11.02.2003 The Ambassador / Dublin
The Ambassador venue lies handy along the busies Street in Dublin: O’Connell Street.
British act DEF LEPPARD is well known here as they recorded all their albums over the last nineteen years in Ireland.
Support act Ricky ?? managed to get through to my ears and within his 45 minute set he managed to create a good spirit in the hall to build up to the main act: DEF LEPPARD.
Between the two bands we were chatting away to fans and there was even a fan who travelled from Nagoya / Japan to see the band. I was highly impressed.
When Leppard finally hit the stage the temperature dropped below zero when two obviously stoned obese girls squeezed themselves into the front row only to head bang to get more room for themselves.
When they didn’t stop bullying anybody around I simply punched one of the girls in the face (moderate of course) and they stopped. For a while at least. They carried on for a good bit, making it difficult to concentrate on the band. It took almost an hour before a security officer finally threw one of the troublemakers out of the venue.
That’s sorted – back to the event:
The band in their mid – forties did rock and their ballads were brilliant as well. The sound could have been clearer especially around the vocals but that didn’t take away the fun.
They played a lot from their latest album: “X” and everybody sang along.
I liked their The Sweet cover of “Action” best.
Leppard was great and worth the money but they weren’t different to any of the other veteran rockers like Judas Priest or Uriah Heep although I was hoping they were.
DEF LEPPARD **
See also: The Sweey 1996 & Judas Priest 1998