DEF LEPPARD's RICK ALLEN On Upcoming Las Vegas Residency: 'The Idea Is That Every Night Isn't The Same'

May 3, 2019

Rick Allen spoke to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Kaedy Kiely of 97.1 The River about DEF LEPPARD's second Las Vegas residency, which will take place this summer. The band will take over Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino for 12 explosive nights between August 14 and September 7.

DEF LEPPARD played its first Las Vegas residency five years ago at the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel, a pioneering effort for a rock band.

Asked if DEF LEPPARD has already started preparing for its upcoming residency, the drummer said: "No. But it's basically just learn every song we've ever done, kind of thing. So it's probably gonna change as the residency goes through. The idea is that every night isn't the same; it's something slightly different [each time]. And it's normally really super-huge DEF LEPPARD fans that go to events like that. So we're kind of preaching to the converted.

"The cool thing about being in Vegas is [the stage] doesn't have wheels; it doesn't move," he added. "So it's nice to bring the crowds to us as opposed to us going to them."

Zappos Theater has previously hosted residencies from Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez and Lionel Richie and has announced more dates with returning star Pitbull, as well as new residencies from Gwen Stefani and Christina Aguilera.

Tickets for "Def Leppard Hits Vegas: The Sin City Residency" went on sale in February. The 12 performances scheduled so far are August 14, 16, 17, 20, 23, 24, 29 and 31 and September 1, 4, 6 and 7.

DEF LEPPARD's brand new greatest-hits collection titled "The Story So Far - The Best Of", was released in November.

The band was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in March. The honor came after the British rockers got the most votes in the Rock Hall's online fan poll.

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