Kiss Team Up with Def Leppard for North American Tour, Play Toronto

Kiss Team Up with Def Leppard for North American Tour, Play Toronto
Kiss may have decided not to shoot off their love guns at their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction next month, but the long-running rockers will be rock and rolling practically every night this summer on an upcoming tour with Def Leppard.

The trip was announced today (March 17), with the bands confirming they will be travelling around North America together in the summer months. While the trip is almost entirely taking place beneath the border, there is one Canadian gig on the schedule, which takes place at Toronto's Molson Canadian Amphitheatre on August 12.

"You have two bands who to one degree or another have stood the test of time and put them together and you'll have a great night of music," Kiss vocalist/guitarist Paul Stanley said in a statement of the longevity of the respective acts. "We're living in a time now where everyone wants more for their money, and that's understandable. So, when you can get two bands to collaborate together, we couldn't pick a better band for this tour than Def Leppard to go out with us." 

If you had your heart set on some sort of onstage collabo between the bands, Def Leppard six-stringer Joe Elliott is letting you know not to get your hopes up. Since the bands approach their stage shows much differently, there's apparently no way for the two to cobble together a wacky, themed medley running from Def Leppard's "Animal" into something off of Kiss's "Animalize," nor will anybody be pouring sugar all over Beth or Christine Sixteen.

"We're not jam bands either of us," Elliott said. "It's very theatrical what Kiss does to a lesser extent obviously 'cause we don't do the makeup thing, our show runs like a military operation for sure. It's not like the Grateful Dead and Phish touring or something."

Tour dates:

06/23 West Valley City, UT - USANA Amphitheater

06/25 Denver, CO - Pepsi Center

06/27 Ridgefield, WA - Sleep Country Amphitheater

06/29 Auburn, WA - White River Amphitheater

07/02 Concord, CA - Concord Pavilion

07/03 Wheatland, CA - Sleep Train Amphitheatre

07/05 Irvine, CA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

07/06 Chula Vista, CA - Sleep Train Amphitheatre

07/08 Los Angeles, CA - The Forum

07/09 Phoenix, AZ - Ak-Chin Pavilion

07/12 Austin, TX - austin360 Amphitheater

07/13 Dallas, TX - Gexa Energy Pavilion

07/15 Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center

07/16 Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena

07/18 Atlanta, GA - Aaron's Amphitheater at Lakewood

07/19 Charlotte, NC - PNC Music Pavilion

07/20 Raleigh, NC - Walnut Creek Amphitheater

07/22 West Palm Beach, FL - Cruzan Amphitheater

07/23 Tampa, FL - MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheater

07/25 Bristow, VA - Jiffy Lube Live

07/26 Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center

08/01 Mansfield, MA - Xfinity Center

08/02 Atlantic City, NJ - Boardwalk Hall

08/03 Camden, NJ - Susquehanna Bank Center

08/05 Saratoga Springs, NY - Saratoga Performing Arts Center

08/06 Wantagh, NY - Nikon At Jones Beach Theatre

08/08 Virginia Beach, VA - Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach

08/09 Scranton, PA - The Pavilion at Montage Mountain

08/10 Hartford, CT - The Xfinity Theatre

08/12 Toronto, ON - Molson Canadian Amphitheatre

08/13 Darien Center, NY -Darien Lake Performing Arts Center

08/15 East Troy, WI - Alpine Valley Music Theater

08/16 Tinley Park, IL - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

08/17 Minneapolis, MN - Target Center

08/20 Des Moines, IA - Wells Fargo Arena

08/22 Noblesville, IN - Klipsch Music Center

08/23 Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre

08/24 Burgettstown, PA - First Niagara Pavilion

08/26 Cuyahoga Falls, OH - Blossom Music Center

08/28 Maryland Heights, MO - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

08/29 Tulsa, OK - BOK Center

08/31 Houston, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion