Def Leppard and Whitesnake team up for co-headline tour

Def Leppard will appear at the Metro Radio Arena in December on a co-headlining tour.

Def Leppard will appear at the Metro Radio Arena in December on a co-headlining tour.

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TWO of the biggest rock bands of the 1980s are teaming up for a co-headlining UK tour – and they’re bringing some very special guests along too.

Def Leppard and Whitesnake sold millions of records in their heyday, and both still have legions of loyal fans.

Whitesnake will join Def Leppard on the co-headlining tour, which calls at Newcastle in December.

Whitesnake will join Def Leppard on the co-headlining tour, which calls at Newcastle in December.

They have announced a joint-headlining UK and Irish tour in December – and they’re bringing Black Star Riders – the ‘supergroup’ featuring Ricky Warwick from The Almighty and members of Thin Lizzy and Alice Cooper’s band – as special guests.

Formed in Sheffield in 1977, Def Leppard have been hailed as the UK’s greatest-ever arena rock band.

They have sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, and have a highly anticipated new studio album coming in late 2015.

Their CV includes countless hit singles and ground-breaking multi-platinum albums – including two of the best-selling records of all time, Pyromania and Hysteria.

Black Star Riders are the special guests for Def Leppard and Whitesnake.

Black Star Riders are the special guests for Def Leppard and Whitesnake.

Joe Elliott (vocals), Vivian Campbell (guitar), Phil Collen (guitar), Rick Savage (bass) and Rick Allen (drums) remain one of the most important forces in rock, and their spectacular live shows continue to sell out venues worldwide.

Elliott said: “I am very excited to be working with Whitesnake again; we had such a wonderful time when we did it back in 2008.

“It’s a great experience for rock fans to be able to see two great live bands on the same stage on the same night.”

Whitesnake, formed in Middlesbrough in 1978, have a reputation of their own as one of the world’s leading rock’n’roll bands.

Founded by ex-Deep Purple singer David Coverdale, they have enjoyed multi-platinum albums and two No 1 singles in Here I Go Again and Is This Love.

Today’s line-up features David Coverdale (vocals), Reb Beach (guitar), Joel Hoekstra (guitar), Michael Devin (bass) and Tommy Aldridge (drums).

The tour calls at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle on Wednesday, December 9. Tickets, priced £45, go on sale today from (08444) 93666.