First up is Def Leppard’s “Rock of Ages”:
This is one of my favorite songs by Def Leppard. I saw Def Leppard in concert in 2003 in Providence, Rhode Island after they released their X album – and it was one of the best concerts I have ever seen. They played at least one song from each of their albums. They almost left this song off of their playlist.
Many of you may or may not be familiar with the tragedy that occurred on February 20, 2003, at The Station nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island. I am not going to go into details, but 100 people were killed when Great White was playing there, and their pyrotechnics started a fire that killed 100 people, and injured many more.
Well, at the Def Leppard concert, before they played this song Joe Elliot stopped the show, and said that they had met with burn victims from the fire before the concert. They said that they would leave the song out, [probably due to the lines:
Rise up! Gather round
Rock this place to the ground
Burn it up let’s go for broke
Watch the night go up in smoke]
Apparantly, the victims would not hear of it, and told the band to play the song. It was very emotional. And I remember seeing one of the burn victims (it was very obvious) in the aisle jumping up and down all excited while the song played. I will never forget it. It is amazing how much music can lift your spirits no matter what you are going through.