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

Def Leppard, Great Britain’s premiere arena rock band, is back with a bang—kicking off this week with their U.S. arena concert tour. Def Leppard will end their U.S. tour with the release of their new album Songs From The Sparkle Lounge (Bludgeon Riffola/Island/UMe). The album, set for release on April 29, contains 11 new songs including the highly-anticipated single “Nine Lives” featuring a groundbreaking collaboration with country music superstar Tim McGraw. The band is set to debut the single on ABC-TV’s Dancing With The Stars on April 29 and on Jimmy Kimmel Live on April 30. Songs From The Sparkle Lounge is Def Leppard’s first album of brand new material since 2002’s X and begins yet another remarkable new chapter in the band’s 30-year recording career.
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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 www.defleppard.com

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