Fabled rocker Gene Simmons and celebrated KISS bandmates Paul Stanley (guitar), Tommy Thayer (lead guitar) and Eric Singer (drums) are known for all sorts of things – pyrotechnics to rival Cape Canaveral, “bouncy orchestration” and of course, innovative use of eye liner. But who knew that Simmons and his fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Famers were Irish?
In the most explosive St. Patrick’s Day concert happenings this side of Flogging Molly, the masters of iniquitous greasepaint and Def Leppard announced March 17 that they will thunder through 40-plus cities this summer on a monumental North American tour to mark 40 years of blistering music for KISS.
With combined worldwide album sales of over 200 million, the iconic rockers are more than just pretty faces. They continue to shape today’s music with their 30-plus chart-topping hits, countless sold out tours and endless awards and accolades.
The two legendary rock bands spanning two continents are set to deliver the massive hit-fueled rock tour beginning on Monday, June 23 with a gig in West Valley City, Utah at USANA Amphitheater, with a Phoenix stop on July 9 at Ak-Chin Pavilion.
KISS, which released its self-titled debut and “Hotter Than Hell” in 1974, kicks off a full year of anniversary festivities on April 1 arrival of 10 remastered KISS albums on vinyl. And proving that Simmons and the boys are no April Fools, another 18 titles will be unleashed by mid-2014.
And lest anyone think that their tourmates are rock and roll slouches, the band from across the pond Def Leppard – Joe Elliott (vocals), Vivian Campbell (guitar), Phil Collen (guitar), Rick “Sav” Savage (bass) and Rick Allen (drums) – remains one of the most important forces in rock music.
Over the course of their career, Def Lep has produced a series of classic groundbreaking albums that set the sound for generations of music fans and artists alike. The group’s spectacular live shows, filled with powerful melodic rock anthems, have become must-see events, as they continue to sell out arenas worldwide.
Fans can get tickets this Friday, March 21 through the Live Nation mobile app and at www.livenation.com.
Here are the tour dates:
June 23 – Salt Lake City, Utah, Usana Amphitheatre
June 25 – Denver, Colo., Pepsi Center
June 27 – Ridgefield, Wash., Sleep Country Amphitheater
June 29 – Auburn, Wash., White River Amphitheatre
July 2 – Concord, Calif., Concord Pavilion
July 3 – Wheatland, Calif., Sleep Train Amphitheatre
July 5 – Irvine, Calif., Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
July 6 – Chula Vista, Calif., Sleep Train Amphitheatre
July 8 – Inglewood, Calif., The Forum
July 9 – Phoenix, Ariz., Ak-Chin Pavilion
July 12 – Austin, Texas, Austin360 Amphitheater
July 13 – Dallas, Texas, Gexa Energy Pavilion
July 15 – Cincinnati, Ohio, Riverbend Music Center
July 16 – Nashville, Tenn., Bridgestone Arena
July 18 – Atlanta, Ga., Aaron’s Amphitheatre At Lakewood
July 19 – Charlotte, NC., PNC Music Pavilion
July 20 – Raleigh, N.C., Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
July 22 – West Palm Beach, Fla., Cruzan Amphitheatre
July 23 – Tampa, Fla., MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
July 25 – Bristow, Va., Jiffy Lube Live
July 26 – Holmdel, N.J., PNC Bank Arts Center
Aug. 1 – Mansfield, Mass., Xfinity Center
Aug. 2 – Atlantic City, N.J., Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall
Aug. 3 – Camden, N.J., Susquehanna Bank Center
Aug. 5 – Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Aug. 6 – Wantagh, N.Y., Nikon At Jones Beach Theater
Aug. 8 – Virginia Beach, Va., Farm Bureau Live At Virginia Beach
Aug. 9 – Moosic, Pa., Pavilion At Montage Mountain
Aug. 10 – Hartford, Conn., Xfinity Theatre
Aug. 12 – Toronto, Ontario, Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Aug. 13 – Darien Center, N.Y., Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Aug. 15 – East Troy, Wis., Alpine Valley Music Theatre
Aug. 16 – Tinley Park, Ill., First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Aug. 17 – Minneapolis, Minn., Target Center
Aug. 20 – Des Moines, Iowa, Wells Fargo Arena
Aug. 22 – Noblesville, Ind., Klipsch Music Center
Aug. 23 – Clarkston, Mich., DTE Energy Music Theatre
Aug. 24 – Burgettstown, Pa., First Niagara Pavilion
Aug. 26 – Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Blossom Music Center
Aug. 28 – Maryland Heights, Mo., Verizon Wireless Amph. St. Louis
Aug. 29 – Tulsa, Okla., BOK Center
Aug. 31 – The Woodlands, Texas, The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion