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Def Leppard Leaps To U.S. Tour

Veteran pop-metal act Def Leppard has confirmed the first leg of a U.S. tour in support of its tenth album, "X" (Island), which recently debuted at No. 11 on The Billboard 200. The U.K.-based group wi

Veteran pop-metal act Def Leppard has confirmed the first leg of a U.S. tour in support of its tenth album, "X" (Island), which recently debuted at No. 11 on The Billboard 200. The U.K.-based group will kick off its first Stateside tour in over three years Dec. 8 at Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay, with confirmed dates running through a Dec. 21 engagement in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

The tour will also include stops in Phoenix; Los Angeles; Sacramento; San Francisco; Salt Lake City; Denver; Sioux Falls, S.D.; and Council Bluffs, Iowa. More dates are expected to be announced in the coming months, with the group planning to jaunt through Europe in early 2003, and then return across the Atlantic for a larger North American tour.

Prospective concertgoers can get a look at Def Leppard's current live show this Sunday (Nov. 10), as the group performs at the Phoenix International Raceway as part of NBC's coverage of the NASCAR Winston Cup Series.

"We actually want to do some new stuff and some songs we haven't done [on the tour] because we've gotten into this little thing of playing the greatest hits, and everyone loves to hear it, but we're kind of a bit sick of playing it," guitarist/vocalist Phil Collen told Billboard.com in September. "It's very hard. You have to really mix it up. 'Billy's Got a Gun' or 'White Lightning' or songs like that could resurface. We're just trying to figure out the songs that are going to work live."

Here are Def Leppard's tour dates:

Dec. 8: Las Vegas (Mandalay Bay)
Dec. 10: Phoenix (America West Arena)
Dec. 11: Los Angeles (Universal Ampitheatre)
Dec. 13: Sacramento, Calif. (Arco Arena)
Dec. 14: San Francisco (Bill Graham Civic Auditorium)
Dec. 16: Salt Lake City (E Center)
Dec. 17: Denver (Magness Arena)
Dec. 19: Sioux Falls, S.D. (Sioux Falls Arena)
Dec. 20: Council Bluffs, Iowa (Mid America Center)
Dec. 21: Cedar Rapids, Iowa (US Cellular Center)