October 1, 2009

Def Leppard With Cheap Trick 2009 Tour Extended

Announcement posted at DefLeppard.com:

PRESS RELEASE: 2009 tour extension



The hottest rock tour of the summer has just gotten hotter. Fifteen additional concerts, including seven in Canada, have been added to the critically hailed tour of the summer starring British rock legends Def Leppard, special guests Cheap Trick and Man Raze. Tickets in select markets go on sale beginning September 25 at LiveNation.com. Additional dates to be announced soon.

"We are really amazed by how well the tour has been received," said Def Leppard front man Joe Elliott. "Our fans have been absolutely fantastic. There's really no greater compliment than to be asked to keep on doing it so that's what we're going to do."

The tour's third leg will kick off in Reno, Nevada on Thursday, October 22nd. It highlights three decades of music from one of rock 'n' roll's greatest bands. With combined sales of 80 Million albums worldwide, 65 million from Leppard alone, fans will be treated to hits like "PHOTOGRAPH," "ROCK OF AGES," "C'MON C'MON," "POUR SOME SUGAR ON ME," "FOOLIN'," "BRINGIN' ON THE HEARTBREAK," "NINE LIVES," as well as Cheap Trick classics "I WANT YOU TO WANT ME" and "SURRENDER."

The tour has played to massive crowds throughout the summer. Celebrity guests, some of which include Taylor Swift, Larry Mullen, Jr. Of U2, and Perry Farrell of Jane's Addiction, along with a wide range of fans of all ages have come to see the mega hit-filled show. Def Leppard also launched the first interactive tour in history via Rockzimity, a Bluetooth and Wifi exclusive.

Def Leppard (Joe Elliott/vocals, Vivian Campbell/guitar, Phil Collen/guitar, Rick "Sav" Savage/bass and Rick Allen/drums) sits at the top of an iconic class of rock 'n' roll bands. In fact, they are one of a handful of select groups, including the likes of The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Pink Floyd and The Eagles, who have been awarded the R.I.A.A.'s prestigious Diamond Award more than once ("PYROMANIA" and "HYSTERIA"). The band's most recent album "SONGS FROM THE SPARKLE LOUNGE" debuted last year at #5 on the Billboard Top 200. They've also sold out the 02 in Dublin AND headlined Britain's Download Festival 2009 to more then 80,000. Over the course of their career, Def Leppard 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 are an institution in the touring industry as they continue to sell out arenas worldwide.

With more than 5,000 performances, 20 million records sold, 29 movie soundtracks and 40 gold and platinum-recording awards, Cheap Trick may be one of the most covered bands of all time. Since the 70s they've been blending elements of pop, punk and even metal in a way that is instantly catchy and recognizable.

Cheap Trick's acclaimed new album, The Latest, continues their reign as power-pop progenitors as they celebrate their 35th anniversary together. Since forming in the city of Rockford, IL in 1974, they have sold over 20 million albums and had numerous hits including "SURRENDER," "I WANT YOU TO WANT ME" and "DREAM POLICE." Cheap Trick features the original line-up of Robin Zander - vocals and guitar, Rick Nielsen - guitar and backing vocals, Bun E. Carlos - drums and backing vocals and Tom Petersson - bass and backing vocals.

Live Nation will produce the tour nationally. Additional ticket and tour information is available at LiveNation.com.

Def Leppard has teamed up with I Love All Access to offer the ultimate fan experience for the tour featuring a variety of packages. For more details go to ILoveAllAccess.com.

TOUR DATES as listed on both bands' web sites:

OCT 22 - Reno, NV (US) at Events Center - Tickets
OCT 24 - Boise, ID (US) at Idaho Center - Tickets
OCT 25 - Spokane, WA (US) at Spokane Arena - Tickets
OCT 27 - Vancouver, BC (Ca) at Pacific Coliseum - Tickets
OCT 29 - Regina, SK (Ca) at Brandt Center - On Sale OCT 2, 10:00 AM
OCT 31 - Edmonton, AB (Ca) at Rexall Place - Tickets
NOV 2 - Calgary, AB (Ca) at Pengrowth Saddledome - Tickets
NOV 4 - Winnipeg, MB (Ca) at MTS Centre - Tickets
NOV 6 - Minneapolis, MN (US) at Xcel Energy Center - Tickets
NOV 7 - Omaha, NE (US) at Qwest Center - On Sale OCT 3, 10:00 AM
NOV 9 - Detroit, MI (US) at Joe Louis Arena - Tickets
NOV 10 - Grand Rapids, MI (US) at Van Andel Arena - Tickets
NOV 12 - Ottawa, ON (Ca) at Scotiabank Place - Tickets
NOV 13 - Hamilton, ON (Ca) at Copps Coliseum - Tickets
NOV 14 - Columbus, OH (US) at Nationwide Arena - Tickets
NOV 18 - Montreal, QC (Ca) at Bell Centre - Tickets
NOV 20 - Hershey, PA (US) at Giant Center - On Sale OCT 3, 10:00 AM
NOV 21 - Atlantic City, NJ (US) at Etess - On Sale OCT 3, 12:00 PM
NOV 24 - Nashville, TN (US) at Sommet Center (Rescheduled Date) - Tickets
NOV 25 - Louisville, KY (US) at Freedom Hall - On Sale OCT 10, 10:00 AM
NOV 28 - Beaumont, TX (US) at Ford Park - On Sale OCT 10, 10:00 AM

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