The '80s megabands are promising big lights, big hits – but maybe not the big hair
Credit: Andrew MacPherson

Bring out the hairspray.

Two of the biggest hair bands of the ’80s – Def Leppard and Poison – are teaming up for a North American tour this summer.

Tickets go on sale March 6 for the 40-city tour, which kicks off June 23. Cheap Trick is also on the bill.

While some things have changed for Def Leppard – forget the party bus, the guys are bringing along a kick-boxing trainer – one important thing’s staying the same. “We are playing all the hits and we’re not going to overdo it with the new stuff,” promises guitarist Phil Collen. “Obviously you have to play ‘Pour Some Sugar On Me’ and ‘Photograph’ … I’d be kind of bummed if we didn’t.”

On Def Leppard’s last tour, Tim McGraw made a surprise appearance. Any plans for a new mashup with McGraw or Taylor Swift, their recent CMT Crossroads partner?

“Taylor is an absolute sweetheart,” says Collen. “But you know how these things are, they’re impromptu. You bump into them and then off you go.”