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Def Leppard, Cheap Trick, Poison to relive the 80s in 2009

on February 27, 2009, 9:05am

In what has become a customary in recent years, Def Leppard will again spend the summer bringing the sounds that earned them the selection of VH1’s 31st “Greatest Artist of Hard Rock.” Beginning late June, Joe Elliot and the rest of the English rock outfit will embark on a 40-date North American tour, their third extensive summer endeavor in four years.

Joining them on the entire tour, which officially kicks off on June 23rd in Camden, New Jersey and runs for the better part of two months before ending in early September in San Bernadino, California, will be fellow classic rockers Cheap Trick and Poison. Speaking of the bill in a recent interview with Billboard.com, Elliot noted that touring with karaoke favorites has its advantages:

“We’re going out with three bands, which limits’ the amount of time we can play to about 90 minutes. When you do your greatest hits and some new material or extra stuff you might throw in, you have got to push and shove and clamp down. No big long speeches from moi. You have to do the AC/DC thing and just bang through everything.”

Def Leppard will be touring in support of its tenth studio album, Songs from the Sparkle Lounge, whih was released in April of 2008, as well as upcoming reissues of two classic albums, 1983’s Pyromania and 1992’s Adrenalize. Exact release dates are still forthcoming.

Tickets to all dates will go on sale beginning March 6th.

Def Leppard 2009 Tour Dates:
06/12 – Dublin, IE @ O2 Arena
06/14 – Derby, UK @ Download Festival
06/23 – Camden, NJ @ TBA *^
06/25 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ TBA *^
06/26 – Darien Center, NY @ TBA *^
06/28 – Scranton, PA @ TBA *^
06/30 – Mansfield, MA @ TBA *^
07/01 – Holmdel, NJ @ TBA *^
07/03 – Saratoga Springs, NY @ TBA *^
07/04 – Toronto, ON @ TBA *^
07/07 – Hartford, CT @ TBA *^
07/08 – Wantagh, NY @ TBA *^
07/10 – Burgettstown, PA @ TBA *^
07/11 – Virginia Beach, VA @ TBA *^
07/12 – Bristow, VA @ TBA *^
07/15 – Cincinnati, OH @ TBA *^
07/17 – Tinley Park, IL @ TBA *^
07/18 – Milwaukee, WI @ TBA *^
07/20 – Maryland Heights, MO @ TBA *^
07/21 – Kansas City, MO @ TBA *^
07/23 – Nobelsville, IN @ TBA *^
07/24 – Clarkstone, MI @ TBA *^
08/07 – Raleigh, NC @ TBA *^
08/08 – Charlotte, NC @ TBA *^
08/10 – Nashville, TN @ TBA *^
08/11 – Birmingham, AL @ TBA *^
08/13 – W. Palm Beach, FL @ TBA *^
08/14 – Tampa, FL @ TBA *^
08/15 – Atlanta, GA @ TBA *^
08/18 – New Orleans, LA @ TBA *^
08/19 – Houston, TX @ TBA *^
08/21 – Dallas, TX @ TBA *^
08/22 – Tulsa, OK @ TBA *^
08/24 – Englewood, CO @ TBA *^
08/25 – Salt Lake City, UT @ TBA *^
08/28 – Albuquerque, NM @ TBA *^
08/29 – Phoenix, AZ @ TBA *^
08/30 – Irvine, CA @ TBA *^
09/02 – Mountain View, CA @ TBA *^
09/03 – Sacramento, CA @ TBA *^
09/05 – Las Vegas, NV @ TBA *^
09/07 – San Bernadino, CA @ TBA *^

* = w/ Cheap Trick
^ = w/ Poison

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