Def Leppard rocks its way to Jones Beach

You don't need to be bonked in the head by a massive piece of Broadway scenery to figure out that something is going on.

As AC/DC's surprise double-platinum No. 1 "Black Ice" album and the success of the Broadway musical (and future motion picture) " Rock of Ages" would suggest, '80s hard rockers of all sorts are once again at the peak of pop culture.

And Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott says he knows why.

"I think the '90s let everybody down," says Elliott, calling from Philadelphia, where the band's summer tour, which stops at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater Wednesday, launched. "The '90s generation can look back with complete disdain that the only band that's still around is Pearl Jam.

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