Def Leppard And Poison Announce 39 City North American Tour


February 26, 2009


In what is sure to be the biggest rock event this summer, Britain’s greatest arena rock band Def Leppard will join forces with Poison and special guest Cheap Trick for a 39-city North American Tour. Tickets go on-sale to the general public beginning Friday, March 6th at Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets beginning March 4th at 10am local time through Citi’s Private Pass Program. For complete presale details visit

With combined sales of 100 Million albums worldwide, 65 million from Leppard alone, fans can expect hits like “PHOTOGRAPH,” “ROCK OF AGES,” “C’MON C’MON,” “POUR SOME SUGAR ON ME,” “FOOLIN’,” “BRINGIN’ ON THE HEARTBREAK, “NINE LIVES,” and countless others creating an evening of rock ‘n’ roll unlike any other this summer.

The tour, which kicks off on June 23rd in Camden, N.J, promises an unprecedented night for those in attendance. The show will highlight three decades of music from three of rock ‘n’ roll’s greatest bands for a four-hour interactive concert experience that will begin the moment that the doors open. It will feature Bluetooth technology and delivery, text communications prior to and during performances and a host of interactive offerings. This in addition to an arsenal of nearly 60 Top 40 hits including Poison’s “EVERY ROSE HAS ITS THORN,” “UNSKINNY BOP,” “RIDE THE WIND,” “SOMETHIN’ TO BELIEVE IN,” and “NOTHIN’ BUT A GOOD TIME,” as well as Cheap Trick’s “I WANT YOU TO WANT ME” and “SURRENDER.”

“I’m very pleased that we are coming back to North America,” said Def Leppard front man Joe Elliott. “We’re gonna be touring with some new friends and some old friends and can guarantee it will be the Rock Tour of the summer.”

“There is nothing better than an epic summer concert and this tour is a dream come true for rock ‘n’ roll fans. It will be a night of a thousand hits with three hard-charging rock bands on the road together,” said Poison front man and star of VH1’s top-rated “Rock of Love Bus” reality show Bret Michaels.

Def Leppard (Joe Elliott – vocals, Vivian Campbell – guitar, Phil Collen – guitar, Rick “Sav” Savage -bass and Rick Allen – drums) sits at the top of an iconic class of rock ‘n’ roll bands. In fact, they are one of a handful of select groups, including the likes of The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and The Eagles, who have been awarded the RIAA’s prestigious Diamond Award more than once (“PYROMANIA” and “HYSTERIA”). The band’s most recent album “SONGS FROM THE SPARKLE LOUNGE” debuted last year at #5 on the Billboard Top 200; earning Def Leppard their highest-charting debut since their 1992 album “ADRENALIZE”.

Over the course of their career, Def Leppard has produced a series of classic groundbreaking albums that set the sound for generations of music fans and artists. The group’s spectacular live shows, filled with powerful melodic rock anthems, have become synonymous with their name and are an institution in the touring industry as they continue to sell out arenas worldwide.

Poison, one of rock’s most iconic and enduring bands, has been one of the music industry’s top acts, with multi-platinum album sales and sold out tours since first bursting onto the scene in 1986. Poison’s Bret Michaels, C.C. Deville, Bobby Dall and Rikki Rockett have sold more than 30 million albums worldwide and charted twelve Top 10 hits. Throughout Poison’s career, the band’s members have enjoyed collaborative and solo successes from the stage to screen. Bret Michaels currently stars in the #1 viewed reality show on cable, VH1’s “Rock of Love Bus.”

With more than 5,000 performances, 20 million records sold, 29 movie soundtracks and 40 gold and platinum-recording awards, Cheap Trick may be one of the most covered bands of all time. Since the 70s they’ve been blending elements of pop, punk and even metal in a way that is instantly catchy and recognizable.

Live Nation will produce the tour nationally.

Def Leppard Tour Dates:
JUN 12 Dublin (Ireland) O2 Arena w/Whitesnake and Journey
JUN 14 Derby (UK) Download festival w/special guests Whitesnake

Def Leppard, Poison and Cheap Trick Tour Dates:
JUN 23 Camden, NJ (US)
JUN 25 Cuyahoga Falls, OH (US)
JUN 26 Darien Center, NY (US)
JUN 30 Mansfield, MA (US)
JUL 01 Holmdel, NJ (US)
JUL 03 Saratoga, NY (US)
JUL 04 Toronto, ON (Canada)
JUL 07 Hartford, CT (US)
JUL 08 Wantagh, NY (US)
JUL 10 Burgettstown, PA (US)
JUL 11 Virginia Beach, VA (US)
JUL 12 Bristow, VA (US)
JUL 15 Cincinnati, OH (US)
JUL 17 Tinley Park, IL (US)
JUL 18 Milwaukee, WI (US)
JUL 20 Maryland Heights, MO (US)
JUL 21 Kansas City, MO (US)
JUL 23 Noblesville, IN (US)
JUL 24 Clarkston, MI (US)
AUG 07 Raleigh, NC (US)
AUG 08 Charlotte, NC (US)
AUG 10 Nashville, TN (US)
AUG 11 Birmingham, AL (US)
AUG 13 West Palm Beach, FL (US)
AUG 14 Tampa, FL (US)
AUG 15 Atlanta, GA (US)
AUG 18 New Orleans, LA (US)
AUG 19 Houston, TX (US)
AUG 21 Dallas, TX (US)
AUG 22 Tulsa, OK (US)
AUG 24 Englewood, CO (US)
AUG 25 Salt Lake City, UT (US)
AUG 28 Albuquerque, NM (US)
AUG 29 Phoenix, AZ (US)
AUG 30 San Bernardino, CA (US)
SEP 02 Mountain View, CA (US)
SEP 03 Sacramento, CA (US)
SEP 05 Las Vegas, NV (US)
SEP 06 Irivine, CA (US)

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