Def Leppard just announced a career-spanning box set series, with the first of four packages to be launched on June 1. Volume One contains the band’s first four studio albums — On Through the Night (1980), High ’n’ Dry (1981), Pyromania (1983) and Hysteria (1987), to be presented in eight-LP and seven-CD editions. The set is presented in a brand new sleeve, complete with a hardback book, a replica of the band’s self-titled 1979 EP and written introductions by singer Joe Elliott, guitarist Phil Collen, bassist Rick Savage and drummer Rick Allen. Def Leppard’s Volume One is now available for pre-order on vinyl and CD; details on the next three sets will be revealed later. Def Leppard will also be touring with Journey this summer throughout the U.S.
Metallica’s Hardwired… To Self-Destruct debuted a few years ago, but the legendary rockers have almost managed to repeat history as the record has climbed back into the Top 10, ascending to No. 2 last week. Hardwired… To Self-Destruct was topped only by rapper XXXTentacion’s sophomore album, ?, which moved 131,000 units. In late February, Metallica announced the second North American leg of their ‘WorldWired’ tour and ticket sales helped to lift the album to the No. 2 chart position. Ticket purchases included an album redemption offer where fans had the choice of receiving a copy of the album. Metallica will be playing only select North American appearances between September 02 and March 13 of next year. You can see the full list of dates here.
3 Doors Down and Collective Soul announced they will be co-headlining the “Rock & Roll Express Tour.” Additionally, Soul Asylum will be supporting the bands on select dates. The 36-city North American run will kick off July 6 at the Chastain Park Amphitheatre in Atlanta, Georgia and continue through mid-September, throughout the country. Tickets for the general public go on sale March 30 at 10AM local time via Live Nation. There is also a Citi cardmembers pre-sale tickets beginning Tuesday, Mar. 27 – Thursday, Mar. 29 through Citi’s Private Pass program. Complete pre-sale details can be found here. More information on each band’s respective VIP packages can be found at the 3 Doors Down official website and Collective Soul official website.
Yes will commemorate 50 years since the debut of their first album with a special North American tour. The band announced more than 30 dates across North America that will take place this summer, beginning with two nights at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles, Ill. on June 5-6, and concluding at Atlanta’s Symphony Hall on July 28. Yes promise more concerts will be added in the future. Tickets for most shows will go on sale either March 30 or 31, with others taking place in early April. You can find more information on the band’s website and full dates are listed in the link below.
After receiving knighthood from the British royal family last week, Sir Ringo Starr has announced a U.S. tour with his All Star Band. The 20-date tour will take place in September and begins in Tulsa, Oklahoma and ends in Los Angeles. The band will also embark on a previously announced European tour in June and July, and they have a date in Atlantic City, New Jersey on June 2. The All Star Band will perform songs from each band member’s respective back catalog. Alongside Starr, the band lineup will consist of vocalist/guitarist Colin Hay (Men at Work), guitarist Steve Lukather (Toto), vocalist/keyboardist Gregg Rolie (Santana, Journey), saxophonist Warren Ham (Toto, Bloodrock), drummer Gregg Bissonette (Toto, Santana) and vocalist/bassist Graham Gouldman (10cc). Ringo released his 19th solo album, Give More Love, last year, which featured Joe Walsh, Peter Frampton, Benmont Tench and Paul McCartney.