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KISS and Def Leppard w/Kobra and the Lotus 

When: Wed., July 16 2014
Price: $48-&127
Sometimes opposites attract. When you really think about it, though both bands share an audience of steadfast heshers and pop-metal devotees, KISS and Def Leppard make a pretty odd couple for a co-headlining bill. The former is perhaps the quintessential P.T. Barnum-inspired American rock band, while the latter is about as British as spotted dick and bad hygiene (not the same thing, BTW). While recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees KISS have weathered their fair share of kriticism and kontroversy over a decade-or-so-old decision to sack co-founders Ace Frehley and Peter Criss while costuming imposters in their iconic makeup, Def Leppard is undoubtedly the most loyal rock act of all-time, keeping their drummer in the band after he lost an arm. And musically speaking, while KISS, consummate showmen that they are, were never known for note-perfect musical execution, slightly more earnest Def Leppard’s slick, fastidious blockbuster arena rock is essentially synonymous with superproducer Mutt Lange. What the two titanic bands do have in common, however, is — from “Pour Some Sugar on Me” to “Lick It Up — a catalog of top-shelf rock radio classics to make one helluva debaucherous double-header. ADAM GOLD


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