The two bands plan to tour North America this summer with 42 North American cities listed on their tour. The 2014 Heroes Tour starts June 23 in West Valley City, Utah, with their last concert date scheduled for August 31 in Woodlands, Texas. The announcement came at the House of Blues in Los Angeles during a live press conference streamed via the Live Nation website.
Gene Simmons and singer Joe Elliott from Def Leppard started discussing the tour two years ago. They wanted a way to help change the lives of the American veterans and military families. One dollar from each ticket sold will go toward the Wounded Warrior Project.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of Kiss's first album, “Kiss.” They will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next month. Gene Simmons, singer for Kiss, also had his own TV reality show called, "Family Jewels" which ran from 2006 to 2012.
Paul Stanley of Kiss said "You have two bands who to one degree or another have stood the test of time and put them together and you'll have a great night of music. We're living in a time now where everyone wants more for their money, and that's understandable. So, when you can get two bands to collaborate together, we couldn't pick a better band for this tour than Def Leppard to go out with us."
Elliott from Def Leppard said during an interview from Dublin, "We're not jam bands either of us. It's very theatrical what Kiss does to a lesser extent obviously 'cause we don't do the makeup thing, our show runs like a military operation for sure. It's not like the Grateful Dead and Phish touring or something."
According to ABC News, Kiss and Def Leppard are partnering with various military companies. Two of their sponsors are the United Service Organizations Inc. and Hiring Our Heroes. To help with their tour, they have hired veterans as part of the “Hiring Our Heroes.” This isn’t the first time that Kiss has helped American veterans and military families. Some of the proceeds during their 2012 tour was donated to support this program.
Tickets go on sale on March 21, 2014.