Besides the Rolling Stones tour, the Def Leppard/Styx/Tesla show is the biggest classic rock tour of the summer. And the very first concert is an easy drive from Bradenton.
The three giants of the '80s (Styx actually hit its commercial peak a little earlier) have banded together for a 48-city tour of the United States. The first show is Tuesday at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa.
One great thing about this show is that even though all of these bands first hit the big time more than 30 years ago, they all have several key members remaining from their classic lineups. Styx still features guitarist and sometimes frontman Tommy Shaw, guitarist James Young and bassist Chuck Panozzo. Tesla has four of the five members that were with the band in the era of its hits "Love Song" and "Signs."
Styx and Tesla were plenty big in their heyday, but few bands ever have reached the kind of popularity that Def Leppard has. Despite some storied tragedies along the way, Def Leppard is intact from the "Pyromania" days except for deceased guitarist Steve Clark (Vivian Campbell has been with band since 1992). Singer Joe Elliott, drummer Rick Allen and bassist Rick Savage have been with the band since before its first album.
Details: 7 p.m. June 23, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301, Tampa. Tickets: $25-$125. Information: 813-740-2446, livenation.com.
-- Marty Clear