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Def Leppard & Journey Announce Co-Headlining Tour

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The Press Release:
NEW YORK, NY (January 25, 2018) – Following the huge buzz surrounding last week’s announcement that two of the world’s greatest rock bands – DEF LEPPARD and JOURNEY – are teaming up for a massive co-headlining North American tour, special fan presales and VIP packages have now been announced, as well as additional on sale details.

Tickets for most dates go on sale to the general public beginning Saturday, February 3 at 10 AM local time at Ticketmaster.com. American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public in select dates beginning Tuesday, January 30 at 12 PM local time. A full list of tour dates and on sale details can be found below.

Additionally, Def Leppard and Journey fan presales will begin Monday, January 29 at 12 PM local time. Def Leppard VIP Packages will also be available beginning Monday, January 29 at 12PM local time through Epic Rights, visit http://www.DefLeppardRockBrigade.com for all information. Journey VIP Packages will be available beginning Monday, January 29 at 12PM local time through VIP Nation. For more information, visit http://journeymusic.com.

Promising to be one of the top tours of the year, the North American trek will be composed of both stadium and arena concerts, with half of the shows being closed by Journey and half by Def Leppard. The tour, promoted by Live Nation, kicks off May 21st in Hartford, Connecticut, at the XL Center and will feature complete sets and all-new production from both bands, and an arsenal of their hits such as “Pour Some Sugar on Me,” “Lights,” “Photograph,” “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Rock of Ages” and “Faithfully.”

The 58-city tour will hit ten stadiums – Toronto’s Rogers Centre; Atlanta’s Sun Trust Park; Detroit’s Comerica Park; Chicago’s Wrigley Field; Denver’s Coors Field; Minneapolis’ Target Field; Boston’s Fenway Park; St. Louis’ Busch Stadium; San Francisco’s AT&T Park; and San Diego’s Petco Park – as well as world-famous arenas, such as Madison Square Garden in New York and the ‘Fabulous’ Forum in Inglewood, California.

Neal Schon said, “These co-headlining Journey/Def Leppard dates will be epic classic rock shows. So many hits. It will be great to see you all, friends!”

Said Joe Elliott, “This tour is going to be a blast! We’ve toured together before and it was massive. This time it’s going to be even bigger and better!”

Jonathan Cain added, “We are all anxious to share our sound with the world again and, along with Def Leppard, we are part of a world-class package to the rock stage that spans decades and represents a multi-platinum legacy.”

Added Rick Savage of Def Leppard, “12 years ago we embarked on a US tour with Journey and it was an absolute blast. Looking forward to hooking up again. Believe me, this will be even more spectacular.”

The Tour Dates:
May 21: Hartford, CT @ XL Center**
May 23: Albany, NY @ Times Union Center
May 25: Hershey, PA @ Hersheypark Stadium
May 26: Buffalo, NY @ KeyBank Center**
May 28: Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena**
May 30: Cincinnati, OH @ U.S. Bank Arena
Jun 01: Toronto, ON @ Rogers Centre
Jun 02: Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena
Jun 05: Raleigh, NC @ PNC Arena
Jun 06: Knoxville, TN @ Thompson Boling Arena**
Jun 08: Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
Jun 09: Charlotte, NC @ Spectrum Center
Jun 11: Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center**
Jun 13: New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
Jun 15: Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
Jun 16: Baltimore, MD @ Royal Farms Arena
Jul 01: Atlanta, GA @ SunTrust Park
Jul 03: Noblesville, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
Jul 04: Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest Rock Stage
Jul 06: Memphis, TN @ FedExForum
Jul 07: North Little Rock, AR @ Verizon Arena Fri, Feb 2
Jul 09: Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center
Jul 11: Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center
Jul 13: Detroit, MI @ Comerica Park** Fri, Feb 9
Jul 14: Chicago, IL @ Wrigley Field** Sat, Feb 17
Jul 16: Wichita, KS @ INTRUST Bank Arena** Fri, Feb 9
Jul 18: Sioux Falls, SD @ Denny Sanford PREMIER Center
Jul 19: Lincoln, NE @ Pinnacle Bank Arena
Jul 21: Denver, CO @ Coors Field
Jul 23: Des Moines, IA @ Wells Fargo Arena**
Jul 25: Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center**
Jul 27: Minneapolis, MN @ Target Field Fri, Feb 9
Jul 28: Fargo, ND @ Fargodome** Fri, Feb 9
Aug 11: Boston, MA @ Fenway Park**
Aug 13: Virginia Beach, VA @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
Aug 15: Columbia, SC @ Colonial Life Arena
Aug 17: Ft Lauderdale, FL @ BB&T Center
Aug 18: Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena
Aug 20: Birmingham, AL @ Legacy Arena @ The BJCC
Aug 22: Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center
Aug 24: St. Louis, MO @ Busch Stadium** Fri, Feb 2
Aug 25: Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
Aug 27: New Orleans, LA @ Smoothie King Center
Aug 29: Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
Aug 31: San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
Sep 01: Houston, TX @ Toyota Center**
Sep 05: Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater
Sep 07: Phoenix, AZ @ Talking Stick Resort Arena
Sep 08: Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile Arena**
Sep 21: San Francisco, CA @ AT&T Park
Sep 23: San Diego, CA @ Petco Park
Sep 25: Salt Lake City, UT @ Vivint Smart Home Arena
Sep 26: Nampa, ID @ Ford Idaho Center Arena **
Sep 28: Portland, OR @ Moda Center
Sep 29: Seattle, WA @ Gorge Amphitheatre
Oct 01: Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
Oct 04: Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center
Oct 06: Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum

**Not ticketed by Ticketmaster

About Journey: JOURNEY – Neal Schon (founding member and lead guitarist), Ross Valory (co-founding member and bassist), and longtime members Jonathan Cain (keyboardist), Steve Smith (drummer) and Arnel Pineda (lead singer) – is one of the most popular American rock bands of all time, creating some of the best-known songs in modern music, with iconic hits such as “Lights,” “Faithfully,” “Any Way You Want It,” “Wheel In The Sky,” “Separate Ways,” “Who’s Crying Now,” and the seminal “Don’t Stop Believin’,” which is the top-selling digital catalog track in history. Since the group’s formation in 1973, the band has earned 19 top 40 singles and 25 Gold and Platinum albums and has sold nearly 100 million albums globally. Their Greatest Hits album is certified 15 times-Platinum, bringing Journey into the elite club of Diamond-certified award holders. The band continues to tour and record into the 21st century, performing concerts for millions of fans worldwide, and received the prestigious Billboard “Legends of Live” touring award. Journey received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame, and is the subject of the award-winning documentary, ‘Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey.’ In 2017, Journey was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

About Def Leppard: With more than 100 million albums sold worldwide and two prestigious Diamond Awards in the U.S., Def Leppard – Joe Elliott(vocals), Phil Collen (guitar), Rick “Sav” Savage (bass), Vivian Campbell (guitar) and Rick Allen (drums) — continue to be one of the most important forces in rock music. Over the course of their career the band has produced a series of classic ground-breaking albums that set the bar for generations of music fans and artists alike. The group’s spectacular 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 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 band’s most recentself-titled studio album debuted at #1on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums and Top Independent Albums charts. The album also took the #5 spot on Billboard’s Top Current Albums and #10 spot on the Top 200, as well as claiming 15 top 10 debuts around the world. For the first time, in January 2018 Def Leppard debuted their full recording catalog worldwide via streaming and download platforms, and their music is already in the Top Ten on the Billboard Charts in over 20 countries.

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Official Website: http://www.defleppard.com
Official Website: http://www.journeymusic.com

Def Leppard To Release “The Def Leppard EP” For Record Store Day 2017

As you’ve noticed there’s been a lot on the Metal docket today and there’s much more to come so let’s not dance around and instead get right to the news about Def Leppard’s release of “The Def Leppard EP” for this years Record Store Day. The full press release is below and then I’ll close out with some thoughts.

The Press Release:
Def Leppard Announces “The Def Leppard EP” For Record Store Day 22nd April 2017

“This is the EP that shone a light on this fledgling bunch of wannabes and set us on our way to international stardom (eventually…)! Recorded at Fairview Studios, just outside Hull in North Yorkshire, a studio we were extremely happy to frequent as it had been used on numerous occasions by the late great Mick Ronson. It took 2 days to record and cost £148.50 – money borrowed from my Dad (a feat financially and time wise we would never get close to achieving again, EVER!!!!)” – Joe Elliott,

Def Leppard and UMC/Mercury are pleased to announce the release of “The Def Leppard EP” in conjunction with Record Store Day 2017. This release marks the start of a series of catalogue releases over the next few years for Def Leppard.

22nd April 2017 will see the band release their original first EPwith replica art and picture cover. This is a 12″ version of the EP playing at 45rpm – a one off special for Record Store day and the first time it will be available in that format. The release is fully supported by the band. Track listing is as follows:

1. Ride Into The Sun (2:57)
2. Getcha Rocks Off (3:44)
3. The Overture (7:56)

The EP was originally recorded in November 1978 at Fairview studios in Hull and self-produced by the band. Released in January 1979 through the bands own Bludgeon Riffola label, this was the EP that launched one of the most successful and critically acclaimed rock bands of all time.

Def Leppard continues to release new music, most recently with their self titled studio album that was released to widespread critical acclaim in late 2015. The band also recently hit #1 with their live concert DVD, “And There Will BE A Next Time…Live From Detroit,” released in February 2017. With more than 100 million albums sold worldwide and two prestigious Diamond Awards in the USA, Def Leppard – Joe Elliott (vocals), Phil Collen (guitar), Rick “Sav” Savage (bass), Vivian Campbell (guitar) and Rick Allen (drums) – continue to be one of the most important forces in rock music. Over the course of their career the band has produced a series of classic groundbreaking albums that set the bar for generations of music fans and artists alike. The group’s spectacular 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. Most recently, the band won the fan voted Classic Rock Magazine Album of the Year award.

PiercingMetal Thoughts: Having been a fan of Def Leppard for a very long time, and I am speaking from around the time of “High and Dry” when it was first released on vinyl, I think something like this is super cool. I vaguely remember hunting down a Def Leppard item way back when with my rocker circle because one of the girls in our group was a huge fan. Though I am not sure about what we were hunting, it could have very well been this very album. Back then there were tons of record shops in the East Village and we went to quite a few of them without question. I thought that girl was super duper awesome and probably would have followed her to the moon if she wanted me to but I digress. Hopefully more bands will get on point and see to releasing this sort of thing for their fans because early day stuff is always such a treat. I also hope that sometime in the future they decide to put this on a CD since I don’t always get to play my vinyl and still need a new player for the stuff. What do you readers think about this one? Let me know down in the comments section below.

Official Website: http://www.defleppard.com

Def Leppard Announce Summer Tour 2015 w/Styx & Tesla

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.

Tour - Def Leppard - Summer 2015

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. Continue reading Def Leppard Announce Summer Tour 2015 w/Styx & Tesla

KISS & Def Leppard Announce A Hot Summer Tour for 2014

I always get a little excited when KISS announces a new tour, okay I am lying I always get SUPER EXCITED when KISS announces a new tour and yesterday afternoon a press conference was held to let the world know that they will be heading out with Def Leppard for a summer tour. It’s a celebration of their 40th Anniversary which is pretty cool and it was only a couple of weeks ago that I raised a glass to the 40th Anniversary of their debut album “KISS”. You can enjoy that post HERE. I’ve copied some press release stuff and then added my own thoughts on the matter for you to enjoy below the poster. Read on.

LOS ANGELES – March 17, 2014 – This summer two of the world’s greatest rock bands, KISS and DEF LEPPARD, are set to deliver a massive tour dedicated to fans who wanna rock and roll all night! These two legendary rock bands spanning two continents announced today that they will launch the tour as KISS celebrates their 40th year in music. The summer’s biggest hit-fueled rock tour, promoted exclusively by Live Nation, will storm through 40-plus cities throughout North America kicking-off on Monday, June 23 in West Valley City, UT at the USANA Amphitheater. Tickets go on sale starting on Friday, March 21 through the Live Nation mobile app and at www.livenation.com.
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“Songs From The Sparkle Lounge” by Def Leppard

Artist: Def Leppard
Title: “Songs From The Sparkle Lounge”
Label: Universal Music
Release Date: 4/29/2008
Genre: Hard Rock
Rating: 4/5

It’s been a few years since Def Leppard last gave their fans a studio album and when you consider that it was as far back as 2002 when they gave us the ill-received “X”, you had to wonder and hope that the next effort would be something that was actually worth waiting for. I’ll be the first to admit that I had lost a lot of my love for the band that once gave us the powerhouse “Pyromania” and even its blockbuster follow up “Hysteria” after they delivered “Slang” and “Euphoria” because as opposed to a band who was maturing with their fans they seemed an act that was reaching old age quicker than the audience was. Lucky for all who ever plunked down their hard earned cash for a Def Leppard album the new release is something that we have all wanted to hear from the band in years. “Songs From The Sparkle Lounge” is a Hard Rock album that is loaded with hooks, tasty melodies and sing along choruses that will find you once again embracing the band if you were someone like me who had decided to stick with the old stuff. “Go” starts us off and this is a heavy number that crunches along with a slow and steady pace. It’s sound harkens back to the “Hysteria” days and I would find that much of the album held this sort of vibe which was ok with me since it was a juggernaut of song and sales for the group. Either way they manage to hook you with the opening track and that is always good. Next up comes the crossover hit with Country superstar Tim McGraw. At first I groaned at the idea but this tune is not some milquetoast Pop number but instead a definite radio friendly rocking hit.
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