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Phil Collen About Def Leppard’s Upcoming Tour, Producing Tesla

There’s now less than two weeks left until Def Leppard kick off their tour with Poison and Tesla in Manchester, N.H. on April 8, and needless to say, everyone is itching to get back on the road.

Leppard guitarist Phil Collen spoke with us recently and he recognizes that there’s definitely something special about this triple bill:

“What I love about this bill, it’s mainly original members in all three bands, so I’m touting it as ‘celebrating integrity.’  Poison, it’s the same four guys.  They haven’t toured since the last time they were with us, which was like 2012.  Again, it’s a big deal.  You have fans that have been with us a long time and ones that haven’t…We’re loyal to ourselves and to the band, and I think Tesla are as well and Poison.  I think you don’t see that as much anymore.”


Collen, himself, has gotten pretty close to the guys in Tesla as the producer of their next studio album, which he said wrapped recording a couple of weeks ago, and is very proud of the material that was churned out:

“I am so thrilled about this record.  It’s got every kind of diverse inspiration that the band and me have.  I ended up writing with the guys and pretty much became a band member for a year and a half.  We chose all our favorite bands, like Queen, Zeppelin, The Beatles and stuff like that and you hear element of all that, but you really hear Tesla.  When you hear it, you’d go, ‘Wow!  That’s obviously Tesla, but it just sounds different.’  We really worked hard at the songs.  Jeff Keith sounds spectacular.  The best I’ve actually heard him sing…I’m just thrilled."


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Def Leppard w/Poison & Tesla – 2017 North American Tour Dates

April 8, 2017                       Manchester, NH             SNHU Arena
April 10, 2017                     Montreal, QC                  Bell Centre *
April 12, 2017                     Uncasville, CT                Mohegan Sun Arena
April 14, 2017                     Baltimore, MD                Royal Farms Arena
April 15, 2017                     Uniondale, NY                Nassau Coliseum
April 17, 2017                     Grand Rapids, MI           Van Andel Arena
April 19, 2017                     Green Bay, WI                Resch Center
April 21, 2017                     St Paul, MN                    Xcel Energy Center
April 22, 2017                     Sioux Falls, SD               Sanford Premier Center
April 24, 2017                     Des Moines, IA               Wells Fargo Arena
April 26, 2017                     Louisville, KY                  KFC Yum! Cneter **
April 27, 2017                     Nashville, TN                  Bridgestone Arena
April 29, 2017                     Ft Myers, FL                   Fort Rock ***
April 30, 2017                     Jacksonville, FL             Welcome to Rockville ***
May 2, 2017                       Tuscaloosa, AL              Tuscaloosa Amphitheatre
May 3, 2017                       Atlanta, GA                     Lakewood Amphitheatre
May 5, 2017                       Charlottesville, VA          John Paul Jones Arena
May 6, 2017                       Charlotte, NC                 Carolina Rebellion ***
May 24, 2017                     Lincoln, NE                    Pinnacle Bank Arena
May 26, 2017                     Pryor, OK                       Rocklahoma ***
May 27, 2017                     San Antonio, TX            River City Rockfest ***
May 29, 2017                     Colorado Springs, CO   Broadmoor World Arena
May 31, 2017                     Bozeman, MT                Brick Breeden Fieldhouse
June 2, 2017                      Edmonton, AB               Rogers Place *
June 3, 2017                      Calgary, AB                   Scotiabank Saddledome *
June 6, 2017                      Vancouver, BC              Rogers Arena *
June 7, 2017                      Spokane, WA                Spokane Arena
June 9, 2017                      Seattle, WA                   White River Amph
June 10, 2017                    Portland, OR                 Moda Center
June 12, 2017                    Fresno, CA                   Save Mart Center
June 14, 2017                    Ontario, CA                  Citizens Bank Arena
June 16, 2017                    San Diego, CA             Sleep Train Amphitheatre
June 17, 2017                    Las Vegas, NV             MGM Grand Garden Arena
June 19, 2017                    Salt Lake City, UT        USANA Amphitheatre
June 21, 2017                    Kansas City, MO          Sprint Center **
June 22, 2017                    St Louis, MO                Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
June 24, 2017                    Chicago, IL                   Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
June 25, 2017                    Indianapolis, IN            Klipsch Music Center

*  Def Leppard only
**  Def Leppard and Poison only, no Tesla
***Def Leppard festival dates

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock reporter. The first man she ever loved was Jack Daniel.  (True story.)