Def Leppard have signed a new worldwide publishing deal with Sony/ATV. The news was confirmed via Billboard.
Brian J. Monaco, president and global chief marketing officer of Sony/ATV, said the following:
“For decades, Def Leppard has sold out stadium after stadium across the globe while continuing to reach a new generation of fans. We are proud to welcome Def Leppard to the Sony/ATV family and look forward to collaborating on opportunities within film, television and advertising that will expose Def Leppard’s rich catalog of music in new and exciting ways.”
The band’s manager, CSM co-founder Mike Kobayashi, also commented:
“After numerous meetings, Brian Monaco was instrumental in closing the deal. The band looks forward to working directly with Brian and his team to further extend their iconic brand and catalog.”
Jon Platt, chairman and CEO of Sony/ATV, added:
“Def Leppard stands atop the titans of rock. Their cutting-edge sound and ferocious stage performances defined a generation like no other band. With timeless songs from ‘Rock Of Ages’ to ‘Pour Some Sugar On Me’, Def Leppard extends its pop culture relevance to today. Working closely with Brian Monaco and the Sony/ATV team, we are thrilled to take their powerhouse catalog into the next millennium and beyond.”
Def Leppard, Mötley Crüe, Poison, and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts have officially announced the dates for their 2020 stadium tour. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on December 13 at 10 a.m. via Live Nation. There will also be a pre-sale for Citi cardmembers on December 10 at 10 a.m.
07/07 Miami, FL – Hard Rock Stadium
07/09 Orlando, FL – Camping World Stadium
07/11 Charlotte, NC – Bank of America Stadium
07/14 Arlington, TX – Globe Life Field
07/15 Houston, TX – Minute Maid Park
07/19 San Francisco, CA – Oracle Park
07/23 San Diego, CA – Petco Park
07/25 Phoenix, AZ – State Farm Stadium
08/09 Atlanta, GA – SunTrust Park
08/11 Hershey, PA – Hersheypark Stadium
08/13 Buffalo, NY – New Era Field
08/15 Philadelphia, PA – Citizens Bank Park
08/16 Pittsburgh, PA – PNC Park
08/18 Milwaukee, WI – Miller Park
08/20 Detroit, MI – Comerica Park
08/22 Washington DC – Nationals Park
08/23 Flushing, NY – Citi Field
08/25 Boston, MA – Fenway Park
08/28 Chicago, IL – Wrigley Field
08/30 Denver, CO – Coors Field
09/02 Seattle, WA – T-Mobile Park
09/05 Los Angeles, CA – SoFi Stadium
As previous rumors suggested, Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard, and Poison appear to be planning a tour together. Sources have told Rolling Stone that the three three bands will be performing in stadiums across the U.S. in 2020. Dates and venues have yet to be revealed. This news comes after Mötley Crüe recently sparked reunion rumors, despite wrapping up their final tour in 2015 and signing a cessation of touring agreement.
According to Public Radio International, Cristina Rheims, a biological researcher at Instituto Butantana in Sao Paulo, Brazil, has named four new spider species after several rock/metal musicians. Among them are Extraordinarius bruceickinsoni, which was named after Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson, Extraordinarius rickalleni, which was named after Def Leppard’s Rick Allen, Extraordinarius klausmeinei, which was named after Scorpions’ Klaus Meine, and Extraordinarius andrematosi, which was named after Angra’s André Matos.
Def Leppard officially kicked off their Las Vegas residency on August 14 at the Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. You can watch fan-filmed video footage of the entire show below. It’s worth noting that the concert featured the live debuts of “Let Me Be” and “We Belong.” The group also performed a number of rarities including: “Die Hard The Hunter” (first time since 1992), “Slang” (first time since 2013), “Billy’s Got A Gun” (first time since 2002), “Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad,” (first time since 2005) and “Now” (first time since 2003).