Def Leppard Developing Cartoon Series
Def Leppard Developing Cartoon Series

Veteran rock act Def Leppard will return to the U.S. this summer, Billboard.com can reveal. Joining them on all 40 dates will be Poison and Cheap Trick. Live Nation will produce the tour, which begins on June 23 in Camden, N.J.

Public on-sales begin March 6. Citi Card members will have access to a ticket presale starting March 4. Venues will be announced at a later date.

“We’ll probably start rehearsing at the end of May and do a Monday to Friday thing. We like to have those be as civilized as we possibly can,” vocalist Joe Elliot tells Billboard.com. “There’s no point in leading up to the first gig and having no voice or your fingers bleeding.”

This isn’t the first time that Def Leppard has teamed with already established, iconic rock acts. In 2005, the band toured with Bryan Adams and last year had Styx and REO Speedwagon join them. Whitesnake and Journey have also shared many stages with in the past few years. But Elliot seems to thrive on packing a wallop in a shortened amount of time. “We’re going out with three bands, which limits’ the amount of time we can play to about 90 minutes. When you do your greatest hits and some new material or extra stuff you might throw in, you have got to push and shove and clamp down. No big long speeches from moi. You have to do the
AC/DC thing and just bang through everything.”

In a summer that has concert industry guessing about ticket sales, Elliot is confident that they’ll fill seats. “We’ve taken the path of least resistance, we’ve put a bill together that we think is attractive,” Elliot explains. “We saw the light in 2005 when we went out
with Bryan Adams. Once we co-headlined with him, people were hearing three hours of music and they knew every song.”

“I do realize that there are things we are destined play forever and that’s fine by me,” he continues. “Those songs are a big part of the cog. When you see the reaction of the crowd when you start the riff to 'Photograph,' there’s nothing like it. We don’t get bored the same way solo artists have to.”

During their 2008 tour in support of “Songs From The Sparkle Lounge,” Def Leppard was plagued with health issues that forced a handful of dates to be canceled. “We were playing catch up the whole year,” Elliot recalls. “I never really recovered and got rid of the illness. These last couple months have been nice - just hanging with mates and letting
all that disappear.”

In related news, this year will see re-mastered versions of the mega-hit records “Pyromania” and “Adrenalize.” Elliot hopes to have them out before the summer. Both will contain a bonus disc of material; “Pyromania” will contain never heard before live recordings and “Adrenalize” will include a collection of b-sides that never made 1993’s “Retro Active.”

Here are Def Leppard’s Tour Dates:

June 23: Camden, N.J.
June 25: Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
June 26: Darien Center, N.Y.
June 28: Scranton, Pa.
June 30: Mansfield, Mass.
July 1: Holmdel, N.J.
July 3: Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
July 4: Toronto, Ontario
July 7: Hartford, Conn.
July 8: Wantagh, N.Y.
July 10: Burgettstown, Penn.
July 11: Virginia Beach, Va.
July 12: Bristow, Va.
July 15: Cincinnati
July 17: Tinley Park, Ill.
July 18: Milwaukee, Wis.
July 20: Maryland Heights, Mo.
July 21: Kansas City, Mo.
July 23: Noblesville, Ind.
July 24: Clarkston, Mich.
Aug. 7: Raleigh, N.C.
Aug. 8: Charlotte, N.C.
Aug. 10: Nashville
Aug. 11: Birmingham, Al.
Aug. 13: West Palm Beach, Fla.
Aug. 14: Tampa, Fla.
Aug. 15: Atlanta
Aug. 18: New Orleans
Aug. 19: Houston
Aug. 21: Dallas
Aug. 22: Tulsa, Ok.
Aug. 24: Englewood, Colo.
Aug. 25: Salt Lake City
Aug. 28: Albuquerque, N.M.
Aug. 29: Phoenix
Aug. 30: Irvine, Calif.
Sept. 2: Mountain View, Calif.
Sept. 3: Sacramento, Calif.
Sept. 5: Las Vegas
Sept. 7: San Bernadino, Calif.

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