Def Leppard – 1992 Los Angeles Bootleg

You know, for a guy like me, who likes Def Leppard well enough but isn’t a super-fan, I sure seem to own a hell of a lot of Def Leppard. When I found this stuff recently and got it all home, I texted Mike because he’s my go-to DL expert, and he thought what I’d found was cool…

First up is this Italian (unofficial) bootleg of their set at the Los Angeles Forum on December 30th, 1992. The inner liner notes are in Italian. I tried Google Translate, but it wasn’t making a whole lot of sense. No matter, you’re not here for that stuff. You wanna know how it sounds and what’s on it.

The sound quality is… well, it’s alright, at first. It’s a bootleg, so it wavers and isn’t anywhere near perfect, but it’s definitely clean enough to listen to it. Happily, it seems to get better as the gig goes on. Through the good headphones, the bottom end improves and it actually doesn’t sound bad at all.

Here’s the set list: Let’s Get Rocked / Tear It Down / Women / Too Late For Love / Hysteria / Make Love Like A Man / White Lightning / Foolin’ / Animal / Guitar Solo / Gods Of War / Rocket

You can tell the singles were bigger, but the crowd really seemed to be having a blast throughout. The track called Guitar Solo is 4:37 of Vivian Campbell wailing away (mighty impressively, I might add), presumably so the band could go backstage and catch their friggin’ breath. Set-ender Rocket, while a mere 6:38 in its album incarnation, stretches to 10:41 here, thanks to a huge middle breakdown section and a Zeppelin song cameo (!). Sweetness!

In all, this disc makes it seem like it was a pretty damn great night to be at the L.A. Forum!

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Posted on October 22, 2018, in posts by aaron and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Nice! I am always on the lookout for Lep bootlegs and can never find them. Good score!!

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    • It’s pretty neat! I got it at work (therefore cheap), the first boot of their stuff I’ve seen there. Weird that they’re hard to come by, though – seems like DL ought to have a pile of bootlegs and be easier to find.

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      • You would think. Or they go so fast that I am too slow getting to the store to find them.

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        • Their fans would definitely grab them up…

          Funny, I don’t tend to go looking for DL’s stuff, it just seems to find me. Like, when Mike and I go to Taranna, I don’t think I looked in the DL section. He probably did, but still. And yet somehow, I have a whole raft of stuff here, mostly singles and odd stuff. I have the first few albums (my faves). Maybe it’s like relationships, you know? Stop looking for it and there it is right in front of you when you least expect it.

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