Classic rock stars shine on area stages this weekend

Fans of classic arena rock can relive the energy, the exhilaration and the earsplitting tumult that embodied '70s and '80s concerts this weekend when several icons of the era perform at area venues.

Def Leppard, Styx and Foreigner will perform on Friday, Aug. 24, 7 p.m., at Ford Amphitheatre, Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N., Tampa. Tickets range from $25 to $75.

Born in 1977, English hard rock band Def Leppard topped charts in the '80s with hits from the back-to-back albums "Pyromania" and "Hysteria," including "Photograph," "Rock of Ages," "Pour Some Sugar on Me" and "Love Bites."

Following a peculiar trend in music, Def Leppard produced no original material for their most recent studio release, opting instead to record a collection of cover songs. Few bands that have made the 30-year mark would feel comfortable conceding their glam rock roots, but the lineup on Leppard's 2006 "Yeah!" prove they have no issue with their past. While "Yeah!" lacks creativity, the band does no disservice to original recordings such as "20th Century Boy" by T. Rex and "Waterloo Sunset" by the Kinks.

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