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Def Leppard guitarist says triple bill tour has an 'integrity factor’

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Def Leppard is back on the road knockin' 'em dead once again with the triple punch of their 35 years of classics -- along with those from their touring mates Poison and Tesla.

Leppard guitarist Phil Collen spoke to and explained what sets this tour apart from the pack: "What's great about the three bands is that it's pretty much the original members. Poison it's the same four guys; it's the same five for Tesla, except for one person. With Def Leppard it's the same band that brought you Pyromania and Hysteria, except for Vivian (Campbell), who replaced Steve (Clark). There is an integrity factor to the whole tour. . . that's really cool. You don't really see that much these days."

Collen went on to call the show "escapism (from all the) awful things in the world," adding: "We never get political, but (the show) is about escapism and having a great time for a little while. It's fun to have a surreal experience."

2017 marked the 13th year that Def Leppard has been overlooked for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Frontman Joe Elliott has gone on record that he would skip the ceremony should the band happen to finally get the nod. We asked Phil Collen if he feels the same way: "I don't know, I kind of feel that way, as well. Y'know, I don't see the point. When a band like Kiss or Lynyrd Skynyrd, these big American rock bands, or Canada. . . like Rush (taking so long to get in), y'know, it's like, 'C'mon. It's called the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and they all carried on that tradition -- y'know, especially Kiss.' So it's not really about that. It's about someone trying to be cool and all that, so it makes it a bit icky. You don't want to be involved in something that's so kind of lame, if anything else. So, I'd totally go along with that. It doesn't bother me one way or another.”

Def Leppard / Poison / Tesla Tour Dates (subject to change):

April 19 - Green Bay, WI - Resch Center
April 21 - St Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center
April 22 - Sioux Falls, SD - Sanford Premier Center
April 24 - Des Moines, IA - Wells Fargo Arena
April 26 - Louisville, KY - KFC Yum! Center (Def Leppard & Poison)
April 27 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena
April 29 - Ft Myers, FL - Fort Rock (Def Leppard festival date)
April 30 - Jacksonville, FL - Welcome to Rockville (Def Leppard festival date)
May 2 - Tuscaloosa, AL - Tuscaloosa Amphitheatre
May 3 - Atlanta, GA - Lakewood Amphitheatre
May 5 - Charlottesville, VA - John Paul Jones Arena
May 6 - Charlotte, NC - Carolina Rebellion (Def Leppard festival date)
May 24 - Lincoln, NE - Pinnacle Bank Arena
May 26 - Pryor, OK - Rocklahoma (Def Leppard festival date)
May 27 - San Antonio, TX - River City Rockfest (Def Leppard festival date)
May 29 - Colorado Springs, CO - Broadmoor World Arena
May 31 - Bozeman, MT - Brick Breeden Fieldhouse
June 2 - Edmonton, AB - Rogers Place (Def Leppard only)
June 3 - Calgary, AB - Scotiabank Saddledome (Def Leppard only)
June 6 - Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena (Def Leppard only)
June 7 - Spokane, WA - Spokane Arena
June 9 - Seattle, WA - White River Amphitheatre
June 10 - Portland, OR - Moda Center
June 12 - Fresno, CA - Save Mart Center
June 14 - Ontario, CA - Citizens Bank Arena
June 16 - San Diego, CA - Sleep Train Amphitheatre
June 17 - Las Vegas, NV - MGM Grand Garden Arena
June 19 - Salt Lake City, UT - ASANA Amphitheatre
June 21 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center (Def Leppard & Poison)
June 22 - St Louis, MO - Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
June 24 - Chicago, IL - Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
June 25 - Indianapolis, IN - Klipsch Music Center

Side Notes:

Just released is Def Leppard's new concert film and double CD, titled And There Will Be A Next Time - Live From Detroit. The DVD/Blu-ray was captured on July 15th, 2016 in Clarkston, Michigan's DTE Energy Music Theatre -- still lovingly referred to as "Pine Knob" by Detroiters after its longstanding original name.

Along with such era-defining hits as "Photograph," "Animal," "Pour Some Sugar On Me," and "Rock Of Ages," the collection also features newer tunes, such as "Man Enough" and the set's opening track -- "Let's Go.”

The track-listing for And There Will Be A Next Time - Live From Detroit is:

Disc One: "Let’s Go," "Animal," "Let It Go," "Dangerous," "Foolin'," "Love Bites," "Armaggeddon It," "Rock On," and "Man Enough.”

Disc Two: "Rocket," "Bringin’ On The Heartbreak," "Switch 625," "Medley: Hysteria / Heroes," "Let’s Get Rocked," "Pour Some Sugar On Me," "Rock Of Ages," and "Photograph.”

The DVD & Blu-ray includes the official music videos for: "Let’s Go," "Dangerous," and "Man Enough," and the lyric video for "Let’s Go.”

Check it out: Def Leppard in concert on September 4, 2015 at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

Def Leppard: September 4, 2015

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Def Leppard live at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre on September 4, 2015

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