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Kiss & Def Leppard


Jul 25, 2014 – 7:00 PM

7800 Cellar Door Drive
Bristow, VA 20136 Map

  • KISS
  • Def Leppard

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Kiss returns to Jiffy Lube Live along with Def Leppard on Friday, July 25! Tickets go on sale Friday, March 21 at 10AM! Visit the link below for more details!
KISS: Few bands contributed to the rise of glam metal with such tenacity as KISS. While partially responsible for the style that would come to characterize glam metal, KISS exhibited a hard rock / metal sound that made their offspring appear weak. The group's tour and on-screen personas and costumes became more recognizable than the men underneath, as KISS became the poster children for hard rock in the United States. Minus two founding members, KISS marches on as timeless icons for rock and metal.

KISS was formed by bassist Gene Simmons and guitarist Paul Stanley in New York City, circa 1972. After their band broke up, they saw an ad posted by a drummer in need of a band by the name of Peter Criss, eventually hiring Ace Frehly on guitar. Inspired by Alice Cooper and the New York Dolls, they began slowly creating an image fueled by elaborate costumes and theatrical-style makeup. Kiss was released in 1974 and was followed by a numerous promotional tour dates. However, the album didn't sell well enough to support the many onstage pyrotechnics and gimmicks that KISS used on concert dates. In an effort to capitalize on the popularity of their tour dates, KISS released a live album, titled Alive!, in 1975; the single "Rock and Roll All Nite" finally brought KISS stardom.

KISS experienced similar success with the release of Rock and Roll Over in 1976 and Love Gun in 1977; the latter album was certified platinum on the day of its release. By 1979, Peter Criss had become almost unable to drum on albums or on tour dates due to drug use. He was replaced by session drummer Anton Fig, who was later replaced by Eric Carr. Displeased with the concept album, Music From "The Elder", Ace Frehly left KISS in late 1983. He was replaced by guitarist Vinnie Vincent, who was eventually replaced by Tommy Thayer. With the 80s in full swing, KISS decided to drop their signature makeup and costumes in 1983, right before the release of Lick It Up; the album revitalized KISS' career and brought fans back to tour dates. However, the return of KISS' success wouldn't last long, as Eric Carr died of a cerebral hemorrhage in 1991. After a period of mourning, drummer Eric Singer was hired and KISS released Revenge in 1992. Unfortunately for Singer, Peter Criss and Ace Frehly rejoined KISS in 1996 for reunion tour dates; it also included a new album, Psycho Circus, in 1998.

By 2004, Criss and Frehly had permanently left the band and were replaced by Singer and Thayer, with the new members adopting the older members' on-stage personas. KISS continued to play tour dates worldwide up through the release of Sonic Boom in 2009. The album received favorable reviews, setting the stage for KISS' 2012 album, Monster.

In 2013, Simmons and Stanley purchased a share of a team in the Arena Football League, eventually naming the Anaheim, CA based team the Los Angeles Kiss. The very next year, the original members of KISS were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame, cementing their place in rock history. Due to the fractured nature of the band, there's no consensus on whether or not KISS will release any new music, but Stanley & Simmons have no plans to stop touring and bringing their pioneering music to new generations.

Def Leppard: After releasing two albums in the early eighties to mediocre sales, this English metal band hit rock stardom with the release of their third album, Pyromania, in 1983. In total, the band has released two diamond certified albums, countless singles, and headlined over a dozen tours. Along the way, the band suffered through tragedy, fluctuations in success, deadly battles with addiction, and several line-up changes. They have however, endured, and Def Leppard tour dates are scheduled internationally this spring and summer 2011.

The Sheffield, England natives formed in the late seventies and are considered the forerunners of New Wave British Heavy Metal. Through their strenuous touring efforts and energetic metal shows, Def Leppard were able to secure a major label contract with Mercury Records. Their debut album, On Through the Night, was released in 1980 to mediocre sales. However, Def Leppard were able to book tour dates at the Reading Festival and were the supporting act for AC/DC and Ted Nugent. Their touring attracted the attention of famed record producer, Mutt Lange, who produced their second album, High 'n' Dry in 1981. In spite of their talent and Lange's fame, this album also had tepid sales. Not to be outdone, the Def Leppard concert schedule saw the band opening for Ozzy, and they continued to cultivate a hard rock following throughout their prolific touring. Due to excessive drinking, the band was forced to fire their lead guitarist and replace him with Phil Collen. Sadly, this wouldn't be the only alcohol/drug related issue that the band would face.

In the end, 1983 proved to be the big year for Def Leppard. Their third album, Pyromania, was again produced by Mutt Lange and released in January. Their hard rock image and catchy songs translated well through videos, and Def Leppard band found themselves in heavy rotation on MTV. Pyromania spawned hit after hit, including "Photograph" and "Rock of Ages," and was certified diamond by the RIAA. The Def Leppard concert schedule included a major headlining tour and to top it all off, they were voted as 1984's favorite touring rock band in a Gallup poll.

Under pressure to record a hit follow-up, Def Leppard relocated to Ireland to craft the sequel entitled Hysteria. Tragedy struck later that year when drummer Rick Allen was involved in a car accident that severed his left arm. Undeterred, the bandmates decided that he would stay on as drummer with Allen finding alternate ways to keep the drums beating. After a four year recording session, Hysteria, was released in 1987 and was also certified diamond by the RIAA. The album would go on to produce seven singles on the Billboard Hot 100, and also featured the crowd favorite, "Pour Some Sugar on Me." Def Leppard booked a worldwide tour entitled "Adrenalize," which had the band on the road internationally for fifteen consecutive months.

Upon returning from the road, Def Leppard quickly hit the studio, only to encounter more setbacks and tragedy. Due to his continued dependence on alcohol, guitarist Steve Clark was granted a leave of absence from the band to get sober. Clark was later found dead in his London home in 1991 after consuming a lethal amount of drugs and alcohol. The tragedy left the bandmates shaken; however, they continued to record their fifth album Adrenalize. It was released in 1992 and was instantly successful, hitting #1 on the Billboard 200. This was the band's last runaway commercial hit. The band has continued to release more material, a total of five albums, including the most recent, Songs from the Sparkle Lounge, which was released in 2008.

During the last decade, the band has continued to tour. Def Leppard has also received one of music's greatest accolades with their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. A testament to their longevity, Def Leppard tour dates 2011 have been announced, and the band will co-headline a tour with Heart this spring and summer. Headbangers and eighties rock fans alike, don't miss out on the chance to catch these living legends in your area: use Eventful as your source for Def Leppard tour dates and concert schedule updates through 2011 and beyond.

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