Last night we partied like it was 1987. We went to see Poison and Def Leppard and it was a BRILLIANT night. Poison were on first. I was a little disappointed that the big video screens weren’t on for their performance, however it would only have been a shock to have seen their current 40-something selves in glorious 30 foot technicolour. I know, we’ve all changed a lot in the last 25 years. I certainly have. However it was nice to imagine that the tiny people on the far off stage were still layered in lipgloss and hairspray. Bret Michaels played his part by wearing a bandana and cowboy hat, as always (my eyesight isn’t that bad then – I could still see that much). They played all the hits (well, the 3 that we remembered from the UK – maybe the other songs they played were US hits??). The highlight was definitely “Every Rose Has Its Thorn”. We were outside and it had gone dark and the audience were all holding their proper old-skool lighters aloft and joining in a lovely acoustic sing-song with Bret. Kind of like a cowboy soft-rock power cut. Wow….
Def Leppard were amazing. We knew nearly all the songs in the set and I couldn’t believe how many hits they have had. I guess they have been together for 35 years, but I didn’t think I knew that many songs. So I could confidently do a 3 in 10 on Ken Bruce’s Popmaster! Again the highlight was the acoustic bit. They all came out with guitars and maracas (well, “maraca” – I’m sure you know the background to that) and sat on a box at the front of the stage to create a more intimate atmosphere (as intimate as you can get with 20,000 people). Like a five-headed acoustic monster. But a nice cuddly one. Sort of.
Although I missed the Olympics closing ceremony and all the Britlove over the last couple of weeks, I have to say that I felt very patriotic watching Def Leppard with all their Union Flags on display, as I couldn’t help feeling proud that a band from the UK were putting on such a great show and clearly being massively loved by a US crowd. Rock On. \^^/