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Def Leppard concert pictures

`Def Leppard`are a Rock band from England.Here they are photographed and captured in Analog from the stage & pit area during two concerts in America in 1980 For more information & to follow the band on social media use the following external links.

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Def Leppard concert pictures ~ Bill O’Leary

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I photographed DEF LEPPARD twice on their very first US tour supporting the “On Through the Night” album, both within two weeks of each other. These two shows, both in 1980, the first opening for SCORPIONS and TED NUGENT at the Philadelphia Spectrum Arena and the second opening for AC/DC at the Palladium Theater in New York City.

The early years

These images show the band in their earliest days, eventually becoming one of the biggest selling rock bands in history. Lead vocalist Joe Elliot turned 21 years old the night of the Palladium show seen here. Obviously, these images include guitarist Steve Clark who tragically died in 1991, original guitarist Pete Willis who was fired in 1982 also drummer Rick Allen prior to his automobile accident in 1984 when he lost his left arm.

A hungry Rock group

The band played basically the same set at both performances, including debut album songs “It Could Be You”, “Hello America”, “Rock Brigade” and “Wasted”. Great high energy songs showing a band hungry for success which came quickly in 1982 with the recording of their third album Pyromania. I’m always interested in shooting any opening bands as you never know at the time just how famous they may become, or not.

Location and date of these concert captures 

Philadelphia Spectrum Arena / Palladium Theater / New York / America / 1980

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