Blimp Time-Hop: Maine’s First Def Lep Show of The 21st Century
Twenty years ago today, Def Leppard returned to Portland for a sold-out show at the Civic Center to bring us into the new millennium. This was a tour in support of their 1999 release, Euphoria. Maybe you remember BLM playing the tracks Promises and Paper Sun.
The year 2000 was also when the band received the honor of being inducted on the Hollywood Rockwalk of fame as seen in the photo above.
The sound of Euphoria was a reminiscent of their giant classic albums, Pyromania and Hysteria. For this writer, it was the last true Def Lep record until the release of their latest self-titled album in October of 2015.
Here's the setlist from Def Leppard's 7th of 11 appearances in Maine from 1981 to 2016.
Watch this rare footage of the encore performance of Stagefright from that historic night. This Pyromania jam was a very special addition for us Def Lep heads here in Portland since the band historically hardly ever included it in their sets.
February 15, 2000 felt more like February 15, 1988 and we loved it! Opening the show was the legendary Joan Jett, sportin’ a shaved head.
Before she came out and melted faces, the WBLM Morning Show officiated the wedding ceremony of two loyal Blimpsters on stage.
How 'bout that for an epic celebration of love around Valentines Day? Congrats Mr. and Mrs. Buckhoff!