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March 27, 2006

Def Leppard and Journey — alongwith VH1 Classic and Live Nation — are pairing up for one of themost rockin’ tours to hit the U.S. this summer with both bands heading outtogether starting June 23 in Camden, NJ and concluding August 31 in Seattle,WA.

Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen said of the tour, “Only six monthsbetween tours for Def Leppard… this is amazing… WOW. I think we’regetting the hang of this! Usually, we always have to redefine and reorientourselves to touring as we are used to a three year gap between tours becauseof the recording process. This time, we had the album in the can so we aregood to go. We’re really psyched to be hitting the road this summer and arelooking forward to seeing all of our fans again.”

Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cain is especially excited about theopportunity to tour with another of rock’s heavyweights this summer. “It’s aband I’ve admired for a long time,” he says. “We’re honored to be performingwith a band that received their Diamond Award (an award given for 10,000,000albums sold) at the same ceremony when we received our Diamond Award. So itseems fitting that we go out together after all these years and celebrate alot of good years of rock and roll.”

With more than 65 million albums sold worldwide, Def Leppard — JoeElliott (vocals), Vivian Campbell (guitar), Phil Collen (guitar), Rick “Sav”Savage (bass) and Rick Allen (drums) — is one of the most continuouslyexciting and important forces in rock music. Over the course of their career,the band has produced a series of classic groundbreaking albums that set thesound for generations of music fans and artists and is without a doubt GreatBritain’s premiere arena rock band. Their spectacular live shows filled withpowerful melodic rock anthems have become synonymous with their name and theyare an institution in the touring industry as they continue to sell out arenasworldwide. Additionally, Def Leppard has been honored in the U.S. by the RIAAwith two prestigious Diamond Awards for their albums HYSTERIA and PYROMANIA.The Diamond Award recognizes sales of over 10 million, a feat not many bandsand only a handful of British artists have been able to achieve (The Beatles,Pink Floyd, Elton John, Eric Clapton).

Journey’s legacy has spanned over 30 years with 19 U.S. releases, mostrecently the critically acclaimed GENERATIONS (Sanctuary Records, 2005). Fouralbums landed in the Top Ten of Billboard’s “Top 200 Albums” chart, including1981’s ESCAPE which reached #1. Overall they’ve sold over 75 million albumsworldwide making them the 29th best-selling music group of all time. Theywere honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame last year. The bandwas founded in 1973 in San Francisco by Santana members Neal Schon and GreggRolie, with the assistance of Ross Valory, George Tickner and Prairie Prince.The current line-up — which has been together since 1998 — includes NealSchon (guitar), Ross Valory (bass), Jonathan Cain (keyboards), Steve Augeri(vocals) and Deen Castronovo (drums).

Below is the first batch of confirmed tour dates, with more to beannounced in the coming weeks:

Fri 6/23 Camden, NJ Tweeter Ctr at the Waterfront
Sat 6/24 Wantagh, NY Jones Beach Theater
Tue 6/27 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
Wed 6/28 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Casino
Fri 6/30 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion at Montage
Sat 7/1 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata Hotel & Casino
Mon 7/3 Hershey, PA Hershey Pavilion
Tue 7/4 Raleigh, NC Alltel Pavilion
Fri 7/7 Bristow, VA Nissan Pavilion
Sat 7/8 Virginia Beach, VA Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amp
Mon 7/10 West Palm Beach, FL Sound Advice Amphitheatre
Tue 7/11 Tampa, FL Ford Amphitheatre
Thu 7/13 Atlanta, GA Chastain Park Amphitheatre
Sat 7/15 Charlotte, NC Charlotte Verizon Wireless Amp
Sun 7/16 Nashville, TN Starwood Amphitheatre
Tue 7/18 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
Wed 7/19 Chicago, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Fri 7/21 St. Louis, MO UMB Bank Pavilion
Sat 7/22 Noblesville, IN Verizon Wireless Music Center
Mon 7/24 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
Tue 7/25 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
Fri 7/28 San Antonio, TX Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Sat 7/29 Dallas, TX Smirnoff Music Centre
Sun 7/30 The Woodlands, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Tue 8/15 Denver, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Fri 8/18 Las Vegas, NV Mandalay Bay Events Center
Tue 8/22 Phoenix, AZ Cricket Pavilion
Wed 8/23 Chula Vista, CA Coors Amphitheatre
Fri 8/25 Concord, CA Chronicle Pavilion
Sat 8/26 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
Sun 8/27 Sacramento, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Wed 8/30 Portland, OR Clark County Amphitheatre
Thu 8/31 Seattle, WA White River Amphitheatre

* All dates are subject to change.

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