Artist: Def Leppard/Bryan Adams
Venue: Midway Stadium. St. Paul, MN
Opener: Randy Coleman
Genre: Hard rock
Standing at a stadium entrance for 4 hours seems like a lot of lost time, but for Def
Leppard and Bryan Adams fans it was completely normal. In St. Paul it was a nice breezy
afternoon, music was a variety of Def Leppard and Bryan Adams depending on where you were
in the parking lot. I saw more cut up jeans than I could of ever imagined seeing. I
thought I was the only person out there that still considered them cool and fashionable, I
guess I was wrong.
The 4 hour drive and the 4 hour wait was forgotten as soon as I stepped through the gate
and could see the stage teasing me, I knew what I was in for, but I wasnt expecting
it. Fans of all ages stood patiently as they did last minute sound checks and preparation
for the shows. As soon as the background music got quiet, I knew it was time to rock, and
rock we all did.
The opening act was a young man by the name of Randy Coleman. He is part of another band
known as Zoo Story, and this is his first solo tour, promoting his new solo album. He sang
a few songs acoustic to get the crowd pumped for the rest of the night. I dont think
that any of us needed any help getting ready to rock. We had spent most of our day in the
parking lot, listening and rocking to the sounds of Def Leppard and Bryan Adams on our
stereos. Randy played for almost an hour, and proved he could rock as much as the rest of
the bands we were going to see. He was a great way to start the night.
Bryan Adams was next. I will admit that I was not a Bryan Adams fan. I was listening to
records of Bryan Adams a few days before the show so I knew what he sang other than the
few that I was used to hearing. He started out the night with a song off his latest album
Room Service and went through a set of classics as well as new classics.
Through his set he played the classics like Cuts Like A Knife, Kids Wanna Rock, and 18
till I Die. When he played Summer of 69 he clarified that it wasnt about
1969 rather it was about having fun and remembering your summer loves and summer
experiences. Everyone sang along and enjoyed the song, even though some of us still think
there is a different meaning to that song.
He put on a great show, had people up to sing with him, and interacted with the crowd.
Bryan was changing guitars after a song and a kid called out one more and
Bryan told him it wasnt a bar, a young lady near me yelled last call. Guess we know
who are the bartenders in the crowd to get the humor. He kept his presence known wherever
he was on the stage. Whenever you looked up he was there, he kept playing the stage and
making sure that everyone got the chance to experience his music and his songs. Although I
didnt go to the show to see Bryan Adams my mind has been changed by seeing him live.
He puts on a great show and loves his fans. He was a great start to the night.
Def Leppard was next. I was more than happy to see them, and more than excited to see
them. I have seen them once before and that show got rained out in a matter of 45 minutes
so I was ready for a 2 hour show of them; more than ready.
Def Leppard started out with a classic song, a cover but a great classic all the way in
Action! Not Words and continued the set with their classics and with a few of
their covers that are on the upcoming Rock of Ages album. They kept the crowd involved,
kept moving and working the stage and were a great show. Some of us were die hard fans,
especially a girl in the front row who brought with a plastic sword and swung it while the
were singing Rock of Ages. I am proud to say that I am that girl. Vivian
Campbell looks over and gives me the thumbs up. I havent figured out yet if that was
a good thumbs up or a shes crazy thumbs up. Ill take it anyways.
Through the show you heard many cheers, as if the songs they
played were songs that havent been heard in years. They played a lot of the singles
as well as some songs that werent singles but were very popular just the same. When
they played No Matter What I found it to sound better than on the album. I
loved their live version of it. A few people that I went with, or rather that met me there
didnt know what song it was but still enjoyed hearing it. When they played another
one of the new covers Rock On Joe starts out standing on the drum riser
singing acoustic, with a green light around him, and sings the first 3 verses to the song
before the rest of the band comes out. I found that to be the coolest moment of the show.
Pour Some Sugar on Me was the most popular song of the night, and Joe proved
yet again that he still has the talent to woe the women. His voice was superb and beyond
anything I have heard when I heard that song. He got a lot of women thinking of peaches
and crème after that song. His hand movements didnt help that either. (Im
guessing since Im not a Joe Elliot Fan.-Haha)
I have been to Def Leppard before, and will go again in less than a month, each experience
is different, and each experience keeps me coming back for more. Def Leppard is such a
high energy rock show that you cant help but have fun. There isnt a moment when you
are sitting still wondering what is next. Though they have Vivian Campbell in the band,
they still pay tribute to Steve Clark. When they performed Foolin, the video on the big
screen had a lot to do with Steve Clark.
Everything that they did brought so much joy to the fans and so much love back to them,
that I would see them every day if I could.
The night started out with a song with a lot of meaning to the stadium tour. We Will
Rock You streamed from the PA before the show started and that is just what Def
They Rocked Us.
Bryan Adams Set List
Run to You
18 till I die
Cant stop this thing
Kids Wanna Rock
Summer of 69
Everything I do
Cuts like A Knife
When youre gone
This side of Paradise
Its only Love
Only thing that looks good on you is me
Never be Another Tonight
Straight from the Heart (acoustic)
Def Leppard Set List
Action! Not Words
Let it Go
Lets Get Rocked
No Matter What
Two Steps Behind
Gods of War
Rock of Ages
Bringin on the Heartbreak
Pour Some Sugar on Me
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