It was a bit of a letdown to walk into the auditorium showing the Def Leppard concert documentary, “Viva! Hysteria,” on Oct. 2 and be the only person there 15 minutes prior to the presentation. By the time the show started, there were 4 people, including the Chico Events Examiner. But the event itself was still a blast and is a definite must-see for all Def Leppard fans.
For those who missed it – and really wanted to see it on the big screen – there will be another showing on Oct. 8 at 8 p.m. local time. Click here to see if your theater will be carrying it. Unfortunately, for Chico residents, the performance will not have an encore showing at Cinemark 14 on that date.
“Viva! Hysteria” began with archival interviews and news footage of the band – which revealed how long it took for the “Hysteria” album to be made. It took precisely three years to create an album that is just a little over 60 minutes, which one reporter questioned. There was also a talk about drummer Rick Allen’s tragic accident, which resulted in the loss of his arm, and how the band – including Allen – never gave up on continuing their dream careers. It ended with two of the members giving some very useful advice. “Always brush your teeth before you go to bed” and “If you’re driving, don’t forget your car.”
The concert footage is outstanding, and none of the members of the band ever looked tired or bored while onstage. They’re all in their 50s, or near it, and they still have the same amount of talent and energy from their younger years. The jumbotron in the stage background would sometimes show shots of the members performing, but it was mostly used for the really cool visuals the band had for each of their songs. From showing old concert footage to nifty animations, the band did an incredible job of making the concert a worthwhile event. This is definitely a concert that would have been great to see live.
The entire “Hysteria” album was performed live at this concert, which originally took place in March of 2013 at The Joint – the venue located inside Las Vegas’ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. They also threw in “Rock of Ages” and “Photograph” during the encore session. If you go to the encore, be sure to stay after the credits for an acoustic performance of “Love and Affection.”
Here is the set list for the “Viva! Hysteria” documentary:
“Pour Some Sugar on Me”
“Gods of War”
“Don’t Shoot Shotgun”
“Love and Affection”
“Rock of Ages”
After the credits:
Acoustic version of “Love and Affection”
The Chico Events Examiner wants to know if you saw the show, and what you thought of it. How did the crowd look at your screening? Share your thoughts below.
The Blu-ray and DVD editions of the “Viva! Hysteria” show will be available on Oct. 22. Click here to pre-order through reKiosk.
Special thanks to Fathom Events for providing passes to this event.