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KISS/Def Leppard Tour "Off to Great Start"

Image courtesy of Brian Lowe (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Brian Lowe (via ABC News Radio)

KISS  and  Def Leppard  kicked off their joint tour earlier this week and a tour source tells ABC News Radio, "It's off to a great start." 

KISS is calling this its 40th anniversary tour -- though they formed in 1973, the band's first tour didn't begin until a year later -- and singer  Paul Stanley  says, "We started building a legacy at that very first show and it's never veered from that. So going out on a 40th anniversary tour is just a way to put our eight-inch heels firmly back on the ground and let people know the legend lives [and] everything they heard remains true."

The set list includes all the signature KISS classics, what Stanley calls "songs of victory."  "[It's] a source of incredible pride and accomplishment," he says of the band's tunes.  "Each one of those songs is a celebration of going against all odds, going against the critics, going against the people who didn't like us, and winning."

In the decades since KISS began, they've gone from being pioneers in the use of pyrotechnics in concerts to being surrounded by younger bands trying to out-perform their predecessors. Not to worry, says Stanley. "When we started, there were no shows like ours," he said. "[Now it's] reached a point where many bands [have] KISS shows. Any band with money can do a KISS show, but no band can be KISS."

Tour dates are as follows:

6/23 -- West Valley City, UT, USANA Amphitheater
6/25 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
6/27 -- Ridgefield, WA, Sleep Country Amphitheater
6/29 -- Auburn, WA, White River Amphitheater
7/2 -- Concord, CA, Concord Pavilion
7/3 -- Wheatland, CA, Sacramento Valley Amphitheater
7/5 -- Irvine, CA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
7/6 -- Chula Vista, CA, Sleep Train Amphitheatre
7/8 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Forum
7/9 -- Phoenix, AZ, Ak-Chin Pavilion
7/12 -- Austin, TX, Austin360 Amphitheater
7/13 -- Dallas, TX, Gexa Energy Pavilion
7/15 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center
7/16 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
7/18 -- Atlanta, GA, Aaron's Amphitheater at Lakewood
7/19 -- Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion
7/20 -- Raleigh, NC, Walnut Creek Amphitheater
7/22 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Cruzan Amphitheater
7/23 -- Tampa, FL, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheater
7/25 -- Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live
7/26 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
8/1 -- Mansfield, MA, Xfinity Center
8/2 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Boardwalk Hall
8/3 -- Camden, NJ, Susquehanna Bank Center
8/5 -- Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center
8/6 -- Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre
8/8 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
8/9 -- Scranton, PA, Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain
8/10 -- Hartford, CT, The Xfinity Theatre
8/12 -- Toronto, Canada, Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
8/13 -- Darien Center, NY, Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
8/15 -- East Troy, WI, Alpine Valley Music Theater
8/16 -- Tinley Park, IL, First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
8/17 -- Minneapolis, MN, Target Center
8/20 -- Des Moines, IA, Wells Fargo Arena
8/22 -- Noblesville, IN, Klipsch Music Center
8/23 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
8/24 -- Burgettstown, PA, First Niagara Pavilion
8/26 -- Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Blossom Music Center
8/28 -- Maryland Heights, MO, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
8/29 -- Tulsa, OK, BOK Center
8/31 -- The Woodlands, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

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