Def Leppard dusts off old gems, memories

The only band to have nearly all its original members at last night's Hersheypark Stadium show was the British group Def Leppard, but no one seemed to care — it was a night of remembering times spent at the record player with headphones on.

Def Leppard is between albums, which might have been a good thing, considering its eclectic set list. Opening with a "Hysteria" album double of "Rocket" and "Animal," the band — members were in lockstep all night — then slipped in the rarely heard "Excitable," from the same album. It's great to hear a band take a chance and play something just because it wants to.

Singer Joe Elliott made a good many of the night's high notes, including on "Foolin,'" but it was hard to hear him. His vocals and those of guitarists Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell and bassist Rick Savage were often muffled and muted. Another rarity, "Mirror, Mirror," was stately and featured lovely dual playing from Collen and Campbell but could have been a touch faster.

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