Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott Says Management Decides ‘Stadium Tour’ Nightly Closers

Chattanooga, TN – The Pulse:

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 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.

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