Def Leppard have just announced their 2018 UK and North American tours with Journey and Cheap Trick which starts in May.
The Hysteria & More tour takes place in December in the UK with 11 arena shows. The entire Hysteria album will be performed live for the first time in the band’s homeland. With 11 shows this will be the most arena dates played by the band on any UK/Irish tour.
The tour includes their first ever show at the The O2 Arena in London rather than the usual Wembley Arena. Cheap Trick are the special guests. This venue holds more people than Wembley with a capacity of 20,000. Housed inside the old Millennium Dome complex. This will be the band’s largest London headline show since Earls Court Arena in June 1992.
They will also make their debut at the Arena Birmingham having previously only played arena shows here at the NEC/Genting Arena. This venue was previously known as the National Indoor Arena and the Barclaycard Arena and has a 15,800 capacity.
Tickets went on sale for these shows on 26th January.
58 dates have been confirmed across the USA and Canada starting in Hartford, CT on 21st May and ending in Los Angeles, CA on 6th October.
The tour will include ten outdoor stadiums shows and has Journey as the co-headline act with headlining duty shared by each band as on the 2005 Rock Of Ages tour with Bryan Adams.
They will also be performing at the famous Madison Square Garden. The first time as a proper headline act after a 1992 charity show there with the band set to close this show.
This tour was first mentioned in March 2017 by Phil Collen who stated the band would play a world tour in 2018 and hopefully release new music. He later said the tour would visit “Europe, Far East, Australia, everywhere really and the US and Canada.”
Journey bassist Ross Valory first mentioned news of this tour line-up during an interview in June 2017 describing it as “a 2018 world tour with Def Leppard”.
Def Leppard and Journey previously toured together in 2006 on the YEAH! tour in the USA. 74 shows were played with 848,342 tickets sold and a total gross of $38.7 million. The tour won ‘Most Creative Tour Package’ at the annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards in 2007 and was Number 14 on the Pollstar Top 100 North American tours list for 2006
Def Leppard 2018 UK Hysteria & More UK/Ireland Tour Dates
Dec 1st @ Dublin, Ireland (3Arena)
Dec 2nd @ Belfast, Northern Ireland (The SSE Arena, Belfast)
Dec 4th @ Cardiff, Wales (Motorpoint Arena Cardiff)
Dec 6th @ London, England (The O2 Arena) – (First time at this venue)
Dec 8th @ Nottingham, England (Motorpoint Arena Nottingham)
Dec 9th @ Newcastle, England (Metro Radio Arena)
Dec 11th @ Glasgow, Scotland (The SSE Hydro)
Dec 12th @ Manchester, England (Manchester Arena)
Dec 14th @ Sheffield, England (FlyDSA Arena)
Dec 15th @ Liverpool, England (Echo Arena Liverpool)
Dec 17th @ Birmingham, England (Arena Birmingham) – (First time at this venue)
Billed as ‘The Hysteria Tour’ and with the band performing the full album in its entirety for the first time in the UK/Ireland.
‘Excitable’ is currently the only album track never played anywhere in the UK or Ireland. All other songs were played in Ireland and the UK between 1986 to 1992 (and beyond).
Article Credit: DEF LEPPARD NEWS – http://www.deflepparduk.com/2018newsjan95.html