Def Leppard Kick Off Rock of Ages Tour With Poison, Lita Ford (VIDEO)
Noisecreep caught night two of the tour, in Irvine, Calif., and it was a textbook crowd-pleaser.
Lita Ford hit the stage early, right at the 7:00PM start time, and while many were still filing in, she still managed to raise a bit of the roof on the strength of her best known hit, 1988's "Kiss Me Deadly."
Next up was Poison, who were welcomed back to Los Angeles with lots of warmth and enthusiasm from the capacity crowd, who most likely were around on Sunset Strip back in the early '80s when the band first started out. Despite many of his recent health battles, singer Bret Michaels seemed to be in fantastic shape, leading the band through such staples as "Unskinny Bop,: "Every Rose Has Its Thorn," and "Talk Dirty to Me," among others.
Their epic, 22-song set reads like a pop-metal history book - "Foolin'," "Animal," "Hysteria," "Photograph," "Bringin' on the Heartbreak," "Photograph," and other fist-pumping anthems were balanced by a nice acoustic medley and a few more obscure nuggets from the deep catalog.
Welcome back, boys.
Watch Poison, Def Leppard from June 22, 2012
Def Leppard, Poison and Lita Ford tour dates:
Jun. 25 - Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
Jun. 27 - Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
Jun. 29 - Atlanta, GA @ Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood
Jun. 30 - Tampa, FL @ Tampa Bay Times Forum
Jul. 02 - Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
Jul. 03 - Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
Jul. 06 - Cleveland, OH @ Quickens Loan Arena
Jul. 07 - Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
Jul. 10 - Baltimore, MD @ Merriweather Pavilion
Jul. 11 - Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
Jul. 13 - Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach Pavilion
Jul. 16 - Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
Jul. 17 - Hamilton, ON @ Copps Coliseum
Jul. 19 - Chicago, IL @ Allstate Arena
Jul. 22 - Cadott, WI @ Rock Fest