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Legends get ready to rock Belfast

By Patric Baird

Odyssey Arena, Belfast, Tuesday, June 7, Doors 6pm

Just as most of Britain and Ireland's late-1970s youth were consumed by the tail-end of disco, or embracing the embryonic punk movement, a so-called ‘new wave of heavy metal’ was emerging, swimming against |the tide of contemporary fashions, but |creating an entirely new heavy rock genre which eclipsed its blues-influenced predecessors, such as Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Black Sabbath, with a faster and harder sound.

At the forefront were Def Leppard who, with Iron Maiden and Motorhead, lead the charge into the 1980s, creating a new generation of heavy metal fans and influencing an even more extreme wave of heavy rock bands such as Metallica.

Def Leppard's 1987 album Hysteria topped the US and UK charts, featuring some of their best-known songs including Pour Some Sugar On Me and Animal.

With over 65 million album sales behind them and a relentless international touring schedule, the current tour touches down at Belfast's Odyssey on Tuesday.

The band's line-up includes (above, from left) Rick Savage, Phil Collen, Joe Elliott, Rick Allen and Lisburn lad Vivian Campbell, who joined in 1992, having previously played with the likes of Sweet Savage, Dio and Whitesnake as well as moonlighting with the current line-up of Thin Lizzy, who will also be on the bill at the Odyssey along with python-wielding US rock legend Alice Cooper.

Tickets for this trio of giants of rock are available from www.ticketmaster.ie

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