Def Leppard/Heart

And you thought Def Leppard was taking time off.

If you missed the “big concert announcement” on your local radio station this morning, two iconic bands will be at USANA Amphitheatre on Aug. 31.

Def Leppard apparently have the engines recharged after taking a short break. The Leppards last played at USANA in 2009. After the tour there were strong indications the band was going to take some time off. Most of the members got to do some side projects, including Joe Elliot’s Mott the Hoople cover band, Down ‘n’ Outz.

Now, Def Lep appear ready to resume their annual summer outing of amphitheatres and arenas and deliver their rock of ages monster hits from the 80s.

If you’ve never been to a Def Leppard show, you can likely expect a hits heavy set list including, “Pour Some Sugar On Me,” “Photograph,” “Love Bites” and a half dozen songs off the 12-times platinum “Hysteria” album. You can also expect a highly elaborate light, laser and stage show (as seen in the photograph from Leppard’s 2009 USANA show below). A Def Lep concert is as much a visual experience as it is musical.

Traveling with Def Leppard is another iconic band, the Seattle siblings Ann and Nancy Wilson, collectively known as Heart. Ann Wilson’s voice still ranks even to this day as one of the strongest in rock. The Wilson sisters have mostly stuck to their 70’s material on recent tours, including, “Barracuda,” “Crazy On You” and “Dog and Butterfly,” though they occasionally dip into their 80’s material with “Alone.”

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