Kiss & Def Leppard to embark on 2014 tour

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Veteran rockers Kiss and Def Leppard are to embark on a Summer tour in 2014. The two bands are due to share the stage on a 40 date Summer tour which will see the bands tour across North America beginning on the 23rd of June. The groups announced the tour on Monday at the House of Blues in Los Angeles. This will be an historic event(s) as both bands have never toured together before.

Joe Elliott of Def Leppard said that he and KISS’s Gene Simmons discussed the idea of touring together two years ago, adding that it seemed like a “natural fit” for the groups to join forces.

The bands have decided to support the American armed forces by partnering with different military organisations for the tour. ABC has reported that one dollar from each ticket sold is due to  go towards military charities which include, USO, Hiring Our Heroes, Project Resiliency/The Raven Drum Foundation, August Warrior Project and the Wounded Warrior Project and military employees are to receive a ticket discount. 

There has been talk of the rivalry of the two bands which it seems hasn’t been lost.

“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 adds, “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.”

Concert tickets with a special pre-sale at Military.com starting Tuesday, March 18 at 10AM local time.

See below for full tour dates.

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