Joe Elliott Says It May Be Time For Def Leppard To Take Break


February 26, 2009

Def Leppard has become a fixture on the touring circuit over the last few summers, and this year is no different. The classic rock group plans to go out on the road again, this time with Poison and Cheap Trick.

But frontman Joe Elliott says the tour, which kicks off June 23 in Camden, N.J., could be the last chance for fans to catch them for a while.

“This will be our fifth year in a row where we’ve toured the summer in the states, and I seriously do think that it’s time for us to not do it next year, because I’m a firm believer in you don’t want to do it too much — people start taking you for granted,” Elliott said in an interview Wednesday.

“For me, next year is more of a case of gathering stock and maybe a writing a bit of music, getting prepared for another record.”

Def Leppard has been a popular tour during its summer runs, and has teamed up with other classic bands like Foreigner, Journey, Bryan Adams and Cheap Trick for co-headlining tours — packages that Elliott believes gives fans “value for your money. It’s an absolute no-brainer.”

And with the ever-sinking economy, it may make even more sense this year.

“Come the summertime, the rules are going to be different … nothing stays the same anymore,” he said. “All we’re trying to do is take the path of least resistance, if you like, for what we think is a fair way of doing it. We’ve got a good ticket price, we’ve got a good lineup. For the kind of music that we make, it’s a show made in heaven, really.”

Some people might be surprised to find Poison and Def Leppard on the same bill, after Elliott was perceived as having made disparaging remarks about the glam metal band last year. But he said the controversy was blown out of proportion.

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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