Wednesday, April 20, 2011

MOTD - Def Leppard: They ain't Foolin' around! They're fuckin rockin'!

Mp3 Of The Day

Band/Artist: Def Leppard
Song: Foolin' (live at the Forum 1983)
Album: Pyromania (2009 reissue)
Style: Heavy Metal/Hard Rock/NWOBHM/Pop Metal/"glam metal"
country/location: Sheffield, Yorkshire, England
release: 1983 (2009)

Writers block writers block please go away! I'd like to write more in my blog each and every day! (lol!)

So this coming Saturday I'm flying to London for a week long excursion. I'm totally stoked for this adventure, which includes a sound conference, a business trip to Newcastle, a bunch of metal shows, a royal wedding and who knows what. In honor of this trip, I'm posting one of my favorite British bands, the classic mighty one and only Def Leppard!

I've been on a Def Leppard kick for about a year now, ever since discovering that they're more than "Pour Some Sugar On Me." Def Leppard is a fuckin kick ass and damn catchy band (or at least their 80s stuff, haven't really dived into their 90s material). They truly mastered the art of mixing the power and kick of heavy metal with the epic anthemic qualities of pop/arena rock. Their choruses are so huge and awesome that it's impossible not to sing along, or at the very least get stuck on repeat in one's head. "Foolin'" from their classic album Pyromania is probably their strongest and most quintessential song, starting off as a slow and soft ballad that builds into a fist pumping, hugely irresistible, multi-layered vocal harmonied hard rock/heavy metal anthem. This version comes from a live recording from 1983 and god damn does it kick ass. Like the original, it kicks off with Steve Clark sitting the scene with an acoustic guitar before Joe Elliott comes in with his signature high pitched powerful rock voice. However here the band really explodes this little song into a bigger, speedier, more rockin anthem. I can only imagine the excited response of the audience, I know I would've been jumping and singing along at full volume! I'm definitely going to be seeing them this summer when they come around!