DEF LEPPARD Announces 55-City North American Tour With REO SPEEDWAGON, TESLA

DEF LEPPARD Announces 55-City North American Tour With REO SPEEDWAGON, TESLA

DEF LEPPARD 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 1 in Orlando, Florida and wrap on October 10 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Joining DEF LEPPARD on their mighty summer outing are REO SPEEDWAGON and TESLA. Tickets will go on sale starting on March 4 at

Said DEF LEPPARD frontman 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."

The dates are as follows:

May 01 - Orlando, FL - Moonstone Festival (no REO SPEEDWAGON)
May 4 - Lafayette, LA - Lafayette Cajundome* (no REO SPEEDWAGON
May 05 - Corpus Christi, TX - American Bank Center Arena* (no REO SPEEDWAGON)
May 07 - 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)
Jun. 22 - Boston, MA - Xfinity Center
Jun. 24 - Bangor, ME - Darling's Waterfront Pavilion
Jun. 25 - Quebec City, QC - Centre Videotron
Jun. 27 - Syracuse, NY - Lakeview Amphtheatre
Jun. 29 - Hershey, PA - Hershey Park Stadium
Jul. 01 - Indianapolis, IN - Klipsch Music Center
Jul. 02 - Chicago, IL - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Jul. 05 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center
Jul. 06 - Milwaukee, WI - Summerfest in Milwaukee
Jul. 08 - Pittsburgh, PA - First Niagara Pavilion
Jul. 09 - Grand Rapids, MI - Van Andel Arena
Jul. 11 - Wantagh, NY - Nikon at Jones Beach
Jul. 13 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
Jul. 15 - Detroit, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
Jul. 16 - Toronto, ON - Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Aug. 06 - Madison, WI - Alliant Energy Center
Aug. 08 - Evansille, IN - Ford Center
Aug. 10 - Bristow, VA - Jiffy Lube Live
Aug. 12 - Atlanta, GA - Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood
Aug. 13 - Raleigh, NC - Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
Aug. 17 - Birmingham, AL - Oak Mountain Amphitheater
Aug. 19 - Austin, TX - Austin 360 Amphitheatre
Aug. 22 - Houston, TX - The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman
Aug. 24 - Dallas, TX - Gexa Energy Pavilion
Aug. 26 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center
Aug. 27 - ST. Louis, MO - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Aug. 29 - Cleveland, OH - Blossom Music Center
Aug. 31 - Darien Center, NY - Darien PAC
Sep. 14 - Billings, MT - Metrapark Arena
Sep. 16 - Salk Lake City, UT - USANA Ampitheatere
Sep. 17 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center
Sep. 19 - Albuquerque, NM - Isleta Amphitheatre
Sep. 20 - Phoenix, AZ - Ak-Chin Pavilion
Sep. 22 - Irvine, CA - Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre
Sep. 24 - Sacramento, CA - Toyota Amphitheatre (no TESLA)
Sep. 25 - Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre
Sep. 28 - Boise, ID - Taco Bell Arena
Sep. 30 - Eugene, OR - Matthew Knight Arena
Oct. 01 - Tacoma, WA - Tacoma Dome
Oct. 04 - Omaha, NE - CenturyLink
Oct. 05 - Minneapolis, MN - Xcel Center
Oct. 07 - La Crosse, WI - La Crosse Center Arena
Oct. 08 - Toledo, OH - Huntington Center
Oct. 10 - Cedar Rapids, IA - U.S. Cellular Center

* STYX to appear

DEF LEPPARD recently rescheduled several postponed tour dates with STYX and TESLA because Elliott was suffering from vocal issues.

DEF LEPPARD guitarist Phil Collen told The Pulse Of Radio he and his bandmates always look forward to playing their hits out on the road. "Every night when someone's singing along — especially when there's a lot of young kids there, 16-year-olds and that — it is fresh, actually makes you feel really good when there's a whole new breed of people just singing away to songs that you've done," he said. "It doesn't really matter whether it's a new song or an old song, it's still our song, so it's a huge compliment. It really is, it's the best thing in the world."

DEF LEPPARD's latest, self-titled album entered The Billboard 200 chart at position No. 10 with first-week sales of just over 30,000 units — nearly all from pure album sales.

The album is the band's first studio effort since "Songs From the Sparkle Lounge" in 2008.



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