DEF LEPPARD has scheduled the following North American dates in August:
Aug. 01 - Nashville, TN @ Sommet Center
Aug. 02 - Birmingham, AL @ Verizon Wireless Center
Aug. 06 - Hamilton, ON @ Copps Coliseum *
Aug. 07 - London, ON @ John Labatt Centre *
Aug. 09 - Quebec City, QC @ Colisee Pepsi *
Aug. 10 - Ottawa, ON @ Scotiabank Place *
Aug. 13 - Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre *
Aug. 15 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena *
Aug. 20 - Ft. Wayne, IN @ Memorial Coliseum *
Aug. 23 - Detroit, MI @ Joe Louis Arena **
* With BILLY IDOL
** With STYX, REO SPEEDWAGON
DEF LEPPARD were the featured guests on the nationally syndicated radio show "Rockline", hosted by Bob Coburn, on March 26, 2008. The program is now available for streaming at this location.
Hits Daily Double (the companion web site of music industry tip sheet HITS) reported on Tuesday that DEF LEPPARD's new album, "Songs from the Sparkle Lounge", is poised to sell between 45,000 and 50,000 copies in the United States during its first week of release for a possible Top 10 debut.
To coincide with the release of "Songs From The Sparkle Lounge", the group's UK label has launched a new "Sparkle Lounge" microsite. TheSparkleLounge.com gives fans opportunities to listen to samples of the new album, watch the video for leadoff single "Nine Lives", listen to samples of the new album, win Guitar Hero III prizes, watch a trailer for the bonus DVD (UK only), and more.
"Songs From The Sparkle Lounge" contains 11 new songs, including the new hit single "Nine Lives", featuring a collaboration with country music superstar Tim McGraw. The album includes a limited-edition custom PikCARD, which unlocks the DEF LEPPARD online "Vault" (named after the band's best-selling greatest-hits CD). Inside the "Vault", DEF LEPPARD fans have exclusive access to a variety of content, contests and memorabilia, featuring highlights such as personal photos from the road, registration to the band's fan club, entry into an exclusive contest to win backstage passes and VIP access the next time DEF LEPPARD comes to the winner's town, new album lyrics — handwritten by Joe Elliott — and a personal messages from the band.