Review - Def Leppard / REO Speedwagon @ Shoreline (9/25/16)

Kevin Keating
Def Leppard's Joe Elliott (Photo: Kevin Keating)
Def Leppard swung through Mountain View, CA last night in what seems to be an annual trek through the SF Bay Area. This year, the line-up consisted of REO Speedwagon and the return of Tesla who kicked off the evening. If the recent rumors prove true, they could be back in 2017 teaming up with Bret Michael’s Poison!
Def Leppard's Joe Elliott (L) & Rick Savage (R) (Photo: Kevin Keating)
Tesla’s quick 45-minute set included fan-favorites “Signs” and “Modern Day Cowboy” and laid a solid foundation for the night to come. Next up, the perennial REO Speedwagon walked through the hits that made them a household name, and at one point, lead singer Kevin Cronin explained to the crowd how he woke in the middle of the night, ran to his piano and started drafting what would become their biggest hit single to date, “Keep on Loving You”.
REO Speedwagon's Kevin Cronin (L) & Dave Amato (R) (Photo: Kevin Keating)
And finally at 9:20pm, the band who the vast majority of the audience was there to see, Def Leppard took to the stage with the appropriately titled, “Let’s Go” which bled into one of my personal faves, “Animal”. The band sounded great and the stage show was something you’d expect from the over-the-top 80’s rock titans, with an impressive light display, hydraulic lift riser that rose directly behind the drum-kit, and an extremely impressive HD backlight wall that blended with another set of LEDs that at certain points throughout the show, pretended to be the guitar and bass amplifiers.
Def Leppard's Joe Elliott (Photo: Kevin Keating)
Besides playing their top hits like “Pour Some Sugar on Me”, “Love Bites” and “Rocket” among a host of others, the band had a great retrospective video montage showcasing moments and videos from their storied career spanning 36 years. During “Hysteria”, the video showed scenes essentially in chronological order over their career. And then during the closing number, “Photograph”, instead of the Marilyn Monroe tribute as I had traditionally understood the song to be, the corresponding video highlighted the bands’ longtime guitarist, Steve Clark, who passed away in 1991.
Def Leppard's Vivian Campbell, Rick Savage, Joe Elliott (L-R) (Photo: Kevin Keating) 
The full set list can be found below and there are still a few more dates left on the 2016 tour, so be sure to check here and don’t miss this show when they come to your town!

Our complete photo albums can be found here: Def Leppard | REO Speedwagon

Def Leppard Setlist Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA, USA 2016, 2016 North American Tour

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