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Live Music Review – Def Leppard and Styx

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Pensacola Bay Center


The May 2 Def Leppard and Styx concert made me realize where my “sex appeal” for rock music came from, since I was singing and gyrating to “Pour Some Sugar on Me,” “Love Bites,” “Bringing on the Heartbreak” and “Lady” when I was 14.


It was a pretty exciting show with a lot of nostalgia going on behind the band on-screen and in my head. Seeing and hearing these old blokes jam out was especially entertaining when glistening Phil Collen came out on stage, showing off his clean-living, strong body.


I was reminded of the crush I had on Rick Allen and was so impressed to watch him beat those heads and cymbals with that one amazing arm and a great smile.


Styx was full of energy and killer as well, although there was one song where I was certain the drummer’s beats were supplemented by a recording—he was completely off timing, but the music sounded on time.


My photo is not very good, because I’m too short to be on the floor of the Pensacola Bay Center. The stage was at eye level, so I really could only see the bands from their knees up. All in all, it was a totally gnarly experience!

Nonie Celeste



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