KISS and Def Leppard will rock North America for a 42-city co-headlining tour that will kick off on June 23rd in West Valley City, Utah and wrap up August 31st in Woodlands, Texas. Tickets will go on sale starting Friday.
The groups announced the tour yesterday at the House of Blues in Los Angeles. You can watch the entire press below.

KISS guitarist Paul Stanley promised the tour will “deliver good news and excitement,” with Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott adding that he and Gene Simmons first discussed the idea of the two bands touring together when he and the Kiss bassist played some South American dates two years ago as part of a rock-and-roll all-stars tour. “It’s finally happened, which is fantastic,” Elliott says.

It’ll be the first time the two bands have shared a bill, though Stanley says, “We’ve run into each other at festivals. It just seemed to be a natural fit.” Stanley also noted that one of guitarist Phil Collen’s pre-Def Leppard bands, Girl, opened for KISS in the U.K. during the early ’80s.

Simmons says a dollar from each ticket sold on the tour will go to to the Wounded Warrior Project and other military non-profits including the USO, Hire a Hero, Project Resiliency/The Raven Drum Foundation, and The Augusta Warrior Project. “Politicians fart through their mouth,” Simmons said. “Only the military makes freedom possible.”

Stanley added that the group also plans to hire vets again for its crew. “We try to find a couple of vets who want to go out and be part of the team,” he says. “This is a chance for somebody to travel and be part of the KISS Army.” KISS has done this on past tours as well.

Elliot says he doesn’t see any rivalry developing between the groups while they’re on tour. “It’s two great bands that are going to be playing for the same amount of time,” he says. “It’s joint forces. I don’t see it as competitive at all.”
KISS/Def Leppard
Jun. 23 – West Valley City, UT – USANA Amphitheater
Jun. 25 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
Jun. 27 – Ridgefield, WA – Sleep Country Amphitheater
Jun. 29 – Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre
Jul. 2 – Concord, CA – Concord Pavilion
Jul. 3 – Wheatland, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheatre,
Jul. 5 – Irvine, CA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Jul. 6 – Chula Vista, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Jul. 8 – Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
Jul. 9 – Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion
Jul. 12 – Austin, TX – Austin360 Amphitheater
Jul. 13 – Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion
Jul. 15 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
Jul. 16 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
Jul. 18 – Atlanta, GA – Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
Jul. 19 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
Jul. 20 – Raleigh, NC – Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
Jul. 22 – West Palm Beach, FL – Cruzan Amphitheatre
Jul. 23 – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
Jul. 25 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
Jul. 26 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
Aug. 1 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
Aug. 2 – Atlantic City, NJ – Boardwalk Hall
Aug. 3 – Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center
Aug. 5 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Aug. 6 – Wantagh, NY – Nikon At Jones Beach Theatre
Aug. 8 – Virginia Beach, VA – Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
Aug. 9 – Scranton, PA – Pavilion at Montage Mountain
Aug. 10 – Hartford, CN – Xfinity Theatre
Aug. 12 – Toronto, ON – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Aug. 13 – Darien, NY – Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Aug. 15 – East Troy, WI – Alpine Valley Music Theatre
Aug. 16 – Tinley Park, IL – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Aug. 17 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Center
Aug. 20 – Des Moines, IA – Wells Fargo Arena
Aug. 22 – Noblesville, IN – Klipsch Music Center
Aug. 23 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
Aug. 24 – Burgettstown, PA – First Niagara Pavilion
Aug. 26 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center
Aug. 28 – Maryland Heights, MO – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Aug. 29 – Tulsa, OK – BOK Center
Aug. 31 – Woodlands, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

KISS Def Leppard tour 2014