Def Leppard, Styx, Tesla form ‘rock’ solid triple-bill to kick-off 163rd Great Allentown Fair
Def Leppard, the British rock band with over 100 million records sold worldwide and legendary live stage shows, is joining forces with fellow platinum-selling rock icons Styx and Tesla for a summer tour that will stop at The Great Allentown Fair on its opening day, September 1.
Tickets to the 7 p.m. concert go on sale starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, February 7.
Headliner Def Leppard’s career began in the late 1970s and exploded in the new wave of British heavy metal movement during the 1980s. Hit singles such as “Photograph,” “Rock of Ages,” “Foolin’” and “Pour Some Sugar on Me” ran up the radio charts.
Yet it’s Def Leppard’s dynamic stage shows and groundbreaking albums including “Pyromania” and “Hysteria,” two of the best-selling Diamond Award earners of all time, that have sustained the band’s popularity through the decades.
The band’s longstanding line-up of performers includes pioneer members Rick Savage, Joe Elliot and Rick Allen, 1982 addition Phil Collen and 1992 recruit Vivian Campbell with all five artists on vocals and instruments.
Hailing from Chicago, Styx also entered the rock world in the 1970s adding its distinctive pop styling to hard rock guitar driven music. A Styx concert set draws from four decades of chart hits covering a wide range of the band’s progressive and soulful material including “The Grand Illusion,” “Blue Collar Man,” “Lady,” “Miss America,” “Man in the Wilderness,” “Crystal Ball,” “Come Sail Away” and “Renegade.”
Four of Styx’s 15 studio albums—“The Grand Illusion,” “Pieces of Eight,” “Cornerstone” and “Paradise Theater”—have been certified multi-platinum. A perennial touring band, Styx released eight live albums between 1984 and 2012.
Hard rocking Tesla emerged out of Northern California in the early 1980s and went on to chalk up 14 million in album sales. Hit single “Love Song” off of the 1989 released and later certified double platinum album “The Great Radio
Controversy” gave Tesla its own signature ‘80s power ballad. Follow-up album “Psychotic Supper” also went platinum.
The band scored a Top 10 pop single in 1990 with a cover of the 1970 classic hit single “Signs” made famous by the Five Man Electrical Band. Tesla’s live rendition of the song lamenting signs blocking scenery and dictating “do this and don’t do that” was part of the band’s “Five Man Acoustical Jam” album and continues to be a concert crowd favorite.
In announcing the 163rd Allentown Fair kick off concert featuring Def Leppard, Styx and Tesla, Marketing Director and Talent Buyer Bonnie Brosious commented, “This one packs a punch of non-stop hits for rock stalwarts, especially those that packed the fairgrounds’ Grandstand venue during its ‘70s and ‘80s hey days of guitar driven, and yes, some big hair rock.”
Starting Saturday, February 7 at 10 a.m., tickets for the Def Leppard, Styx and Tesla concert will be available at the Fair Box Office, online at Ticketmaster.com, over the phone at 800-745-3000 and at Ticketmaster Centers.
They are $83 for reserved seats on the floor and $83 and $57 for reserved seats in the grandstand. Concert tickets purchased in advance include fair admission.
The fair box office behind the Ritz Barbecue on the Allentown Fairgrounds will hold special hours Saturday, February 7 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and will be open thereafter Thursdays 10 a.m.-2 p.m. until further notice.
Tickets are still available for the previously announced Carrie Underwood concert at the fair on September 3. Advance purchase tickets for half price off regular fair admission, discount ride all day wristbands and concert premium parking are also sold at the fair box office and online.
For more information, visit the fair’s web site at www.allentownfairpa.org.
Contact: Bonnie Brosious/Terri Schwenk │ The Great Allentown Fair │ P: 610-433-7541 │ moc.riafnwotnellanull@riaf