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  KISS AND DEF LEPPARD UNITE FOR SUMMER 2014 TOUR
18 March 2014




KISS and Def Leppard will be teaming up for a forty date tour across the US this summer. The tour starts on 23rd June in West Valley, Utah and ends in Texas in 31st August.

During a press conference earlier today, the bands explained that a dollar from each ticket would be donated to organisations for wounded military personnel. One or more veterans will also be hired to work on the tour as part of the Hiring Our Heroes campaign, which Kiss previously supported on their 2012 tour.

Tickets will go on sale on Friday 21st Match, and military personnel will have first crack at concert tickets with a special pre-sale at Military.com.

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This will be the first time the two legendary bands have toured together. During the press conference, Joe Elliott of Def Leppard said that he and KISS' Gene Simmons discussed the idea of touring together two years ago, adding that it seemed like a "natural fit" for the groups to join forces.

This year marks the 40th Anniversary of rock and roll giants KISS and in true KISS fashion, the band plan to make 2014 the biggest and loudest, non-stop rock and roll party of the century. Four decades after releasing their self-titled, major label debut, the band will be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in April.

Then, to celebrate their incredible 40-year recording career Universal Music will kick off the celebration on March 31, 2014 with the first batch of 10 individual KISS re-mastered albums on 180-gram heavyweight vinyl with 18 more vinyl titles coming through the first half of 2014. In May, fans can look forward to a 2 CD KISS 40 compilation with one track from every major album release, live selections and an unreleased demo from 1977. And finally, starting today, the definitive KISS vinyl box set, KISSTERIA - The Ultimate Vinyl Road Case, featuring 34 KISS LPs - including titles never-before issued on vinyl, six exclusive albums to the box set and a plethora of collectibles only available in KISSTERIA will be available exclusively for D2C pre-order at kissteria.kissonline.com.

Def Leppard have been writing music for the group's next album. "We all camped out at my house last month and wrote songs, which you will hear none of this summer," Elliott says, expecting that the record will be released in 2015.

This is the first major US tour for Def Leppard since the 2012 Rock Of Ages run with Poison/Lita Ford. Also the first time since 2005 that the band has played a co-headline tour and gone on before another artist. They performed 12 of the 25 ballpark shows that year before Bryan Adams when they flip-flopped headline duties.

Tour Dates:
June
23 - USANA Amphitheater, West Valley City, Utah
25 - Pepsi Center, Denver, Colo.
27 - Sleep Country Amphitheater, Ridgefield, Wash.
29 - White River Amphitheatre, Auburn, Wash.

July
2 - Concord Pavilion, Concord, Calif.
3 - Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Wheatland, Calif.
5 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Irvine, Calif.
6 - Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Chula Vista, Calif.
8 - The Forum, Los Angeles, Calif.
9 - Ak-Chin Pavilion, Phoenix, Ariz.
12 - Austin360 Amphitheater, Austin, Texas (on sale March 22)
13 - Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas, Texas
15 - Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
16 - Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tenn.
18 - Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood, Atlanta, Ga. (on sale March 22)
19 - PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte, N.C.
20 - Walnut Creek Amphitheatre, Raleigh, N.C.
22 - Cruzan Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, Fla.
23 - MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa, Fla.
25 - Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, Va.
26 - PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, N.J. (on sale March 22)

August
1 - Xfinity Center, Mansfield, Mass.
2 - Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, N.J.
3 - Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, N.J.
5 - Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (on sale March 22)
6 - Nikon At Jones Beach Theatre, Wantagh, N.Y. (on sale March 22)
8 - Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach, Virginia Beach, Va. (on sale March 22)
9 - Pavilion at Montage Mountain, Scranton, Penn.
10 - Xfinity Theatre, Hartford, Conn.
12 - Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, Toronto, On.
13 - Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Darien, N.Y. (on sale March 22)
15 - Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, Wisc.
16 - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, Tinley Park, Ill.
17 - Target Center, Minneapolis, Minn.
20 - Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, Iowa
22 - Klipsch Music Center, Noblesville, Ind.
23 - DTE Energy Music Theatre, Clarkston, Mich. (on sale March 22)
24 - First Niagara Pavilion, Burgettstown, Penn. (on sale March 22)
26 - Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
28 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Maryland Heights, Mo. (on sale March 22)
29 - BOK Center, Tulsa, Okla.
31 - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Woodlands, Texas









WACKEN WINTER NIGHTS IS HEAVY METAL WONDERLAND

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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.

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Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.



Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.

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MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.

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Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.

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