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KIX Rock News: KISS & Def Leppard To Pay Homage To Military Members During Joint Tour

kiss-def-leppard-tour-20141KISS and Def Leppard announced a major joint North American tour on Monday at a press conference at the House of Blues in Los Angeles.

The trek, which will visit more than 40 U.S. cities, as well as Toronto, will help raise money for a variety of organizations that aid wounded military personnel and veterans.

During the conference, KISS singer/bassist Gene Simmons stressed the importance of the contributions made by armed forces members.

“Politicians fart through their mouth, only the military makes freedom possible,” Simmons declared.  “If you don’t know that you’re an idiot.”

He added, “People better than anyone of us on stage volunteer their life [and] limb for a philosophy — an ideal and an idea.  And they go over and not everybody comes back.  The least we could do is, number one, pay homage to them, and, number two, make sure that a buck out of every single ticket that’s gonna come in through the door is gonna go to various forms of wounded warriors.”

In addition to contributing proceeds raised by the tour to such organizations as the USO, Hiring Our Heroes, Project Resiliency/The Raven Drum Foundation and the Wounded Warrior Project, KISS and Def Leppard are making discounted tickets available to military personnel at KISSOnline.com/Heroes.

The tour coincides with KISS’ 40th anniversary, and Simmons insisted that even after so many years traveling around the world, he and his band mates aren’t even considering retiring from the road.

“There is no better time on Planet Earth than to go up on holy stage…and make everybody in the audience forget about the traffic jam and the bad things in life,” he declared.

“It’s magic time.  You come into our shows — it’s magic.  You’ll feel better.  You’ll feel alive.  That’s our job.  We’re going to make your life better.”

Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen, meanwhile, shared what his favorite song is to perform live.  Noting that his tune of choice is “different every night,” he added, “It’s a real buzz when we play ‘Pour Some Sugar on Me,’ because everyone starts taking their clothes off…for some reason, even if you mention it, which is kind of weird.”

In response, KISS singer/guitarist Paul Stanley quipped, “We love playing ‘Photograph’ but we can’t figure out the chords,” to Collen jokingly responded, “Me too!  We’re still trying to work on that one.”

As the conference wound down, Simmons was asked whether the two bands might bring the tour to other countries after winding down the stateside trek.

“Of the people, for the people, by the people.  You want it?  You got it,” said the rocker.  “Let’s just see how the first 40 goes, see if you can take any more joy…You want it?  We’re happy, healthy and — yeah! — there’s lots here.”

The KISS and Def Leppard tour kicks off on June 23 in West Valley City, Utah, and is mapped out through an August 31 show in The Woodlands, Texas.

Tickets for select shows go on sale to the general public starting this Friday via LiveNation.com and the Live Nation mobile app, while pre-sale tickets will be available to KISS and Def Leppard fan club members beginning March 18.

The tour includes a stop at Denver’s Pepsi Center June 25th.

Visit KISSOnline.com and DefLeppard.com for more details.

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