Def Leppard, REO, Tesla Team Up For Huge Summer/Fall Tour

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2016-Tour-Ad-matte-Def-Leppard-360x270After postponing a set of 13 U.S. shows they were scheduled to play from late January into February, Def Leppard have just announced a new 50-plus date North American tour that begins on May 1st at the Moonstone Festival in Orlando, FL and goes to October 10th. The metallic pop kings will top a three-act blockbuster bill that also includes REO Speedwagon and Tesla.

Forced to reschedule when singer Joe Elliott experienced vocal problems, Def Leppard had been slated to share the bill on the postponed dates with Styx, who will play three of the first tour dates rescheduled from the previous tour (with Tesla added to the bill). The REO joins ti caravan on May 10 Bossier City, LA.

“I’m really looking forward to getting back out there and playing some great music with some great people for some of the most appreciative audiences in the world,” says a now recovered Elliott. “It really is always a pleasure.” He came down with laryngitis on the band’s Hysteria on the High Seas concert cruise in late January. The band performed for their loyal fans aboard the ship without Elliott for the first time in their history.

REO’s Kevin Cronin is also looking forward to the tour. “We played some shows with Def Leppard in 2008 and it was an amazing musical marriage, a melodic rock extravaganza. We are ready to restart that fire in 2016.”

Tickets can be purchased here. Styx has tour dates scheduled from March 17th to September 16th.

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2016 Def Leppard/REO Speedwagon/Tesla Tour Dates:
(except where noted)

May 1: Orlando, FL Moonstone Festival (Def Leppard & Tesla)
May 4: Lafayette, LA Lafayette Cajundome (Def Leppard, Styx & Tesla)
May 5: Corpus Christi, TX American Bank Center Arena (Def Leppard, Styx & Tesla)
May 7: Hidalgo, TX State Farm Arena (Def Leppard, Styx & Tesla)
May 10: Bossier City, LA CenturyLink Center
May 11: Little Rock, AR Verizon Arena
May 13: Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum Complex
May 15: Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
May 17: Allentown, PA PPL Center
May 18: Huntington, WV Big Sandy Superstore Arena
May 20: Orlando, FL Amway Center
June 22: Boston, MA Xfinity Center
June 24: Bangor, ME Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
June 25: Quebec City, QC Centre Videotron
June 27: Syracuse, NY Lakeview Amphtheatre
June 29: Hershey, PA Hershey Park Stadium
July 1: Indianapolis, IN Klipsch Music Center
July 2: Chicago, IL Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
July 5: Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
July 6: Milwaukee, WI Summerfest in Milwaukee
July 8: Pittsburgh, PA First Niagara Pavilion
July 9: Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
July 11: Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach
July 13: Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
July 15: Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
July 16: Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
August 6: Madison, WI Alliant Energy Center
August 8: Evansille, IN Ford Center
August 10: Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
August 12: Atlanta, GA Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
August 13: Raleigh, NC Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
August 17: Birmingham, AL Oak Mountain Amphitheater
August 19: Austin, TX Austin 360 Amphitheatre
August 22: Houston, TX The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman
August 24: Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion
August 26: Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
August 27: ST. Louis, MO Hollywood Casino
August 29: Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center
August 31: Darien Center, NY Darien PAC
Sept 14: Billings, MT Metrapark Arena
Sept 16: Salk Lake City, UT USANA Ampitheatere
Sept 17: Denver, CO Pepsi Center
Sept 19: Albuquerque, NM Isleta Amphitheatre
Sept 20: Phoenix, AZ Ak-Chin Pavilion
Sept 22: Irvine, CA Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre
Sept 25: Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
Sept 28: Boise, ID Taco Bell Arena
Sept 30: Eugene, OR Matthew Knight Arena
Oct 1: Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
Oct 4: Omaha, NE CenturyLink Center
Oct 5: Minneapolis, MN Xcel Center
Oct 7: La Crosse, WI La Crosse Center Arena
Oct 8: Toledo, OH Huntington Center
Oct 10: Cedar Rapids, IA U.S. Cellular Center

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