A hard rock tour de force will hit cities across the nation this summer as Def Leppard teams with Poison and special guest Cheap Trick for a massive headlining tour. The trek kicks off June 23 at Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ, and closes out September 6 at San Manuel Amphitheater in Devore, CA.

The extensive U.S. run will perform at arenas and amphitheaters in 40 cities from coast to coast. Stops include a June 30 show at Comcast Center in Mansfield, MA, a July 11 concert at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Virginia Beach, VA, an August 15 performance at Lakewood Amphitheatre in Atlanta, GA, and a September 5 event at the MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV. One show is booked for Canada on July 4 at The Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto, ON.

Public onsales begin March 6 through Live Nation, which is producing the trek nationally. Citi cardholders will have access to a special presale beginning March 4 through the company’s Private Pass program.

“I’m very pleased that we are coming back to North America,” said Def Leppard vocalist Joe Elliott in a statement. “We’re gonna be touring with some new friends and some old friends and can guarantee it will be the rock tour of the summer.”

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Poison frontman Bret Michaels added, “There is nothing better than an epic summer concert and this tour is a dream come true for rock ‘n’ roll fans. It will be a night of a thousand hits with three hard-charging rock bands on the road together.”

Def Leppard was on tour across North America for much of 2008, first with an early spring co-headlining tour with REO Speedwagon and Styx, and then again with a month-long solo tour in August.

Last year, Poison also had a large-scale summer tour with Dokken and Sebastian Bach, while Cheap Trick was out on the road as a part of a 48-city tour with Journey and Heart.

Def Leppard / Poison / Cheap Trick itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)

June 23 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
June 25 Cuyahoga Falls, OH Blossom Music Center
June 26 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
June 28 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain
June 30 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center
July 1 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
July 3 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
July 4 Toronto, ON The Molson Amphitheatre
July 7 Hartford, CT New England Dodge Music Center
July 8 Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
July 10 Burgettstown, PA Post-Gazette Pavilion
July 11 Virginia Beach, VA Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheater
July 12 Bristow, VA Nissan Pavilion at Stone Ridge
July 15 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
July 17 Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
July 18 Milwaukee, WI Marcus Amphitheater
July 20 Maryland Heights, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheater St. Louis
July 21 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
July 23 Noblesville, IN Verizon Wireless Music Center
July 24 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
August 7 Raleigh, NC Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion
August 8 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
August 10 Nashville, TN Sommet Center
August 11 Pelham, AL Verizon Wireless Center Birmingham
August 13 West Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheatre
August 14 Tampa, FL Ford Amphitheatre
August 15 Atlanta, GA Lakewood Amphitheatre
August 18 New Orleans, LA New Orleans Arena
August 19 The Woodlands, TX The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
August 21 Dallas, TX Superpages.com Center
August 22 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
August 24 Englewood, CO Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
August 25 Salt Lake City, UT Usana Amphitheatre
August 28 Albuquerque, NM Journal Pavilion
August 29 Phoenix, AZ Cricket Wireless Pavilion
August 30 Irvine, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
September 2 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
September 3 Wheatland, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre
September 5 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena
September 6 Devore, CA San Manuel Amphitheater