Def Leppard performs at SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon, Sask. on July 27, 2019.
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Def Leppard delivered a high-octane performance Saturday night that kept the crowd out of their seats for its entirety.The band was at Sasktel Centre for its Def Leppard Hits Canada summer headlining tour. A large video monitor on stage greeted the audience with the word Saskatoon in the band’s logo font and it became readily apparent that Saskatoon and Def Leppard work pretty well together.The monitor was the only decoration on an otherwise simple stage but the band was decked out in glittery accessories — Joe Elliot wore a pair of disco-ball-esque high-ups and changed into a black shimmering jacket midway through.They kicked things off with their 1987 hit Rocket, running video footage of space flights that was fitting considering this week was the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.Once they got to Let’s Get Rocked, the arena was at fever-pitch, and it was hot temperature-wise, too, with thousands of bodies packed in together.Aside from the videos, some songs alternated between cameras trained on each member of the band. The one facing drummer Rick Allen was a delight to watch, as he clearly looked like he was having a blast.The arena had a crowd of varying ages — it was a nice touch to see a few lighters crop up among the phone lights during When Love and Hate Collide.Ballads like Love Bites highlighted the group’s powerful harmonies, backed by a strong rhythm section. On their own, the band’s members shone, too. Allen got a shrieking standing ovation midway through the show after a bombastic drum solo. Bassist Rick Savage, hair long and chest exposed just like when the band first performed at SaskTel in 1988, kicked off Rock On with a killer solo as well.After a two-song encore of Rock of Ages and Photograph, it seemed as though neither the crowd or the band wanted to leave. But Elliot assured everyone that this wouldn’t be the last time they’d be in town.“We are still here, you are still here. And as long as you’re still here we will keep coming back here over and over again,” he email@example.comRelated