The 51-year-old musician relied on his bandmates and the thrill of performing to help him through a diagnosis of Hodgkins lymphoma (he started treatment in April). The band hit the road this summer for a monthlong tour that wrapped in July. “We’ve actually been able to work through it,” said Campbell. “We did the shows in Europe while I was doing chemo … and mentally that was a big part of my recovery.” “I’m glad I had the opportunity to work through it instead of stay at home and feel sorry for myself,” he added. After more than 30 years together, Def Leppard isn’t slowing down for cancer or anything else. Fans can get a front-row seat to see the band at local cineplexes on Wednesday and again next week in “Def Leppard Viva! Hysteria Concert.” Filmed during a Las Vegas residency earlier this year, it shows the quintet doing something unprecedented: performing the 1987 mega-hit album, “Hysteria,” live from start to finish. “It was fun, actually, and a totally different way of doing it,” said guitarist Phil Collen. “It was a different dynamic doing the album in full, and it was much more theatrical.” Part of the theatrics came in the form of Ded Flatbird. Singer Joe Elliott suggested the band open for itself during its first-ever Vegas residency, but do it as a fake cover band. “We would actually go out and pretend to be Ded Flatbird, who were supposedly the greatest Def Leppard cover band in the world,” said Campbell. “Joe gave us all aliases. We became different characters, and as the shows progressed, we kind of developed those personalities a little bit more, and that was a fun part of the show… “Then, of course, the curtain reveal and it’s Def Leppard doing ‘Hysteria.'” Ded Flatbird performed nightly during the nine-show engagement, playing obscure material from the early days of Def Leppard and other tracks apart from the “Hysteria” album.
Get Walt Disney Concert Hall News and alerts free to your inbox At Sept. 30s gala under a tent on Grand Avenue in downtown L.A., Dudamel said he was fed turkey jerky for the first time on a plane ride and it gave him ideas. This wonderful party for music is a good thing, he said, praising his orchestra and when there was a smattering of applause, added, But louder, please. Deborah Borda, prexy of the L.A. Phil, said: Gustavo had a crazy, amazing idea for tonight. We told him it couldnt be done and then we found a videographer, Netia Jones, who could do it. The concert included screens suspended from the ceiling, which showed the development of the hall from sketches to models to the finished building, all set to music played by the L.A. Phil. Interspersed were interviews from architect Frank Gehry as well as newspaper articles that criticized and praised the facility. The program ranged from music by Bach and Tchaikovsky to tunes from Disney films with solo perfs by cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Gehry himself came up to the podium and pretended to conduct but didnt speak to the audience, which included Mayor Eric Garcetti, Julie Andrews, John Williams, Albert Brooks, Sherry Lansing and William Friedkin, Michael Eisner, Alan Horn, Jane Fonda, Herbie Hancock, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Cheyenne Jackson, Chris ODonnell, Emmy Rossum, Jane Seymour and William Shatner. About $5 million was raised from the gala for the Phils education programs.