After killer performances of the pop gems "Hysteria" and "Promises", they followed up with their cover version of the Badfinger classic "No Matter What", which appears on the new Rock Of Ages anthology. A couple songs later they tackled the David Essex classic "Rock On", which took on an added air of heaviness, and finally included some great guitar improvisation between Collen and Campbell. The Defs definitely did these songs justice, and it was great to see them get reintroduced to a new generation, but I don't know if three cover songs in a 16-song set is such a good idea. They eventually got around to most of their own hits like "Rocket", "Animal", and "Rock of Ages", but then again they skipped many of my faves like "Let It Go", "God's Of War", and "Rock Brigade". Although all the soccer moms who were cuttin' loose to "Photograph" and "Pour Some Sugar On Me" might have been a little befuddled by those numbers.
For a 25th anniversary tour, this wasn't the best career spanning setlist, but I 'm sure every band would want the problem of having to decide which mega hits to exclude each night. This tour continues through mid-November. I'd catch it if you can.
Let's Get Rocked
Make Love Like A Man
No Matter What
Rock Of Ages
Bringin' On The Heartbreak
Pour Some Sugar On Me
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