Def Leppard Australian tour – and a sad, sad tale of birthday betrayal

The mighty Def Leppard are touring Australia soon with Heart and the Chiorboys. Sounds like it’ll be a great gig – I saw Def Leppard last time they were here and they were amazing. The tour is presented by MAX, Triple M, Australian Guitar Magazine (who I write for), KOFM, Mix 106.3 and Mix 94.5.

The press release and tour dates are below, but first let me regale you with a tale.

Picture it. Wodonga. 1988.

An already-into-rock me is about to turn 10. All I want for my birthday is Def Leppard’s Hysteria album (on cassette, natch). My cousin Daz was into Def Leppard in a big way and he was a few years older than me and, in my opinion, totally cool. So, my birthday rolls around and my first present is one of those awesome 80s boom boxes with two tape decks and a graphic EQ!!! I was in heaven! I could play the hell out of my Dire Straits and Beatles tapes on this! Then mum hands me another present, all wrapped up, obviously a cassette. YES, I think. This has got to be my Def Leppard tape! This is going to be so awesome! So I hastily unwrap it, all trembling hands and chattering teeth. Def Leppard Def Leppard Def Leppard!

You know what the cassette was?

Jason Donovan’s Ten Good Reasons.

Needless to say, I was mortified, and being 10 I was able to tantrum it out until I got my Def Leppard tape too. Hehe.

Now on to the press release!


McManus Entertainment is thrilled to announce Def Leppard’s return to Australia in October. They will be joined by American rock band Heart, who will be touring Australia for the very first time.

With more than 65 million albums sold worldwide, Def Leppard – Joe Elliott (vocals), Phil Collen (guitar), Rick “Sav” Savage (bass), Vivian Campbell (guitar) and Rick Allen (drums) – continue 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 groundbreaking albums (including Pyromania and Hysteria) that set the bar for generations of music fans and artists alike. The group’s spectacular live shows, filled with powerful rock anthems, continue to sell out venues worldwide. Their epic live show and huge 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. The bands live shows clearly demonstrate why Def Leppard remain one of the most highly praised live rock bands of all time!

Def Leppard are one of the few rock bands to join the exclusive “diamond” club, receiving two diamond accreditations (for sales in excess of ten million units) for Pyromania and Hysteria. Pyromania (1983) was recently named by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the “500 Greatest Albums” of all time. The UK’s Kerrang! Magazine chose Def Leppard’s show as one of their “greatest gigs of all time!”

With hits such as Pour Some Sugar On Me, Photograph, Let’s Get Rocked, Animal, Rock of Ages, Rocket, When Love & Hate Collide and Love Bites, Def Leppard have become a staple on rock radio and music television worldwide.

Def Leppard’s new live album (2CD and DVD) Mirror Ball Live & More is available now through Riot! Entertainment.

Heart will be joining Def Leppard on their first ever tour of Australia. Their debut album Dreamboat Annie sailed into the Australian Top 10 in 1976. Heart showed the world that women can rock! Not only did the Wilson sisters (Ann and younger sister Nancy) lead the band, they wrote the songs and played the instruments too, making them the first women in rock to do so. Some of Heart’s biggest hits include Magic Man, All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You, These Dreams, Barracuda and they have even recorded a cover of John Farnham’s You’re The Voice. Throughout their 35 year career, Heart has sold more than 30 million records, had 22 Top 40 hits, sold out arenas worldwide and had a profound influence on rock music. In 2010 they returned to the Top 10 again with the critically acclaimed album Red Velvet Car.

“We are enormously excited to be bringing our show down under,” says lead singer Ann Wilson. “This is the fulfillment of a long-time dream.”

Joining them will be legendary Australian rock band Choirboys. With a career spanning 30 years, Choirboys will transport the audience back in time with hits including Run To Paradise, Boys Will Be Boys, Struggle Town and Never Gonna Die.

Def Leppard, Heart and Choirboys is a line up not to be missed!

Proudly presented by MAX, Triple M, Australian Guitar Magazine, KOFM, Mix 106.3 and Mix 94.5
Tickets go on sale from 9am on Monday 18 July via the below outlets


Saturday 15 October Perth, NIB Stadium, 136 100
Tuesday 18 October Adelaide, Adelaide Entertainment Centre 132 849
Thursday 20 October Sydney, Sydney Entertainment Centre 136 100
Saturday 22 October Melbourne, Rod Laver Arena 132 849
Tuesday 25 October Canberra, AIS Arena 132 849
Thursday 27 October Brisbane, Brisbane Entertainment Centre 132 849
Saturday 29 October Newcastle, Newcastle Entertainment Centre 132 849