Def Leppard & Cheap Trick, Hydro, Glasgow ***
With only a pause to pay tribute to their late guitarist Stephen Maynard Clark, the Sheffield five-piece zipped through the album chronologically, taking in the glam rhythms and meaty bombastic hooks of Rocket, overwrought rock ballad Love Bites and the cornball Armageddon It.
Animal is still a grizzly bear of a rocker, while the caveman sensuality of Pour Some Sugar On Me has moved beyond parody. But with all the hits dispensed on side one and little in the way of showmanship or stagecraft frills to follow, energy waned until the encore delivered some pre- and post-Hysteria hysteria, including the knowingly dumb Let’s Get Rocked and the brash boogie of debut single Wasted.
Special guests Cheap Trick were great value, with tunes to spare from the bubblegum metal of I Want You To Want Me, via gonzo rocker Dream Police to the bratty garage of Surrender. These US soft rock veterans were always a bigger deal on their home turf but their Kiss-without-the-make-up schtick has an ageless charm, if somewhat arthritically delivered by founding member Rick Nielsen on his signature five-necked guitar.