Def Leppard keeps it loud

August 28th, 2012 at 9:17 am

Def Leppard photo by Gitte Meldgaard

More than 30 years after they first set fire to the music world, Def Leppard continues to ignite crowds at shows across the world.

The veteran U.K. rockers are currently traveling the country on the “Rock of Ages” tour, a string of dates that pulls its name from one of their many hit songs, which would later provide a title to the popular movie and musical.

Vivian Campbell, who has played guitar for Def Leppard since 1992, talked to me recently about the band’s continued popularity and the current state of the music industry. Def Leppard peaked at perhaps the same time record companies did, as two of the bands releases in the 1980s became diamond sellers, meaning 10 million copies were sold. You can read my interview with Campbell courtesy of What’s Up!, our weekly entertainment guide. You’ll need to be a subscriber to the paper or its digital products to do so, however.

Campbell and company will perform on Wednesday (Aug. 29) at the Black Oak Mountain Amphitheater, just across the Arkansas border in Lampe, Mo. Joining them are fellow ’80s rockers Poison. Tickets are $32-$110 and are available through the venue’s website.

  • Will

    I will be there. Iron Maiden, Kiss/Crue, and Def Leppard/Poison in a 13 day span is good to me.