Def Leppard and KISS Reveal Tour Plans

03/18/2014
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As expected, Def Leppard and KISS announced on Monday that they will be teaming up for a North American tour this summer and they also revealed that the trek will benefit military charities.

The bands made the announcement during a press conference in Los Angeles. The tour is scheduled to get underway on June 23rd at USANA Amphitheater in West Valley City, UT.

ABC reports that one dollar from each ticket sold will go to military charities and Def Leppard announced that those charities include USO, Hiring Our Heroes, Project Resiliency/The Raven Drum Foundation, August Warrior Project and the Wounded Warrior Project.

Members of the military will also be given access to a special ticket pre-sale on Military.com where they will be offered discounted tickets to the upcoming shows.

Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott explained during the press conference that although KISS will be closing each show, there won't be competition between the bands on the tour, "Certain people think it's gonna be competitive, you know, and I just don't see it as competitive," he said. "These two great bands that are gonna be playing for the same amount of time -- it's joint forces. I mean, I don't see it as competitive at all."

Paul Stanley of KISS added, "I think this all comes down to pride. You know, rivalry, who's gonna be better...I think this is about going out and being your best.

"Because when you're at your best, they get the best. It's all about giving the audience what they deserve and we'll sleep very contently tonight, knowing that we're doing this together."

It was also revealed that aside from the North American dates the tour may be extended to include international dates, according to ABC.

Dates:
6/23 -- West Valley City, UT, USANA Amphitheater
6/25 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
6/27 -- Ridgefield, WA, Sleep Country Amphitheater
6/29 -- Auburn, WA, White River Amphitheater
7/2 -- Concord, CA, Concord Pavilion
7/3 -- Wheatland, CA, Sacramento Valley Amphitheater
7/5 -- Irvine, CA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
7/6 -- Chula Vista, CA, Sleep Train Amphitheatre
7/8 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Forum
7/9 -- Phoenix, AZ, Ak-Chin Pavilion
7/12 -- Austin, TX, austin360 Amphitheater
7/13 -- Dallas, TX, Gexa Energy Pavilion
7/15 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center
7/16 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
7/18 -- Atlanta, GA, Aaron's Amphitheater at Lakewood
7/19 -- Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion
7/20 -- Raleigh, NC, Walnut Creek Amphitheater
7/22 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Cruzan Amphitheater
7/23 -- Tampa, FL, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheater
7/25 -- Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live
7/26 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
8/1 -- Mansfield, MA, Xfinity Center
8/2 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Boardwalk Hall
8/3 -- Camden, NJ, Susquehanna Bank Center
8/5 -- Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center
8/6 -- Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre
8/8 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
8/9 -- Scranton, PA, Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain
8/10 -- Hartford, CT, The Xfinity Theatre
8/12 -- Toronto, Canada, Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
8/13 -- Darien Center, NY, Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
8/15 -- East Troy, WI, Alpine Valley Music Theater
8/16 -- Tinley Park, IL, First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
8/17 -- Minneapolis, MN, Target Center
8/20 -- Des Moines, IA, Wells Fargo Arena
8/22 -- Noblesville, IN, Klipsch Music Center
8/23 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
8/24 -- Burgettstown, PA, First Niagara Pavilion
8/26 -- Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Blossom Music Center
8/28 -- Maryland Heights, MO, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
8/29 -- Tulsa, OK, BOK Center
8/31 -- The Woodlands, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

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