Kiss and Def Leppard kick off their 42-date summer tour tonight (June 23rd) at Salt Lake City, Utah’s USANA Amphitheater. The nearly 10-week trek will run through August 31st in Woodlands, TX at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, hitting both major cities and secondary markets. Def Leppard will open each show — although the tour is billed as Kiss and Leppard co-headlining.
Back in March, during that bands’ joint press conference in L.A. announcing the tour, Def Leppard frontman, Joe Elliott, said that he is always amazed that when bands team up on the road, both the fans and press alike automatically assume that each act is out to prove something to the other: “There’s always an element of certain people thinking it’s going to be competitive. I just don’t see it as competitive. It’s two great bands that are going to be playing for the same amount of time; it’s joined forces, I mean, that’s what it is. I don’t see it as competitive at all. (It’s) total respect. The most important element of the concert is the audience — and it’s all about them. And we can deliver great songs — and so can Kiss.” a description of the ME, Inc. reads:
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