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Journey, Def Leppard coming to Golden 1 Center

Def Leppard, pictured, and Journey are coming to Golden 1 Center on Thursday, Oct. 4, as part of a joint North American tour.
Def Leppard, pictured, and Journey are coming to Golden 1 Center on Thursday, Oct. 4, as part of a joint North American tour.

Def Leppard and Journey are coming to Golden 1 Center on Thursday, Oct. 4, as part of a joint North American tour announced Friday morning. The 1980s’ hair bands will play in 58 cities between May 29 and Oct. 6, including a show at AT&T Park in San Francisco on Sept. 21, before closing out the tour at The Forum in Inglewood.

Both set lists will be heavy on classics such as “Don’t Stop Believin’ ” and “Pour Some Sugar on Me” as well as recent releases from earlier this decade. Def Leppard and Journey last toured together in 2006, when they stopped at Sleep Train Amphitheatre (now Toyota Amphitheatre) in Wheatland as part of an 80-show international trip.

Journey released six Billboard Top 10 singles in the early to mid-1980s, while Def Leppard had four in the decade’s two final years. Four of the five bandmates from Journey’s heyday are still with the group, and lead singer Arnel Pineda has been belting out power ballads previously sung by Steve Perry since 2007.

Def Leppard’s five members – lead singer Joe Elliott, bassist Rick Savage, drummer Rick Allen, lead guitarist Phil Collen and guitarist Vivian Campbell – have all played together for the last 25 years. The band made their entire discography available for streaming and downloading on Spotify, Apple Music and other platforms for the first time Friday morning.

Tickets for the 7 p.m. show go on sale Feb. 3 at LiveNation.com. The groups will alternate performance order throughout the tour.

Benjy Egel: 916-321-1052, @BenjyEgel

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