Def Leppard announce their first UK and Eire tour dates since the sold-out Arena run in late 2015.
On 19th January 2018 around the world, legendary British rock icons Def Leppard debut their full recording catalogue worldwide via https://
Said Joe Elliott, “It is with a mixture of relief & euphoria that we now see our entire catalogue finally getting a digital release. Having embraced every other format with open arms, especially & more recently the re-emergence of vinyl, we’re now going to be available to everyone everywhere and honestly, it’s as exciting as the original releases were.”
Phil Collen adds, “We felt we’d been left out of the digital party, but it’s a thrill for us to finally accept the invitation and to be able to say “Yeah, you can stream us, download us and hear us on all digital outlets”.
As a cornerstone of rock and roll’s history, Def Leppard’s substantial career includes numerous hit singles including their first early chart hit “Wasted” — to their radio and MTV staples “Bringin’ On The Heartbreak”, “Photograph”, “Rock of Ages”, “Too Late”, “Animal”, “Armageddon It”, “Love Bites”, “Rocket” and “Let’s Get Rocked.” Their ground-breaking multi-platinum albums—including two of the best-selling albums of all time with sales of more than 10 million copies each in the U.S. alone Pyromania and Hysteria, captured some of the group’s legendary tracks, bringing together classic Leppard hits such as “Pour Some Sugar on Me”, “Hysteria” and “Foolin’.” The group continued their success expanding into the world of film, covers, and new collaborations including “Two Steps Behind” from the film Last Action Hero, “No Matter What”, “Waterloo Sunset”, and “Nine Lives” with Tim McGraw as well as Def Leppard hits “When Love and Hate Collide”, “Slang”, “Work It Out”, “Promises” and “Now.” Finally, all of Def Leppard’s awe-inspiring music is available to everyone, around the world from the band’s eponymous debut EP through to their most recent album.
Late 2018 will see the band deliver what many UK and Eire fans have been waiting for – the Hysteria album performed in full plus other Def Leppard hits across eleven arena dates in December 2018.
Rick “Sav” Savage says, “After many requests from fans in the U.K, I’m delighted that we can bring the whole “Hysteria” album to arenas across Britain and Ireland later this year. From ‘Women’ to ‘Love and Affection’ plus many other faves thrown in for good measure. Oh, and our old pals Cheap Trick will be there also to help with the celebrations!! We can’t wait’.
The band will return to Sheffield Arena for what is sure to be a monumental homecoming show, in addition to their first ever show at The O2, London. 2018 also marks the 35th anniversary of Hysteria’s predecessor Pyromania.
The seminal 1987 Hysteria album is rightly seen as a landmark recording in the history of rock music. It was the album that saw Def Leppard conquer the world with global hits such as “Animal”, “Pour Some Sugar On Me”, “Hysteria”, “Armageddon It”, “Love Bites”, “Woman” and “Rocket”. The band will deliver Hysteria in full alongside other songs from their incredible catalogue. The UK & Eire tour dates are as follows…
Sat 1st December 2018 Dublin, 3 Arena EIRE
Sun 2nd December Belfast, The SSE Arena UK
Tues 4th December Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena UK
Thurs 6th December London, The O2 UK
Sat 8th December Nottingham, Motorpoint Arena UK
Sun 9th December Newcastle, Metro Radio Arena UK
Tues 11th December Glasgow, The SSE Hydro Arena UK
Wed 12th December Manchester, Manchester Arena UK
Fri 14th December Sheffield, FlyDSA Arena UK
Sat 15th December Liverpool, Echo Arena UK
Mon 17th December Birmingham, Arena Birmingham UK
Def Leppard will be supported by Cheap Trick across all dates.
Tickets go on general sale at 9am GMT Friday 26th January 2018 through www.livenation.co.uk
The UK & Eire tour will follow a massive USA co-headlining tour with Journey. Comprised of stadiums and arena venues around the U.S., the 60-city run is set to kick off in Hartford, CT on May 21st and will wrap in Los Angeles, CA on October 6th.
DEF LEPPARD TITLES NOW AVAILABLE ACROSS ALL STREAMING AND DOWNLOAD PLATFORMS INCLUDE:
The Def Leppard EP (1979)
On Through The Night (1980)
High ‘N’ Dry (1981)
Retro Active (1993)
Songs From The Sparkle Lounge (2008)
Mirror Ball – Live & More (2011)
Def Leppard (2015)
Photo: Ross Halfin