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Def Leppard

By SIKOVIT - 12 November 2008 70

Went to def leppard last night .. way exceeded expectations .. damn good concert.

As usual Canberra disappointed by only 3/4 filling the Bruce indoor arena, that being said the crowd was very vocal and it seemed that everyone had a thoroughly good time .. except for the 3 monkeys sitting in front of me who I nearly checked for a pulse .. then one of them moved ..

Is this due to a lack of proper promotion ?

This was one of the super groups from the 80’s and they’re better now then ever.

I saw dire straits at the outdoor venue and again no where near capacity .. van halen 3 indoor stadium 3/4 full ..

Is it any wonder so few of the big bands bother coming to Canberra ???

[ED – Maybe if they came at the top of their game and not two decades later?]

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caf 11:57 am 16 Nov 08

AngryHenry: Pink may have excluded Canberra from next year’s tour, but I don’t think it was due to lack of support – I have it on good authority that she sold out the AIS Arena last year, prompting the promoters to add a second Canberra date, which also sold pretty well.

nyssa76 10:23 am 16 Nov 08

I went and I screamed and shouted.

Never had any alcohol.

It’s called enjoying yourself.

farnarkler 7:50 am 16 Nov 08

Jeeeez $150 for old Def Leppard? That’s extortion! They were great in the round at the Sydney Entertainment Centre back in 92 but they’ve had their day. I saw Aerosmith, Joe Satriani and Jet in Hyde Park for the same amount of money. Bands who are in the twilight of their careers are not worth that sort of money. I see you’re getting the cream of music soon; Chris Isaac and Simply Red.

Linkin Park were less than that at the O2 here in London as was Roger Waters playing the whole of Dark Side of The Moon for the last time (best concert ever without a doubt!!!!)

I remember a mate telling me about Iron Maiden at the Canberra Theatre. He said seats were being ripped out, thus they never returned there. It’s such a pity there aren’t any Aussie bands as big as INXS or Midnight Oil. They used to fill Bruce indoor stadium.

jakez 4:11 pm 15 Nov 08

Def Leppard were here? DAMMIT!

AngryHenry 10:16 am 14 Nov 08

toriness said :

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Oh hardy har har…

I’m proud to be a bogan and bloody good at it. I don’t need some competition to prove it…

Def Leppard is a band for bogan chicks anyway, the only reason bogan dudes like me are slightly interested is so we can seduce the sheilas with the assistance of the high pitched whine of Joe Elliot, I once had a pair of stoveipes that made me talk like that until they stretched a little. I also think Vivian Campbell was the best looking sheila there on the night!!! haha!

Don’t get too cut Leppard fans, I’m just playing.

Nambucco Deleria, I think you’re right about promotion, the biggest deterrent was ticket prices. Maybe cheaper tickets and a bigger venue would have seen a bigger turn out, or cheaper tickets, a smaller venue and two or three nights of shows… It’s Def Leppard though, I wonder if the promoter was stressed about going into debt bringing them out?

ant 10:15 am 14 Nov 08

They advertised it in the Canberra Times? Well there’s the problem straight away. I’m amazed anyone went.

Nambucco Deliria 9:46 am 14 Nov 08

I don’t think promotion was a problem for this show at all – both the Canberra Times and BMA ran pieces and advertising – the ticket price was, I believe, the problem for most people. And the lamentable public transport.

Jim Jones 8:54 am 14 Nov 08

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy said :

Heretic I cast thee out.

So do what all us other bogans do – smuggle your own in.

I think the worst price I’ve paid for liquor at a show was recently in Sydney at the Metro – $6 for a can of lukewarm VB.


cranky1968 8:32 am 14 Nov 08

I went and it was bloody brilliant….and I was one of those quiet, seated, old people (40) in the back row…some of us just want to kick back and enjoy the band rather than our own screaming, particularly after a lond days work. It was well worth the $150 I paid for good tickets back in August when sales opened.

I have to agree with some of the comments on here about how badly the event was promoted and public transport. The boyfriend and I decided to bus it, not because we wanted to drink, but because we thought parking and gtting out of there may be a real hassle if the place was packed (which it turns out it wasn’t)…Action do not have a bus from Belconnen interchange which gets to AIS for a 7pm start, and there are none at 11.30pm either, and when I rang Action to see if there were any extra services they said they only do that for REALLY big shows and events….perhaps this one would have been bigger if they had, and if it had been promoted better.

In the end, we had to leave work early to catch a bus from McKellar at 6.09pm which got us to the stop at Calvary by about 6.30pm and from there it was about a 20min walk to the stadium ( no big deal, it was a pleasant evening for a stroll)…it was more of a problem when the show finished (granted,we hadn’t expected Def Leppard to play for so long, but hell glad that they did!!!)…We had planned on walking to the interchange and catching the bus from there but the show didn’t end untill after 11pm and the buses stop at about 11.30 so we new we wouldn’t make it…we ended up having to walk back to Calvary and calling a cab…all of which was not a problem, we wanted to go and would have walked all the way if we had to…my point is, perhaps events like this would be better supported if it wasn’t such a hassle to get there. It was a Tuesday night…couldn’t Action spare us a couple of buses to run from Belconnen to AIS and back again?

And to those people who are complaining about those of us who sat quietly and just enjoyed the show, yes, we did have fun…and we were sober because we had to work on Wednesday!!!

Nambucco Deliria 7:26 pm 13 Nov 08

Lay off the booze?

I’m realistic enough to admit that I can’t have a good time without a surfeit of the stuff.

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