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Christ, there must be a lot of mullets in the states.

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Doesn't help they interbreed...

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What a terrible idea for a tour, and that's coming from the guy who is probably the biggest KISS fan on the forum. That said these multiple bills are a good excuse for the band to play for less time and not have the crowd feel ripped off so with Paul's declining voice the last few years I can see why KISS might be looking more frequently into doing this kind of thing (seeing as the co-headling tour with Motley wasn't all that long ago). Maybe I just got spoiled when they played for close to two and a half hours in 2009.

The 2009 Alive/35 Tour was awesome. I saw them the year after for the "Hottest Show on Earth" Tour and it wasn't as good (still fun)

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Does anyone like the Kissologies? I have been watching them. The first one is glorious, simply spellbinding - probably the best thing you can possibly buy of Kiss. The second one interesting with some 'guilty pleasure' stuff on there and the third one decent. I do think that Kiss looked a bit bored on that Psycho Circus show and the 'Last Kiss'; also, Ace did not have the fire in his playing like he had in the '70s, like at the Cobo Hall and the Winterland. Criss's druming was a bit pedestrian also. He was actually an incredible drummer in the '70s.

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I am thinking of going to the Austin show, if I can plan other things too.

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Does anyone like the Kissologies? I have been watching them. The first one is glorious, simply spellbinding - probably the best thing you can possibly buy of Kiss. The second one interesting with some 'guilty pleasure' stuff on there and the third one decent. I do think that Kiss looked a bit bored on that Psycho Circus show and the 'Last Kiss'; also, Ace did not have the fire in his playing like he had in the '70s, like at the Cobo Hall and the Winterland. Criss's druming was a bit pedestrian also. He was actually an incredible drummer in the '70s.

Great DVDs, all of the sets. It's a nice retrospective and having good copies of the rarities is a bonus. I actually had a bootleg of the Hot in the Shade concert on KISSology 2 and the quality was horrible, but they really managed to clean it up for the official release. My only disappointment with the sets is that some of the shows are incomplete (why they cut out most of the Detroit Revenge show is beyond me - the whole show is out there), but otherwise a good investment.

And yeah, beyond the Reunion tour Ace looks bored and Peter's skills have clearly diminished. The songs are at retirement speed and Criss skips half of the old drum fills.

What a terrible idea for a tour, and that's coming from the guy who is probably the biggest KISS fan on the forum. That said these multiple bills are a good excuse for the band to play for less time and not have the crowd feel ripped off so with Paul's declining voice the last few years I can see why KISS might be looking more frequently into doing this kind of thing (seeing as the co-headling tour with Motley wasn't all that long ago). Maybe I just got spoiled when they played for close to two and a half hours in 2009.

The 2009 Alive/35 Tour was awesome. I saw them the year after for the "Hottest Show on Earth" Tour and it wasn't as good (still fun)

My sentiments exactly. 2009 was amazing. I managed to see some rarities in the show I attended too like King of the Night Time World and I Stole Your Love, and overall the show clocked in at nearly two and a half hours. 2010 was fun and I got to see Crazy Crazy Nights which was another nice surprise, but something about it just didn't capture the same magic as the first time. I'd still rank it highly though.

The KISS/Motley show was a disappointment (Motley was better and I'm not even a big Motley fan), and the Monster tour also seemed to be missing something although Psycho Circus and War Machine were nice to see live.

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They re-introduced Crazy Nights for the first time on the UK/Ireland tour I saw them on and the crowd went wild. Lick it Up got the same reaction. Kiss were bigger in Europe during the cheesy '80s era, than during the 70s. I was actually next to a couple of guys who were telling me that the band were much better ''after Ace left''! Madness, I know.

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The worse cut on the Kissologies is on the Sydney - Unmasked 1980 show. The band play Love Gun. Eric Carr then does a drum solo. Then, the band reconvene on stage and play only the end of God of Thunder, Gene having blood splattered over his face for no apparent reason?

What is the logic in that?

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The Alive 35 Tour was pretty cool. I saw them in Philly and that was my first KISS show. Then I saw them in Hershey like a year or two year and it was good, but not as good as the first show.

I'm hoping to still get tickets for this tour, though.

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After spending last year on the road as special guests for Kiss, Def Leppard will be back atop the bill this summer and taking Styx and Tesla along for the ride, Billboard is exclusively announcing.

The 48-date tour kicks off June 23 in Tampa, Fla., running through Oct. 4 in Bismarck, N.D. And Def Lep frontman Joe Elliott tells Billboard that it will be a band-of-brothers situation.

"We've toured with both of these bands before," Elliott says. "Styx is a great bunch of guys and as American as mom's apple pie all the way through. And we had Tesla on board when we did the Hysteria tour back in '87; they were out for at least six or seven months with us before they went off to do their own thing. So it'll be a great time on stage and backstage, I think."

Def Leppard Revisits Overlooked Album: 'It Went Against the Grain'

Elliott adds that, "We've always been keen on taking out bands that people know. It's done us a world of good to go out with a name on the poster that doesn't just say, 'Plus special guest...' We've tried it; We had Tripping Daisy in the '90s, who were great people to work with but nobody knew who they were, and it didn't make for a great evening of anticipation, if you like. People would go, 'Who's this lot onstage?' Nobody's going to go see Tesla and Styx and not know who they are. They're going to say, 'I know all those guys and all those songs. That's a show I want to see.'"

But don't expect any three-band jams onstage. "We have to keep an extremely tight ship when there's three bands on," Elliott explains. "You go one-minute overtime and they're fining everybody $25,000 a minute or something. And we're not gonna drop one of our songs to have a 10-minute blues jam with Styx or Tesla. I don't really see the appeal. There's been loads of times where we've hadLou Gramm or Robert Plant or Bryan Adams or Jon Bon Jovi or Steve Harris fromIron Maiden get up and jam with us because they're just in town and they fancied being there for three minutes. But (on tour) we've only got so much time and we've got plenty of songs that we'd like to play that we don't really need anybody's help on."

Def Leppard on Performing Without Vivian Campbell, Making a 'Big Push' in 2015

Tickets for the tour go on sale Feb. 20, with Citi Private Pass Program pre-sales starting Feb. 18.

With guitarist Vivian Campbell "in great form and cancer-free, from what I'm told," according to Elliott, Def Leppard is hitting the road just as its finishing work on its next album, the still-untitled follow-up to 2008's Songs From the Sparkle Lounge. (The group tours Canada starting April 15 and has European dates beginning May 15 in Belarus.)

Elliott says there are 15 songs "on the go" for the set, which he considers "remarkably strong" and predicts will sound both familiar and fresh when it's finally out. "It's very varied," Elliott says. "It sounds like Def Leppard, but it sounds like Def Leppard stretching their wings a little bit. There are a couple of songs tied to our DNA, instantly recognizable as us, and some of the stuff that's not so much like that and represents who we are now, a band that's in their early- to mid-50s, the kind of music they should be making without it sounding old and farty. We're not trying to write 24-hour party songs at our age; that would be silly.

"The good thing," he adds, "is we're not tied down. Like, when you say AC/DC, you kinda know what you're gonna get. We're more in the Queen ballpark where you can have a slow thing and you can have a full-on rock song on the same record and they go side-by-side. That's where we're coming from on a lot of this stuff."

Elliott says the group thought about getting the album out during the spring, but it's likely to be later because of what he calls "an unprecedented amount of offers from various different people to release this record, which we weren't expecting and has changed the whole dynamic of how we want to put this record out." Elliott says Def Leppard is still "wedding through" the offers but is confidently the album will be out "absolutely this year."

"The important thing is we make a good record," he says. "I don't think people are queuing around the block to buy a Def Leppard release right now; if they're doing it for anybody at all it'd be Taylor Swift and Katy Perry. But for us it's really important that we keep the high quality we've always tried to deliver and we don't let ourselves down. We're never gonna be the kind of band that goes, 'Well, it doesn't matter, nobody buys records anymore so let's jsut piss one out in a month.' That's not our style. It never will be."

The full tour itinerary includes:

June 23, Tampa, FL - MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
June 25, West Palm Beach, FL - Coral Sky Amphitheatre
June 27, Birmingham, AL - Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
June 28, Atlanta, GA - Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood
June 30, Charlotte, NC - PNC Music Pavilion
July 2, Bristow, VA - Jiffy Lube Live
July 3, Virginia Beach, VA - Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
July 5, Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena
July 7, Gilford, MD - Bank of NH Pavilion at Meadowbrook*
July 9, Mansfield, MA - Xfinity Center
July 11, Bethel, NY - Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
July 12, Darien, NY - Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
July 14, Toronto, ON - Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
July 15, Youngstown, OH - Covelli Centre*
July 17, Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
July 21, Mt. Pleasant, MI - Soaring eagle Resort & Casino*
July 23, Wantagh, NY - Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
July 24, Saratoga Springs, NY - Saratoga Performing Arts Center
July 25, Holmdel, NJ - PNC Banks Art Center
August 7, Sturgis, SD - Buffalo Chip Campground*
August 8, Sioux Falls, SD - Sioux Falls Arena
August 10, Oklahoma City, OK - Chesapeake Energy Arena*
August 11, Kansas City, MO - Starlight Theatre
August 14, Sedalia, MO - Missouri State Fair*
August 15, Des Moines, IA - Iowa State Fair*
August 17, Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center
August 18, Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena
August 21, Dallas, TX - Gexa Energy Pavilion
August 22, Woodlands, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
August 23, Austin, TX - Austin360 Amphitheater
August 27, St. Paul, MN - Minnesota State Fair*
August 28, Grand Forks, ND - Alerus Center
August 30, Noblesville, IN - Klipsch Music Center
September 1, Allentown, PA - The Great Allentown Fair*
September 3, Louisville, KY - KFC Yum! Center*
September 4, Maryland Heights, MO - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
September 5, Tinley Park, IL - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
September 16, Auburn, WA - White River Amphitheatre
September 17, Ridgefield, WA - Amphitheater Northwest
September 19, Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre
September 22, Chula Vista, CA - Sleep Train Amphitheatre
September 23, Phoenix, AZ - Ak-Chin Pavilion
September 25, Albuquerque, NM - Isleta Amphitheater
September 26, Denver, CO - Pepsi Center
September 28, West Valley City, UT - USANA Amphitheatre
September 30, Spokane, WA - Spokane Arena*
October 2, Bozeman, MT - Brick Breeden Fieldhouse*
October 4, Bismarck, ND - Bismarck Civic Center*

Edited by xGNRxSTARx

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Would really like to see Def Leppard. Might try for one of the VA shows.

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I saw Def Leppard with Poison and Lita Ford opening. It was a good show. I like Poison. I've seen them many times.

Def Leppard was good, but not a big enough fan to see them again.

I've seen Tesla and I was surprised how good they were. The singer still sounded very good. they opened for The Scorpions.

I saw Styx back in 1977 at MSG in NYC. that was the hight of their career. They were great! A band called Angel opened for them. Haven't seen them since.

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Would really like to see Def Leppard. Might try for one of the VA shows.

I'm considering Bristow. I've seen all 3 bands before, Def Leppard was surprisingly good, Styx was cool, and Tesla is always awesome.

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There are $20 lawn tickets for the Buffalo show up on Groupon so they may have those for other dates as well. I know some people don't like the lawn but I've seen Leppard so many times that I don't care where I sit (or stand) and in my experience the sound is less muddy as you go further back at Darien Lake.

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