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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?]

What’s Your opinion?


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Def Leppard
Tonka 1:36 pm 12 Nov 08

I was going to go, but I saw the ticket price and wasn’t paying a fortune for a band I kinda liked all those years ago.

Maybe if DL had come while they were still reasonably relevant or successful and not charged a fortune they’d have got a larger and more hyped crowd.

At least they got more people than Stryper.

Anyone remember that gig?

SIKOVIT 1:31 pm 12 Nov 08

I’ve seen kiss 3 times in various incarnations, the last time was at enmore in 04 only 1000 people there, that was an awesome show if you ever get the chance .. hmmm maiden in NZ in feb .. might have to get a passport ..

AngryHenry 1:29 pm 12 Nov 08

Stainless Steel Rat said :

Would have gone last night if tickets were cheaper. Iron Maiden in Sydney earlier this year was best gig(s) I’ve ever been to. Maiden are still putting out great albums, had cheaper tickets and brought the full stage set up. I would have paid $70 to see DL & CT, but not what they were asking ($120 for GA?).

Angry, FYI, Maiden just announced the last leg of the Somewhere Back in Time tour. They are playing two nights in NZ in Feb next year…. With how good the Sydney shows were, I’d almost be tempted….. 🙂

I know man!!! I’m saving my pennies!!! People who weren’t there will never know. I think it’s spolied concerts for me forever because it was the greatest show I have EVER seen and nothing stacks up to it!

Stainless Steel Rat 1:25 pm 12 Nov 08

Would have gone last night if tickets were cheaper. Iron Maiden in Sydney earlier this year was best gig(s) I’ve ever been to. Maiden are still putting out great albums, had cheaper tickets and brought the full stage set up. I would have paid $70 to see DL & CT, but not what they were asking ($120 for GA?).

Angry, FYI, Maiden just announced the last leg of the Somewhere Back in Time tour. They are playing two nights in NZ in Feb next year…. With how good the Sydney shows were, I’d almost be tempted….. 🙂

AngryHenry 1:23 pm 12 Nov 08

S4anta said :

I saw def leppard in melbourne at Rod Laver, and over three nights they had the arena filled to the rafters. Rarher than the band hitting its peak years ago or bad marketing etc, I think it is another example of the fickleness of Canberrans turning up to events.

That always has, and more than likely will be a problem for event promoters to deal with for some time to come in the ACT.

Agreed! That’s because of this little mollycoddled utopia we’ve created for ourselves. Last night I saw a dude sitting with his girlfriend watching the show and in between songs he politely applauded and let out an ever so subtle ‘woo!’. How much did you pay just to sit and applaud? It’s a rock show for crissakes!!! Stand up and SHOUT!!!

SIKOVIT 1:23 pm 12 Nov 08

galvatrons sounded good and put on a good show what I saw of it .. and ed, they prob wouldn’t bother coming at the top of their game cause not enough people would show up. few of the big bands come to canberra at their peak for that reason even tho if promoted properly we have a huge regional population who may make the journey .. I was more questioning the promoters than anything.

And yeah the big thing I remember about dire straits was the rain

lion 1:19 pm 12 Nov 08

I could see Def Leppard here or I could save for Neil Young BDO 🙂

S4anta 1:18 pm 12 Nov 08

I saw def leppard in melbourne at Rod Laver, and over three nights they had the arena filled to the rafters. Rarher than the band hitting its peak years ago or bad marketing etc, I think it is another example of the fickleness of Canberrans turning up to events.

That always has, and more than likely will be a problem for event promoters to deal with for some time to come in the ACT.

AngryHenry 1:15 pm 12 Nov 08

I got a free ticket and went last night too. I thought Cheap Trick were great. I didn’t mind Def Leppard, I thought they were a bit wanky back in the day and last night kind of reinforced that but it was good fun.

I just think Canberra concert crowds suck, bottom line. I’ve never seen the majority people rocking out to their favourite band while seated except in Canberra! Don’t you people have a soul??? Or is it too much to ask to stand up and shout for your favourite band (they would have to be your favourite for you to pay somehwere around $150 for a ticket).

When I think about some of the concerts I’ve seen in Sydney and Melbourne and then compare them to some of the shows I’ve seen in Canberra, on many occaisions I just feel embarrassed to be there.

From waiting until the last minute to purchase tickets to our apathy at shows I think we send a pretty ordinary message to promoters and that’s why we see less and less of this stuff.

I’m not saying break your neck, I’m just saying there’s nothing wrong with showing you’re having a good time, you’d be suprised as to how many people will want to come along for the ride with you.

I saw Iron Maiden in Sydney earlier in the year, now THAT is how it is done!!!

MrMagoo 1:08 pm 12 Nov 08

The Dire Straits gig in 1993 was a rain soaked affair. It hadn’t rained in Canberra for months and there you go on the day of the gig, it buckets down all day and into the nigth. I still to this day think it was a cracker of a concert but it was torrential at times, you can hardly blame people for not going out in that weather.

I agree with venue choice points. AIS Arena is pretty big expectation to fill for an 80s group. Some of the biggest bands that do come here won’t go there as it is too big. Royal Theatre (old version anyway) was a great venue and I’ve seen Midnight Oil, INXS, Baby Animals just to name a few there and the place was jumping.

seekay 12:55 pm 12 Nov 08

Obscure trivia… One of Def Leppard’s earliest gigs was on a shared bill with The Human League.

p1 12:46 pm 12 Nov 08

I have to say, I had no idea it was on. If only they had advertised on the-riotact.com!

(now if that doesn’t get me a tag line nothing will….)

New Yeah 12:41 pm 12 Nov 08

I was going to go to the Pantera gig at the AIS but it cost about $60 which was a hell of a lot for a gig in 1996. I saw Fear Factory for about half that at ANU that year.

I agree that someone booked the wrong venue for the ‘Leps. Sure, Def Leppard are a ‘stadium rock’ band, but in 2008 the Tuggeranong basketball stadium would have been more apt.

realityskin 12:37 pm 12 Nov 08

How were the Galvatrons ?! I sooo want to catch them.

justbands 12:33 pm 12 Nov 08

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

Exactly. Or perhaps don’t overestimate your crowd pulling ability & book a more appropriate venue for a city of this size. I’m sure the Royal Theatre would have been packed.

I remember going to watch Pantera several years ago out at Bruce, there were perhaps 1500 people there & it looked nearly empty. The band bagged out the city, suggesting we didn’t know good music because the place wasn’t packed. Firstly, never insult the people who DID turn up. Secondly, don’t overestimate your crowd pulling ability. They hadn’t had anything even close to a hit for years & years.

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