Def Leppard Australian tour – and a sad, sad tale of birthday betrayal

The mighty Def Leppard are touring Australia soon with Heart and the Chiorboys. Sounds like it’ll be a great gig – I saw Def Leppard last time they were here and they were amazing. The tour is presented by MAX, Triple M, Australian Guitar Magazine (who I write for), KOFM, Mix 106.3 and Mix 94.5.

The press release and tour dates are below, but first let me regale you with a tale.

Picture it. Wodonga. 1988.

An already-into-rock me is about to turn 10. All I want for my birthday is Def Leppard’s Hysteria album (on cassette, natch). My cousin Daz was into Def Leppard in a big way and he was a few years older than me and, in my opinion, totally cool. So, my birthday rolls around and my first present is one of those awesome 80s boom boxes with two tape decks and a graphic EQ!!! I was in heaven! I could play the hell out of my Dire Straits and Beatles tapes on this! Then mum hands me another present, all wrapped up, obviously a cassette. YES, I think. This has got to be my Def Leppard tape! This is going to be so awesome! So I hastily unwrap it, all trembling hands and chattering teeth. Def Leppard Def Leppard Def Leppard!

You know what the cassette was?

Jason Donovan’s Ten Good Reasons.

Needless to say, I was mortified, and being 10 I was able to tantrum it out until I got my Def Leppard tape too. Hehe.

Now on to the press release!


McManus Entertainment is thrilled to announce Def Leppard’s return to Australia in October. They will be joined by American rock band Heart, who will be touring Australia for the very first time.

With more than 65 million albums sold worldwide, Def Leppard – Joe Elliott (vocals), Phil Collen (guitar), Rick “Sav” Savage (bass), Vivian Campbell (guitar) and Rick Allen (drums) – continue to be one of the most important forces in rock music.

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