Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen weighed in on the conjecture that Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil might not be up to the task of touring in a multi-band, massive world tour. Neil, who has been filmed over the past few years performing in abysmal shape, will perform on “The Stadium Tour” as part of the Crue, along with Def Leppard, Poison, and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts. Phil Collen revealed that a trainer will be part of the touring entourage.

He added: “I can’t wait till we get out there. And hopefully Vince will be working out. We’ve got a trainer coming out. Yeah, it’s gonna be really cool.”

Collen spoke about the upcoming dates to St. Louis’ KSHE 95, with Blabbermouth transcribing some of the guitarist’s chat about the tour: “I talk to Nikki Sixx all the time. We’re friends. And I’ve known Vince forever. He’s gonna be part of our team. The way I look at this whole thing… We wanna take this tour to the rest of the world — in Europe, Australia, Japan, all over the place, South America — so it’s really important that everyone is part of the team. And we’re inspired. Me and Joe (Elliott) — actually, all the guys — we’re on the phone, and we start rehearsing in about a week.”

Leppard are no stranger to joint tours with massive bands. Phil Collen explained that there’s no competition — just an urge for everyone tom deliver their best show: “The great thing, when you go out on tour with Kiss, it’s all about the show; it’s not about trying to upstage anyone or do that. Yeah, you can have a bit of that going on, but then you live and die by the show, and you wanna make that great. And that’s a great lesson we’ve learned from Kiss, and we apply that.”

  • Def Leppard / Motley Crue / Poison / Joan Jett & The Blackhearts “The Stadium Tour” dates (subject to change):
    June 16 – Atlanta, GA – SunTrust Park
    June 18 – Miami, FL – Hard Rock Stadium
    June 19 – Orlando, FL – Camping World Stadium
    June 22 – Washington, D.C. – Nationals Park
    June 24 – Flushing, NY – Citi Field
    June 25 – Philadelphia, PA – Citizens Bank Park
    June 28 – Charlotte, NC – Bank of America Stadium
    June 30 – Nashville, TN – Nissan Stadium
    July 2 – Jacksonville, FL – TIAA Bank Field
    July 5 – St. Louis, MO – Busch Stadium
    July 8 – Chicago, IL – Wrigley Field
    July 10 – Detroit, MI – Comerica Park
    July 12 – Hershey, PA – Hersheypark Stadium
    July 14 – Cleveland, OH – FirstEnergy Stadium
    July 15 – Cincinnati, OH – Great American Ball Park
    July 17 – Milwaukee, WI – Miller Park
    July 19 – Kansas City, MO – Kauffman Stadium
    July 21 – Denver, CO – Coors Field
    August 5, 6 – Boston, MA – Fenway Park
    August 8 – Toronto, ON – Rogers Centre
    August 10 – Orchard Park, NY – New Era Field
    August 12 – Pittsburgh, PA – PNC Park
    August 14 – Minneapolis, MN – U.S. Bank Stadium
    August 16 – Indianapolis, IN – Lucas Oil Stadium
    August 19 – Houston, TX- Minute Maid Park
    August 21 – San Antonio, TX – Alamodome
    August 22 – Arlington, TX – Globe Life Field
    August 25 – Glendale, AZ – State Farm Stadium
    August 27 – Los Angeles, CA – SoFi Stadium
    August 28 – San Diego, CA – Petco Park
    August 31 – Seattle, WA – T-Mobile Park
    September 2 – Vancouver, BC – BC Place
    September 4 – Edmonton, AB – Commonwealth Stadium
    September 7 – San Francisco, CA – Oracle Park
    September 9 – Las Vegas, NV – Allegiant Stadium


  • This tour is kicking off in a few weeks — if Vince Neil was in any type of decent shape, the publicity machine would be all over it. This is going to make “Fat Elvis” look like an Olympiad.
  • We’re pretty confident we’re going to be witnessing a HISTORICAL mess and Vince Neil’s decline will be the ONLY thing the press focuses on in every city. Look how everybody’s been jumping on Jon Bon Jovi for sounding awful every night.
  • The real question is — does Crue replace Vince Neil and carry on as the second act under Def Leppard — or is the entire band replaced when this thing spins out of control???

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