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TICKET GIVEAWAY: Def Leppard | Coming to Mid-Florida Credit Union Amphitheater in Tampa | Tuesday, June 23, 2015

by • June 12, 2015

In the late ’80s, an older girl named Debbie who I’d see every morning at the neighborhood bus stop, unknowingly introduced me to Def Leppard. Debbie, who took the high school bus, had an affinity for heavy gold earrings, animal-print leggings, AquaNet hairspray and wearing every shade of eyeshadow she could possibly apply to, and around, her eyes — eyes she would often roll at me. And she almost always wore a black Def Leppard t-shirt that contrasted beautifully with her impossibly pale skin. I thought she was magnificent.

Thanks to Debbie’s inherent coolness and fashionable influence, I was motivated to use babysitting money to procure my first Leppard cassette tape, Hysteria — at Camelot Music in the local mall. It was all over after that. Leppard was my gateway into the likes of Whitesnake, Cinderella, Poison and Guns N Roses. I was hooked on heavy metal bands for life.

Now as an adult, every time Leppard is played at a party or a bar and friends and strangers alike are passionately screaming the lyrics of “Pour Some Sugar On Me” together, I think of Debbie.

Maybe I’ll see her June 23 in Tampa. That’s where Def Leppard will kick off their massive U.S. tour in our very own Central Florida backyard. Almost thirty-something years after forming under the name Deaf Leppard — and over one hundred million records sold worldwide later — everyone’s favorite glam band from Sheffield, England is still rocking arenas everywhere. They’ll be opening up a 48-date summer series across the states at the MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheater with Styx and Tesla supporting them. When Leppard was on tour for Hysteria back in ’87, Tesla opened for them — of course, Tesla went on to become headliners afterward.

Leppard has remained fairly resilient over three decades, particularly considering all they’ve been through. Of course, drummer Rick Allen lost his left arm in a car accident in 1984 (but with determination and a special drum kit, he overcame that handicap) and their founding guitarist Steve Clark died from a prescription drug overdose in 1991. Vivian Campbell, formerly of Whitesnake, replaced him and had been with the group ever since. Last year, Campbell underwent treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma and was recently declared cancer-free and is back on tour with the boys, which makes this round of tour stops a little bit more special.










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