setlist.

They followed with the new “Man Enough,” see they could have done back-to-back off Def Leppard, like, oh perhaps the fantastic balled “We Belong”? Really just about any song off the new album. Anyway. It was great at least to get three songs and you’d think the band would showcase more off their first studio album in seven years and 11th overall. But enough of that.

Guitarist Vivian Campbell

Guitarist Vivian Campbell

Because “Rocket” (never gets old) came next which started an eight song run of their most popular fare with “Pour Some Sugar On Me” (really never gets old) closing out the first set and the band returning with “Rock of Ages” and “Photograph” (never… you get the picture) for the encore.

Def Leppard has seemingly been touring non-stop for the last few years. This show felt like a second leg of sorts from last year’s show with Tesla opening and REO Speedwagon taking over for Styx. The band recycled some of the imagery and big screen backdrop used on songs like the cursive writing to “Love Bites,” the old style TV screens on “Hysteria” and the trip down memory lane for “Photograph.” They indeed do a great job with the video production element which often upstages their playing! On “Rock of Ages” a camera mounted on Collen’s fretboard showcased a mesmerizing view of the guitarist playing.

It’s been 36 years since Def Leppard stepped foot on American soil and while all the members are well into their 50s they seem no worse for the wear and show little signs of slowing down. The new album confirms the band still has the creative juices flowing and they don’t appear content to rest on their laurels and just repackage a Greatest Hits show every year. Of course, their collection of greatest hits alone outpaces some bands entire collection of songs (at least listenable ones anyway) and they probably could get away with doing so. In many respects though, it’s felt that way, especially as openers for KISS a few years back but a mush deserved rest to come and Def Leppard should be back.

REO Speedwagon at Matthew Knight Arena

Like Styx, REO Speedwagon does seem content on touring, till the end, their greatest hits. They put on a solid performance but if you’ve seen them once in the last five years or so that’s pretty much what you’re going to get, every time.

It’s more of a nostalgic trip as the band hasn’t released a new album in nearly 10 years and the newest song featured – their smash hit “Can’t Fight This Feeling,” from 1984. REO Speedwagon is just about a full time touring act nowadays and they could probably play the songs in their sleep by now. Singer Kevin Cronin has done a great job adapting his vocals to a range he can reach and all those 80s hits still hit you as hard as they did more than 30 years ago.

REO Speedwagon played a 10 song set for about an hour which opened with “Don’t Let Him Go” and included the underrated “Time for Me to Fly” and “Roll With the Changes” and of course “Keep On Living You” a song born from a simple three-chord piano riff Cronin said got stuck in his head one early morning so he got up at 4 a.m. to write it down. And their lives haven’t been the same since.

Def Leppard Setlist – Eugene, OR (Matthew Knight Arena)

  1. Let’s Go
  2. Animal
  3. Let It Go
  4. Dangerous
  5. Foolin’
  6. Love Bites
  7. Armageddon It
  8. Rock On
  9. Man Enough
  10. Rocket
  11. Bringing on the Heartbreak
  12. Switch 625
  13. Hysteria
  14. Let’s Get Rocked
  15. Pour Some Sugar On Me
  16. Rock of Ages
  17. Photograph

Written By: AndrewT

Album Review: Def Leppard Delivers With Eponymous Album

Def Leppard released their self-titled album Def Leppard on October 30 – the band’s first studio album in seven years and first new material since a handful of songs put on 2011’s live record Mirror Ball.

The 14 song collection lasts about 55 minutes  and indeed showcases who and what Def Leppard is but also delivers on singer Joe Elliott’s promise that it’s got a bit of everything and doesn’t get stuck in a specific era of Def Leppard albums.

It’s a rather strong album and in many respects is quite refreshing that a veteran act that started 30-something years ago with now 50-something year old band members rises above so much of today’s muck and brings a clear focus to excellent song writing, catchy riffs, great power chords and memorable melodies.

The band doesn’t shy away from acknowledging the first tract “Let’s Go” sounds a bit like their smash hit “Pour Some Sugar on Me” because it does. Not exactly but the structure and guitar chords certainly reflect their most famous song.  “Let’s Go” introduced the public to the new record in September and is totally Dep Leppard but gets bogged down near the end, lasts a bit too long, and doesn’t even compete for best album song.

However, the following song “Dangerous” certainly ranks as one of the best cuts and in fact this song rules. It’s high energy, totally 80s and classic Def Leppard.

A hard core turn comes next with “Man Enough” a song that taps into the band’s inner Queen and sounds nothing like they’ve ever done before. It’s got a great opening Rick Savage bass line that resonates throughout and after a few listens expect this to get stuck in your head.

If their ballads from the mid-1980s remain relevant today then add “We Belong” to the mix because this is exactly why the ladies come out in droves. You’re all that I am/You’re all that I see/The Keys to the kingdom waiting for me. Yeah, guys can step aside; the women will sop this one up. Add in vocal duties by guitarists Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell and Def Leppard just added another element to their repertoire.  Another ode to the ladies follows with “Invincible” but with a little more rock flare.

“Sea of Love” again changes the band’s direction and brings a little bit of everything. It’s got dynamic vocals from Elliott and some crushing guitar chords brought to you by Collen and Campbell who trade back and forth all album long just like they’ve done now for nearly 25 years. “Energized” marks the halfway point and is one of those songs that sounds like Def Leppard but it doesn’t.

Hard driving rock introduces “All Time High” before the song melts into a more modern rock persona and “Battle of my Own” starts off with the acoustics before the band opens up nearly two minutes in. “Broke ‘n’ Brokenhearted” finds the Def Leppard we all know and love with a classic chorus hook. “Forever Young” isn’t a bad song it just doesn’t stand out much and gets lost because the final three cuts bring the album home.

Certainly somewhere a father/daughter dance opened to a Def Leppard song but the country infused “Last Dance” is certain to be played at weddings in the future. It’s more ballad than ballad if you can believe that and might not please the hard rockers but is thoughtful and so well written musically and check out these pretty moving lyrics: Do you remember when we used to dance/Lighting up the universe, living life for what it’s worth/Took a chance.

“Wings of an Angel” puts an end to the slow stuff immediately with some slamming guitars at the front and competes with anything on radio today. Will it translate into a crossover from the band’s oft played 80s hits on classic rock radio? No, but their loss. Finally, “Blind Faith” keeps the modern rock touch with Elliott showing as much vocal range as he’s done on any album.

Not a junker in the whole lot and any one could benefit from the live treatment. Does it measure up to the iconic Hysteria or Pyromania? Nothing ever will, which seems to be the point. Each album stands on its own. So does Def Leppard. Reflection is nice but stands in the way of progress, something Def Leppard worked into this eponymous record.

Def Leppard clearly took their time in producing Def Leppard and based on their commitment and comments about the album, it’s one they are proud of. Hopefully they’ll prove as much next year and showcase the tour around this accomplishment rather than what’s heard every single day on radio and on the last couple of road trips.

Grade: B+

Tract List for Def Leppard:

  1. Let’s Go
  2. Dangerous
  3. Man Enough
  4. We Belong
  5. Invincible
  6. Sea Of Love
  7. Energized
  8. All Time High
  9. Battle Of My Own
  10. Broke ‘N’ Brokenhearted
  11. Forever Young
  12. Last Dance
  13. Wings Of An Angel
  14. Blind Faith

Written By: AndrewT

 

Concert Review: Def Leppard Gets Loud Just Outside Portland

Def Leppard Banner

Def Leppard is not burning out or fading away anytime soon.

The British rockers cranked up the volume to a massive crowd on Thursday just up the road from Portland, OR at the Amphitheater Northwest in Ridgefield, WA playing a mostly-hits setlist for 90 minutes leaving little doubt these guys were ready to rock.

With the sometimes face tingling vibration emitting from the speakers, the audience often matched the intensity of Def Leppard’s performance with their own singing back in unison to the chorus on most of the songs that demanded it. Letting up only handful of times, even when Def Leppard played their slowed paced fare, none of the life was ever sucked from the crowd through the 17 song evening.

Def Leppard opened with “Rock! Rock! (Till You Drop)” then the popular “Animal” and “Let It Go” before finally blazing out the massive 80’s hit “Foolin’”. A fantastic and welcome addition to the setlist was “Paper Sun” off 1999’s Euphoria which hasn’t been played live since that tour. The war imagery played behind the band added to the song’s heavy lyrics about the 1998 Omagh bombing in Northern Ireland.

The emotion got pulled a different direction with couples slow dancing to “Love Bites” then everyone got into it for “Armageddon It.” The cover “Rock On” fits with Def Leppard’s music and included a cool bass opening by Rick Savage, but is totally unnecessary for a band with 10 albums and #11 due October 30. How about a sneak preview especially considering singer Joe Elliott announced a single was just released to radio?

Joe Elliott

Joe Elliott sings “Two Steps Behind”

Recent tours featured the band performing a stripped down version of the ballad “Two Steps Behind” another female favorite, but they went a step further and left Elliott alone in front of the mic with  an acoustic guitar. It worked.

The band came back in force with the stellar “Rocket” and the complimenting duo of guitarists Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell playing together trading off on solos. The band slowed it down again with “Bringin’ on the Heartbreak” and just like on High N Dry, and sometimes what you hear on radio, they blended it right into the instrumental “Switch 625.” The guys should do more of those. Hair nation aside, they’re a hard rock band through and through and “Switch” is as solid as it gets.

The show closed with “Hysteria,” “Let’s Get Rocked” and of course their anthem “Pour Some Sugar on Me” which never disappoints. They encored with “Rock of Ages” and the trip down memory lane with “Photograph.”

Campbell and Collen

Vivian Campbell and Phil Collen

All told, it was a flawless show full of arena rock anthems and boundless energy. Campbell, looking dapper all evening, showed no ill effects from the Hodgkin’s lymphoma he’s been battling which returned again this year after seemingly past successful treatments. The shirtless Collen shredded through his solos with flair and the two compliment each other rather nobly, each getting his turn under the lights. Elliott’s vocals were solid and might not harken back to the high notes of the 80s but it’s been that way for years now and he’s found a decent range that fits right in. Drummer Rick Allen never ceases to amaze.

Def Leppard got short-changed a bit their last time through town as the opener for KISS so hearing a longer setlist plus the inclusion of “Paper Sun” made if feel less like the band wringing out what they could from past tours. However, much of the backing video for songs most notably on “Photograph” and “Love Bites” was the same.

To pull off what was little more of a “Best of” show is a testament to not only their longevity, approaching 40 years, but even just the outright number and variety of radio staples. They’ve got hard charging rock and then melodic ballads that bring out the women in droves. But what seems to happen with all veteran acts especially with today’s music industry is a failure to get a fan base for new material. So it won’t be a surprise if Def Leppard encounters the same fate with next month’s self-titled album. Therefore, it makes good sense to play one tract off it even if hard core fans haven’t had a chance to digest it, just as a way to ratchet up the excitement.

But if 15,000 flock to hear 30 year old songs and what’s heard daily on radio then returning next summer with a new album in tow and some fresh and exciting songs, then it shan’t be too much of a problem to get those same fans and perhaps a few new ones to head back out in droves.

Styx opened and though their setlist was pretty much the same as they’ve toured for years they certainly took advantage of the big stage. Styx always puts on a solid performance but seemed to put just a little more effort showing how good they are. They opened with “The Grand Illusion” and played half off their iconic The Grand Illusion album.

Though the current lineup has been together now for nearly 15 years, longer than the classic line-up (i.e.  Dennis DeYoung) stayed intact, the band often plays sold out shows at smaller venues, most notably casinos, but headlining large sheds or an arena tour is probably at this point a thing of the past. Styx played a nine song set for an hour, including an encore. Tesla opened the evening with a 40 minute set.

Def Leppard Portland (Northwest Ampitheater) Setlist:

  1. Rock! Rock! (Till You Drop)
  2. Animal
  3. Let It Go
  4. Foolin’
  5. Paper Sun
  6. Love Bites
  7. Armageddon It
  8. Rock On
  9. Two Steps Behind
  10. Rocket
  11. Bringing On the Heartbreak
  12. Switch 626
  13. Hysteria
  14. Let’s Get Rocked
  15. Pour Some Sugar On Me
  16. Rock of Ages
  17. Photograph

Written By: AndrewT

Concert Review: Def Leppard and Kiss Rocket Out Loud In Portland

Two of rocks biggest classic acts took to the road just a few days ago and stopped by Portland, OR on the third date of what’s sure to be 42 sold-out performances.

Def Lep stage shot

Def Leppard at Sleep Country Amphitheater

Def Leppard and the now Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted Kiss brought hits, loud and a whole lot of people to the Sleep Country Amphitheater on Friday in Ridgefield, WA just outside of Portland, OR for their co-headlining tour that also celebrates the 40th anniversary of the iconic band that wears make-up.

Def Leppard grabbed the stage first after entering to The Who’s “Won’t Get Fooled Again” and playing the ending live before guitarist Phil Collen got things started with “Let It Go.” The British five-some then ripped off three straight singles with “Rocket,” “Animal,” and “Foolin’” before giving a nod to their massive female base with the balled “Love Bites” which was probably the most cellphone videoed of the night.

Joe Elliott and Vivian Cambel

Joe Elliott on Acoustic with Vivian Campbell behind him

After pumping the crowd back up with “Let’s Get Rocked” the band gave drummer Rick Allen a bit of a break as singer Joe Elliott brought out an acoustic guitar, as did Collen and guitarist Vivian Campbell for “Two Steps Behind.” The acoustics continued with another female favorite “Bringin’ on the Heartbreak” but halfway through Allen came back and the electric guitars roared to life for a rousing finish to the song.

Sure, it’s true Elliott no longer can hit the high notes but it’s not as if he’s straining to reach them and cracks out. Instead, he knows his limits and stops there. His lower registered vocals actually give a new dimension to the songs that you’d expect from a live performance anyway. When he’s not wailing, it’s classic Elliott, like on “Photograph” he sounds just fine live. Overall, these veterans of the stage play tight and the interplay between Collen and Campbell is great to watch.

Def Leppard is not known for long blistering solos but instead short and melodic and sometimes more than one solo per song that both guitarists trade off on and even play together. Campbell who is fighting a return of his Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which went into remission last year, played great and showed no ill effects of the disease.

Def Leppard finished their first set before the encore with the instrumental “Switch 625,” another female favorite in “Hysteria,” the all-out “Armageddon It” and of course “Pour Some Sugar on Me” which they nailed. They closed with “Rock of Ages” and “Photograph.”

The band had a pretty stripped down stage set and perhaps that was a result of them “opening” for Kiss but the setlist was a bit slim for an act of their caliber and was little different than their last tour which even they described more or less as a “hits” tour.

Def Leppard thanks the crowd

Yes, all the radio singles were in play but they can get away with some deep album tracks and even newer songs. “Undefeated” is practically brand new – just three years old now – is classic Def Leppard and great live. Left off. No “High and Dry.” The band is also working on a new album set for release next year and is something they could have given a sneak preview of.

The spectacle that is Kiss brought what Def Leppard’s set lacked with an over-the-top, immense stage show featuring booming pyrotechnics, lots of fire, awesome lighting and a gigantic mechanical spider that served as a sometimes stage lifting members of the band above the crowd.

Gene Simmons high above the stage

Kiss started off with “King of the Night Time World” with Paul Stanley on vocals followed by “Deuce” giving Gene Simmons the mic and then the punk-rock sounding “Psycho Circus.”

“War Machine” brought great guitar chords and flames as Simmons spit fire. Audience favorite “Shout It Out Loud” did exactly that and the thumping “Christine Sixteen” kept the energy going. The iconic “Lick It Up” involved a great extended guitar jam that mixed in, once again, The Who’s “Won’t Get Fooled Again” before Simmons’ blood spitting bass solo and his flying venture to a raised platform where he played along with “I Love It Loud.”

Paul Stanley

Paul Stanley plays to the crowd

The ultimate garage band, Kiss doesn’t exactly have the melodies and even affectional music like Def Leppard. It’s heavy one-two punch hitting with straight up hard rock guitar chords. However, “Hide Your Heart” is a well-crafted song and “Let me Go, Rock ‘N Roll” gives a great beat and featured excellent soloing by guitarist Tommy Thayer.

Adding even more to the already crazy antics of the evening, Stanley flew out over the crowd holding on to a pulley and played “Love Gun” on a platform in the middle of the amphitheater. Drummer Eric Singer took over vocal duties for “Black Diamond” as Stanley flew back to the main stage.

Never ones to follow, Kiss sets a new precedence by eschewing the typical encore and instead, as Stanley put it “Why waste time,” the band encored without encoring “Detroit Rock City” and of course the always great “Rock and Roll All Nite” complete with graffiti and an actual “grand finale” of sorts fireworks show and Stanley destroying his guitar on stage.

Def Leppard Setlist: Sleep Country Amphitheater – Portland, OR

  1. Let It Go
  2. Rocket
  3. Animal
  4. Foolin’
  5. Love Bites
  6. Let’s Get Rocked
  7. Two Steps Behind
  8. Bringin’ on the Heartbreak
  9. Switch 625
  10. Hysteria
  11. Armageddon It
  12. Pour Some Sugar on Me
  13. Rock of Ages
  14. Photograph

Kiss Setlist: Sleep Country Amphitheater – Portland, OR

  1. King of the Night Time World
  2. Deuce
  3. Psycho Circus
  4. War Machine
  5. Shout It Out Loud
  6. Christine Sixteen
  7. Lick It Up
  8. I Love It Loud
  9. Hide Your Heart
  10. Let me Go, Rock ‘N Roll
  11. Love Gin
  12. Black Diamond
  13. Detroit Rock City
  14. Rock and Roll All Nite

 

Def Leppard & Kiss at White River Amphitheater – Seattle

 

Similar show as in Portland. Not nearly as many fans. Hundreds of empty seats – so much so that LiveNation offered $10 upgrades for those in the lawn to sit in seats.

 

Def Leppard Setlist: White River Amphitheater – Seattle, WA

  1. Let It Go
  2. Rocket
  3. Animal
  4. Foolin’
  5. Love Bites
  6. Let’s Get Rocked
  7. Two Steps Behind
  8. Bringin’ on the Heartbreak
  9. Switch 625
  10. Hysteria
  11. Armageddon It
  12. Pour Some Sugar on Me
  13. Rock of Ages
  14. Photograph

Kiss Setlist: White River Amphitheater – Seattle, WA

  1. King of the Night Time World
  2. Deuce
  3. Psycho Circus
  4. War Machine
  5. Shout It Out Loud
  6. Christine Sixteen
  7. Lick It Up
  8. I Love It Loud
  9. Hide Your Heart
  10. Let me Go, Rock ‘N Roll
  11. Love Gin
  12. Black Diamond
  13. Detroit Rock City
  14. Rock and Roll All Nite

 

Written By: AndrewT