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Def Leppard

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 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 nyssa76 10:23 am 16 Nov 08

I went and I screamed and shouted.

Never had any alcohol.

It’s called enjoying yourself.

farnarkler 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 jakez 4:11 pm 15 Nov 08

Def Leppard were here? DAMMIT!

AngryHenry 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 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 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 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 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 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.

toriness toriness 5:19 pm 13 Nov 08

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VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy 4:46 pm 13 Nov 08

Heretic I cast thee out.

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

Jim Jones Jim Jones 4:32 pm 13 Nov 08

AngryHenry said :

Or perhaps, maybe, and it’s a big maybe, you lay off the booze for the night and substantially reduce your costs.

Heretic I cast thee out.

AngryHenry AngryHenry 4:28 pm 13 Nov 08

You are so damn right about the whole public trasport thing. I think the local scene was thriving in large part about a decade or more ago due to the fact that people could actually afford to live closer to the city centres where these gigs were being held. The rising cost of living and rent and stuff has forced us all out and scattered the scene everywhere.

Still there is always the option of the designated driver my friend. Or perhaps, maybe, and it’s a big maybe, you lay off the booze for the night and substantially reduce your costs.

Nambucco Deliria Nambucco Deliria 11:13 pm 12 Nov 08

Canberra shows will always suck because there is no public transport to get home from them afterwards. I had free tickets to go last night but in the end decided against it because to get home on the bus afterwards would have meant leaving the show at ten o’clock. And that’s for a show at the AIS with a ‘normal’ curfew time. Go to a show at the Transit, or ANU, and you’ll have no hope of getting even a whiff of the headliner before home time.So, on top of your ticket price and a couple of beers you have to add a $40-$60 cab fare, which in a week like this week (Leppard Tuesday, Behind Crimson Eyes Wednesday, You Am I Thursday) makes for pretty expensive gigging. Unless you just want to see support acts.

AngryHenry AngryHenry 9:25 pm 12 Nov 08

grunge_hippy said :

your point?

No point just an observation.

Hair bands may be past their prime but I can tell you right now that 80’s thrash is undergoing a renaissance and more relevant to people now than it ever was.

Personal tastes aside, I agree with the fact that a massive crowd doesn’t always equal awesomeness. I saw Dub War at the Gypsy Bar mnay years ago with about 20 people and it easily rates as one of the best gigs I’ve ever seen. But money talks and if people don’t show up all you’ll ever get to see is one off gigs.

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy 9:25 pm 12 Nov 08

80’s hairbands are well past their prime albums getting charts are just die hard fans reliving their long gone youth.

Ahh… and I love it!

el el 9:04 pm 12 Nov 08

Best gig I’ve ever seen in Canberra was the Dirty Three at Tilley’s – with about a hundred other folks watching.

A massive crowd in a massive venue does not always = awesomeness.

grunge_hippy grunge_hippy 6:50 pm 12 Nov 08

your point?

AngryHenry AngryHenry 6:13 pm 12 Nov 08

grunge_hippy said :

yes… has-been. 80’s hairbands are well past their prime. albums getting charts are just die hard fans reliving their long gone youth.

With a name like ‘grunge_hippy’ it sounds like ‘long gone youth’ is something you’re trying to salvage or hang onto as well!

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