DEF LEPPARD Guitarist Discusses Band's Summer Tour

Daily Herald reports: One of last summer's most successful collaborations was the combination of DEF LEPPARD and JOURNEY — a tour which won a Pollstar Concert Industry award for the most creatively packaged event. That show hit USANA Amphitheatre in West Valley City in mid-August and sold upwards of 19,000 tickets.

"We'd never really done anything like that before," DEF LEPPARD guitarist Vivian Campbell said in a phone interview from his home in Los Angeles on Thursday. "We were used to doing our own show and choosing who was going to be our opening act. So we were a little bit skeptical, but then that tour turned out to be an enormous success."

DEF LEPPARD enjoyed the pairing with JOURNEY so much, the British rockers decided to jump right back into another multi-tiered tour this summer — hitting the road with 1970s and '80s stalwarts STYX and FOREIGNER.

"That's not just with us — I think you'll find that's the nature of every band from our genre," Campbell said. "The music industry, and not just the concert industry, but the entire landscape of the music industry, has changed so radically, and is still in such a state of flux, that you kind of have to try and find new things that work. And this definitely seems to be working in the live arena. These sort of packages are certainly working for us and another reason to go out on tour this summer. This will actually be our third consecutive summer of touring, which is something we've never, ever, ever done before. But that's also reflective of what's changing in the concert industry."



Posted in: News


To comment on a BLABBERMOUTH.NET story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. User comments or postings do not reflect the viewpoint of BLABBERMOUTH.NET and BLABBERMOUTH.NET does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. To report spam or any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, use the "Report to Facebook" and "Mark as spam" links that appear next to the comments themselves. To do so, click the downward arrow on the top-right corner of the Facebook comment (the arrow is invisible until you roll over it) and select the appropriate action. You can also send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox(@) with pertinent details. BLABBERMOUTH.NET reserves the right to "hide" comments that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate and to "ban" users that violate the site's Terms Of Service. Hidden comments will still appear to the user and to the user's Facebook friends. If a new comment is published from a "banned" user or contains a blacklisted word, this comment will automatically have limited visibility (the "banned" user's comments will only be visible to the user and the user's Facebook friends).