Journey tops Leppard in band battle

Journey began its career as a '70s prog-rock band with epic guitar solos, hippie-dippie lyrics and deep roots in the classic Santana lineup. Def Leppard came to the fore as part of the New Wave of British heavy metal, alongside such other manic stalwarts as Iron Maiden.

Both went on to became among the major pop icons of the '80s, and both appeared Saturday night at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in a double bill that promised memories of senior proms, battles of the bands and late nights cruising with the radio on.

And the show made good on that promise — at least in part.

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