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Journey & Def Leppard Announce Dates For Epic Co-Headlining North American Tour

Journey & Def Leppard Announce Dates For Epic Co-Headlining North American Tour

Promising to be the Tour of the Year, two of the world’s greatest rock bands – DEF LEPPARD and JOURNEY – are teaming up for a massive co-headlining North American tour composed of both stadium and arena concerts, half the shows being closed by Journey and  half by Def Leppard. The tour, promoted by Live Nation, kicks off May 21 in Hartford, Connecticut, at the XL Center, and will feature complete sets and all-new production from both bands, and an arsenal of their hits such as “Pour Some Sugar on Me,” “Lights,” “Photograph,” “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Rock of Ages” and “Faithfully.” Tickets go on sale beginning Saturday, February 3, at LiveNation.com.  Stay tuned for presale and VIP ticketing information.

The 58-city tour will hit ten stadiums – Toronto’s Rogers Centre; Atlanta’s Sun Trust Park; Detroit’s Comerica Park; Chicago’s Wrigley Field; Denver’s Coors Field; Minneapolis’ Target Field; Boston’s Fenway Park; St. Louis’ Busch Stadium; San Francisco’s AT&T Park; and San Diego’s Petco Park – as well as world-famous arenas, such as Madison Square Garden in New York and the “Fabulous” Forum in Inglewood, California. A full list of tour dates can be found below.

Neal Schon said, “These co-headlining Journey/Def Leppard dates will be epic classic rock shows. So many hits. It will be great to see you all, friends!”

Said Joe Elliott, “This tour is going to be a blast! We’ve toured together before and it was massive.  This time it’s going to be even bigger and better!”

Jonathan Cain added, “We are all anxious to share our sound with the world again and, along with Def Leppard, we are part of a world-class package to the rock stage that spans decades and represents a multi-platinum legacy.”

Added Rick Savage of Def Leppard, “12 years ago we embarked on a US tour with Journey and it was an absolute blast. Looking forward to hooking up again. Believe me, this will be even more spectacular.”

2018 DEF LEPPARD & JOURNEY 2018 TOUR DATES

May 21 – Hartford, Connecticut, XL Center

May 23 – Albany, New York, Times Union Center

May 25 – Hershey, Pennsylvania, Hersheypark Stadium

May 26 – Buffalo, New York, KeyBank Center

May 28 – Cleveland, Quicken Loans Arena

May 30 – Cincinnati, U.S. Bank Arena

June 1 – Toronto, Rogers Centre

June 2 – Pittsburgh, PPG Paints Arena

June 5 – Raleigh, North Carolina, PNC Arena

June 6 – Knoxville, Tennessee, Thompson-Boling Arena

June 8 – Bristow, Virginia, Jiffy Lube Live

June 9 – Charlotte, North Carolina, Spectrum Center

June 11 – Philadelphia, Wells Fargo Center

June 13 – New York, Madison Square Garden

June 15 – Newark, New Jersey, Prudential Center

June 16 – Baltimore, Royal Farms Arena

July 1 – Atlanta, SunTrust Park

July 3 – Noblesville, Indiana, Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center

July 4 – Milwaukee, Summerfest

July 6 – Memphis, Tennessee, FedExForum

July 7 – North Little Rock, Arkansas, Verizon Arena

July 9 – Tulsa, Oklahoma, BOK Center

July 11 – Louisville, Kentucky, KFC Yum! Center

July 13 – Detroit, Comerica Park

July 14 – Chicago, Wrigley Field

July 16 – Wichita, Kansas, INTRUST Bank Arena

July 18 – Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Denny Sanford PREMIER Center

July 19 – Lincoln, Nebraska, Pinnacle Bank Arena

July 21 – Denver, Coors Field

July 23 – Des Moines, Iowa, Wells Fargo Arena

July 25 – Kansas City, Missouri, Sprint Center

July 27 – Minneapolis, Target Field

July 28 – Fargo, North Dakota, Fargodome

Aug. 11 – Boston, Fenway Park

Aug. 13 – Virginia Beach, Virginia, Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater

Aug. 15 – Columbia, South Carolina, Colonial Life Arena

Aug. 17 – Fort Lauderdale, Florida, BB&T Center

Aug. 18 – Tampa, Florida, Amalie Arena

Aug. 20 – Birmingham, Alabama, Legacy Arena @ The BJCC

Aug. 22 – Columbus, Ohio, Schottenstein Center

Aug. 24 – St. Louis, Busch Stadium

Aug. 25 – Nashville, Tennessee, Bridgestone Arena

Aug. 27 – New Orleans, Smoothie King Center

Aug. 29 – Dallas, American Airlines Center

Aug. 31 – San Antonio, AT&T Center

Sept. 1 – Houston, Toyota Center

Sept. 5 – Albuquerque, New Mexico, Isleta Amphitheater

Sept. 7 – Phoenix, Talking Stick Resort Arena

Sept. 8 – Las Vegas, T-Mobile Arena

Sept. 21 – San Francisco, AT&T Park

Sept. 23 – San Diego, Petco Park

Sept. 25 – Salt Lake City, Vivint Smart Home Arena

Sept. 26 – Nampa, Idaho, Ford Idaho Center Arena

Sept. 28 – Portland, Oregon, Moda Center

Sept. 29 – George, Washington, Gorge Amphitheatre

Oct. 1 – Vancouver, Rogers Arena

Oct. 4 – Sacramento, California, Golden 1 Center

Oct. 6 – Los Angeles, The Forum

**Not ticketed by Ticketmaster

About Journey:
JOURNEYNeal Schon (founding member and lead guitarist), Ross Valory (co-founding member and bassist), and longtime members Jonathan Cain (keyboardist), Steve Smith (drummer) and Arnel Pineda (lead singer) – is one of the most popular American rock bands of all time, creating some of the best-known songs in modern music, with iconic hits such as “Lights,” “Faithfully,” “Any Way You Want It,” “Wheel In The Sky,” “Separate Ways,” “Who’s Crying Now,” and the seminal “Don’t Stop Believin’,” which is the top-selling digital catalog track in history. Since the group’s formation in 1973, the band has earned 19 top 40 singles and 25 Gold and Platinum albums and has sold nearly 100 million albums globally.  Their Greatest Hits album is certified 15 times-Platinum, bringing Journey into the elite club of Diamond-certified award holders. The band continues to tour and record into the 21st century, performing concerts for millions of fans worldwide, and received the prestigious Billboard “Legends of Live” touring award.  Journey received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame, and is the subject of the award-winning documentary, ‘Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey.’  In 2017, Journey was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

About Def Leppard:
With more than 100 million albums sold worldwide and two prestigious Diamond Awards in the U.S., Def Leppard – Joe Elliott (vocals), Phil Collen (guitar), Rick “Sav” Savage (bass), Vivian Campbell (guitar) and Rick Allen (drums) — continue to be one of the most important forces in rock music. Over the course of their career the band has produced a series of classic ground-breaking albums that set the bar for generations of music fans and artists alike. The group’s spectacular live shows and arsenal of hits have become synonymous with their name, leading Def Leppard to be heralded as an institution in both the music and touring industry. Def Leppard’s influential career includes numerous hit singles and ground-breaking multi-platinum albums—including two of the best-selling albums of all time, Pyromania and Hysteria, capturing the group’s legendary tracks, bringing together classic Leppard hits such as “Rock of Ages”, Pour Some Sugar on Me” and “Foolin.” The band’s most recent self-titled studio album debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums and Top Independent Albumscharts. The album also took the #5 spot on Billboard’s Top Current Albums and #10 spot on the Top 200, as well as claiming 15 top 10 debuts around the world.  For the first time, in January 2018 Def Leppard debuted their full recording catalog worldwide via streaming and dow

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Music Review: Def Leppard’s Expanded 30th Anniversary ‘Hysteria’ Reissue

Music Review: Def Leppard’s Expanded 30th Anniversary ‘Hysteria’ Reissue

I dare just about anyone walking over the age of 24 to not hear the song “Pour Some Sugar on Me and not single along. If one thing is synonymous with the late 1980’s era of excess and fun loving times its Def Leppard’s “Hysteria” album. 5 chart topping singles, over 10 million albums sold worldwide, a sold out 16 month world tour and 30 years later the legend grows as the music is still going.

In February 1984  the band Def Leppard  entered  a studio to record an album called Animal Instinct with producer Mutt Lange of AC/DC fame. Lange quit while in pre-production due to exhaustion. After s few other producers and song writers came and went the initial recording sessions were entirely scrapped. In December 1984, Rick Allen lost his left arm when he wrecked his car on a back road. Further adding to the delay as Allen’s recovery and learning his new drum kit.  Lange unexpectedly returned in the fall of 1985 and the band continued on with production.

January 1987 the band recorded one last song as a possible b side titled “Pour Some Sugar on Me“. Sequencing, mixing, artwork and a music video would take another 7 months and then the album was finally released August 1987. A weird choice if the song “Women” was the first single released and it pretty much flopped in the US. It was number 1 in England and after 3 singles including “Animal” and “Hysteria” the last recorded “Pour Some Sugar on Me” was released and the rest is history. 30 years later Def Leppard gives us the 30th Anniversary of “Hysteria” in multiple formats.

Included in this set is the of course the original album remastered. A book with never before seen photos, liner notes about the songs and recordings. 2 disc’s of preciously released b-sides, live sings and various remixes. including your reviewers favorite “TEAR IT DOWN”.  Disc 4 and 5 is a live show called  “IN THE ROUND, IN YOUR FACE” from the HYSTERIA world tour. Most of the showers were performed “in the round”, the staging was set up in the middle of arenas, giving the audience a “in the round” view so there wasn’t a bad seat in the house. Also underneath the stage is where a lot of hijinx and rock n roll decadence took place.

The Hysteria tour lasted 16 months with 4 different trips through the US. My Brother told me that he saw the band 3 times on the Hysteria tour and everytime the setlist was different giving the fans a reason to see it more than once. There was no bigger album in the 1980’s from a hard rock band released. This album is in a catagory with other 1980’s mega sellers such as “Thriller”, “Purple Rain”, “Whitney Houston”, “Bad” and “1984”.  Another interesting fact is that Tesla was the opening act on this tour for their sophomore album “Mechanical Resonance” with so much exposure on the 16 month tour this helped to get this band put on the map as a force to be reckoned with.

Tesla would later have a hand in helping launce the “unplugged craze” and the 2 bands continue to tour together today. This anniversry set is available in 3 different versions. A few other interesting things to know about ‘Hysteria’ is that is album at the time was the longest single album clocking in at 63 minutes. The new technology of Compact Disc’s helped with the ingenuity of that. “Pour Some Sugar on Me” was actually a slight Mutt Lange experiment into the rap/rock genre made famous a few years earlier by Aerosmith and RUN DMC. Drummer Rick Allen’s hospital stay from his arm amputation gave him time to sit and think up his innovation electro/acoustic drum set he would use for the next 30 years.

John E. Thunder – Staff Writer
Born in the 70’s and raised in the 80’s, John is a true child of the the greatest decade. A lifelong fan of Star Wars and glam rock, he shows no fear in still rockin’ a fanny pack. While Jason Voorhees may have struck fear into his heart as a boy, now it’s responsibilities of adulthood which leave him quaking in his boots. A father of 3 boys, he takes great pride in passing on the great music and movies decades past to future generations. John E. can be found on a beach during the summer and traveling the country in the fall and winter. His motto is ….”Gene Simmons, Gene Lovell and G.I. JOE taught me everything that I’ll ever need to know”.

Legendary British rock ‘n’ roll icons Def Leppard celebrate the 30th anniversary of their seminal album ‘Hysteria,’ one of the best-selling and most influential releases in music history, with the release of Hysteria (Remastered 2017). 

‘Hysteria’ Tracklisting

Disc 1: Original album remastered
1. Women
2. Rocket
3. Animal
4. Love Bites
5. Pour Some Sugar on Me
6. Armageddon It
7. Gods of War
8. Don’t Shoot Shotgun
9. Run Riot
10. Hysteria
11. Excitable
12. Love and Affection

Disc 2: B-Sides and Hysteria Radio Documentary
1. Tear It Down – B-Side
2. I Wanna Be Your Hero – Retro-Active
3. Ride into The Sun – Retro-Active
4. Ring of Fire – B-Side
5. Women – Edit Version
6. Rocket (Lunar Mix) – 7″ Single
7. Love Bites – Radio Edit
8. Hysteria – Edit Version
9. Pour Some Sugar on Me – Edit Version
10. Armageddon It – Edit Version
11. Release Me – Stumpus Maximus
12. Classic Album – Hysteria: BBC Radio Documentary

Disc 3: Mixes / B-Sides
1. Rocket (The Lunar Mix – Extended Version) – B-Side
2. Armageddon It (The Nuclear Mix) – 12″ Single
3. Animal – Extended Version
4. Pour Some Sugar on Me – Extended Version
5. Excitable (The Orgasmic Mix) – B-Side
6. Rocket (Lunar Mix) – B-Side
7. Armageddon It (The Atomic Mix) – 7″ Single
8. Rock of Ages (Live) – B-Side
9. Love and Affection (Live) – B-Side
10. Billy’s Got a Gun (Live) – B-Side

Disc 4: In The Round In Your Face (Live)
1. Stagefright
2. Rock! Rock! (Till You Drop)
3. Women
4. Too Late for Love
5. Hysteria
6. Gods of War
7. Die Hard the Hunter

Disc 5: In the Round in Your Face (Live)
1. Bringin’ On the Heartbreak
2. Foolin’
3. Armageddon It
4. Animal
5. Pour Some Sugar on Me
6. Rock of Ages
7. Photograph

DVD 1: Documentary / Live Performances / Promo Videos
1. Rock of Ages: Def Leppard Documentary
2. Rocket – TOTP
3. Pour Some Sugar on Me – TOTP
4. Animal – TOTP
5. Pour Some Sugar on Me – Brit Awards
6. Women – Promo Video
7. Animal – Promo Video
8. Pour Some Sugar on Me – Promo Video
9. Pour Some Sugar on Me – US Version Live
10. Hysteria – Promo Video
11. Love Bites – Promo Video
12. Rocket – Promo Video
13. Armageddon It (Live) – Promo Video

DVD 2: Classic Album Documentary
1. Introduction
2. Animal
3. Hysteria
4. Rocket
5. Love Bites
6. Pour Some Sugar on Me
7. Initial Recordings of Animal
8. Rick Gets Hysterical
9. Hysteria (Acoustic Performance)
10. Drumming – Return to The Status Quo
11. The Album According to Joe
12. Sugar Stripped Down
13. Pour Some Sugar on Me (Acoustic Performance)
14. Guitars, Guitars, Guitars
15. Windmill II and The Gods of War
16. Mutt’s Vocals in The Mix
17. The Album Is Finally Released

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