It was nice to see Cheap Trick opening. They did a short set of their popular hits and a couple from their new album, The Latest. Lots of cool banter from Rick Nielsen, and Robin Zander was in good form.
Poison came on and I didn't know what to expect. Bret Michaels was noticeable hoarse, but he carried the set well, cutting up between (and during) songs about the band's longevity ("22 years!"). There were some great C.C. DeVille guitar solos, a good tribute to the military, Michaels on the harmonica, and very cool pyro.
It seems Joe Elliott's mike or vocals were a little off during the Def Leppard set, they seemed fuzzy or muffled.
As I've seen (so far) this summer, most of the big bands have these videos pretty much synchonized to their songs, so they don't stray from the format too awful much. After getting used to the sound, the DL part of the show was a lot of fun. …