Thursday, May 19, 2016

Def Leppard returns to Amway sans laryngitis

Posted By on Thu, May 19, 2016 at 10:41 AM

click to enlarge ROB HALFIN
  • Rob Halfin
We thought the cab driver was trying to be funny when he picked us up to take us to the Def Leppard show a few months ago and was all "Didn't you hear it was canceled?" and we were all "LOL, really funny dude." But it wasn't funny, because it was true: The triple-bill show in January with Def Leppard, Styx and Tesla was canceled at literally the last minute (there were folks waiting outside the Amway for doors to open) due to vocalist Joe Elliott's persistent laryngitis. Well, here we are five months later, and Elliott's voice has apparently been rested enough for the band to reschedule the gig, only this time Styx has been replaced in the lineup by REO Speedwagon. At this point in time, Def Leppard has become such a well-oiled rock & roll nostalgia machine that debating their merits is an irrelevant exercise; you either love them or you couldn't care less. However, for those fans who do love them, the band delivers an excellent, high-energy show that, yeah, may lean a little too heavily on pre-recorded tracks for purists, but also completely and unapologetically delivers the '80s melodic rock goods.

with REO Speedwagon, Tesla | 7 p.m. Friday, May 20 | Amway Center, 400 W. Church St. | 800-745-3000 | | $18-$797.50

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