Def Leppard Kicks Off U.S. Spring Tour This Week

March 26, 2008

Recorded last year during month-long stints at lead singer Joe Elliott’s Dublin studio, the album’s title refers to a backstage area called “The Sparkle Lounge” on Def Leppard’s 2006 tour where the band would go to write songs. Tracks from the album have been described by the group as written in the style of Hysteria, with the production of High 'n' Dry.

'The whole record's got a great '70s feel," said lead singer Joe Elliott. "By our standards, it's a very different album as we've been very adventurous, musically, on certain numbers. On the album there are classic Def Leppard songs and then there's also tracks that are very new-wave influenced while others sound like middle-to-late '70s AC/DC. There will definitely be some moments on it where anybody that's familiar with our music will go, 'Whoa! I wasn't expecting that!'"

With more than 65 million albums sold worldwide and two prestigious Diamond Awards to their credit, Def Leppard--Joe Elliott (vocals), Vivian Campbell (guitar), Phil Collen (guitar), Rick "Sav" Savage (bass) and Rick Allen (drums)—continues to be one of the most important forces in rock music. Over the course of their career, the band has produced a series of classic groundbreaking albums that set the sound for generations of music fans and artists. The group’s spectacular live shows, filled with powerful melodic rock anthems, have become synonymous with their name and they are an institution in the touring industry as they continue to sell out arenas worldwide.


Def Leppard’s U.S. Tour Dates with STYX and REO Speedwagon are as follows:
Thurs. March 27th       Greensboro, NC         Greensboro Coliseum
Sat. March 29th           Hollywood, FL             Hard Rock
Sun. March 30th          Estero, FL                   Germain Arena
Tues. April 1st             Greenville, SC            Bi-Lo Center
Thurs. April 3rd           Reading, PA                Sovereign Arena
Fri. April 4th                  Atlantic City, NJ         Borgata
Sun. April 6th               Manchester, NH        Verizon Wireless
Tues. April 8th             Uncasville, CT            Mohegan Sun
Wed. April 9th             Providence, RI            Dunkin' Donuts Center
Fri. April 11th               Quebec City, QC        Colisee Pepsi Arena
Sat. April 12th             Ottawa, ON                 Scotiabank Place
Sun. April 13th             Hamilton, ON             Copps Arena
Wed. April 16th            Winnipeg, MB              MTS Centre
Fri. April 18th               Grand Rapids, MI       Van Andel Arena
Sat. April 19th              Detroit, MI                  Joe Louis Arena
Tues. April 22nd           Boise, ID                     Idaho Center
Wed. April 23rd            Spokane, WA             Spokane Arena
Fri. April 24th               Las Vegas, NV            The Pearl
Sat, April 26th              Chula Vista, CA          Coors Amphitheater
Sun. April 27th             San Jacinto, CA          Soboba Casino

For more information on Def Leppard, Songs From The Sparkle Lounge, and tour news, please visit the band’s web site at

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