TAMPA – Journey and Def Leppard will be “faithfully” performing their classic hits, considered some of the greatest “rock of ages,” when their co-headlining tour pulls into the Tampa Bay area for one show Saturday, Aug. 18, 7 p.m., at Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa.
This massive co-headlining tour promises to be one of the biggest shows of the year. Hitting stadiums and arenas across North America, the tour kicked off May 21 in Hartford, Connecticut, at the XL Center. The tour features complete sets and all-new production from both bands, and an arsenal of their hits such as “Pour Some Sugar on Me,” “Lights,” “Photograph,” “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Rock of Ages” and “Faithfully.”
Journey – featuring Neal Schon, founding member and lead guitarist; Ross Valory, co-founding member and bassist; and longtime members Jonathan Cain, keyboardist; Steve Smith, drummer and Arnel Pineda, lead singer – is one of the most popular American rock bands of all time, creating some of the best-known songs in modern music. Journey’s iconic hits include songs such as “Lights,” “Faithfully,” “Any Way You Want It,” “Wheel In The Sky,” “Separate Ways,” “Who's Crying Now,” and the seminal “Don’t Stop Believin’,” which is the top-selling digital catalog track in history.
Since the group’s formation in 1973, the band has earned 19 top 40 singles and 25 Gold and Platinum albums and has sold nearly 100 million albums globally. Their “Greatest Hits” album is certified 15 times-platinum, bringing Journey into the elite club of Diamond-certified award holders.
The band continues to tour and record into the 21st century, performing concerts for millions of fans worldwide, and received the prestigious Billboard Legends of Live touring award. Journey received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame, and is the subject of the award-winning documentary “Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey.”
In 2017, Journey was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
“These co-headlining Journey/Def Leppard dates will be epic classic rock shows,” said Neal Schon in a press release. “So many hits. It will be great to see you all, friends.”
“We are all anxious to share our sound with the world again and, along with Def Leppard, we are part of a world-class package to the rock stage that spans decades and represents a multi-platinum legacy,” Jonathan Cain added.
With more than 100 million albums sold worldwide and two prestigious Diamond Awards in the U.S., Def Leppard – featuring Joe Elliott, vocals; Phil Collen, guitar; Rick "Sav" Savage, bass; Vivian Campbell, guitar; and Rick Allen, drums – continues to be one of the most important forces in rock music. Over the course of their career, the band has produced a series of classic ground-breaking albums that set the bar for generations of music fans and artists alike. The group’s spectacular live shows and arsenal of hits have become synonymous with their name, leading Def Leppard to be heralded as an institution in both the music and touring industry.
Def Leppard’s influential career includes numerous hit singles and ground-breaking multi-platinum albums, including “Pyromania” and “Hysteria,” two of the best-selling albums of all time. The band’s classic hits include “Rock of Ages,” “Pour Some Sugar on Me” and “Foolin.”
The band’s most recent self-titled studio album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums and Top Independent Albums charts. The album also took the No. 5 spot on Billboard’s Top Current Albums and No. 10 spot on the Top 200, as well as claiming 15 top 10 debuts around the world. For the first time, in January 2018, Def Leppard debuted their full recording catalog worldwide via streaming and download platforms.
“This tour is going to be a blast,” said Joe Elliott. “We’ve toured together before and it was massive. This time it’s going to be even bigger and better.”
"Twelve years ago we embarked on a U.S. tour with Journey and it was an absolute blast,” said Rick Savage of Def Leppard. “Looking forward to hooking up again. Believe me, this will be even more spectacular."