Pop-metal oldies given new punch by Def Leppard

Cheap Trick. Then Poison. Then Def Leppard. Friday night's lineup at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center were bands that dominated radio play through much of the '70s and '80s, who could fill SPAC as individual bands back then.

Same bands, same crowd, same songs Friday night, but all were 20-plus years older. This was not about moving their latest music forward, but reveling in the pop-metal that once flourished for a generation of teens.

Cheap Trick opened the night serving 40 minutes of their hits. They crescendoed with "Surrender," Robin Zander's voice sounding like it does on the original track. They built to that point with "I Want You to Want Me," Elvis Presley's "Don't Be Cruel," and "The Flame," their power ballad that put the front half of the pavilion on its feet.

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