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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 Cancels Remaining Tour Dates Due to Illness

Tour - Def Leppard - Winter 2016

From Def Leppard Site:

DEF LEPPARD has postponed the remaining dates on their Winter 2016 tour due to illness. All shows from Feb. 2 (San Antonio, TX) through Feb. 17 (Allentown, PA) will be rescheduled including the previously postponed dates in Greensboro, NC (Jan. 27) and Orlando, FL (Jan. 30).

Cancelled Tour Dates:
February 02, 2016—San Antonio, TX—AT&T Center
February 03, 2016—Lafayette, LA—Lafayette Cajundome
February 05, 2016—Corpus Christi, TX—American Bank Center Arena
February 06, 2016—Hidalgo, TX—State Farm Arena
February 09, 2016—Little Rock, AR—Verizon Arena
February 10, 2016—Bossier City, LA—CenturyLink Center
February 13, 2016—Uncasville, CT—Mohegan Sun Arena
February 14, 2016—Atlantic City, NJ—Boardwalk Hall
February 16, 2016—Brooklyn, NY—Barclays Center
February 17, 2016—Allentown, PA—PPL Center

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Def Leppard Extend Tour Due to Overwhelming Demand

You fans of the classic years of eighties Metal and Hard Rock are sure going to love being supporters of that sound with the news that Def Leppard has extended their tour and will commence with a couple of weeks of dates right after their Def Leppard Cruise. They’ll up the rock and roll ante of course with the addition of both Styx and Tesla on these shows as well. Check out the official press release below and then I’ll chime in a little more at the close.

Tour - Def Leppard - Winter 2016

The Press Release:
Following the announcement of their new self-titled studio album, Def Leppard have just extended their massively successful North American tour due to overwhelming demand. The tour supported by Styx and Tesla will commence in Greensboro, North Carolina on January 27, 2016.

Def Leppard debuts new track “Dangerous”, the second off their long-awaited new studio album that will be released on October 30, 2015, via Billboard.com today. “Dangerous” follows their current #1 classic rock single “Let’s Go” which is climbing the rock and active rock radio charts. The new album was recorded earlier this year at front man Joe Elliott’s studio in Dublin, Ireland. The album will feature 14 tracks in total. This self-titled album release will mark their first new collection of material in seven years and Def Leppard’s 11th official studio release.
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Def Leppard’s “On Through The Night” Still Driving At 35 Years

Just a quick break from the everything else that is going on here at the PiercingMetal Command HQ to raise a few pairs of horns in honor of the Def Leppard debut album “On Through The Night” based on its being released thirty five years ago today. Now historically speaking in terms of my own Hard Rock and Metal years at the time, I was not following the band at the time of their debut. My own first go at them would come with the “High And Dry” album based on the song “Bringin’ On The Heartbreak” being in semi-regular rotation on the radio stations that played heavy music and of course the U68 video channel. As I think about that song, I think I also saw it a lot on MTV since the fledgling music video network was giving those who had it a solid introduction to bands like this but I digress. Despite the late introduction to the band I clearly remember heading into the West Village of NYC to scour the record shops because one of the girls in our circle was looking for one of the bands 12” releases and would not sleep until she found it. There were about five of us tagging along and she was very easy on the eye with her rocking self so there were no complaints from us lads as we walked up and down street after street. At one of these shops I picked up my own copy of “On Through The Night” and mostly because I had to learn the tunes “Wasted” and “Hello America” to jam with some other musicians who entertained playing it in a band. The cover of this album always made me smile since it was a great image of a truck hauling a guitar in the night sky. It reminded me a little of the Heavy Metal Magazine kind of stuff and that was a science fiction magazine that had nothing to do with music in case you wondered. Now let’s take a look at the complete track list from the album and pick up again after that.
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