KISS and Def Leppard Announce Co-Headlining U.S. Summer Tour

By Brian Ives

In front of an audience made up of members of the U.S. military, this afternoon the members of KISS and Def Leppard announced a huge co-headlining summer tour.

From the opening of the press conference, it was clear that the relationship between the band was warm: Paul Stanley joked: “Phil [Collen] decided to wear a shirt today, it’s an important day!” noting that the Def Leppard guitarist’s physique is usually on display when he’s on stage.

KISS drummer Eric Singer noted his admiration for his counterpart in Def Leppard, Rick Allen, who has continued to play in the decades since he lost his  left arm in an accident in 1984. A wounded serviceman later thanked Allen for inspiring him to go on after losing a limb.

Paul Stanley later said that it was great to have Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell on hand, noting that he recently had been through successful chemotherapy.

Both bands spoke about giving the fans the most bang for their buck, and pointed out that both bands will stick with their biggest hits, and not break into blues jams during their shows: Def Leppard’s frontman Joe Elliott noted “We’re not jam bands!”

On a more serious note, KISS noted that they are donating a dollar from every ticket sold to Wounded Warrior, an organization that they’ve worked with over the years that works to help military veterans. Simmons noted “Our proud military makes freedom possible.”

Def Leppard noted that they’ve written some new songs recently, but Joe Elliott noted “None of which you’ll hear this summer.”

KISS & Def Leppard Summer Tour Dates
06/23 – West Valley City, UT @ USANA Amphitheater
06/25 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
06/27 – Ridgefield, WA @ Sleep Country Amphitheater
06/29 – Auburn, WA @ White River Amphitheatre
07/2 – Concord, CA @ Concord Pavilion
07/3 – Wheatland, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
07/5 – Irvine, CA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
07/6 – Chula Vista, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
07/8 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
07/9 – Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion
07/12 – Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheater
07/13 – Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion
07/15 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
07/16 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
07/18 – Atlanta, GA @ Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
07/19 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
07/20 – Raleigh, NC @ Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
07/22 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Cruzan Amphitheatre
07/23 – Tampa, FL @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
07/25 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
07/26 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
08/1 – Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center
08/2 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Boardwalk Hall
08/3 – Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
08/5 – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
08/6 – Wantagh, NY @ Nikon At Jones Beach Theatre
08/8 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
08/9 – Scranton, PA @ Pavilion at Montage Mountain
08/10 – Hartford, CT @ Xfinity Theatre
08/12 – Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
08/13 – Darien, NY @ Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
08/15 – East Troy, WI @ Alpine Valley Music Theatre
08/16 – Tinley Park, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
08/17 – Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center
08/20 – Des Moines, IA @ Wells Fargo Arena
08/22 – Noblesville, IN @ Klipsch Music Center
08/23 – Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
08/24 – Burgettstown, PA @ First Niagara Pavilion
08/26 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center
08/28 – Maryland Heights, MO @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
08/29 – Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center
08/31 – Woodlands, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion


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