DEF LEPPARD Announce 2018 HYSTERIA & More UK Tour/US Tour
Def Leppard have just announced their 2018 UK and North American tours with Journey and Cheap Trick which starts in May.
The Hysteria & More tour takes place in December in the UK with 11 arena shows. The entire Hysteria album will be performed live for the first time in the band's homeland. With 11 shows this will be the most arena dates played by the band on any UK/Irish tour.
The tour includes their first ever show at the The O2 Arena in London rather than the usual Wembley Arena. Cheap Trick are the special guests. This venue holds more people than Wembley with a capacity of 20,000. Housed inside the old Millennium Dome complex. This will be the band's largest London headline show since Earls Court Arena in June 1992.
They will also make their debut at the Arena Birmingham having previously only played arena shows here at the NEC/Genting Arena. This venue was previously known as the National Indoor Arena and the Barclaycard Arena and has a 15,800 capacity.
Tickets go on sale for these shows on 26th January.
58 dates have been confirmed across the USA and Canada starting in Hartford, CT on 21st May and ending in Los Angeles, CA on 6th October.
The tour will include ten outdoor stadiums shows and has Journey as the co-headline act with headlining duty shared by each band as on the 2005 Rock Of Ages tour with Bryan Adams.
They will also be performing at the famous Madison Square Garden. The first time as a proper headline act after a 1992 charity show there with the band set to close this show.
This tour was first mentioned in March 2017 by Phil Collen who stated the band would play a world tour in 2018 and hopefully release new music. He later said the tour would visit "Europe, Far East, Australia, everywhere really and the US and Canada."
Journey bassist Ross Valory first mentioned news of this tour line-up during an interview in June 2017 describing it as "a 2018 world tour with Def Leppard".
Def Leppard and Journey previously toured together in 2006 on the YEAH! tour in the USA. 74 shows were played with 848,342 tickets sold and a total gross of $38.7 million. The tour won 'Most Creative Tour Package' at the annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards in 2007 and was Number 14 on the Pollstar Top 100 North American tours list for 2006.
Tickets for the North American tour go on sale on 3rd February.
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Def Leppard 2018 UK Hysteria & More UK/Ireland Tour Dates
Dec 1st @ Dublin, Ireland (3Arena)
Dec 2nd @ Belfast, Northern Ireland (The SSE Arena, Belfast)
Dec 4th @ Cardiff, Wales (Motorpoint Arena Cardiff)
Dec 6th @ London, England (The O2 Arena) - (First time at this venue)
Dec 8th @ Nottingham, England (Motorpoint Arena Nottingham)
Dec 9th @ Newcastle, England (Metro Radio Arena)
Dec 11th @ Glasgow, Scotland (The SSE Hydro)
Dec 12th @ Manchester, England (Manchester Arena)
Dec 14th @ Sheffield, England (FlyDSA Arena)
Dec 15th @ Liverpool, England (Echo Arena Liverpool)
Dec 17th @ Birmingham, England (Arena Birmingham) - (First time at this venue)
Billed as 'The Hysteria Tour' and with the band performing the full album in its entirety for the first time in the UK/Ireland.
'Excitable' is currently the only album track never played anywhere in the UK or Ireland. All other songs were played in Ireland and the UK between 1986 to 1992 (and beyond).
Def Leppard 2018 North American Tour Dates
May 21st @ Hartford, CT (XL Center)
May 23rd @ Albany, NY (Times Union Center)
May 25th @ Hershey, PA (HersheyPark Stadium)
May 26th @ Buffalo, NY (KeyBank Center)
May 28th @ Cleveland, OH (Quicken Loans Arena)
May 30th @ Cincinnati, OH (U.S. Bank Arena)
Jun 1st @ Toronto, ON (Rogers Centre) - Stadium
Jun 2nd @ Pittsburgh, PA (PPG Paints Arena)
Jun 5th @ Raleigh, NC (PNC Arena)
Jun 6th @ Knoxville, TN (Thompson-Boling Arena)
Jun 8th @ Bristow, VA (Jiffy Lube Live)
Jun 9th @ Charlotte, NC (Spectrum Center)
Jun 11th @ Philadelphia, PA (Wells Fargo Center)
Jun 13th @ New York, NY (Madison Square Garden)
Jun 15th @ Newark, NJ (Prudential Center)
Jun 16th @ Baltimore, MD (Royal Farms Arena)
Note - Rogers Centre can be both an indoor and outdoor venue with a retractable roof.
Jul 1st @ Atlanta, GA (SunTrust Park) - Outdoor Stadium
Jul 3rd @ Indianapolis, IN (Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center)
Jul 4th @ Milwaukee, WI (Summerfest)
Jul 6th @ Memphis, TN (FedEx Forum)
Jul 7th @ Little Rock, AR (Verizon Arena)
Jul 9th @ Tulsa, OK (BOK Center)
Jul 11th @ Louisville, KY (KFC Yum! Center)
Jul 13th @ Detroit, MI (Comerica Park) - Outdoor Stadium
Jul 14th @ Chicago, IL (Wrigley Field) - Outdoor Stadium
Jul 16th @ Wichita, KS (InTrust Bank Arena)
Jul 18th @ Sioux Falls, SD (Denny Sanford Premier Center)
Jul 19th @ Lincoln, NE (Pinnacle Bank Arena)
Jul 21st @ Denver, CO (Coors Field) - Outdoor Stadium
Jul 23rd @ Des Moines, IA (Wells Fargo Arena)
Jul 25th @ Kansas City, MO (Sprint Center)
Jul 27th @ Minneapolis, MN (Target Field) - Outdoor Stadium
Jul 28th @ Fargo, ND (FargoDome)
Aug 11th @ Boston, MA (Fenway Park) - Outdoor Stadium
Aug 13th @ Virginia Beach, VA (Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater)
Aug 15th @ Columbia, SC (Colonial Life Arena)
Aug 17th @ Sunrise, FL (BB&T Center)
Aug 18th @ Tampa, FL (Amalie Arena)
Aug 20th @ Birmingham, AL (Legacy Arena at BJCC)
Aug 22nd @ Columbus, OH (Value City Arena at Schottenstein Center)
Aug 24th @ St. Louis, MO (Busch Stadium) - Outdoor Stadium
Aug 25th @ Nashville, TN (Bridgestone Arena)
Aug 27th @ New Orleans, LA (Smoothie King Center)
Aug 29th @ Dallas, TX (American Airlines Center)
Aug 31st @ San Antonio, TX (AT&T Center)
Sep 1st @ Houston, TX (Toyota Center)
Sep 5th @ Albuquerque, NM (Isleta Amphitheater)
Sep 7th @ Phoenix, AZ (Talking Stick Resort Arena)
Sep 8th @ Las Vegas, NV (T-Mobile Arena)
Sep 21st @ San Francisco, CA (AT&T Park) - Outdoor Stadium
Sep 23rd @ San Diego, CA (Petco Field) - Outdoor Stadium
Sep 25th @ Salt Lake City, UT (Vivint Smart Home Arena)
Sep 26th @ Boise, ID (Ford Idaho Center)
Sep 28th @ Portland, OR (Moda Center)
Sep 29th @ George, WA (Gorge Amphitheatre)
Oct 1st @ Vancouver, BC (Rogers Arena)
Oct 4th @ Sacramento, CA (Golden 1 Center)
Oct 6th @ Los Angeles, CA (The Forum)
Def Leppard Tour 2018 - Press Release Quotes
These will be the first Def Leppard UK and Eire tour dates since the sold-out Arena run in late 2015. The band will return to Sheffield Arena for what is sure to be a monumental homecoming show, in addition to their first ever show at The O2, London.
The seminal 1987 “Hysteria” album is rightly seen as a landmark recording in the history of rock music. It was the album that saw Def Leppard conquer the world with global hits such as “Animal”, “Pour Some Sugar On Me”, “Hysteria”, “Armageddon It”, “Love Bites”, “Woman” and “Rocket”. The band will deliver “Hysteria” in full alongside other songs from their incredible catalogue.
Late 2018 will see the band deliver what many UK and Eire fans have been waiting for – the “HYSTERIA” album performed in full plus other Def Leppard hits across eleven arena dates in December 2018 with special guest CHEAP TRICK!
Rick “Sav” Savage says, “After many requests from fans in the U.K, I’m delighted that we can bring the whole “Hysteria” album to arenas across Britain and Ireland later this year. From ‘Women’ to ‘Love and Affection’ plus many other faves thrown in for good measure. Oh, and our old pals Cheap Trick will be there also to help with the celebrations!! We can’t wait’.
Def Leppard Tour 2018 - UK Tour Press Release
Coinciding with the band’s full catalogue of iconic albums being added to streaming and downloading services, Def Leppard have announced headline UK shows playing the seminal Hysteria in full, as well as other songs from their eleven studio records. They’ll be joined by Cheap Trick across the tour.
Def Leppard’s full recording catalogue is now available worldwide, and has been made available on streaming and download platforms. To date, the band have sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, becoming one of rock’s most influential bands.
“It is with a mixture of relief & euphoria that we now see our entire catalogue finally getting a digital release,” says vocalist Joe Elliott. “Having embraced every other format with open arms, especially & more recently the re-emergence of vinyl, we’re now going to be available to everyone everywhere and honestly, it’s as exciting as the original releases were.”
Guitarist Phil Collen adds: “We felt we’d been left out of the digital party, but it’s a thrill for us to finally accept the invitation and to be able to say “Yeah, you can stream us, download us and hear us on all digital outlets”.
The band, completed by Rick Savage, Rick Allen and Vivian Campbell, celebrate an extensive musical history, from their first ever chart hit Wasted through Rock of Ages, Animal, Love Bits and Let’s Get Rocked.
Their catalogue includes two of the best selling albums of fall time, with more than 10 million copies sold of Pyromania and Hysteria in the US alone.
Together they house the likes of Pour Some Sugar on Me, Hysteria and Foolin’.
The rock legends have also announced UK arena dates, during which they will perform Hysteria in full.
Rick “Sav” Savage says: “After many requests from fans in the UK, I’m delighted that we can bring the whole Hysteria album to arenas across Britain and Ireland later this year. From Women to Love and Affection plus many other faves thrown in for good measure. Oh, and our old pals Cheap Trick will be there also to help with the celebrations!! We can’t wait’.”
The run includes their first ever live show at London’s O2, as well as a homecoming show at Sheffield Arena.
Def Leppard Tour 2018 - US/Canadian Tour Press Release
Promising to be the Tour of the Year, two of the world's greatest rock bands - DEF LEPPARD and JOURNEY - are teaming up for a massive co-headlining North American tour composed of both stadium and arena concerts, half the shows being closed by Journey and half by Def Leppard. The tour, promoted by Live Nation, kicks off May 21st in Hartford, Connecticut, at the XL Center and will feature complete sets and all-new production from both bands, and an arsenal of their hits such as "Pour Some Sugar on Me," "Lights," "Photograph," "Don't Stop Believin'," "Rock of Ages" and "Faithfully." Tickets go on sale beginning Saturday, February 3, at LiveNation.com. Stay tuned for presale and VIP ticketing information.
The 58-city tour will hit ten stadiums - Toronto's Rogers Centre; Atlanta's Sun Trust Park; Detroit's Comerica Park; Chicago's Wrigley Field; Denver's Coors Field; Minneapolis' Target Field; Boston's Fenway Park; St. Louis' Busch Stadium; San Francisco's AT&T Park; and San Diego's Petco Park - as well as world-famous arenas, such as Madison Square Garden in New York and the 'Fabulous' Forum in Inglewood, California. A full list of tour dates can be found below.
Neal Schon said, "These co-headlining Journey/Def Leppard dates will be epic classic rock shows. So many hits. It will be great to see you all, friends!"
Said Joe Elliott, "This tour is going to be a blast! We've toured together before and it was massive. This time it's going to be even bigger and better!"
Jonathan Cain added, "We are all anxious to share our sound with the world again and, along with Def Leppard, we are part of a world-class package to the rock stage that spans decades and represents a multi-platinum legacy."
Added Rick Savage of Def Leppard, "12 years ago we embarked on a US tour with Journey and it was an absolute blast. Looking forward to hooking up again. Believe me, this will be even more spectacular."
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