Def Leppard Announce Extensive Summer 2016 Tour!

It wasn’t long ago that we learned about Def Leppard cancelling their winter tour dates due to illness and that surely sucked because it disappointed a lot of fans. Of course, the bands health is of the utmost importance so we sat patiently awaiting news about some rescheduling. That time has come and below you can find the press release that we received at the PiercingMetal Command HQ. There was no actual tour poster sent over so you’ll have to deal with the bands logo. I’ll return at the close with some additional thoughts.

Logo - Def Leppard

The Press Release:
Tour to Kick off on May 1st With Tickets on sale Starting on March 4th at LiveNation.com; REO Speedwagon & Tesla set to Join the Tour as Special Guests.

LOS ANGELES (Feb. 29, 2016)-Def Leppard have just announced they will return to the road this summer for an extensive tour across North America due to overwhelming demand. The Live Nation promoted outing will storm through 55 cities across all parts of the U.S. and Canada. It is set to kick off on May 1st in Orlando, FL and wrap on October 10th in Cedar Rapids, IA. Joining Def Leppard on their mighty summer outing are REO Speedwagon and Tesla. Please see full tour routing below. Tickets will go on sale starting on March 4th at Livenation.com.

Said Def Leppard front man Joe Elliott,

“I’m really looking forward to getting back out there and playing some great music with some great people for some of the most appreciative audiences in the world. It really is always a pleasure.”

Kevin Cronin of REO Speedwagon said,

“We played some shows with Def Leppard in 2008 and it was an amazing musical marriage, a melodic rock extravaganza. We are ready to restart that fire in 2016.”

Def Leppard–Joe Elliott (vocals), Vivian Campbell (guitar), Phil Collen (guitar), Rick “Sav” Savage (bass) and Rick Allen (drums)-continues to be one of the most important forces in rock music. With 100 million records sold worldwide and two prestigious Diamond Awards to their credit, the group’s spectacular concerts, filled with powerful melodic rock anthems, continue to sell out venues worldwide. For the past thirty years the band’s epic live shows and arsenal of hits have become synonymous with their name, leading Def Leppard to be heralded as an institution in both the music and touring industry.

Def Leppard’s influential career includes numerous hit singles and ground-breaking multi-platinum release’s-including two of the best-selling albums of all time, Pyromania and Hysteria. The band’s 2015 US tour was one of the year’s highest grossing, hitting 70+ cities nationwide. In addition to the tour, Def Leppard debuted their self titled new album in October 2015. The album secured the #1 slot on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums chart. It features the #1 Classic Rock chart single “Let’s Go” and their new single “Dangerous” out now.

2016 Tour Dates:
May 1 – Orlando, FL @ Moonstone Festival (no REO Speedwagon)
May 4 – Lafayette, LA @ Lafayette Cajundome* (no REO Speedwagon
May 5 – Corpus Christi, TX @ American Bank Center Arena* (no REO Speedwagon)
May 7 – Hidalgo, TX @ State Farm Arena*(no REO Speedwagon)
May 10 – Bossier City, LA @ CenturyLink Center
May 11 – Little Rock, AR @ Verizon Arena
May 13 – Greensboro, NC @ Greensboro Coliseum Complex
May 15 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
May 17 – Allentown, PA @ PPL Center
May 18 – Huntington, WV @ Big Sandy Superstore Arena
May 20 – Orlando, FL @ Amway Center (no REO Speedwagon)
June 22 – Boston, MA @ Xfinity Center
June 24 – Bangor, ME @ Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
June 25 – Quebec City, QC @ Centre Videotron
June 27 – Syracuse, NY @ Lakeview Amphtheatre
June 29 – Hershey, PA @ Hershey Park Stadium
July 1 – Indianapolis, IN @ Klipsch Music Center
July 2 – Chicago, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
July 5 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
July 6 – Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest in Milwaukee
July 8 – Pittsburgh, PA @ First Niagara Pavilion
July 9 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena
July 11 – Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach
July 13 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
July 15 – Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
July 16 – Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
August 6 – Madison, WI @ Alliant Energy Center
August 8 -Evansille, IN @ Ford Center
August 10 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
August 12 – Atlanta, GA @ Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
August 13 – Raleigh, NC @ Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
August 17 – Birmingham, AL @ Oak Mountain Amphitheater
August 19 – Austin, TX @ Austin 360 Amphitheatre
August 22 – Houston, TX @ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman
August 24 – Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion
August 26 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
August 27 – ST. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
August 29 – Cleveland, OH @ Blossom Music Center
August 31 – Darien Center, NY @ Darien PAC
Sept 14 – Billings, MT @ Metrapark Arena
Sept 16 – Salk Lake City, UT @ USANA Ampitheatere
Sept 17 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
Sept 19 – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheatre
Sept 20 – P hoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion
Sept 22 – I rvine, CA @ Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre
Sept 24 – Sacramento, CA @ Toyota Amphitheatre (no Tesla)
Sept 25 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
Sept 28 – Boise, ID @ Taco Bell Arena
Sept 30 – Eugene, OR @ Matthew Knight Arena
Oct 1 – Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome
Oct 4 – Omaha, NE @ CenturyLink
Oct 5 – Minneapolis, MN @ Xcel Center
Oct 7 – La Crosse, WI @ La Crosse Center Arena
Oct 8 – Toledo, OH @ Huntington Center
Oct 10 – Cedar Rapids, IA @ U.S. Cellular Center

*Styx to appear

About REO Speedwagon: Formed in 1967, signed in 1971, and fronted by Cronin since 1972, REO Speedwagon has sold 22 million albums in the U.S. and 40 million sold around the globe. The group’s landmark album, Hi Infidelity, spent 15 weeks in the #1 slot and went on to earn nine-times certified platinum sales. Nearly five decades since forming, Cronin and bandmates Bruce Hall, Neal Doughty, Dave Amato and Bryan Hitt are still electrifying concert audiences worldwide.

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: Well, I am going to start off by saying how disappointed that I am that the Brooklyn show at Barclays Center didn’t get rescheduled because that also featured Styx along with Tesla and based on just how many dates we find in this list, it’s safe to assume that this particular gig was scrapped. I think Atlantic City is as good as gone too since that is not here either. Don’t get me wrong because I love all of the classics by REO Speedwagon but I am just a bigger Styx fan at the end of the day. They do appear on some of the dates but this is a complex list with some shows having no REO and others no Tesla so read carefully before you purchase. I’m still hoping to go to at least one of the regional shows because it’s a nice summer concert to attend and if I am in town at that time I will see some of you rockers there for sure. That’s about all I have to say on the matter. What do you readers think about the announcement and any makeup dates that are in the mix here. Let me know in the comments section.

Official Site: http://www.defleppard.com
Official Site: http://www.speedwagon.com/
Official Site: http://teslatheband.com/

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