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Summerfest Announces Sixth Marcus Amphitheater Headliner for 2016

Def Leppard will play the Marcus Amphitheater on Wednesday, July 6 with Special Guests REO Speedwagon and Tesla

By - Feb 29th, 2016 09:00 am

MILWAUKEE (February 29, 2016)—Def Leppard has just announced that they will return to the road this summer for an extensive tour across North America due to overwhelming demand. The Live Nation promoted outing will storm through 55 cities across all parts of the U.S. and Canada.  It is set to kick off on May 1st in Orlando, FL and wrap on October 10th in Cedar Rapids, IA.  Joining Def Leppard on their rockin’ summer tour are special guests REO Speedwagon and Tesla.

Said Def Leppard front man Joe Elliott, “I’m really looking forward to getting back out there and playing some great music with some great people for some of the most appreciative audiences in the world. It really is always a pleasure.” 

Def LeppardJoe Elliott (vocals), Vivian Campbell (guitar), Phil Collen (guitar), Rick “Sav” Savage (bass) and Rick Allen (drums)—continue to be one of the most important forces in rock music. With 100 million records sold worldwide and two prestigious Diamond Awards to their credit, the group’s spectacular concerts, filled with powerful melodic rock anthems, continue to sell out venues worldwide. For the past thirty years the band’s epic live shows and 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.

Def Leppard’s influential career includes numerous hit singles and ground-breaking multi-platinum release’s—including two of the best-selling albums of all time, Pyromania and Hysteria. The band’s 2015 U.S. tour was one of the year’s highest grossing, hitting 70+ cities nationwide. In addition to the tour, Def Leppard debuted their self titled new album in October 2015. The album secured the #1 slot on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums chart. It features the #1 Classic Rock chart single “Let’s Go” and their new single “Dangerous” out now.

Tickets for Def Leppard with special guests REO Speedwagon and Tesla go on sale Friday, March 4 at 10:00 am CST and include Summerfest admission. Tickets can be purchased at the Summerfest Box Office in person and by phone at 1.414.273.2600, Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, Walmart stores, online at and by phone at 1.800.745.3000 (live Ticketmaster Agent) or 1.866.448.7849 (“Ticketmaster Express” automated phone line).  Patrons may also utilize “ticketfast” at to print barcoded concert tickets from home.  Convenience fees may be added to all purchases.

Summerfest fans get access to “Stay Connected” presales before tickets go on sale to the general public when they subscribe to receive Summerfest News email alerts at, “Like” Summerfest on Facebook or follow Summerfest on Twitter.  The presale for Def Leppard with special guests REO Speedwagon and Tesla will run Thursday, March 3 from 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm CST or until presale inventory has been exhausted.  

Summerfest 2016 will take place June 29 – July 3 and July 5 – July 10 from noon until midnight and will be closed Monday, July 4.  Following its 1968 debut, Summerfest has evolved into what is now recognized as “The World’s Largest Music Festival” and Milwaukee’s cornerstone summer celebration, bringing the music industry’s hottest stars, emerging talent and local favorites along with approximately 900,000 people from Milwaukee and around the world together each year for an unforgettable live music experience.  During the festival, the spotlight shines on over 800 acts, over 1,000 performances, 11 stages, delectable food and beverages and interactive activities, all in a world-class festival setting.  Patrons can also enjoy Miller Lite, the Official Beer of Summerfest.  For more details, visit, or Twitter: @Summerfest.

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