Written by William Clark

Photo by William Clark

Three resilient forces in hard rock have partnered up for one impressive live show, which thousands of fans gathered to witness during the launch of Def Leppard‘s summer tour with Styx and Tesla at Tampa’s Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheater.

During the first few hours of the evening, however, it seemed as though the first night of this extensive run wouldn’t even happen as a ferocious lightning storm had it’s way with the fairgrounds.

Rock and roll doesn’t hold a reputation for having a weak fan base, however. Instead, crowds of fans stood firm at the venue’s front gate, enduring the elements while chanting their demands for entry.

The odds were seemingly stacked against this unification from the start; Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell went public with the latest development in his cancer battle prior to the start of the tour, which would prevent him from playing during the first few shows while he received medical treatment.

In his absence Trixter‘s Steve Brown once again stood at attention, but it was uncertain whether this thunderstorm would prevent the show altogether.

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