Monday, March 17, 2014

KISS and Def Leppard announce summer tour

KISS and Def Leppard held a press conference at The House Of Blues in Los Angeles on Monday to announce dates for a North American tour this summer.

The trek will hit more than 40 cities once it kicks off on Monday, June 23 in West Valley City, UT at the USANA Amphitheater.

Tickets go on sale starting on Friday, March 21 through the Live Nation mobile app and at

"It's two great bands that are going to be playing for the same amount of time," says Def Leppard singer Joe Elliot. "It's joint forces. I don't see it as competitive at all."

Both bands jointly decided to support our heroes and honor their dedicated fans in the armed services by partnering with numerous military organizations for the tour. Partnerships will include the USO, Hiring Our Heroes, Project Resiliency/The Raven Drum Foundation, August Warrior Project and the Wounded Warrior Project.

All military personnel will be given exclusive access to discounted tickets for the tour with their own pre-sale through – starting Tuesday, March 18 at 10:00 a.m. local time.

Military charities will receive a portion of ticket sales with the money raised being split amongst all the non-profit organizations participating with the summer tour.

"Politicians fart through their mouth," says Gene Simmons. "Only the military makes freedom possible."

Paul Stanley adds that the group plans to hire vets for its road crew. "We try to find a couple of vets who want to go out and be part of the team," he says. "This is a chance for somebody to travel and be part of the Kiss Army."

On April 10, the original lineup of KISS will be inducted into the 2014 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame at a ceremony in New York, along with Nirvana, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, Cat Stevens and Linda Ronstadt.

KISS / Def Leppard
2014 North American tour

Jun 23 - West Valley City, UT - USANA Amphitheater
Jun 25 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center
Jun 27 - Ridgefield, WA - Sleep Country Amphitheater
Jun 29 - Auburn, WA - White River Amphitheater
Jul 02 - Concord, CA - Concord Pavilion
Jul 03 - Wheatland, CA - Sacramento Valley Amphitheater
Jul 05 - Irvine, CA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Jul 06 - Chula Vista, CA - Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Jul 08 - Los Angeles, CA - The Forum
Jul 09 - Phoenix, AZ - Ak-Chin Pavilion
Jul 12 - Austin, TX - austin360 Amphitheater
Jul 13 - Dallas, TX - Gexa Energy Pavilion
Jul 15 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center
Jul 16 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena
Jul 18 - Atlanta, GA - Aaron's Amphitheater at Lakewood
Jul 19 - Charlotte, NC - PNC Music Pavilion
Jul 20 - Raleigh, NC - Walnut Creek Amphitheater
Jul 22 - West Palm Beach, FL - Cruzan Amphitheater
Jul 23 - Tampa, FL - MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheater
Jul 25 - Bristow, VA - Jiffy Lube Live
Jul 26 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
Aug 01 - Mansfield, MA - Xfinity Center
Aug 02 - Atlantic City, NJ - Boardwalk Hall
Aug 03 - Camden, NJ - Susquehanna Bank Center
Aug 05 - Saratoga Springs, NY - Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Aug 06 - Wantagh, NY - Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre
Aug 08 - Virginia Beach, VA - Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
Aug 09 - Scranton, PA - Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain
Aug 10 - Hartford, CT - The Xfinity Theatre
Aug 12 - Toronto, ON - Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Aug 13 - Darien Center, NY - Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Aug 15 - East Troy, WI - Alpine Valley Music Theater
Aug 16 - Tinley Park, IL - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Aug 17 - Minneapolis, MN - Target Center**
Aug 20 - Des Moines, IA - Wells Fargo Arena**
Aug 22 - Noblesville, IN - Klipsch Music Center
Aug 23 - Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
Aug 24 - Burgettstown, PA - First Niagara Pavilion
Aug 26 - Cuyahoga Falls, OH - Blossom Music Center
Aug 28 - Maryland Heights, MO - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Aug 29 - Tulsa, OK - BOK Center
Aug 31 - Houston, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

See also:

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