The gang will get the party started on November 9 by paying a visit to Tokyo, Japan and the city’s iconic Budokan venue. After five days and four shows in the land of the rising sun, the boys will head to the land down under, and rock Australia with a string of three live dates.
The year of 2015 will be wrapped up with a string of December dates across the UK and Ireland, but the party will still be far from over, as the group will hit the US of A in late January 2016 to pour some sugar on the States for an entire month.
The tour’s notable stops include Sydney, Belfast, Singapore, London, Atlantic City, San Antonio, Miami, and many more.
Def Leppard Cheap/Discounted Tickets 2015-2016
Def Leppard Shedule 2015-2016
|Nov 10||7:00PM||Nishi-ku (Japan)||Orix Theater|
|Nov 13||Time TBA||Sendai (Japan)||Sendai Sun Plaza|
|Nov 17||6:30PM||Sydney (Australia)||Qantas Credit Union Arena|
|Nov 18||6:30PM||Melbourne (Australia)||Rod Laver Arena|
|Dec 06||7:00PM||Dublin (Ireland)||3Arena|
|Dec 07||6:45PM||Belfast (United Kingdom)||The SSE Arena|
|Dec 09||6:45PM||Newcastle Upon Tyne (United Kingdom)||Metro Radio Arena|
|Dec 10||6:45PM||Glasgow (United Kingdom)||The Hydro At SECC|
|Dec 12||6:45PM||Birmingham (United Kingdom)||LG Arena|
|Dec 13||6:45PM||Nottingham (United Kingdom)||Capital FM Arena|
|Dec 15||6:45PM||Manchester (United Kingdom)||Phones4u Arena|
|Dec 16||6:45PM||Cardiff (United Kingdom)||Motorpoint Arena Cardiff|
|Dec 18||6:00PM||London (United Kingdom)||The SSE Arena|
|Dec 19||7:00PM||Sheffield (United Kingdom)||Motorpoint Arena|
|Jan 27||7:00PM||Greensboro (NC)||Greensboro Coliseum|
|Jan 29||7:00PM||Sunrise (FL)||BB&T Center|
|Jan 30||7:00PM||Orlando (FL)||Amway Center|
|Feb 02||7:00PM||San Antonio (TX)||AT&T Center|
|Feb 03||7:00PM||Lafayette (LA)||Cajundome|
|Feb 05||7:00PM||Corpus Christi (TX)||American Bank Center|
|Feb 06||7:00PM||Hidalgo (TX)||State Farm Arena|
|Feb 09||7:00PM||North Little Rock (AR)||Verizon Arena|
|Feb 10||7:00PM||Bossier City (LA)||CenturyLink Center|
|Feb 13||7:00PM||Uncasville (CT)||Mohegan Sun Arena|
|Feb 14||7:00PM||Atlantic City (NJ)||Boardwalk Hall Arena|
|Feb 16||7:00PM||Brooklyn (NY)||Barclays Center|
|Feb 17||7:00PM||Allentown (PA)||PPL Center|
Known as one of the top representatives of the ’80s glam movement and ’80s rock in general, Def Leppard is in fact a story of heavy sacrifice, many losses and ultimate triumph through the power or rock ‘n’ roll.
Founded in Sheffield in 1977, the band originally consisted of bassist Rick Savage, drummer Tony Kenning, guitarist Pete Willis, and vocalist Joe Elliot.
The road to success was a bumpy one for these fellas. Merely a group of high-school kids upon the band’s formation, the band settled on a name Def Leppard, a variation of “Deaf Leopard” title suggested by Elliot. The pack was rounded up with the addition of Steve Clark on guitar and Rick Allen behind the battery kit, who was only 15 upon joining the band.
So the journey could finally commence then. The band worked hard on gathering the initial following, finding a label and accumulating material for about a year, and the debut Def Leppard album “On Through the Night” saw its release in March 1980 via Vertigo. Decent sale figures, solid reviews from fans and critics, along with some severe accusations of trying to hard to please the American crowd weren’t exactly a dreamy kick-start, but it was certainly something.
Soon after the debut album’s release, the band caught the attention of AC/DC producer Robert John “Mutt” Lange. Sophomore Def Lep album “High ‘n’ Dry” was out as early as 1981, earning the band their very first MTV hit – “Bringin’ on the Heartbreak.”
But it wasn’t until their third album that Def Leppard team really got the swing of it. The record is called “Pyromania,” it was released in early 1983 and it set the bar way up high with hit numbers such as “Photograph” and “Too Late for Love.”
However, few were ready for what was about to go down, both in terms of good and bad. On New Year’s Eve in 1984, drummer Rick Allen was involved in a devastating car crash after sliding off the road and crashing through a wall in his Corvette. The incident cost him his arm, which had to be fully amputated.
The crushing incident didn’t rob Rick of his optimism, though. The drummer constructed a special drum kit that takes off the pressure from arms and shifts it towards the leg department. Believe it or not, he was fully back on track in record time.
And just in time for the band’s quantum leap, too. 1987’s “Hysteria” launched the band into stratosphere with seven all-time classics and 20 million copies sold around the globe. “Pour Some Sugar on Me,” “Animal,” “Love Bites,” the list goes on and on.
But the troubles weren’t over, sadly. On the peak of the band’s “Hysteria” success, Steve Clarke’s alcoholism issues also reached their peak, and the guitarist passed away in January 1991 from an accidental deadly mix of prescription medications and alcohol.
The band once again carried on, honoring their fallen companion along the way. “Adrenalize” was released in 1992, earning the band their second No. 1 album. Additionally, Vivian Campbell of Dio and Whitesnake was recruited as the new axeman.
As the ’90s continued, the popularity of glam rock waned drastically, but Def Leppard still kept going strong, releasing two more albums, 1996’s “Slang” and 1999’s “Euphoria” to round up the decade.
A classic act by now, the band kept maintaining their reputation throughout the 21st century. Another major setback took place in 2013 as Vivian was diagnosed with cancer. Strong as his companions, he underwent therapy and noted in early 2015 that he feels the illness is withdrawing.
We’ll round it up with an inspiring quote from Mr. Allen: “Before my accident I was a little too… selfish and self-absorbed. To now be at the place where I can give back and inspire people – I’m blessed, I’m really blessed.”