KISS team up with Def Leppard for summer trek

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Soon after their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, KISS will return to the road for a co-headlining summer tour with Def Leppard. The veteran rockers will deliver a pair of concerts in New England, including one at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, Massachusetts on Friday, August 1. Tickets for the show, which range in price from $36 to $175, will go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster.

The summer tour will mark the first time KISS and Def Leppard have toured together, though both bands have performed at the same festivals. KISS bassist Gene Simmons and Def Leppard lead singer Joe Elliot first discussed a prospective tour while Joe Elliott participated in the “Rock ‘N’ Roll All Stars” in South America two years together.

Along with the show in Massachusetts, KISS and Def Leppard will perform in Connecticut with a performance scheduled for the Xfinity Theatre in Hartford on Sunday, August 10.

KISS will be celebrating their 40th anniversary in 2014. To mark the occasion, they will release a 2-CD compilation entitled Kiss 40. Comprised of tracks from each of their albums, it will feature greatest hits as well as live recordings and an unreleased demo from 1977. Their last offering of all new material was 2012’s Monster.

Def Leppard fans can expect a set packed with greatest hits from the British band. The band reportedly recently began work on a new album. However, they are not expected to release their tenth studio effort and first since 2008’s Songs from the Sparkle Lounge, till next year. Last year, Def Leppard performed 1987’s Hysteria in its entirety at an eleven show residency at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

The bands plan to honor their dedicated fans in the armed services by partnering with numerous military organizations for the tour. Partnerships will include the USO, Hiring Our Heroes, Project Resiliency/The Raven Drum Foundation, August Warrior Project and the Wounded Warrior Project. Military charities will receive a portion of ticket sales with the money raised being split amongst all the non-profit organizations participating with the summer tour. All military personnel will also be given exclusive access to discounted tickets for the tour.

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