Rock music review: Def Leppard and Mötley Crüe rock Sheffield in epic gig

On Monday 22nd May, two of the most iconic and celebrated rock legends of all time, Def Leppard and Mötley Crüe, took the stage at Bramall Lane in Sheffield, delivering an unforgettable performance to a packed house. The energy in the air was electric as fans eagerly anticipated the arrival of these legendary bands.

Mötley Crüe was first to take the stage. With Vince Neil’s powerful vocals, Nikki Sixx’s thunderous bass, Tommy Lee’s explosive drumming, and Mick Mars’ masterful guitar playing, the band proved why they have remained a dominant force in rock for over four decades. Mötley Crüe unleashed a barrage of hits, including the adrenaline – fuelled “Kickstart My Heart”, “Girls, Girls, Girls”, “Shout at the Devil”, “The Dirt”, “Looks that kill” and amongst other favourite songs the nostalgic ballad “Home Sweet Home.” Their stage presence was unrivalled, as they pushed the visual limits of live performance and left the audience in awe.

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Following Mötley Crüe’s electrifying set, as the lights dimmed and the crowd erupted in cheers, it was time for Def Leppard’s frontman Joe Elliott to make this gig memorable. The band wasted no time in delivering hit after hit, showcasing their timeless rock sound. From the opening chords of “Pour Some Sugar on Me” to the anthemic “Rock of Ages,” the audience was captivated from start to finish. Def Leppard’s performance was nothing short of spectacular, a testament to their status as one of the greatest live rock bands in the world.

They treated their fans to some of their best songs including “Take What You Want”, “Animal”, “Foolin’”, “Love Bites”, “This Guitar” – semi-acoustic version with band introductions – the drummer got the longest ovation for being like a superhero for playing amazingly with just one arm). 

Joe Elliott’s words echoed throughout the venue as he expressed the band’s excitement to bring “The World Tour with Mötley Crüe” back to their home turf. The crowd’s response was deafening, a clear indication that the UK and European leg of the tour would be nothing short of fantastic. It was a special night in Sheffield, the place where it all began for Def Leppard many years ago, and the band’s performance exceeded all expectations.

Both bands had been extremely busy leading up to this tour. Def Leppard’s 2018 co-headline stadium and arena run in North America was a massive success, selling over 1 million tickets and grossing over $100 million. Mötley Crüe, on the other hand, had just finished recording in the studio with legendary producer Bob Rock before heading to the UK to kick off the tour. Despite their hectic schedules, both bands brought their A-game to Sheffield, leaving no doubt that they were ready to rock the rest of Europe.

Def Leppard and Mötley Crüe are rock veterans who seamlessly blended their talents, creating a high-octane show that fans will remember for years to come. The synergy between the bands’ music elevated the concert experience, and the crowd responded with unbridled enthusiasm.

As the night drew to a close, it was clear that Def Leppard and Mötley Crüe had delivered a performance for the ages. The bands’ legacies were on full display, and the audience was treated to a night of rock and roll that will be talked about for years. From the powerful vocals to the blistering guitar solos and the thunderous drums, every aspect of the performance was executed flawlessly.

For those who missed the Sheffield show, fear not. Def Leppard and Mötley Crüe are set to rock the iconic Wembley Stadium on Saturday, 1st July 2023. This promises to be another epic performance, and fans should not pass up the opportunity to witness these rock legends in action.

TICKETS:  Visit Def Leppard and Mötley Crüe’s official websites &


Sat, Jul 1, 2023              London, UK                    Wembley Stadium Connected by EE

Sun, Jul 2, 2023             Lytham, UK                    Lytham Festival

Tue, Jul 4, 2023             Dublin, Ireland                Marlay Park

Thu, Jul 6, 2023             Glasgow, UK                  Hampden Park Stadium

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