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