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Def Leppard: Mirrorball

The kings of arena rock, in pristine live form.

As children of the 70s, it’s fitting that Def Leppard have taken it upon themselves to resurrect a staple of that era – the double live album.

Recorded at an unspecified venue, its 21 gleaming tracks hardly reflect the less polished aspects of the Leppard live show, but there’s no arguing with the likes of Photograph and Animal, while more recent tracks such as Nine Lives and C’Mon, C’Mon hold their own against the classics.

In a nod to the 21st century, they’ve added three new songs. One, Undefeated, is a glorious us-against-the-world anthem that’s as good as anything they’ve written in the last 30 years; another It’s All About Believing wouldn’t have sounded out of place on Hysteria; the third, Kings Of The World, is a truly ham-fisted tribute to Queen that should have stayed in Joe Elliott’s bedroom. Still, 23 out of 24 isn’t bad going.

Dave Everley has been writing about and occasionally humming along to music since the early 90s. During that time, he has been Deputy Editor on Kerrang! and Classic Rock, Associate Editor on Q magazine and staff writer/tea boy on Raw, not necessarily in that order. He has written for Metal Hammer, Louder, Prog, the Observer, Select, Mojo, the Evening Standard and the totally legendary Ultrakill. He is still waiting for Billy Gibbons to send him a bottle of hot sauce he was promised several years ago.