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Def Leppard Bassist Suffering Kidney Infection

The following report is courtesy of Andy Coleman from Birminghammail.net:

DEF LEPPARD bassist Rick 'Sav' Savage is not looking his best when I meet him the morning after the band's intimate performance at London's Carling Academy Islington. There were just a few hundred invited guests and competition winners in attendance and Sav says: "It was like the club gigs we did before the debut album came out in 1980."

But Sav adds that he went on stage in some discomfort - and he's still suffering.

"I've been a little under the weather with a kidney infection which leaves me weak," he reveals. "When we came off stage I told the others that I wouldn't want to do that kind of show every night for a living!"

Adds frontman Joe Elliott: "There wasn't room to swing a cat on stage. It was a bit like Manchester United turning up at Wycombe Wanderers.

"Being so close together on stage you hear the sound in a different way. It takes time to adapt."

That's because the band swiftly rose to arena and stadium status - and have never looked back.

"We were never artists that looked to get our music across in an intimate setting," agrees Sav. "We thrive on playing big gigs."

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