DVD Review: Def Leppard – “And There Will Be A Next Time – Live From Detroit”
Def Leppard have been putting on live spectacles on large stages since the mid-80s, but despite this, the band had only churned out two full live video release, In The Round, In Your Face in 1988 and Viva Hysteria in 2013. Their latest self-titled album fell short of the UK top 10, but fared well in America, so it was inevitable to video one of the shows on the US leg of the tour.
As a result, we get And There Will Be A Next Time – Live From Detroit, which is filmed at the DTE Energy Theatre (actually located in Clarkston, just north of Detroit). Don’t let the Theatre aspect fool you, this venue extends out to a lawn expanding to a capacity of over 15,000. So we’ve got a good crowd as we kick off with Let’s Go, the lead track from the current album, immediately into the classic, Animal.
In terms of video releases, Viva Hysteria left very big shoes to fill, which was going to be inevitable when you tour a classic album like Hysteria. Due to the stage being a bit smaller this time around, the set up doesn’t quite have the same wow factor that its predecessor had, but this doesn’t throw any spanners in the works by any means. Every band member is covered from all angles, even if Joe spends over half the set hiding behind a microphone stand. The lighting serves to compliment the visuals spread across the screen, making it very pleasing on the eye.
More classics from Hysteria with Love Bites and Armageddon It, and then Joe Eilliot finds himself on a riser above Rick Allen’s kit after finally throwing away the mic stand, while Rick Allen’s bass intro to Rock On can only be described as sublime. Man Enough seems to serve its purpose to keep the crowd happy in terms of fan interaction. Rocket finds itself performed in a lower key, but it’s still a live belter. All these years later and Bringing On The Heartbreak still find itself as a live staple leading into Switch 625, which at this point, leaving off the set-list would be criminal. It’s a composition that has been improved on so much live by Collen and Campbell that would make Steve Clark proud that it’s still being showcased.
Hysteria borrows a line from Heroes towards the end of the song, which should come as no surprise as Joe is well known for his worship of David Bowie, who passed a few months before the concert. The show wraps up with Pour Some Sugar On Me, Rock Of Ages and Photograph.
The one drawback is that one of the release formats will be 2CD+DVD. The limitations of low resolution DVD played on modern sized screens really will not do this feature justice, while the Blu-Ray release stands to look amazing. While it doesn’t quite have the same panache as Viva Hysteria in terms of visuals, it was a better show overall with a stronger set-list, which will make it a welcome addition to collectors and casual fans alike.
The mid-90s to mid-00’s weren’t kind to Def Leppard. Live attendances fell, health scares occurred, real life happened basically. But, to their credit, they jumped back on the horse. If you caught the band on tour in 2015-16, or you haven’t paid attention since that mid-90s lull, this is the video to check out. It sounds great, looks better, and it tells you that on the live circuit, Def Leppard never lost it.