It was a miracle of modern technology that anyone was able to repair the sound system at the Capital Centre last night after the brutal beating it suffered at the hands of Def Leppard, The Scorpions and Ted Nugent. It was also a shame.

The system went dead shortly after Ted Nugent, wearing just a loinncloth and a pair of boots, made his entrance on a suspended rope, swinging from one end of the stage to the other. Twenty minutes later, after Nugent had treated the crowd to an improvised and totally unihibited intermission, power was restored.

Once again, the deaf-defying volume had even the seats in the rear of the arena vibrating like tuning forks. It overwhelmed almost everything Nugent performed, but the ceiling guitar line and the jackhammer percussion had a hypnotic affect on thousands of fans who stood at the foot of the stage screaming for more.

The Scorpions played with the same ferocity, pounding out primitive patterns with numbing repetition. Lead singer Klaus Neime, however, was at least capable of being heard over the dense rhythm laid down by his band.

Compared to veterans such as these, Def Leppard came across as lion cubs in heavy metal's wild kingdom. They matched the others decibel for decibel, but they were simply too young, and God forbid, too polite to look very menacing on stage.