Putting together a summer concert package can be tricky business, but the pairing of Cheap Trick with Poison and Def Leppard this summer was a match made in 80’s glam rock heaven. Although Def Leppard closed the show, this was definitely more of a co-headlining gig, as both Poison and Def Leppard had legions of devoted fans in attendance.
Cheap Trick kicked off the show with a decent mix of old and new material. Being together with a fairly steady lineup for 35 years has honed their chops and the quartet did not miss a beat. Singer Robin Zander has never sounded better vocally and the new material from their fresh release entitled “The Latest” meshed well with their older material.
Next, Poison took the stage and the “Rock of Love” wannabes went wild. Poison consistently gives solid live shows and tonight was no exception. Bret Michaels worked the crowd with his usual bravado, strutting and preening between C.C. Deville and Bobby Dall. Aside from the excessive guitar and drum solos Poison is famous for, the show rolled out the hits. Classics such as “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” brought more than a few tears and rollicking favorite “Nothing But A Good Time” closed the show.
Def Leppard finished the evening with a set filled with classic cuts. The sound for Def Leppard was definitely better than Poison’s and singer Joe Elliot’s voice could be heard all the way to the parking lot. “Pour Some Sugar On Me” saw the band still tight and using every inch of the stage to enliven the crowd. Closing the show with “Rock of Ages” as an encore, Def Leppard proved some bands are timeless. — Lois Elswick