The press copy just arrived in my In-Box and since it is so brutally cold in NYC, this made me long for the arrival of Summer all the more as Def Leppard released their touring plans and will be bringing along both Styx and Tesla for a sure to be rocking show. You can check out the finer details after the poster which I have posted below.
The Press Release:
Def Leppard returns to the road this summer for an extensive North American tour. The Live Nation-promoted tour hitting nearly 50 cities across the U.S. and Canada will kick off on June 23 in Tampa, Fla. at MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre. Joining Def Leppard on their massive summer outing are rockers Styx and Tesla. Please see full tour routing below. Citi(r) cardmembers will have access to pre-sale tickets beginning Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 12 p.m. local time through Citi’s Private Pass(r) Program. For complete pre-sale details, visit www.citiprivatepass.com. General tickets for the tour go on sale starting Friday, Feb. 20 at 10 a.m. on www.livenation.com.
Def Leppard’s influential career includes numerous hit singles and ground-breaking multi-platinum albums-including two of the best-selling albums of all time, Pyromania and Hysteria, capturing the group’s legendary tracks, bringing together classic Leppard hits such as “Rock of Ages,” Pour Some Sugar on Me” and “Foolin.” The upcoming tour follows on the heels of the band’s massive 2014 co-headlining tour with KISS, last summer.
About Def Leppard: 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 live shows, 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.
About Styx: Spawned from a Chicago basement in the early ’70s, STYX would eventually transform into the virtual arena rock prototype by the late ’70s and early ’80s, due to a fondness for big rockers and soaring power ballads. Over the course of their 38-year career they’ve released 15 studio albums, six best-of compilations and four live albums, garnering eight Top Ten singles. STYX has sold over 30 million albums worldwide. Throughout their illustrious career, they’ve performed more live shows since 1999 than all of the previous years of its career combined. Two Super-Bowl appearances, Pollstar box office chart-topping tours with Def Leppard, Journey, Boston, REO Speedwagon and Bad Company (to name only a few), two more studio albums and no end in sight, STYX continues to conquer the planet, one venue at a time.
About Tesla: TESLA — Jeff Keith (vocals), Frank Hannon (guitar), Brian Wheat (bass guitar), Dave Rude (guitar) and Troy Luccketta (drums)- One of Rock n Roll’s most respected bands, multi-platinum sellers TESLA have remained true to their “no frills” style since the first day they hit the music scene nearly 30 years ago. Their catalog reads like a soundtrack to the lives of a generation of fans worldwide. With their latest chart topping release “SIMPLICITY” they have proven they are a band that continues to consistently deliver energetic, hard-driving, blues-based rhythms with thought-provoking lyrics that die-hard fans expect and today’s generation craves.
Now let’s get to those tour dates and as you can see there are a whole lot of them to choose from since the bands are hitting numerous territories. The summer is going to get hotter my friends so get your Google Calendar or the Apple one opened and pencil in the ones that you want to be a part of.
June 23 Tampa, FL @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
June 25 West Palm Beach, FL @ Coral Sky Amphitheatre
June 27 Birmingham, AL @ Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
June 28 Atlanta, GA @ Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
June 30 Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
July 02 Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
July 03 Virginia Beach, VA @ Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
July 05 Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
July 07 Gilford, MD @ Bank of NH Pavilion at Meadowbrook*
July 09 Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center
July 11 Bethel, NY @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
July 12 Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
July 14 Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
July 15 Youngstown, OH @ Covelli Centre*^
July 17 Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
July 21 Mt. Pleasant, MI @ Soaring Eagle Resort & Casino*^
July 23 Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
July 24 Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
July 25 Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
August 07 Sturgis, SD @ Buffalo Chip Campground*^
August 08 Sioux Falls, SD @ Denny Sanford PREMIER Center
August 10 Oklahoma City, OK @ Chesapeake Energy Arena*^
August 11 Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theatre
August 14 Sedalia, MO @ Missouri State Fair*
August 15 Des Moines, IA @ Iowa State Fair*
August 17 Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
August 18 Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
August 21 Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion
August 22 Woodlands, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
August 23 Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheater
August 27 St. Paul, MN @ Minnesota State Fair*
August 28 Grand Forks, ND @ Alerus Center
August 30 Noblesville, IN @ Klipsch Music Center
September 01 Allentown, PA @ The Great Allentown Fair*
September 03 Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center*
September 04 Maryland Heights, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
September 05 Tinley Park, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
September 16 Auburn, WA @ White River Amphitheater
September 17 Ridgefield, WA @ Amphitheater Northwest
September 19 Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
September 22 Chula Vista, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
September 23 Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion
September 25 Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater
September 26 Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
September 28 West Valley City, UT @ USANA Amphitheater
September 30 Spokane, WA @ Spokane Arena*
October 2 Bozeman, MT @ Brick Breeden Fieldhouse*
October 4 Bismarck, ND @ Bismarck Civic Center*
PiercingMetal Thoughts: I remember the first time that I saw Def Leppard in concert and it was as the opener for Billy Squier and they were supporting an album called “Pyromania” that had some promising tunes on it and felt like it might be a biggie eventually. The course of history found it becoming one of the greatest of the Hard Rock albums of its time and it’s still rocking hard over thirty years later. Def Leppard still deliver a rock solid show and last year were co-headlining an exciting run with the almighty KISS. Now they are back in the main spot and by bringing along the superb sounds of Styx and Tesla for this tour, I think it will be one of the best of the summer. Believe it or not, despite having listened to Styx since the days of their “Equinox” album, I have never before seen them in concert. The late great John Panozzo was one of my earliest drumming influences and though I missed the boat on seeing him I have to say that Todd Sucherman is a beast on the kit. Now let’s touch base on Tesla who I think have yet to deliver a disappointing show. Whew, from beginning to end this is going to keep people on their feet and reliving some of Hard Rock’s most classic moments. My plan is to get to at least one of the nearby tour stops since its dropping by so close. Let’s get that tailgating brewing like the old days my friends. What do you think about this tour? Will you attend or could you care less. Let me know in the comments below. That is where they count the most and reach more of the readers.
Fans can follow along with the tour when it starts to happen via their official websites that are linked below. From there you can find the various social networks that they employ.
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