It’s a little bit weird for me because DEF LEPPARD was one of the first bands to show me the way to melodic rock sound. It was 1987 when I bought “Hysteria” and I was stunned by all those great melodies. And 24 years later I have to review their first live album. The album was recorded during The Sparkle Lounge Tour and it features songs from the whole DEF LEPPARD discography plus 3 new songs. There is not a lot we can say about anthems like “Rocket”, “Animal”, “Foolin’”, “Love Bites”, “Make a Love Like a Man”, “Bringin’ on the Heartbreak”, “Armageddon It”, “Hysteria”, “Photograph”, “Pour Some Sugar on Me”, “Rock of Ages”, etc. It’s like a best of live. The band is in very good form and they deliver the goods! The new songs are “Undefeated”, “Kings of the World” and “It’s All about Believing”. “Undefeated” is a great rocker and an instant DEF LEPPARD classic. I can hear people singing the chorus when the band performs live! “Kings of the World” is a very QUEEN-ish song. The vocal arrangment and the piano could be Freddy Mercury and co! Finally “It’s All about Believing” has a very nice AOR tune and closes the album in a great way. At the bottom end we have a very good album that will make all DEF LEPPARD fans smile. Thumbs up.
8/10 Chris Kappas