Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott is impressed with the sales so far for the band's summer tour with Motley Crue, Poison, and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts. Blabbermouth posted that during a chat with SiriusXM's Trunk Nation, Elliott spoke about how the returns are proving the collective "Stadium Tour" road trek is an absolute hit across the board: "Def Leppard have notoriously never (sold out) shows out of the box, (but) we've always closed really well. So we'd be turning up to a gig sold out, but sold out 20 minutes before we went on stage. This is kind of like Hysteria all over again, really."

He went on to say: "Obviously, a lot has to do with the fact that we've got Motley on board and you've also got Poison and Joan Jett. It is an enormously attractive package, is what it is. But the fact that we had shows selling out within minutes of going on sale. . . when it happens in a stadium, you're kind of gobsmacked. You're standing there looking at the phone when your manager is telling you this, going, 'Are you kidding me (laughs)?'"

Elliott said that the amount of people eager to see the show was impressive, admitting, "It really was unbelievable when they said, 'Well, we're gonna be adding shows, because it's really taking off.' I mean, who knows where this could go? Because this is just the beginning, potentially. It all depends on everybody's availabilities and staying power to carry this on, but this tour could add even more shows maybe not even this year -- next year. It's all up in the air; nothing's written in stone. But these 22 that were initially put on has at least gone to 28, and 10 of them are pretty close to sellouts, if not already sold out. So it really is a testament to the fact that when people say, 'Rock is dead,' the four of us artists can stand there and look everybody straight in the eye and go, 'No, it's not.'"

Joe Elliott told us that the band has been together for so long, that they've come full circle and are more comfortable in sounding like Def Leppard than ever before: "They have to have our identity in them or they might as well be Tom Waits, y'know, or R.E.M. We have a signature sound that we're not scared of anymore. I think we were, right around the Slang period of our career (in 1996). We were frightening to death of ourselves, I think -- but not so much anymore. Y'know, so, they've got the classic Leppard trademark of big guitars, drums, vocal harmonies to the high heavens, y'know?"

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