KISS and Def Leppard are teaming up together this summer and touring 42 cities across North America. They are going to start in West Valley City, Utah at the USANA Amphitheater on June 23rd and ending in Woodlands, Texas at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion on Aug. 31st. They made the announcement on Monday at the House of Blues in LA and tickets go on sale this Friday March 21, 2014. See if they are coming to a city near you and don’t forget to check out their VIP packages while checking the tour dates.
When I found this announcement on USA Today, I was beside myself because these were two of my favorite bands when I was younger. We used to sit for hours listening to their albums, then cassettes and now CD’s. I am excited they are joining up for this tour.
Gene Simmons said that one dollar from every ticket will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project and several other military non-profit programs. Discount tickets are being offered to vets as well. They are also planning to hire vets for the tour crew to travel with them being called “The 2014 Heroes Tour”. Both bands do lots of wonderful work with our veterans and others as well. I think they are astonishing for all the works they do.
About the Bands
Both Def Leppard and KISS are icons and have sold more than 100 million albums each since their bands forming in the late 70’s. They have had over thirty chart toppers and have had countless sold out concerts all over the world.
It is a celebration of Kiss’s 40th anniversary from the release of their first albums: KISS and Hotter than Hell. Among other things they are including, in the releases, a 34-LP vinyl box set and a two CD set called KISS 40. That will really be something to have.
Joe Elliot of Def Leppard says they have been writing music for their next album which should be released in 2015. KISS will be inducted into ‘The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 10th 2014. With all their works this is definitely deserved.
KISS consists of vocalist/bassist Gene Simmons, vocalist/guitarist Paul Stanley, lead guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer.
Def Leppard consists of vocalist Joe Elliott, guitarist Vivian Campbell, guitarist Phil Collen, bassist Rick “Sav” Savage and drummer Rick Allen.