Def Leppard took the stage tonight (9/21) at the iHeartRadio Music Festival and within seconds, the thousands of people who filled the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas were on their feet and screaming. The band kicked off their epic set with "Promises," a song with the opening line "Last night I was blown away," something that tomorrow, everyone who went to the festival will be saying to friends about Def Leppard's performance.
The energy went up another notch when Lep transitioned into their 1987 hit, "Animal." Singer Joe Elliott's voice was spot-on, Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell were looking healthy and playing the best of guitars of their career, Rick Savage was expertly slapping his bass and Rick Allen was a monster as always behind the kit. All of it had the crowd feeling hysteria, which just happened to be the next song the group played.
Before the fourth track, Joe went to the front of the stage and announced, "This next song is dedicated to the memory of Eddie Money and Ric Ocasek." They did their late peers proud with a rousing rendition of "Armageddon It."
The band wrapped things up with "Pour Some Sugar On Me," but before it, Joe said, "We dedicate this next song to Miley Cyrus," something that thrilled the pop star, who was watching their performance from the audience.
Best of all for old fans and new ones, just before Def Leppard left the stage, Joe told the crowd, "We'll catch you next year, somewhere, I promise."
You can watch the group's entire performance when the iHeartRadio Music Festival airs on The CW Network at 8 p.m. ET/PT on October 2nd and 3rd. And leading up to the official television special, The CW will also air an hour-long Best Of Special on Sunday, September 29th at 8 p.m. ET/PT taking a look back on all of the most iconic moments from the festival in its nine year history.
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