With 100 million records sold worldwide, Def Leppard continues to be one of the most potent forces in global rock. For the past 30 years the band has been a top box-office draw, consistently selling out arenas worldwide. October, 19th 2013 sees them issue in Europe (October 21st in UK and 22nd in North America) an exciting new live release, VIVA! Hysteria, across multiple formats through Frontiers Records.

Originally released on the 3rd August 1987, the Hysteria album took the already well established Def Leppard and catapulted the band into the stratosphere.

The statistics are astounding: the album has sold in excess of 25 million copies and counting. Due to the incredible success of previous album Pyromania (released in 1983) and Hysteria, Def Leppard are one of only five groups who can claim two separate original 10 million plus selling albums in the US. The others are The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Van Halen.

The Hysteria album also spawned 7 hit singles! Enormous hits such as Pour Some Sugar On Me, Animal, Love Bites, Armageddon It and Rocket are hugely influential rock staples that still enjoy huge popularity today and have helped make Def Leppard Britain’s greatest ever arena rock band.

Produced by Robert John “Mutt” Lange, the album reached Number one on Billboard’s Top 200 chart in the U.S. and also No. 1 on the U.K. Album chart. The album has earned critical acclaim from a number of sources including Q Magazine, who voted the release as one of the greatest albums of all time, and Rolling Stone Magazine, who included the collection on their list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

For the first time ever, Def Leppard played Hysteria in its entirety during an eleven-show residency which started on March 22, 2013 at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel And Casino in Las Vegas. The band played also under the fictitious name of Ded Flatbird (which came about after someone once mispronounced Def Leppard as “Dead Flat Bird”). Two different opening sets of 35 mins. on each of the nights. The band showcased some fan favorites and very rare songs from the early years of the band besides playing a selection of their greatest hits, highlighting classic material from throughout their career. The VIVA! Hysteria show featured an elaborate set design created uniquely for the Las Vegas residency.

“We’ve been asked for many years if we’d ever play an album in its entirety, and the answer was always no because we’d be out promoting a new album,” says lead vocalist Joe Elliott. “Then in March and April 2013 when we had no new music to promote, we had a chance to revisit arguably our most important album. It was an easy decision to make. As for Vegas, it’s no longer perceived as the place crooners go to die! Artists like Motley Crue, Elton John, Guns N Roses & Cheap Trick have recently done residencies and Rock ‘n Roll has definitely moved in! So, there was no better place for us to take the show. It was a fantastic experience for us and for our fans”

Known for legendary arena shows, Def Leppard bring their extravagant production to your house as “VIVA! Hysteria” is their first full live show shot in HD released commercially. Finally VIVA! Hysteria showcases for the first time a career-defining album (excluding concept albums) performed live in its entirety – from start to finish – for a commercial audio/video release. VIVA! Hysteria is unlike any show Def Leppard has ever done or will ever do again. This is one release not to miss….

Available on the following formats – 2Cd+Dvd digipak, Blu – Ray, DVD and digital album downloads – the full tracklistings are as follows…

CD 1:

Love Bites
Pour Some Sugar on Me
Armageddon It
Gods of War
Don’t Shoot Shotgun
Run Riot
Love and Affection
Rock of Ages*
*extra non Hysteria tracks

CD 2:

Ded Flatbird – Night 1:

Good Morning Freedom
Mirror Mirror (Look Into My Eyes)
Action Not Words
Rock Brigade

Ded Flatbird – Night 2:

On Through The Night
Let It Go
Another Hit And Run
High ‘n’ Dry (Saturday Night)
Bringin’ On The Heartbreak
Switch 625.

The VD tracklisting is as above but also includes bonus content of the acoustic medley:
Where does love go when it dies/Now/When Love & Hate Collide/Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad/Two Steps Behind.

DVD / Blu Ray menu:
– Viva Hysteria
– Ded Flatbird Night 1
– Ded Flatbird Night 2
– Acoustic Set
– Photo Montage


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  • Lee on

    How bout a great studio LP instead of yet another rehash of ’79-’89. Only Michaels pounds the public with more rehash.

    • SAR305 on

      I refer you to Sammy Hagar’s ‘Knockdown Dragout’ on the next page over…

  • MikeyMan on

    Thanks for the heads up Dana!
    This is the information I’ve been waiting to hear.
    I saw DL in Vegas September of 2011, great show!
    Can’t wait to see all these DEEP TRACKS performed live.

  • richman on

    Notice Phil Collen shirtless. At what age is this no longer acceptable? Imagine paying a small fortune to sit up front and being forced to look at 50 year old British nipples. Not cool man, not at all. How am I supposed to snack and watch this on blue ray with all this nipple action? Throw on a wife beater or a basketball Jersey for God sakes. I know it’s hot but your not so cut the shit. HIGH N DRY is my favorite, how bout a tee shirt of that. Might fast forward ded flat night 1 on Cd 2. Looks like a snoozer.

    • Frank on

      you know you like it

    • John G on

      I saw about a 65 year old woman wearing a halter top/belly shirt at the supermarket last week. I am not joking!!! I guess 65 is the new 25. There is no such thing as “shame” anymore. Wipe that word out. Maybe she was mental, I don’t know.

      If someone would have told me in 1979 that Ozzy would be a household name, meet the President and would have a TV show I would’ve bet anything that would never be the case. If someone had bet me in 1980 that Def Leppard would play the kind of music they did in the late 80s and 90s and attract the “lighter waving” audience, again – I would’ve bet the farm on it. Strange world we live in. At what point in time does Eddie say – enough already, these guys don’t play rock and roll as I once knew it anymore, and move on.

    • DR on

      I swear he puts a shirt on and count’s the seconds until he can take it off. Does he go sans shirt more than he goes avec shirt? Can you imagine living with that dude while he looks in the mirror all day? He probably is shirtless at rehearsal, at the pre-gig meal, at any potential interview they might do. He probably also stands really close (uncomfortably close) to the rest of the guys and brushes his naked chest up against them all the time as they all get more and more uncomfortable with him. A naked 50 year old british guy. And to Lee’s point, can you guys put out something decent at least once since 1987? WTF Leps? Seriously Pyromania was the last great record you guys did (I’m not counting Hysteria and non of you ‘metal heads’ better not either – that was not a rock ‘n’ roll record). They’re going to start celebrating Hysteria like Geoff Tate is going to celebrate Mindcrime – like every fuckin year it will be whatever anniversary since Hysteria was released. God I wish Steve Clark could come back and kick these guys in the ass. I’d even settle for Pete Willis and whatever bar he’s currently working in as a waiter.

    • DR on

      I’m thinking he goes sans shirt more than avec shirt throughout his day. He’s probably shirtless for any interviews and pre-gig meals. For some reason I’m thinking he would be great in the Village People with his shirtlessness. And to Lee’s point, can these guys put out some decent music? Like WTF happened over the past 25 years? And is it just me, or have these guys completely forgotten about High N Dry and Pyromania and just gone with the Hysteria gravy train? These guys are almost as bad with Hysteria as Geoff Tate is with Mindcrime. Where’s Steve Clarke when you need him……oh yeah never mind. I’d take Pete Willis already over this.

  • Keith on

    If you looked like that at 50plus…..damn right you would show it off.

  • Frank on

    men’s nipples are like the port holes on the front fender of a buick.. they don’t have a functional purpose… just for aesthetics.

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