Def Leppard, Cheap Trick Tour: "Bigger, Faster, Louder!"

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Def Leppard
WRITTEN BY
Larry Fitzmaurice

'80s rock titans Def Leppard, Cheap Trick, and Poison have announced a triple-icious U.S. tour for this summer -- and according to Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen, it's going to be "bigger, faster, louder, and more extensive" than ever!

The four-month, 40-date jaunt kicks off June 23 in Camden, NJ, and ends Sept. 7 in San Bernadino, CA.

What can you expect? In a word: fun. "Cheap Trick are a total fun band -- you know all the songs, you're going to sing along," says Collen. "Poison is the same deal. There's a total fun element to what they do. Fun is what's needed right now."

But don't expect '80s-style fun -- at least not from Collen: "I stopped drinking 21 years ago, and I've never smoked a cigarette in my life."

While Collen adds that there's no lingering beef between Def Lep and Poison from their hair-metal days (the bands traded nasty words in the '80s), there will be a little rivalry in one category: best hair. "I think it will be a tight contest between [Def Lep bassist] Rick Savage and [Poison guitarist] C.C. DeVille," Collen says.

Def Leppard/Poison/Cheap Trick tour dates:
6/23, Camden, NJ (Susquehana Bank Center)
6/25, Cuyahoga Falls, OH (Blossom Music Center)
6/26, Darien Center, NY (Darien Lake Performing Arts Center)
6/28, Scranton, PA (Toyota Pavilion)
6/30, Mansfield, MA (Comcast Center)
7/1, Holmdel, NJ (PNC Bank Arts Center)
7/3, Saratoga Springs, NY (Saratoga Performing Arts Center)
7/4, Toronto, Ontario (Molson Ampitheatre)
7/7, Hartford, CT (Meadows Music Theatre)
7/8, Wantagh, NY (Nikon at Jones Beach)
7/10, Burgettstown, PA (Post-Gazette Pavilion)
7/11, Virginia Beach, VA (Verizon Wireless Amphitheater)
7/12, Bristow, VA (Nissan Pavilion)
7/15, Cincinnati, OH (Riverbend Music Center)
7/17, Tinley Park, IL (1st Midwest Bank Amphitheatre)
7/18, Milwaukee, WI (TBA)
7/20, Maryland Heights, MO (Verizon Wireless Amphitheater)
7/21, Kansas City, MO (TBA)
7/23, Noblesville, IN (Verizon Wireless Music Center)
7/24, Clarkston, MI (DTE Energy Music Theatre)
8/7, Raleigh, NC (Time Warner Pavilion)
8/8, Charlotte, NC (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre)
8/10, Nashville, TN (Sommet Center)
8/11, Birmingham, AL (Verizon Wireless Music Center)
8/13, West Palm Beach, FL (Cruzan Amphitheatre)
8/14 ,Tampa, FL (Ford Amphitheatre)
8/15, Atlanta, GA (TBA)
8/18, New Orleans, LA (New Orleans Arena)
8/19, Houston, TX (TBA)
8/21, Dallas, TX (TBA)
8/22, Tulsa, OK (BOK Center)
8/24, Englewood, CO (Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre)
8/25, Salt Lake City, UT (USANA Amphitheatre)
8/28, Albuquerque, NM (TBA)
8/29, Phoenix, AZ (TBA)
8/30, Irvine, CA (TBA)
9/2, Mountain View, CA (Shoreline Amphitheatre)
9/3, Sacramento, CA (Sleep Train Ampmhitheatre)
9/5, Las Vegas. NV (TBA)
9/7, San Bernadino, CA (San Manuel Amphitheater)

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