Cue the Hysteria: Def Leppard Announce SD Show

Cue the hysteria -- rock icons Def Leppard announce a 2017 return to San Diego

If San Diego’s not in a state of hysteria right now, this should do the trick: Rock icons Def Leppard bring their 2017 tour through San Diego’s Sleep Train Amphitheatre on June 16 with none other than hair-metal juggernauts Poison and Tesla!

Def Leppard’s upcoming tour kicks off on April 8 in Manchester, New Hampshire and will come on the heels of a new live concert DVD, “And There Will Be a Next Time: Live From Detroit,” to be released Feb. 10 -- the first clip, “Animal,” was released today via Brave Words.

The band’s three-month run takes them across North America after playing 70-plus cities last year -- and frontman Joe Elliott couldn’t be more excited to get back on the road.

“We're thrilled to be able to take this tour to cities we didn't play in 2016. The demand for us to return, or rather extend the tour was phenomenal! There's a great buzz around the band right now and we're loving the fact that we can do this with the latest [2015 self-titled] album being so well received.”

The tour, sponsored by Live Nation (a SoundDiego sponsor), also features the return of Poison with all its original members (including Bret Michaels, CC DeVille, Bobby Dall and Rikki Rockett) in five years. In a press release, Michaels explained why the show’s a must-see.

“I could not be more excited," he said. "I know all of us will give 1,000 percent on stage and we are looking forward to performing our hits together. I personally could not be more thankful for the three generations of fans and I love the music of Def Leppard and Tesla. This will be an amazing night of rock and roll. Don’t wait because God only knows.”

Tickets to the June 16 Sleep Train Amphitheatre show, which range between $25-$125 plus fees, go on sale on Jan. 20 at 10 a.m. PST here (link will not be live until 2 p.m. PST, Jan. 12). The Def Leppard Rock Brigade Concert Club presales begin on Jan. 17 at

Def Leppard 2017 North American Tour Dates

  • April 8: Manchester, NH -- SNHU Arena
  • April 10: Montreal, QC -- Bell Centre *
  • April 12: Uncasville, CT -- Mohegan Sun Arena
  • April 14: Baltimore, MD -- Royal Farms Arena
  • April 15: Uniondale, NY -- Nassau Coliseum
  • April 17: Grand Rapids, MI -- Van Andel Arena
  • April 19: Green Bay, WI -- Resch Center ^
  • April 21: St Paul, MN -- Xcel Energy Center
  • April 22: Sioux Falls, SD -- Sanford Premier Center
  • April 24: Des Moines, IA -- Wells Fargo Arena
  • April 26: Louisville, KY -- KFC Yum! Center **
  • April 27: Nashville, TN -- Bridgestone Arena
  • April 29: Ft Myers, FL -- Fort Rock ***
  • April 30: Jacksonville, FL -- Welcome to Rockville ***
  • May 2: Tuscaloosa, AL -- Tuscaloosa Amphitheatre
  • May 3: Atlanta, GA -- Lakewood Amphitheatre
  • May 5: Charlottesville, VA -- John Paul Jones Arena
  • May 6: Charlotte, NC -- Carolina Rebellion ***
  • May 24: Lincoln, NE -- Pinnacle Bank Arena
  • May 26: Pryor, OK -- Rocklahoma ***
  • May 27: San Antonio, TX -- River City Rockfest ***
  • May 29: Colorado Springs, CO -- Broadmoor World Arena
  • May 31: Bozeman, MT -- Brick Breeden Fieldhouse
  • June 2: Edmonton, AB -- Rogers Place *
  • June 3: Calgary, AB -- Scotiabank Saddledome *
  • June 6: Vancouver, BC -- Rogers Arena *
  • June 7: Spokane, WA -- Spokane Arena
  • June 9: Seattle, WA -- White River Amph
  • June 10: Portland, OR -- Moda Center
  • June 12: Fresno, CA -- Save Mart Center
  • June 14: Ontario, CA -- Citizens Bank Arena
  • June 16: San Diego, CA -- Sleep Train Amphitheatre
  • June 17: Las Vegas, NV -- MGM Grand Garden Arena
  • June 19: Salt Lake City, UT -- USANA Amphitheatre
  • June 21: Kansas City, MO -- Sprint Center **
  • June 22: St Louis, MO -- Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
  • June 24: Chicago, IL -- Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre^
  • June 25: Indianapolis, IN -- Klipsch Music Center

* Def Leppard only

** Def Leppard and Poison only, no Tesla

*** Def Leppard festival dates

Note: Green Bay, WI and Chicago, IL on sale Feb. 10

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