Review: Def Leppard, Poison, Tesla rock the '80s in Montreal show
Hey, Poison and Def Leppard fans: Looks like your boys blew the roof off the place in Canada over the weekend. Who knew that hair metal played so strong north of the border? Our Stuck in the '80s Montreal correspondent Peter Ryan posted this review.
Montreal’s Bell Centre has been the site of many hockey hat tricks i n its day, but nothing like the three-band spectacular on April 10 provided by Tesla, Poison and Def Leppard. While the audience was predominantly a 40s+ crowd, no one famished for the best songs of the 1980s went home hungry.
Tesla opened the show in what was arguably the weakest performance of the evening. With limited numbers in the audience, the band played several of its mainstay anthems, the crescendo being its cover of Five Man Electrical Band’s classic Signs.
The party truly started when glam-rockers Poison hit the stage to thunderous applause regaling the Bell Centre with an enthusiastic rendition of Ride the Wind. Bret Michaels lived up to his reputation of being perhaps the nicest person in the entertainment industry by not only thanking the audience for attending, but by also paying tribute to Def Leppard and Tesla for their contribution to music. He then launched into a series of ‘80s favorites, including Unskinny Bop, Your Mama Don’t Dance and Fallen Angel. Following an emotional tribute to members of the armed forces, Poison completed their set with the power ballad Every Rose Has its Thorn and the vintage Talk Dirty to Me.
Def Leppard completed the evening’s festivities, hitting the stage with new track Let’s Go before launching into several classics from our favorite decade, which included Foolin’, Animal and Love Bites. Singer Joe Elliott recounted how Def Leppard formed in his parents Sheffield home 40 years ago before kicking off another killer ‘80s set that featured Rocket, Hysteria (with vintage video clips playing on the big screen), finally culminating with Pour Some Sugar on Me. A fast encore including Rock of Ages and Photograph finished what was one of the best ‘80s-themed hard rock shows in Montreal for some time.