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Def Leppard/KISS Press Conference Transcript/Video

Tuesday, 18th March 2014

Def Leppard 2014.
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Def Leppard and KISS took part in the Summer Tour 2014 press conference yesterday and the video is available along with a highlights transcript.

They announced the Summer Tour 2014 and were asked questions by the hosts and audience members some of whom were from the US military.

If you missed the event watch the full video below and read some highlights.

Summer Tour 2014 Press Conference - Interview Quotes

Paul Stanley - "I just want to say this our 40th anniversary tour. We couldn't feel more proud about going out and doing the biggest show we've done the Monster tour that we did in Europe was arguably the best stage we've ever had. And we couldn't have a better band with us than Def Leppard over here. And not only that but Phil decided to wear a shirt today so it's a very special day - and a jacket."

Joe Elliott - "It's the closest thing we've got to make up so you know so he had to wear something."

What brought you guys together for this the first time around here. You never appeared on stage together before?

Paul Stanley - "We haven't but you know we've run into each other at festivals and you know it just seemed a natural fit. At some point it really becomes important to go out there an give everybody bang for buck. Give people perhaps something more than perhaps other bands are. We've had a history of going out there and trying to do the greatest shows possible. Summer is a great time to go out. Enjoy yourself. You can go out with your family, just go on a date but in any case you want a full night and you're not gonna hear more better songs than with the two of us. I wanna just hang around and listen to these guys."

Joe Elliott - "Right back at ya buddy. One and one makes three in these situations really. My maths aren't great but you see what I mean in rock and roll. Two greats bands going out together. There won't be - they'll be no dead time. They'll be no dead airspace. It'll be hits, hits, hits. And about two years ago myself and Gene did a little tour of South America under the guise of the Rock 'n' Roll All-Stars with a bunch of guys from like Guns N' Roses and Billy Idol and what have you. And other than trying to out do each other with obscure British bands like the Idle Race and the Pink Fairies - who knew which band better. We discussed doing this as well. That one day Def Leppard and KISS would tread the boards together as it were and it's finally happened. Which is fantastic."

Gene Simmons - "We are fans of Def Leppard and we hope the fans are gonna get the most out of this and that's what it's all about."

Paul Stanley - "So it's by the fans buy the tickets!."

Ladies and gentleman Joe Elliott flew in last night and he thought there was an earthquake this morning. Little did he realise it actually was the KISS production crew preparing for the show.

Joe Elliott - "I think it was Gene. He dropped his wallet."

Rick Savage - "It's about the show. That's the bottom line. As best we can make the overall show as a package for the audience then they go home the happiest and that's what it's all about."

Is there any chance this would go beyond North America?

Gene Simmons - "Here how about this?. Do you want it to? (cheers) Of the people. For the people. By the people. You want it. You got it. Let's just see how the first 40 goes. See if you can take any more joy and you want it."