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defleppardgroupblue400 KISS and Def Leppard will team up this summer for a 42-city North American tour that will “deliver good news and excitement,” says KISS guitarist Paul Stanley.

The tour begins June 23rd in West Valley City, Utah, and wraps up August 31st in Woodlands, Texas. Tickets go on sale starting Friday.

The groups announced the tour Monday at the House of Blues in Los Angeles.The press conference was streamed live via the Live Nation website.

Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott says he and Gene Simmons first discussed the idea of the two bands touring together when he and the Kiss bassist played some South American dates two years ago as part of a rock-and-roll all-stars tour. “It’s finally happened, which is fantastic,” Elliott says.

It’ll be the first time the two bands have shared a bill, though Stanley says, “We’ve run into each other at festivals. It just seemed to be a natural fit.” Stanley also noted that one of guitarist Phil Collen’s pre-Def Leppard bands, Girl, opened for KISS in the U.K. during the early ’80s.

KISS did a similar co-headlining tour with Motley Crue in 2012.

KISS released its first albums, 40 years ago, and the band will commemorate the anniversary with a slew of archival releases, including a 34-LP vinyl box set and a two-CD compilation called KISS 40. The group will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame April 10th.

Def Leppard has been writing music for the group’s next album. “We all camped out at my house last month and wrote songs, which you will hear none of this summer,” Elliott says. Collen says he expects that album to come out in 2015.

Simmons says a dollar from each ticket sold on the tour will go to to the Wounded Warrior Project and other military non-profits. Those charitable partners include the USO, Hire a Hero, Project Resiliency/The Raven Drum Foundatio, and The Augusta Warrior Project. “Politicians fart through their mouth,” Simmons says. “Only the military makes freedom possible.”

Stanley adds that the group also plans to hire vets for its 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.”

Elliot says he doesn’t see any rivalry developing between the groups while they’re on tour. “It’s two great bands that are going to be playing for the same amount of time,” he says. “It’s joint forces. I don’t see it as competitive at all.”

KISS/Def Leppard tour dates:


23 – USANA Amphitheater, West Valley City, Utah
25 – Pepsi Center, Denver, Colo.
27 – Sleep Country Amphitheater, Ridgefield, Wash.
29 – White River Amphitheatre, Auburn, Wash.


2 – Concord Pavilion, Concord, Calif.
3 – Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Wheatland, Calif.
5 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Irvine, Calif.
6 – Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Chula Vista, Calif.
8 – The Forum, Los Angeles, Calif.
9 – Ak-Chin Pavilion, Phoenix, Ariz.
12 – Austin360 Amphitheater, Austin, Texas (on sale March 22nd)
13 – Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas, Texas
15 – Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
16 – Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tenn.
18 – Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, Atlanta, Ga. (on sale March 22nd)
19 – PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte, N.C.
20 – Walnut Creek Amphitheatre, Raleigh, N.C.
22 – Cruzan Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, Fla.
23 – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa, Fla.
25 – Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, Va.
26 – PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, N.J. (on sale March 22nd)


1 – Xfinity Center, Mansfield, Mass.
2 – Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, N.J.
3 – Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, N.J.
5 – Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (on sale March 22nd)
6 – Nikon At Jones Beach Theatre, Wantagh, N.Y. (on sale March 22nd)
8 – Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach, Virginia Beach, Va. (on sale March 22nd)
9 – Pavilion at Montage Mountain, Scranton, Penn.
10 – Xfinity Theatre, Hartford, Conn.
12 – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, Toronto, On.
13 – Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Darien, N.Y. (on sale March 22nd)
15 – Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, Wisc.
16 – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, Tinley Park, Ill.
17 – Target Center, Minneapolis, Minn.
20 – Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, Iowa
22 – Klipsch Music Center, Noblesville, Ind.
23 – DTE Energy Music Theatre, Clarkston, Mich. (on sale March 22nd)
24 – First Niagara Pavilion, Burgettstown, Penn. (on sale March 22nd)
26 – Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
28 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Maryland Heights, Mo. (on sale March 22nd)
29 – BOK Center, Tulsa, Okla.
31 – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Woodlands, Texas

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  1. And if Stanley and Simmons weren’t such complete dicks at this point in their careers, fronting a glorified tribute band, they wouldn’t have to do co-headlining tours every summer. But their behavior and poor choices continue to deplete the fanbase…

    1. That’s an interesting construct. But one that doesn’t hold water. If your premise were true, bands like Def Leppard, who do nothing but build good will with their fan base, would be selling out arenas and stadiums worldwide. While people have their issues with Simmons and Stanley, the amount of people that truly feel passionate about it are not significant enough to truly tank their current successes, or explain their current failures. The truth is that none of these bands and their peers are selling out arenas and must resort to co-headlines and smaller bills. Bon Jovi is the only exception, and only because they adapted as music trends changed. And in spite of Jon Bon Jovi’s only reputation for being egotistical and ego-maniacal.

        1. I think AC/DC is biggest of them all – should they release another album and tour with it, they will most certainly sell out any arena anywhere. Last time Kiss was in Europe they played 12,000 seaters, last time AC/DC was around they played stadiums of 40,000. Bon Jovi might have a a bit of a problem in the future if Sambora does not return.

    2. Gee, so I guess the Creatures era was a glorified coverband right? Or Revenge? Or Hot in the Shade era? Etc, etc, etc. Thats okay man, youre stuck in the 70s Even if Pete and Ace had big money contracts they wouldve still fucked up Kiss. Ace was TRASHED even on opening night of the farewell tour, so I guess according to you Gene and Paul shouldve let an alcoholic dictate their careers. Almost every band out there is lacking a full lineup…I did say ALMOST…so just stay home, no biggie.

      1. Y’know why CREATURES, REVENGE or HOT IN THE SHADE aren’t tribute bands? Because they didn’t paint their new members in other members’ make-up and try to pretend the previous members hadn’t been kicked out or left (over money…not alcoholism). Peter asked to be paid the same as Ace and get back pay. Kicked out. Ace left…for various reasons. He wasn’t kicked out. They begged him to stay…even going to a convention and giving him a birthday cake. Once he said forget it, they revised history and said he was always high or drunk and they had to let him go.

        As for those eras, they made music that they wanted to and didn’t try to recreate the past. CREATURES is a great album and every guitarist on it sound like themselves…not copying Ace.

        I saw KISS without Ace and Peter before the reunion. Great shows by a current band. I saw them reunited three times. The sloppiest player all three times I saw them was Gene. Ace was great. Peter was good…not great. But certainly good enough and not drunk or high.

        I saw KISS a few years ago. It was pathetic. Tommy’s solo was a rip-off of Ace’s with none of his own identity. I actually heard more than a few fans that night complain that the band was doing nothing new. It was just a tired show.

        I don’t mind the new albums. But I wish they would try to be their own band.

        And yes…they could be the original four. They could, if they stopped paying the original members shit and then revising history every time one of them has to leave. Funny that the two members that most other people in the industry bitch about being hard to work with or likely to rip you off are the two members left. Meanwhile, most people who have worked with Ace or Peter sing their praises.

        KISS should have broken up in 2000 (as they promised to…”Farewell Tour”, my ass).

        1. Ohh you heard “more than a few” fans complain. One to the left of you and one to the right? Your entire post is so tired. Same old yearning for the good old days. Dude, you will never have the 32 inch waist and the full head of hair ever again. You need to evolve as an adult and accept the fact that your calendar says 2014.

          1. No, KISS need to evolve and realize that THEIR calendar says 2014. They’re the ones who are stuck in the past, trying to recreate with impersonators what they did decades ago. Sounds like Erik just wants the band to go forward like they did in the 80s and 90s, rather than backward like they’ve done since 2000.

    3. Oh brother!! Kiss is just so done now. Touring with one of te most vanilla bands ever. I do like some Def but just so over produces cheesy songs if you ask me. High “N” Dry was the real deal. Some of Paromania kicked. This proves Eddies point. Kiss can no longer cut it alone doing big arena shows. I last saw Kiss in Dec. of 09″ at Sprint Center in Kansas City. It was a little more than half full. Mabe. The show wasn’t even close to the every level of original Kiss. Gene and Paul can put Ace and Peter down all they want. But they can’t deny the energy Ace and Peter bring on stage. Mistakes included.

  2. The charities Simmons speaks of are great… But how about preventing these wars started by the bankster-run Military Industrial Complex in the first place? “Politicians fart through their mouth,” Simmons says. Agreed, but we elect them. Politicians are just the teleprompter-reading puppets. You know there’s more than just the two duopoly lobby-funded parties to vote for?

    More vets die from suicides when back home than from combat. There’s no freedom when the US and the world is being over-run by this scum. Look at the state of Iraq now compared to prior the wars.

    Simmons says. “Only the military makes freedom possible.” Complete Lie. Tell that to Mahatma Gandhi. He’s encouraging more war based on propaganda. The US is becoming a police state, based on false pretences. Violence breeds violence. If we want to know about freedom, and how to go about it, we’re better off staying out, and minding our own business, and not going into more debt, Future generations will be paying off trillions in war debt. Freedom, eh?

    I’ll be impressed on the day I see some Palestinian roadies helping putting the Kiss show together. Much like the politicians we know of, I wouldn’t let Simmons screw with your wallet, or your life (by serving in these wars)…

    1. What does have to do with a rock show? One of the bands aren’t even American. If they want to give money to soldiers then good for them. I think Simmons is grateful to be American considering where he started out. That being said, could anyone find 2 less political bands in all of music? All of their songs are about girls and good times. Did you get lost on the way to another website. POUR SOME SUGAR ON ME? Boy that one makes me political. COLD GIN? That affects my opinion on foriegn policy. Talk about the shirtless guitar player and go elsewhere with 2 duopoly funded parties.

      1. That is why I am saying it is all business moves, appealing to the veterans, disguising the two employees as founding members, you name it, it is all about filling the wallets no matter how strange, inconsistent, idiotic or even blantently obvious it is. As long as people keep buying tickets, they’ll carry on this way.

  3. If Gene and Paul want to hire some veterans, why don’t they hire Ace and Peter. Ha! Hope they enjoy playing to half-filled arenas and outdoor venues. Def Leppard is a great band but they’ve just about toured themselves into extinction. In my opinion, I think they will see very poor ticket sales because of the way they are treating Ace and Peter. For a guy who cares so much about the almighty dollar, Gene is making a poor financial decision pertaining to the hall of fame induction.

    1. They have become like sedate dinosaurs on the eve of extinction, their time, sad to say, is over but they just do not want to realize. Music business changes, and people do not have the money like they did so if these bands do not offer what they could offer some time ago ticket sales will of course plummet.

  4. Two once-great bands doing the same old greatest hits shows that they’ve both been doing for years. Yawn. You’ve even got Phil promising they WON’T be doing any new material – wow, what a selling point LOL! It’s nice that they’re donating a little of the money to a good cause, but regardless, I definitely won’t be attending any shows on this tour, because in both cases I’ve already seen it… many, many times (and in Kiss’s case, with the REAL Spaceman and Catman, not the impersonators). Hopefully Def Lep’s new album will be the return-to-hard-rock-form I’ve been waiting so long for them to do – hey, if Metallica could finally return to their roots (on Death Magnetic), so can the Leps.

  5. The Camden NJ show lists tickets at $40 (most likely the lawn) and $171 (including fees). Gene and Paul have truly lost their minds if they think people are going to pay close to $200 to see this tour. Especially after the HOF debacle. “Playing for the same amount of time” as Def Leppard? I think I’ll pass on this one.

    1. Allof the negative shit over has beens like Ace and Peter is crap. Cut off your nose to spite your face. I have gone to the last two Kiss concerts in San Diego and they have packed them in. Get over it and get a life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      1. Really? Why do they co headline if they are such a draw in the US? They played Ft Lauderdale in a 5K capacity arena last year and did half a house. You don’t tour with Motley or Def Leppard unless you need help selling tickets! Who does Sabbath have opening? Anyone know?? Exactly my point. THEY fill arenas on their own.

  6. I find it quite interesting since Tommy/Eric have joined KISS and impersonated Ace/Peter that “You wanted the best You got the best” tag line has consisted of mainly co-headlining tours with Poison, Aerosmith, Motley Crue and now Def Leppard in amphitheaters/fairs/casinos. Furthermore, KISS has released two average records and Def Leppard hasn’t had a hit since 199???? So as much as I understand how hard KISS has worked in rebranding itself over the last ten years, it ultimately comes down to product on stage…the same old act only now the once proud prize fighter has turned into the guy who doesn’t know when to say enough is enough. Charging $150 when the evidence is all over YouTube that neither Paul Stanley or Joe Elliott can sing anymore has me saying no thanks!

    1. I’ve seen Def Leppard live a lot over the last few years; I even attended the Hysteria residency in Vegas last spring. Joe is still very good at what he does. It’s hard to hit those high notes from those famous Def Leppard songs, but Joe still does an admirable job.

      1. Finally! Someone who realizes that age has an effect on the human body and vocal cords. There are so many peopole who think that, 30 and 40 years after beginning concerts, every singer should sound the same. Let me ask all of you 50+ year old idiots out there one question? Is your body still in the same shape it was 40 years ago. No! I didn’t think so! Get over it and accept the cycle of life for what it is and what it does………..MAKES YOU OLDER!!!!!

  7. Father time has slowed these bands down tremendously (esp kiss who’s show is physically demanding anyways)…its fair to say these bands are past their prime but find me a new/up and coming band that can push them aside? The fact these bands are still relevant speaks volumes that todays music just sucks…case in point….take 20 of the shittiest new bands..put them on one bill and you have ozzfest…

    1. That’s a good point. Where are the new bands?
      I’ve seen Def Leppard 3 times and Kiss just again last year.
      The last time I saw Def Leppard was with Styx which was probably 3-4 years ago. Styx pretty much blew them off the stage that night.
      Not saying I wouldn’t go see theses bands again but it seems like the only bands touring anymore are from 30 to 40 years ago.

    2. Agreed. Funny how nobody is slamming NIN and Soundgarden for touring together this summer. Funny how nobody gave Billy Joel and Elton John any grief. Bitch all you want rock fans. 10 years from now all these bands will be gone and we’ll be left with Nickelback touring with the Biebs. Enjoy or get lost, cause its going to get a lot worse.

      1. Ain’t it the truth. BLACK LABEL will be the only show in town. Sebastion Bach is also young. Look at what the fuck happened to MOLLY HATCHETT and that may be the future for these other bands.

    3. ERIC!!! Wow! Your way off dude IMO. There are plenty of great new bands out there. Me personally I get sick of radio stations playing the same old shit over and over. We all like to hear stuff we grew up with but jeez man it’s like way past boring for me at this point. How many times can you listen to Sweet Home Alabama and get your rocks off? Listen to some new shit bro. Really the only band from back in the day that still puts out new music and that isn’t stuck in the classic rock catogory is U2.. Rey have stayed valid. They grew and didn’t keep playing the same shit. THIER music never sounded dated. A lot if these bands sound the same from back in the day. I think it would be really cool for Trunk or somebody to push new bands and solo artists. Why keep rehashing the same old bands and material over and over? There is great new music out there. We just need to give these new bands a chance and have an open mind. It’s not all about ” Oh jeez I screwed this chick to this song” and always living in the past, in your younger years. Eddie bring some new blood to the table bro!!!

  8. Funny watching Eric Singer tell Tommy Thayer “Thanks” with a sarcastic tone when Tommy took it upon himself to speak on ‘behalf’ of Eric at the press conference. Similar to the Kiss convention in Indianapolis when Tommy outright took the microphone from Eric during a Q&A session and Eric let Tommy know he didn’t appreciate that either. What’s amazing is that Tommy definitely has a superiority complex over Eric, yet Eric has 20x the talent.

  9. Def Leppard will co-headline with anybody even a nobody onstage Foreigner, Elliot’s voice is so juiced by Pro-Tools he could be like Britney soon, lipsyncing which may happen 20 gigs in. Vets get a dollar, christ the ticket agencies get more by 25 fold. “Same amount of time as DL?”. Looks like the shorter sets now. “No new material” I hope so Phil, $170 to see some b.s. ’14 garbage over a High & Dry cut would be hilarious, beer walk time. Peter & Ace at 25% engines with P&G would get 20,000 a night worldwide and they come cheaper than DL. This thing will tank, 5,432 in Utah, 8,658 in Denver, the $ guys get worried 5 shows in.

  10. Now, Paul Stanley is complaining about why Tommy and Eric aren’t also being inducted into the HOF. Give me a break. Yes, Paul has a strong argument in that the HOF is not consistent in terms of who from a band gets inducted. He talks about Tommy and Eric having been in the band longer than Ace and Peter. But name me one song written by Eric or Tommy that has charted. None. I don’t care if they’ve been in the band 20 years. The question is what are their results besides going on tour? Nothing but a couple of albums that hardly sold. That is not Hall worthy. Ace and Peter with Kiss? Tons of hits on the radio and gold or platinum albums. The Hall made the right call by not allowing Tommy and Eric in – for sure. Bruce Kulick, however, is another matter. Paul should be complaining about Bruce not being inducted if anything, but all is complaining is really just about helping the current lineupl make maximum dollars on tour, else he’d be dropping Bruce’s name which he has NOT. Bruce in Kiss did have charting albums and singles.

  11. I’ll take Rival Sons and Scorpion Child and a host of other bands that I seek out because they kick ass…. not some band that needs to hang it up….any day and twice on Sunday. I do give some love to Def Leppard though.

  12. “Rock’s biggest bands to tour” – what a joke. If they were the two biggest bands there would be no need to co-headline, of course. And why give one Dollar to the veterans – well, maybe they are just trying to milk that fanbase among the military by suggesting that Kiss is the soundtrack to their patriotic feelings and actions. It is all so phoney. Actually, I think it is appalling to use the wounded feelings (if not bodies) of the veterans who are looking for respect and thankfulness in society (and often not getting it) to make profit by selling them tickets or make others buy tickets to support these people. It is a business move, nothing else, it has nothing to do with real compassion or respect. It is the same like the ever ongoing phoney hrase of being there “for the fans”.

  13. If you want the original line up, There won’t be a KISS. It’s that simple. Ace quit and was offered the a spot in the band for a third time and he declined. Peter of course was fired again.

  14. As for the tour, the days of me paying $200.00 for a ticket is over. I payed $9.00 to see Van Halen in 1981, $10.00 to see KISS in 1983. Adjust for inflation, Ticket prices are extremely over priced. I paid $185.00 for OK seats to KISS Motley Crue. $175.00 for Van Halen same year. I’m done, I’ll buy the CD’s and live DVD’s .

  15. Unless I missed reading it, which band will open? I’m a much bigger Def Lepp fan; their music always captured me more than what KISS has put out. This is definitely an interesting pairing for a concert tour.

  16. …and for those that wanted to support the suggestion posed by Scott Ian that Kiss was supposedly bigger today than in 1977? The real Kiss at their peak didn’t need to co-headline with a band like Foreigner or Bad Company back in the day since they could do it on their own. The Motley Crue co-headline tour wasn’t some fluke or novelty act, but the standard by which the cover band has to conform to if they are to play arenas in the U.S.. While the original Kiss was the biggest band in the world in the late 70’s, the cover band wouldn’t even come close to being in the top 10 rock acts today that have, can, and could play arenas in the states on their own merit. Bands already mentioned like AC/DC and Bon Jovi are too obvious. I’m sure the Queen get together will pull great numbers on this upcoming tour of theirs. Just two or three years ago Roger Waters was still headlining arenas just as a solo artist. Perhaps the best example is some overrated, post-grunge band like Nickelback are still headlining arenas in this country. For those that wanted to debate the cover band being bigger than the real thing in their prime need to stick with Scott Ian’s spoken word outings and leave the reality check to the Kiss fans that clearly know the difference from the classic lineup success to the Gene and Paul imposter band.

  17. Ed – can you confirm if Night Ranger will be the third band on the bill? No mention of any opening act was made at the press conference. I know Poison was supposed to be on the tour, but Bret didn’t want to hit the road with Poison this summer. Would love to see Night Ranger on this bill.

  18. YEAH! I want to see the original KISS lineup tour too!!!! I don’t care if they don’t get along with each other. I don’t care if Ace and Peter don’t even want to tour with KISS anymore. I don’t care if they go onstage and sound horrible. I just want to see the original lineup because KISS owes me. Don’t ask me what they owe me. They just owe me. If I don’t get my way, I’m going to trash Paul and Gene because….well…because they moved on. While I’m at it, I want the mullet to come back. I want Eddie Trunk to do “Metal News” at 11 p.m. on WDHA every Friday night. I want L’Amours to reopen and have Anthrax and Metallica to play there with their original lineup. I also want Full House back on TV with the original lineup too. Why? Because KISS owes me!

  19. they skipped Kansas City when they toured with the Crue now they are shipping KC with Def. personally who cares? dressing up dog turds as Ace and Peter doesnt make them Ace and Peter. i fell sorry for Eric who is an excellent player and i love the first Badlands album, but who would turn down the money for playing in Kiss. Tommy has always been a Gene and Paul suckup Black and Blue was never that good. if Kiss was really doing it for the music they would drop the makeup but they are living off the nostalgia of it. Gene’s voice is gone and he moves like he is stuck in glue and he is a dick. Def would/should tour after this fiasco, which they will if they are putting a new album out and i will go see them,they always come to KC but Kiss can suck it.

  20. Both bands 20 shows in will be on fumes. Both can’t headline arenas anymore, it is ’85 time for Kiss except on album where they still bring it on and Def Leppard is all toured out.

  21. I guess the one downer is a shorter setlist..that being said, man I love when kis does war machine live…I get visions of eric carr on top of that big tank….that being said, am I the only one that thinks kiss’ stage is lame?

  22. I dig SIKK-
    always have , & seen them several times, …but DEF.LEP.?!

    Not sure it’s worth the price ?
    they(MY OPINION) fell into the abyss the way of Aerosmith,
    Thos creamy crusty lame-0 BALLADS …that all sound the same, filler junk, cry baby , over-played super radio friendly hits.

  23. I know this tour will outsell the Soundgarden / NIN tour. In fact, most reserved seating is gone for the KISS / Leppard Atlanta show. You can still buy great seats for Soundgarden and NIN, for half the price at the same 19,000 seat amphitheater.

  24. Hey, does anyone know who will perform first at the Camden concert (Kiss or Leppard) or if there will be an opening act? My 6 yr old son is obsessed with KISS and I trying to figure out if it makes sense to get tickets or not (as he won’t stay awake much past 9). Thanks

  25. I just hope Mr Trunk and the other haters, in the interest of consistency, will loudly proclaim that Judas Priest should NOT be touring this year, or ever again, since they did a “farewell” tour couple years ago. Don’t be hypocrites in your bashing! Oh yea and isn’t Priest still using a new guitar player? Oh my, now Priest is just a cover band!! Get to it fellas! Start ur Priest bashing!

    1. STUNNING people can not see the difference between replacement members in bands and replacement members IMPERSONATING what others created. It is so dumb it is hard to comment further. And who ever said anything about bands coming back from Farewell’s… wow. How any will lineup to see AC/DC with a new “schoolboy”. Just amazing..

  26. Did any one notice that now that they arent selling tickets they have reduced the prices!! I bought my tickets months ago for 99.50 plus fees at PNc in NJ. I looked at live nation today and the seats in the same row as min are now 79.50 plus fees!! WTF! I get screwed by buying tix early? I’ve never seen this before , what b.s . There are tons of tickets still available, they should offer an upgrade for people who bought early!

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