def-leppard-hrh-542-x-480-e1358151485450Acclaimed UK rockers Def Leppard are set to embark on their Las Vegas residency later this month (as previously reported by Fame).

The 11 date run entitled ‘Viva! Hysteria and More’ at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino will see the band perform the entire Hysteria album as the shows second act.

The band will actually serve as their opening act each night, as well. In a recent interview guitarist Phil Collen said.

“We are going to do ‘Hysteria’ from start to finish. But we are actually doing two sets; we are going to open up for ourselves. We will do 45 minutes, take a break and then do ‘Hysteria’.

We are learning hundreds of songs and we are going to be doing songs that we’ve not played in years, or that we’ve never done. It is going to be really great.”

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Collen also stated that the group will be recording the shows for a future live release which he calls ‘Hysteria Live’.

“The first set will never be the same; we will change it every night,” he adds.

“They will all be Def Leppard songs. We may play songs that we’ve covered of other people. It is going to be very fun for us. We are not sure what we are going to play.

We are digging stuff up from the first album and the second album and we are just going to really do a lot of stuff that the fans will love.”

We at fame are sure fans will rejoice in knowing that sometime down the line those unfortunate enough to make the trip to Vegas will still get the chance to witness the sets on CD.

To coincide with this Las Vegas Residency the prestigious Martin Lawrence Galleries will exhibit ten original pieces by Leppard drummer Rick Allen. The exhibition entitled ‘Electric Hand – Rhythm and Change’ will run from March 22-Apr 10.electrichandsite-797x1024“The collection reveals something that up until recently I didn’t even know existed, presenting sound into light,” Allen said in a statement about his work.

“We know what rhythm and drum beats sound like, but what do they look like? This is a window and a new way to define the drum beat and the rhythm as visual. It opens another dimension up, something that the eye doesn’t see until it is bottled up, a rhythmic performance, exposed in a single image.”www.rickallenart.comAllen will be on hand for two Q+A’s at the gallery to discuss his work and meet fans March 28 and April 4. The works in his premiere show
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By Phil Allely