Def Leppard @ Jacksonville Veteran’s Arena

Wow!  I don’t think I can recall a show that hit me more in the feels than this one.  This is my go to band for all the songs that I know and love.  This band proves you don’t necessarily need flames, spinning drum sets, or over the top light effects because when music is as good as theirs you just don’t need it.

So Doll normally gets dragged along to concerts that I want to go to since most of her concerts happen in other towns to groups you can’t understand but are permanently hypnotizing.  She likes Def Leppard like I “like” the Red Hot Chili Peppers but she really dug the show.

So I really don’t need to fully describe this show since everything went so smoothly (for once) so I’ll get down to what I loved about it the most: Rick Allen!  Are you a Def fan?  Then you know about Rick Allen.  He’s kinda the guy that got the band soberish.  For those of you who don’t know, in the mid 80’s Rick Allen lost his left arm in a car accident.  He is the drummer for Def and had to learn to play using synthesizers and foot pedals.  In the 80’s it was almost a sin for a “metal” band to use electric drums and synth instruments.  Rick was one of the few whom no one would make fun of for that.  He is a spectacular drummer and musician and I watched the video of his comeback after the accident.  His band mates called him ‘The Thunder God’ and I couldn’t agree more.  He did a solo drum set and I was floored and more happy than you could know!

My other happy moments came at the beginning of every song.  Joe Elliot still sounds just as good as he did 30 years ago and every performance was done with ease and pride.  With that I have nothing abnormal for you guys to know about, which is weird for any concert Doll and I attend, I will just leave this post saying that even if you didn’t like then much before go see a show!  This was a bucket list concert!


Music Nostaligia – 5 Great Songs of ’88

Never Gonna Give You Up – Rick Astley

Rick Rolled!!!  Even though this song may be considered a viral comedic phenomenon it confused a lot of people.  How you may ask?  The guy is white!  I’m trying not to be stereotypical but not only is this dude white, but he’s British which makes identifying the face beyond the voice that much more interesting!

Pour Some Sugar On Me – Def Leppard

When I was in high school in the late 90’s I didn’t really have a musical genre besides one that didn’t even belong to America (j-rock is still the shit!) but when I love the 80’s came out on VH1 it churned up all those forgotten memories of childhood…including the devil horns baby! (Thanks Rainbow) And this song was the one who reopened my eyes to 80’s rock!  Oh!  They also had a one armed drummer…this trumps all kick-ass arguments which no one will ever win!

Simply Irresistible – Robert Palmer

A very memorable artist since you knew a Robert Palmer video from those lovely stoic mannequins with that awesome shellac look and red lip stick.  This song was also a lesson in vocabulary.  How many words did you learn that ended in ible or able?

Father Figure – George Michael

There’s George again with his song that is my all time favorite!  I mean, who couldn’t love a song about stalking?  I know I sure did!  And since no one in the 80’s gave a shit about lyrics, no one really guessed until later when they paused and thought,”Oh! I get it!”  Such is the power of George!

I Get Weak – Belinda Carlise

Go-Go’s lead singer Belinda!  You know, I’m not a huge fan of her voice but it is unique in a world of shoulder pads and vinyl so I guess it’s pointless to complain!  Some of her more familiar work is a home movie about her complaint about how women can’t jack off like men (a interesting point under the influence of crack by the by) and Heaven Is A Place On Earth…it’s not now, but in the busting 80’s economy it was!

Music Nostaligia – 5 Great Songs of ’83

It’s starting to get really, really good now!  By this time, the world was fascinated by other parts of the world.  Exotic sounds, looks, and styles came together in a modge-podge  of ideas and those awesome Indian Jones movies made the world and travel look a hell of a lot cooler.  Travel was now for the adventurous and nothing enjoyed this more than Rock and Roll!  Ireland, the UK, Australia, Japan…Americans ate it up!  But by this time, everyone knew what Vegemite was, the religious and political turmoil in Dublin, and that there were still starving peoples in Africa.  See!  Music is awesome in many other ways than it’s awesome self!

Men At Work – Down Under

Aussies with awesomeness!  Even though very few people know more than this great song, the boys from down under made Australia the center of the world and this song became its anthem!

Culture Club – Do You Really Want To Hurt Me

Not really Boy George.  If I made you cry, your mascara would run and for that to happen would be tragedy in itself.  Then I would have to deal with a whole mess of drama that could have been avoided.

Cyndi Lauper -Girls Just Want to Have Fun/ Time After Time

The first Lady Gaga!  This woman wore a chandelier for crying out loud! I decided to include both of these since they came out in the same year.  Both are classic!  One is for having a good time and the other is for sitting down in your darkened living room eating a galleon of Napoleon ice cream drenched in caramel sauce while looking through photo albums in your pajamas at 3 o’clock in the afternoon.  But don’t you miss Cyndi?  She still performs you know!  Check her out!

U2 – Sunday, Bloody Sunday

This incredible Irish band made hit songs about protesting issues and this song is no exception.  This was mostly about the 1972 Bloody Sunday in which 13 citizens were killed at a civil rights protest in Derry.

Def Leppard – Rock of Ages

The only thing that really stands out for me in this song was “I have something to say./It’s better to burn out then to fade away!”  This was also quoted in the first Highlander movie and I thought that was the coolest thing ever!