The two rock bands will donate one dollar for every ticket sold and hire war veterans as their crew.
KISS and Def Leppard will hit the road together in a 42-city North American tour, the groups announced on Monday, March 17 at Los Angeles' House of Blues. The trek begins June 23 in West Valley City, Utah and wraps up August 31 in Woodlands, Texas.
"It's finally happened, which is fantastic," Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott said in the press conference. He and KISS' bassist Gene Simmons played some South American dates two years ago in a rock-and-roll all-stars tour. However, this would be the first time that the two bands will travel together.
"We've run into each other at festivals. It just seemed to be a natural fit," KISS guitarist Paul Stanley said. Elliott added, "It's two great bands that are going to be playing for the same amount of time. It's joint forces. I don't see it as competitive at all."
The bands are honoring their fans in the armed services on this tour. A dollar from each ticket sold will go to the Wounded Warrior Project and other military non-profits. "Politicians fart through their mouth," Simmons said. "Only the military makes freedom possible." Tickets for the jaunt, dubbed 2014 Heroes Tour, will go on sale this Friday.
They are also planning to hire war vets as crew. "We try to find a couple of vets who want to go out and be part of the team," Stanley said. "This is a chance for somebody to travel and be part of the KISS Army."
2014 Heroes Tour Dates:
- 23 - USANA Amphitheater, West Valley City, Utah
- 25 - Pepsi Center, Denver, Colo.
- 27 - Sleep Country Amphitheater, Ridgefield, Wash.
- 29 - White River Amphitheatre, Auburn, Wash.
- 2 - Concord Pavilion, Concord, Calif.
- 3 - Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Wheatland, Calif.
- 5 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Irvine, Calif.
- 6 - Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Chula Vista, Calif.
- 8 - The Forum, Los Angeles, Calif.
- 9 - Ak-Chin Pavilion, Phoenix, Ariz.
- 12 - Austin360 Amphitheater, Austin, Texas (on sale March 22)
- 13 - Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas, Texas
- 15 - Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
- 16 - Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tenn.
- 18 - Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood, Atlanta, Ga. (on sale March 22)
- 19 - PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte, N.C.
- 20 - Walnut Creek Amphitheatre, Raleigh, N.C.
- 22 - Cruzan Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, Fla.
- 23 - MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa, Fla.
- 25 - Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, Va.
- 26 - PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, N.J. (on sale March 22)
- 1 - Xfinity Center, Mansfield, Mass.
- 2 - Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, N.J.
- 3 - Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, N.J.
- 5 - Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (on sale March 22)
- 6 - Nikon At Jones Beach Theatre, Wantagh, N.Y. (on sale March 22)
- 8 - Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach, Virginia Beach, Va. (on sale March 22)
- 9 - Pavilion at Montage Mountain, Scranton, Penn.
- 10 - Xfinity Theatre, Hartford, Conn.
- 12 - Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, Toronto, On.
- 13 - Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Darien, N.Y. (on sale March 22)
- 15 - Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, Wisc.
- 16 - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, Tinley Park, Ill.
- 17 - Target Center, Minneapolis, Minn.
- 20 - Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, Iowa
- 22 - Klipsch Music Center, Noblesville, Ind.
- 23 - DTE Energy Music Theatre, Clarkston, Mich. (on sale March 22)
- 24 - First Niagara Pavilion, Burgettstown, Penn. (on sale March 22)
- 26 - Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
- 28 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Maryland Heights, Mo. (on sale March 22)
- 29 - BOK Center, Tulsa, Okla.
- 31 - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Woodlands, Texas