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Kiss, Def Leppard rolling into Target Center

Posted by: Chris Riemenschneider under Music, Concert news Updated: March 17, 2014 - 2:00 PM
Ace Frehley's replacement Tommy Thayer led what's left of Kiss at the Minnesota State Fair grandstand in 2012. / David Joles, Star Tribune

Ace Frehley's replacement Tommy Thayer led what's left of Kiss at the Minnesota State Fair grandstand in 2012. / David Joles, Star Tribune

Kiss can’t find the harmony to reunite with its former members for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but it did find perhaps the perfect partner for a summer tour in Def Leppard. The tongue-wagging “Lick It Up” legends will perform with the “Love Bites” hitmakers for a 40-city tour coming Aug. 17 to Target Center. Tickets to the Minneapolis show will go on sale Friday at noon through the arena box office, AXS.com or 888-9-AXS-TIX (888-929-7849). Prices are $49-$151.

Def Leppard

Def Leppard

Kiss was last seen in town at the Minnesota State Fair in 2012 paired with another ‘80s hair band it inspired, Motley Crue. Def Leppard played the fair a year earlier with Heart.

The concert news comes as all hell is breaking loose surrounding Kiss' upcoming hall of fame ceremony, with Paul Stanley now slamming the hall organizers for excluding the two guys now filling in for – and wearing the makeup of -- original members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss. That’s after Stanley and Gene Simmons said they are unwilling to perform with Frehley and Criss at the ceremony, although they apparently are planning to appear with them at the podium. Stay tuned for the next episode of “As the Codpiece Turns.”

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