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Def Leppard performed at Minute Maid Park on Friday night, dazzling a stadium full of fans.

The British glam rockers started their set with “Take What You Want,” a song from their 2022 album Diamond Star Hotels. They followed this by diving into crowd pleasers “Animal” and “Foolin.” 

Def Leppard has been in the business since 1977, boasting a successful run across the world. They have more than enough hits to make a setlist out of them. 

Photo by Cynthia Isabel Zelaya Ordoñez

On with the show

Frontman Joe Elliot still has the energy to keep up with the power anthems, dashing up and down the stage in a black t-shirt with a bedazzled skull and a red crushed velvet jacket. He greeted Houston with enthusiasm, introducing his band members as they played. 

As Def Leppard was the last act of the night, a few members of the audience were beginning to sit down, resting their tired feet But the first notes of “Love Bites” had everyone scrambling to up in delight. 

Rick Savage dominated on bass, shinning brightly on songs like “Rocket.” 

Photo by Cynthia Isabel Zelaya Ordoñez

Phil Colleen raced to match  Elliot’s energy. He was easy to keep track of in a gold scarf over a black vest. He made the audience scream with the opening note of “Bringin’ on the Heartbreak.” Vivian Campbell complimented his notes harmoniously from stage left.

Rick Allen kept cadence perfectly all throughout, coming up to the thrust to say hello to the crowd halfway through the set. He wore eye-catching headphones bedazzled with the English flag, a staple emblem of the band. Then he ran back to show off his skill on a drum solo. 

Def Leppard concluded their set fittingly with “Rock of Ages,” thanking Houston for waiting though a pandemic to see them. 

You can still catch Def Leppard, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Motley Crue and Poison in a city near you.

@cynthia_zelaya _ | Executive Editor 2022-2023 | Assistant Editor 2021-2022

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