OMG, Def Leppard, Tesla & REO Speedwagon: Best Night Ever!

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I’m so stinkin’ excited about what happened last night!  Last week, Jerry surprised me with tickets to see Def Leppard!  If you read my obsessions post from September (found here), you know I’ve never been able to see them before, and they’re my all-time favorite band.  Seriously, I’ve loved these guys since I was a child.  I’ve been obsessed with Rick Allen, Rick Savage, Steve Clark, Phil Collen, Vivian Campbell, and particularly Joe Elliott, for many years.

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Pre-concert selfie

Imagine my surprise when I met Jerry, and I discovered he used to hang out with them, even played with Phil Collen and Brian Wheat from Tesla.  I was like, um, hellooooohhhhh… hook me up…lol!  Well, to this day, my teenage obsessive feelings are gone (or so I thought), but I’m still obsessed with Def Leppard’s music.

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Almost there, I had to pee so bad!

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All of my Def Leppard shirts are either really old, and I don’t want anything to happen to them, or they’re too big.  But, I had to do something, so I decided on a Def Leppard manicure at the last minute.  Since I didn’t have much time to get fancy or get the proper tools, I settled on Jerry’s idea of a Union Jack.

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Union Jack pointy finger!

Now, if you’ve been keeping up with this blog, you know how much I hate that accent nail trend, especially when it’s the ring finger.  It bugs the hell out of me.  If I do an accent nail, I do it on my middle finger because, well, you know…  But, I didn’t want to be disrespectful of the Union Jack, so I did it on my pointy finger.  Didn’t turn out that great since I didn’t have the right tools handy, but at least I could tell what it was…lol!

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The only bad part was that all day, and all evening, I was so excited that I couldn’t stop peeing!  I have the tiniest bladder on the planet, and I pee a lot anyway.  Add excitement to that, and well, hello overactive bladder!

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REO Speedwagon

Tesla played first, and they actually started playing early, which kind of sucked.  After getting through security, we ended up missing some of it.  The reason it sucked that we missed part of their set is because they were AWESOME.  They sounded exactly the same as they did when I was a kid.

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Almost time for Def Lepp to come on!

REO Speedwagon played next, and they were very entertaining and sounded great as well.  I got a few videos taken on my phone, but only got two whole songs.  I really wanted to enjoy the concert myself, rather than watching on my phone screen.  But, at the same time, I wanted to preserve the memory of such a fantastic night.

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When it was time for Def Leppard to play, I swear if I’d had an EKG done, I would have had an abnormal heart rate.  This was the moment I had been waiting for since childhood, and Jerry made it happen.  When they came out and started playing “Let’s Go,” I suddenly discovered that I was totally “fangirling” and repeating “oh my God” over and over.  I also kept having to pee since I was so excited.

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We were in section three on the floor, the section closest to the stage.  I swear, when Joe Elliott came down that “runway,” he was only about 15 feet away, and I’m not going to lie, I imagined myself rushing up there…lol!  Nevertheless, I contained myself.  Overall, they looked awesome, and sounded awesome.  I didn’t want them to stop!

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If I took all the concerts I had been to before, and put them all together, this was one was better than them all.  It was totally worth the wait.  The best part about the whole thing, though, was that I got to experience my first Def Leppard concert with Jerry.  Aside from my family, obviously, who I lived with growing up, nobody knows my love for Def Lepp more than him.

So, to Joe, Rick, Sav, Phil, Vivian (and Tesla and REO), if you’re reading this, thanks for putting on such a great show and helping Jerry make my dream come true!  (Seriously, though, if you guys are reading this, and I find out about it, I’ll probably $hit my pants…) 😉