Def Leppard, Poison & Tesla Kick Off Tour
Def Leppard, Poison and Tesla have started their 2017 summer tour, which marked its first date April 8 at the SNHU Arena in Manchester, N.H. This year’s trek is scheduled to continue through late June, with Def Leppard appearing at all 38 tour stops, including four festival shows and four solo dates. Poison is set to join them at the other 30 dates, marking the first time the band’s four original members have played onstage together in over five years.
“I could not be more excited,” enthused Poison singer Bret Michaels in a press release. “I know all of us will give one thousand percent onstage and we are looking forward to performing our hits together. I personally could not be more thankful for the three generations of fans and I love the music of Def Leppard and Tesla. This will be an amazing night of rock ‘n’ roll. Don’t wait because god only knows.”
Def Leppard and Tesla are both touring behind relatively recent studio albums — Tesla released Simplicity in 2014, and Def Leppard put out a self-titled LP in 2015 — as well as more recent live product. Def Leppard’s And There Will Be a Next Time, which captures performances from their 2016 tour, arrived in February; Tesla released Mechanical Resonance Live last August.
“A lot of other bands, they disappear,” pointed out Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen. “This is as real as it gets. This is real integrity, it’s a real band doing their stuff, it’s not karaoke by any means, and it’s also a tribute to being the last ones standing. A lot of bands have fallen off by the wayside, but these three bands are here and I’m really appreciating that.”