Summer may be all but over, but the best way to close it out is with a concert that evokes decades of fantastic memories. This year, that event will be the return of Def Leppard, REO Speedwagon and Tesla. The trio will hit the Taco Bell Arena at Boise State University on Wednesday, September 28.Tickets range from $27.50 to $123 and are available at Ticketmaster.
For nearly 40 years, Def Leppard has been one of the most prominent names in heavy rock music. From their early days as the frontrunners of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal to their multi-platinum light alloy years, to the present, the Sheffield boys have remained arena-ready rockers with music that continues to be embraced by millions of fans the world over. Songs like “Pour Some Sugar on Me”, “Armageddon It”, “Hysteria”, “Animal” and “Photograph” are daily radio staples. The band’s latest album, the self-titled Def Leppard, has already spawned three hits with “Let’s Go”, “Dangerous”, and “Man Enough”. Unlike so many long-tenured bands, Def Leppard’s line-up has remained static for decades and features founding members Joe Elliott (vocals) Rick Savage (bass), and Rick Allen (drums). Guitar virtuoso Phil Collen joined in 1982, and former Dio and Whitesnake guitarist, Vivian Campbell joined in 1992 after the tragic death of founding guitarist Steve Clark. Def Leppard have always been and remain one of the most impressive live bands in the world, and their constant touring schedule is a testament to their live prowess and the power of their music.
REO Speedwagon began its amazing career nearly 50 years ago in Champaign, Illinois. Keyboardist Neal Doughty helped found the band in 1967 and early in the 70s frontman Kevin Cronin (vocals, guitar, piano) signed on and has helped guide the band ever since. Bassist Bruce Hall joined in 1977 and has been with the band through its high-profile years marked by hugely successful records such as You Can Tune a Piano but You Can’t Tune a Fish, Nine Lives, Good Trouble, Wheels are Turnin’, and their 10 million-plus seminal masterpieces, 1980’s Hi Infidelity. The album generated four Top 40 radio hits which including the #1 smash, “Keep on Loving You”. REO has crafted a catalog of seminal rock classics over the years including “Ridin’ the Storm Out”, “Keep Pushin’ On”, “Take It on the Run”, “Roll with the Changes”, and the #1 ballad, “I Can’t Fight this Feeling”. With the retirement of founding drummer Alan Gratzer, who still occasionally makes appearances with the band, Brian Hitt took over behind the kit in 1989. Likewise, guitarist Dave Amato took over for the legendary Gary Richrath that same year.
Sacramento, California is home to one of hard rock’s most underrated but enduring bands, Tesla. Def Leppard helped introduce the world to the group when they took them out on their hugely successful Hysteria In the Round Tour in 1988. Tesla exploded on the scene in 1986 with its debut album Mechanical Resonance. They followed this up in 1989 with The Great Radio Controversy, an album which unveiled their chart-topping hit “Love Song” to the world. The band’s original line-up of vocalist Jeff Keith, bassist Brian Wheat, drummer Troy Lucketta, and guitarist Frank Hannon remain together to this day. Guitarist Dave Rude joined the band a decade ago and has appeared on the group’s three most recent albums, Real to Reel, Forever More, and Simplicity. This summer the band released its latest album, Mechanical Resonance Live which features the new studio single “Save That Goodness”, written and produced by Def Leppard’s Phil Collen. The album can be purchased at Amazon.com for only $7.99.