As soon as the lights went down at the Zappos Theater in Las Vegas, Def Leppard fans knew they were in for a treat as the band’s new residency kicked off. The first sound to be heard was the war-themed intro to “Die Hard the Hunter.”
The British rock legends hadn’t performed the track from 1983’s Pyromania since 1992, signaling their desire to be different in their return to Sin City.
“We’ve got a ton of songs we’ve not played for a long time and others we’ve never played live, so we’re mixing those in with the ones that we couldn’t get out of the room if we didn’t play,” frontman Joe Elliott told Las Vegas Magazine. “We’ve never been scared of our hits. If you can’t handle the responsibility of a hit, then don’t write it. And we get such a kick out of doing them in front of an audience.
We’ll never get bored of that."
The newly-minted rock and roll hall of famers backed up that claim during the first night of their residency. Other deep cuts that made the setlist included “Billy’s Got a Gun,” “Excitable” from 1987’s Hysteria, and “We Belong” from their eponymous 2015 album.
And as promised, Def Leppard tore through their long list of hits like “Animal,” “Rock of Ages” and “Promises.”
The band will be back on-stage tonight and tomorrow. Their second residency continues on select dates through September 7.