Fans of Kiss and Def Leppard can rock ‘n’ roll all night on Aug. 2 as the two bands stop by Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on their co-headlining summer tour.
The tour starts on June 23 in Utah, ends on Aug. 31 in Texas and encompasses 42 cities. Both bands have performed in Atlantic City previously, but neither has played inside the 14,000-capacity arena at Boardwalk Hall, which will be one of the smaller venues on a tour full of outdoor amphitheaters. The concert is presented by Caesars Atlantic City in association with Live Nation.
Besides Boardwalk Hall, the tour also stops on July 26 at the PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, Monmouth County, and Aug. 3 at the Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden.
Kiss returns to Atlantic City during a big year in the band’s history. After years of waiting, Kiss will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 10. This year also marks the 40th anniversary of the group’s self-titled first album, which will be greeted by archival releases.
Tickets for the concert, priced at $35, $55, $85 and $149.50, go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday and will be available at the Boardwalk Hall box office, Ticketmaster.com and by phone at 800-736-1420.
Kiss and Def Leppard are honoring fans in the armed services by partnering with numerous military organizations for the tour. Military personnel will have access to a pre-sale hosted by Military.com starting at 10 a.m. today. Kiss and Def Leppard fan clubs also will have access to a pre-sale starting 10 a.m. today.
This will be the first time both groups, which each formed during the 1970s, will be touring together. Their combined album sales are more than 200 million.
For the tour, the Kiss lineup will include vocalist/bassist Gene Simmons, vocalist/guitarist Paul Stanley, lead guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer. The Def Leppard lineup consists of vocalist Joe Elliott, guitarist Vivian Campbell, guitarist Phil Collen, bassist Rick “Sav” Savage and drummer Rick Allen.
“You have two bands who to one degree or another have stood the test of time and put them together and you’ll have a great night of music,” said Paul Stanley of Kiss. “We’re living in a time now where everyone wants more for their money, and that’s understandable. So, when you can get two bands to collaborate together, we couldn’t pick a better band for this tour than Def Leppard to go out with us.”
Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott said it’s not likely the two bands will perform together.
“We’re not jam bands either of us,” Elliott said in an interview from Dublin. “It’s very theatrical what Kiss does to a lesser extent obviously ‘cause we don’t do the makeup thing, our show runs like a military operation for sure. It’s not like the Grateful Dead and Phish touring or something.”
Associated Press contributed to this report
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