Def Leppard’s “Let’s Go” was the lead single and opening track from the band’s 2015 self-titled Def Leppard album.
Seven long years had passed since the release of Songs from the Sparkle Lounge, but it was immediately clear to listeners that “Let’s Go” harkened back to — and embraced — the days when Def Leppard’s trademark hooks and big productions ruled supreme.
Just as the band intended.
An Anthemic Rock Song
Here’s how Joe Elliott described “Let’s Go”:
“It could be a distant cousin of Pour Some Sugar On Me or Rock of Ages.” He added, “It’s an anthemic rock song. That’s what we do. For years, we’ve been known for that. It’s something we’re proud of. We don’t try to avoid it. If anything, we try to do more of it.” (ABC.com)
As mentioned in the DefLeppardReport.com song ranking (ranked #4 song for the Def Leppard album), “Let’s Go” has a slower pace that’s all a part of the song’s big, bombastic sound.
It’s undoubtedly a Def Leppard song that figuratively screams “We’re back!” and also the main reason it was chosen to be the Def Leppard album’s first single.
Another way to describe it: you know it’s a Def Leppard song the instant the “Pour Some Sugar On Me”-like guitar opening begins.
I would not have minded if the song’s tempo was faster.
I don’t think it would have negatively affected the song’s impact. In fact, I believe it could have enhanced it and added a whole new burst of energy.
The band performed “Let’s Go” for a time as their opening number while on tour, but I wonder if there was a realization at some point that its tempered pace might not have been best suited for the opening slot, as its slow and steady tempo becomes less impactful and loses momentum when performed live.
With all that said, would a faster tempo have infused newfound energy to “Let’s Go,” and dare I say, improved the song?
No need to imagine…check this out:
First, kudos to this YouTube user’s excellent guitar work (he has tons of impressive videos, playing along to Def Leppard songs).
After watching his performance of a faster-paced “Let’s Go,” it got me to thinking that I wouldn’t have minded a more brisk version of the song.
It’s just an opinion, of course, but it might have worked better — on the album and on tour.
Def Leppard Knows Best
Def Leppard stopped using “Let’s Go” as a concert opener a long while back, and I wonder if or when it will ever return as a staple on future tours.
If it does, I’d be surprised if it’s used as their opening number again. (The band did use it as their encore opener at their Sin City residency’s first show, and then it quickly disappeared…until the final residency show, which might have done for the purposes of a future DVD/Blu-ray release.)
Personally, if Def Leppard were to choose a track off of their latest album to open a show, I would highly recommend “All Time High.” (More about that in the Def Leppard Song Ranking page.)
That’s not to say I don’t like the song “Let’s Go.”
I just wish it would “go” a little faster.