Poison and passionate Def Leppard energize SPAC

As Friday night's triple bill began at Saratoga Performing Arts Center, fans were treated to something they rarely see these days – the sun.

But that solar energy didn't warm up the crowd for Cheap Trick. Many were either still filing in or hanging out in the beer garden for the band's 40-minute set.

Singer Robin Zander's vocals were muffled on some songs, but the sound did improve as the set went on. He just didn't seem that into it, even stepping off stage during "Dream Police."

It was guitarist Rick Nielsen who helped salvage their performance. He is entertaining to watch, with his shiny purple suit, bow tie and multi-necked guitars, but he just couldn't carry the whole set.

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