Def Leppard are set to have one busy 2011!! Besides headling Download Festival 2011 on Friday, June 10 at Donington Park (UK) to kick off their world tour, they’ll be touring the U.S. this summer with Ann and Nancy Wilson and the rest of the legendary Heart. The tour kicks off on June 15 in West Palm Beach, Florida. Tickets for the Live Nation-produced tour will go on sale on beginning March 4 at Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com. All the tour dates can be found on my rock tour dates link at the top of the page.

The band are also set to release a brand new live album, “Mirrorball”, this summer featuring a mix of live Def Leppard classics, three brand new studio songs and a bonus DVD that contains energetic live performances and intimate backstage footage captured on the road. Also set for release this summer is Leppard’s first coffee table book titled “Def Leppard – The Definitive Visual History”, with exclusive photos by legendary rock photographer Ross Halfin.

Joe Elliott joined Thin Lizzy on stage this past February 17th at Olympia Theatre in Dublin, Ireland to perform the Lizzy classic “The Boys Are Back In Town”. Down ‘N Outz — a project fronted by Joe Elliott, backed by The Quireboys and playing rare tracks connected only by Mott The Hoople — will support Paul Rodgers (Bad Company, Free, Queen) on his U.K. tour in April. Here’s Joe with Thin Lizzy: