Sunday, March 30, 2008

Led Zeppelin 'The Song Remains The Same'

Def Leppard put on a helluva show last Thursday night at the Greensboro Coliseum.

I ventured out of the Carlyle Club to see REO Speedwagon open up the evening… Yeah! Speedwagon opening up the night?!

I’m sorry, but I felt for sure that Styx would open up first. In my opinion, Styx were the dog pile on the manicured lawn of the evening. And I only say that because I personally don’t care much for Styx other than for a handful of songs.

Speedwagon were great! …Back in the day. The sign of their decline was the ‘Wheels Are Turning’ album. Speedwagon started slinging ballads like a short order cook slinging hash… And Richrath’s loud Les Paul was getting pushed farther back in the mix.

Lets get serious… REO Speedwagon invented the power ballad with “Keep On Lovin’ You”. A mid-western American band invented something that was copied by just about every hard rock / hair metal band that came after that song… And Speedwagon weren’t even considered a hard rock band!

After they were done, I headed back to the Carlyle Club for a few more beers during the performance from Styx. I just didn’t care to see them, so I decided (like a lot of the other concert goers crowding the Club’s bar) to skip Styx and power drink a few suds before heading down to my 11th row seat.

And as I opened up with… Def Leppard were great. Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell were not only in great musical form, but those jokers were in great physical shape. The guys in Def Leppard are still looking and sounding good. I thoroughly enjoyed their performance.

Here are a few pics that I snapped with my camera phone:

And here's a video from Def Leppard... My favorite Lep song, "Let It Go".

Did they play it? Nope. Joe Elliott simply can't make those high notes anymore.

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