I've always felt that Leppard use their lighting effects to excellently enhance their material, but, with the sun refusing to set until late on in the set, the material had to take precedent and, let's be honest, the triple salvo comprised of Too Late, Hysteria, and Make Love Like A Man, are hardly riot-inciting anthems. This being a return to their roots, I personally was expecting some blasts from the past. Bar Another Hit and Run and the recently revamped Tear It Down, what we get is the greatest hits, which really is an excuse for a celebration missed.
There's no arguing with the mid set-listing of White Lightning, Foolin', Animal, and Gods Of War even if Phil Collen and Viv Campbell exercise their soloing skills in between. Mr. Elliot then picks up his acoustic, imploring the crowd to sing along with his rendition of Springsteen's My Hometown. Unfortunately it's a failure, forcing him prematurely back into the bosom of the band for Have You Ever. The closing segment stokes the crowd out of their increasing sun-n-beer-induced apathy by way of Armageddon It, Pour Some Sugar, and Rock Of Ages
Leppard return for the encores Love Bites and Photograph with Joe n' Rick sporting Sheffield United and Wednesday football shirts respectively. Similar to their supported sides recent cup runs this gig must be judged as...close but no cigar.
Don Valley Stadium Bill
6th June, 1993
Ugly Kid Joe