Kiss and Def Leppard perform in Tampa

Two of the world's greatest classic rock bands team up for big summer tour

July 17, 2014 

Kiss Alive Again

it will be a hot one, but rock band Kiss will perform in makeup next Wednesday at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa. Def Leppard opens the show.ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE

FERNANDO VERGARA — ASSOCIATED PRESS

There aren't many rock bands so big Def Leppard can be their opening act.

Kiss is one of them.

The two behemoths of classic rock are on a 42-city tour, and Tampa is one of those cities. They'll be at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on Wednesday.

Reports from earlier shows on the tour say each band has been playing 75-minute sets.

Def Leppard's set has largely concentrated on the band's hits -- and there are more than enough of those to pack the show -- but Kiss has been throwing in some surprises, and leaving out some concert staples. Of course, the bombastic visuals of the Kiss show haven't been abandoned.

Considering the first Kiss album came out 40 years ago, and Def Leppard's first appeared six years later, their classic lineups are remarkably intact.

Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley still front Kiss, and the newest member of Def Leppard, guitarist Vivian Campbell, joined 22 years ago. Campbell is undergoing cancer treatments during the tour, and in at least some shows he's reportedly not been too lively on stage. But his guitar work apparently hasn't suffered.

Kobra and the Lotus, a Canadian metal band generating some serious buzz, opens the show.

Details: 7 p.m. July 23, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N., Tampa. Tickets: $35-$255. Information: 813-740-2446, livenation.com.

-- Marty Clear

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