Joe Elliot 8/5/22

Amazingly, 2022’s long-awaited “Stadium Tour” has gone on without a hitch. The tour, featuring Def LeppardMotley CruePoison, and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts resumes tonight (August 5th) with the first of two shows at Boston’s legendary Fenway Park.

Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott spoke candidly to Classic Rock about the massive trek and was asked how it’s decided whether Leppard or Crue will close the show in various cities: “It’s all negotiated by management. We gave them Los Angeles, their hometown, they gave us New York. Seattle is the hometown of Nikki (Sixx.) There are 36 stadiums. As long as we headline 18 each what does it f***ing matter? In the age of streaming (a band’s popularity geographically) is not based on guesswork anymore, and if that information is available then why not use it?”

Elliott had nothing but raves for Poison frontman Brett Michaels, saying, “Bret Michaels is a brilliant ringleader, he’s not out there to be Paul Rodgers, and his band are a real bunch of merry men. They haven’t had a record out in decades, so they just play the hits, of which they have plenty, and the crowds love them.”

He was equally excited about Joan Jett’s nightly performances, saying, “Listen, Joan is a monster. Her set is an hour long and there isn’t a song you’ve never heard before. She’s got such a great band.”

Joe Elliott remains amazed that bands with multi-decade histories are still able to move sizable numbers of new records and pack arenas and stadiums across the globe: [“We were in the front end of a whole new way of doin’ this and we’re lucky that we’ve stayed together to be able to exploit that and enjoy it and all that kind of stuff. But even when we got together, we thought (we’d be around) maybe five or 10 years — because that’s all there was. There was an eight-year-old Led Zeppelin when we formed. The Beatles had only been split for seven, the Rolling Stones and the Who were essentially, maybe, 13, 14-years-old. So, there was no band that was around for 40 years. So, it’s insane when you say it off the top of your head just like that.”] SOUNDCUE (:32 OC: . . . just like that)

  • Def Leppard / Motley Crue / Poison / John  Jett & The Blackhearts “The Stadium Tour” dates (subject to change):
    August 5, 6 – Boston, MA – Fenway Park
    August 8 – Toronto, ON – Rogers Centre
    August 10 – Orchard Park, NY – New Era Field
    August 12 – Pittsburgh, PA – PNC Park
    August 14 – Minneapolis, MN – U.S. Bank Stadium
    August 16 – Indianapolis, IN – Lucas Oil Stadium
    August 19 – Houston, TX- Minute Maid Park
    August 21 – San Antonio, TX – Alamodome
    August 22 – Arlington, TX – Globe Life Field
    August 25 – Glendale, AZ – State Farm Stadium
    August 27 – Los Angeles, CA – SoFi Stadium
    August 28 – San Diego, CA – Petco Park
    August 31 – Seattle, WA – T-Mobile Park
    September 2 – Vancouver, BC – BC Place
    September 4 – Edmonton, AB – Commonwealth Stadium
    September 7 – San Francisco, CA – Oracle Park
    September 9 – Las Vegas, NV – Allegiant Stadium

TL; DR

  • Joe Elliott explained to Classic Rock how its decided whether Def Leppard or Motley Crue will close the show in various cities: “It’s all negotiated by management. We gave them Los Angeles, their home town, they gave us New York. Seattle is the hometown of Nikki (Sixx.) There are 36 stadiums. As long as we headline 18 each what does it matter?”

FAST FACTS

  • Def Leppard‘s 12th studio album, Diamond Star Halos, was released on May 27th. The album hit Number Two on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums chart and peaked at Number 10 on the Billboard 200.
  • Diamond Star Halos — which gets its title from T. Rex‘s 1971 classic “Get It On (Bang A Gong)” — marks the band’s first since their 2015 self-titled set. 
  • The new album features two songs with Americana star Alison Krauss — best known in rock circles for her recent work with Robert Plant. Also contributing is David Bowie‘s frequent pianist Mike Garston.