This section looks at 'The Stadium Tour' announcement on this day in 2019. The band's first football stadium tour of the USA.
"Fantastic to be able to have all these four bands all on one stage in one night."
Def Leppard confirmed and announced their 2020 North American tour of stadiums with Mötley Crüe and Poison on this day in 2019.
After a few weeks of rumours and speculation the tour was fully confirmed and announced.
Mötley Crüe and Poison were announced as the main acts joining the band for 22 dates in stadiums in 2020.
The co-headline 'The Stadium Tour' trek was due to start at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, FL on 7th July 2020.
The last show was scheduled to take place at the new SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, CA on 5th September 2020.
Eight of the stadiums had already been played with Journey in 2018 with the rest due to be played for the first time.
Joan Jett & The Black Hearts have also been announced as the opener. They toured with Def Leppard in 2000 and again in 2008.
The tour was announced in a live press conference video at 1pm PT in Hollywood, CA. View video and photos below.
View all the tour dates below (which were subsequently moved to 2021 due to the Coronavirus Pandemic).
Poison played before Def Leppard in the USA, Canada and Mexico in 2009, 2012 and more recently in 2017.
Mötley Crüe's only previous shows with Def Leppard in the USA were the September 1983 San Diego stadium show on the Pyromania tour and at the Chippewa Valley Rock Fest in Cadott, WI in July 1999 during the Euphoria tour. They went on to play six UK shows in December 2011 on the Mirrorball tour.
Mötley Crüe and Poison toured the USA together from May to August 2011 on the 52 date 'Glam-A-Geddon' tour.
Vivian Campbell toured with Mötley Crüe as a member of Whitesnake from June to October 1987 on their 'Girls, Girls, Girls' tour. Before this tour he played his first Whitesnake show at the Texxas Jam in Dallas, TX at Cotton Bowl Stadium on 20th June 1987 with Poison, Boston, Aerosmith and Tesla also on the bill.
Def Leppard's involvement with this tour package first came to light in late November via The Black Crowes manager. He mentioned the line-up last week during a live SiriusXM interview about his own band's 2020 reunion tour.
Rolling Stone then published a story citing an industry source as saying the tour was happening.
Def Leppard - 2020 North American Tour Dates
Tuesday, July 7 - MIAMI, FL @ Hard Rock Stadium - (4:30pm - MC)
Thursday, July 9 - ORLANDO, FL @ Camping World Stadium - (4:30pm - DL)
Saturday, July 11 - CHARLOTTE, NC @ Bank of America Stadium - (4:30pm - MC)
Tuesday, July 14 - ARLINGTON, TX @ Globe Life Field - (4:30pm - MC)
Wednesday, July 15 - HOUSTON, TX @ Minute Maid Park - (4:30pm - DL)
Sunday, July 19 - SAN FRANCISCO, CA @ Oracle Park - (4:30pm - DL)
Thursday, July 23 - SAN DIEGO, CA @ Petco Park - (4:30pm - MC)
Saturday, July 25 - PHOENIX, AZ @ State Farm Stadium - (4:30pm - DL)
Sunday, August 9 - ATLANTA, GA @ SunTrust Park - (4:30pm - DL)
Tuesday, August 11 - HERSHEY, PA @ Hersheypark Stadium - (4:30pm - MC)
Thursday, August 13 - BUFFALO, NY @ New Era Field - (4:30pm - DL)
Saturday, August 15 - PHILADELPHIA, PA @ Citizens Bank Park - (5pm - MC)
Sunday, August 16 - PITTSBURGH, PA @ PNC Park - (4:30pm - DL)
Tuesday, August 18 - MILWAUKEE, WI @ Miller Park - (4:30pm - MC)
Thursday, August 20 - DETROIT, MI @ Comerica Park - (4:30pm - DL)
Saturday, August 22 - WASHINGTON DC @ Nationals Park - (4:30pm - MC)
Sunday, August 23 - FLUSHING, NY @ Citi Field - (5pm - DL)
Tuesday, August 25 - BOSTON, MA @ Fenway Park - (4pm - MC)
Friday, August 28 - CHICAGO, IL @ Wrigley Field - (4pm - DL)
Sunday, August 30 - DENVER, CO @ Coors Field - (4:30pm - MC)
Wednesday, September 2 - SEATTLE, WA @ T-Mobile Park - (4:30pm - DL)
Saturday, September 5 - LOS ANGELES, CA @ SoFi Stadium - (4:30pm - MC)
List now includes show times and headliner info.
Visit thesection for all the show pages.
Def Leppard - Press Release Quotes
The world's most iconic and celebrated rock legends will hit the road together next summer for a coheadlining tour SO MASSIVE that it could only be held in America's biggest stadiums.
THE STADIUM TOUR featuring DEF LEPPARD, MÖTLEY CRÜE, with POISON and JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS will hit select cities in the U.S. where each band will bring their electrifying stage shows while promising to perform their stadium sized anthems. Produced by Live Nation, the summer tour is set to steamroll through America, visiting the country's most iconic stadiums, was announced today at SiriusXM's Hollywood Studios live on the Volume Channel 106.
Tickets will go on-sale to the general public beginning Friday, December 13 at 10am at www.LiveNation.com
2019 ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES Def Leppard are one of the most important forces in rock music. Over the past year, the icons closed out a sold-out worldwide tour including a North American stadium run & headlining the UK's Download Festival to 90k screaming fans. Def Leppard's star continues to rise and prevail. The band have amassed a staggering 2.5 billion streams since releasing their music digitally last year. Def Leppard's influential career crosses generations and includes numerous hit singles and ground-breaking multi-platinum albums—including two of the best-selling albums of all time, Pyromania and Hysteria, both of which are certified Diamond (10x platinum).
Def Leppard - 4th December 2020 Press Conference Transcript
Joe Elliott/2020 Tour
"Well it's hard to argue with, when you wake up and you think this is gonna be happening next summer. That it's stadiums again but more and bigger. And I think that the synchronicity that we're gonna have with, and Joan as well who's not here. But you just put those four names on a piece of paper and look at 'em whichever way round you look at it. It's like, it's a big statement really."
"And, you know, the '80s get mocked a lot and I think something like this is. Well yeah, but there is a lot of people that still think that the '80s is a mockable kind of decade. And we're about to prove that it's not I think because, it's last man standing to a point maybe, but we have survived you know."
"Whether we've gone away and come back. Or whether we've been constant, it's the music has been the thread that keeps brining everybody back again. And the music has lasted and there's an amazing audience out there that's never gone away for a lot of bands from that period. But we're very blessed that we're in a situation here where we can all go out together and it just gives it an almighty weight."
"We've always said before when we've gone out with big band one and one make three. But this is almost like, you know, one and one and one and one makes way more than four. You know it's just gonna be huge."
Joe Elliott/2020 Tour
"You just listen to the songs for what they are. I don't think that there's any need to kind of compare you, you know, generations that went before. Or generations that came after. You can sit and analyze it all you like. But at the end of the day if the songs are still getting played on the radio there's a reason for that. It's because they were good songs."
Joe Elliott/2020 Tour/More Possible Dates
"There’s 22 stadium shows, so it’s pretty much most major territories. And in fairness it seems to be growing and there’s more interest before it’s even gone on sale. So it may extend one way or another, even into the next year."
Phil Collen/Setlist/2020 Tour
"It's easy but we have to revolve it around. There's obviously like hot chestnuts that you have to play. You have to do your Photograph's, Love Bites, Hysteria, you know, Rock Of Ages, Pour Some Sugar On Me. So you have to do them and it's just filling the stuff around it. So we kind of revolve it around."
"And another thing I just want to say about the whole thing.This is three bands that are the same genre. This is the MTV generation when it kicked off. And all three bands, and Joan as well, were very prominent. So the fact that this has been 30 odd years waiting to happen. The fact that it's happening now is immense. I mean I'm really buzzed. I mean we all met up this morning. There's an energy already that's incredible."
Rick Savage/What can the fans expect on this one?
"I think, with all the acts that are gonna be performing, there's an energy there. There's a youthfulness that really in all honesty belies the combined ages of everyone. But you know what. It's about the songs as well, I mean we've touched on that earlier. You know it's just an evening of hit after hit after hit. That will be portrayed in an energetic way. It's not, you're not just gonna see the bands standing there playing the music perfectly. Just like it is on, you know, on some of the records. You're actually gonna experience something. Yeah I guarantee there will be mistakes. But they'll be mistakes 'cause probably somebody will be doing a triple somersault while trying to do a guitar solo and things like that. You know that's where we're at. We're not into just the songs for the sake of the songs. It's more actually performing for the person there on the evening. And that's what we wanna do."
December 2019 - Photo Gallery
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Rick Savage/Headset/In The Round
"Well that's when we were playing in the centre of the arenas. And you're literally playing to the equivalent of four front rows. So you either had to just have a bunch of microphones everywhere or I opted for the old Britney Spears thing before Britney Spears."
Vivian Campbell/New Def Leppard Studio Album/New Music?
"Don't believe what you read on the Internet."
"Yeah I mean we're always, we're always writing songs. It's a question of when we make the time to actually record something. I think it would be wishful thinking that we'd have something new out before this tour though. Well I could be wrong."
"Never say never though. Never say never bud."
"Joe knows best."
Joe Elliott/Live Album Of 2020 Tour/Sin City Residency DVD
"Us? We've just finished, literally just finished mixing the Vegas Residency show. Which is gonna come out first, first quarter, of next year or something."
"We record all the time. These days, you know, you don't have to bring in the Rolling Stones mobile and make sure that the red light's on don't get it wrong. We record every night on a laptop that's this big and if you get something great you've got it forever. So we're always recording everything we do."
"Would we put out another live album when we've kind of done about five and one studio record in the last six years?. Probably not, but never say never!."
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