DEF LEPPARD – RockPop In Concert, Dec.18.1983 (Remastered Video)
Legendary melodic hard rockers DEF LEPPARD will release the appropriately-dubbed Volume One, the first salvo in their projected, four-volume career-spanning box set series, through Bludgeon Riffola/Mercury/UMe on 1 June.
But while we wait fo it, we at 0dayrox will present today something not usual for this blog; video stuff.
And well worth it, believe me.
From the archives, Def Leppard has unearthed a video aired on German TV show Rockpop In Concert, broadcast by ZDF Network in 1984.
This restored and remastered performance was shot on December 18th, 1983 in Dortmund, Germany at the Rock Pop Festival. This unique and rare concert was one of the last dates of the band’s ‘Pyromania World Tour’.
The original show was part of the two day Rock Pop indoor festival featuring various hard rock bands playing on two stages set up at either end of the Westfallenhalle in Dortmund, including Scorpions, Iron Maiden and Judas Priest.
The remastered footage features the 6 songs that appeared on the show, including a speed up, heavy version of ‘Rock Of Ages’, ‘Rock, Rock til You Drop’, ‘Foolin’, ‘Let It Go, ‘Billy Gotta Gun’, and ‘Wasted’. ‘Rock Of Ages’ features the spinning Roman candle pyrotechnics used on the 1983 tour.
This show was probably the last time pyro was used until the final leg of the 2006 YEAH! tour.
While this video circulated for years among fans, it was a copy captured during the broadcast on VHS.
Now it has been digitally remastered from the original tape and the quality is amazing. Not only the picture is sharper and brighter – now scaled to HD – but the sound is superb.
Stage noises have been cleaned up, and Joe’s voice is fuller. It’s great to see the band with such raw energy.
This video restoring was done by Def Leppard as homage to which would have been Steve Clark’s 58th birthday last April.
I doubt this terrific, remastered concert will be officially released anytime soon.
RockPop In Concert, Dec.18.1983 / HD
‘Rock, Rock til You Drop’
‘Billy Gotta Gun’
‘Rock Of Ages’ (extended)
‘Let It Go’
Not for sale