Christmas will come early for fans of the cheesiest rock on the planet after one of the most tantalising triple headers in years was revealed today.

Multi-million selling British veterans Def Leppard are teaming up with LA sleaze merchants Motley Crue and the magnificent Steel Panther to slay UK arena crowds throughout December! 

The tour will see the hair metal heroes play six UK dates.

Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott said: “I can’t tell you enough how thrilled I am to announce this tour!

“We always strive to make our shows an event and to have Motley Crue and Steel Panther along for the ride makes this an event that just can’t be missed for rock fans across the UK.

“Come join us on what will be the event of the year.”

2011 has seen the release of Leppard’s first ever live album, Mirrorball, featuring classic tracks, three band new recordings and a bonus DVD.

the Sheffield stars remain one of the world’s biggest and most successful live acts. Before this year, the band last played the UK and Ireland in 2009 – headlining Download festival that year after a hugely successful sold out UK Arena tour in 2008.

June 2011 saw Def Leppard headline Download Festival for the second time in three years.

The full UK December 2011 dates are as follows:

Tues 6th December 2011              Birmingham LG Arena

Thu 8th December 2011               Nottingham Arena

Fri 9th December 2011                  Glasgow SECC

Sun 11th December 2011             Manchester MEN

Tue 13th December 2011             Sheffield Arena

Wed 14th December 2011            London Wembley Arena

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 2nd September priced at £47.50 London / £45.00 regionally (subject to booking fee) and will be available from

With more than 65 million albums sold worldwide and two prestigious Diamond Awards (Def Leppard are one of only five rock bands to have two consecutive 10 million plus selling albums in the US – The others are The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Van Halen) to their credit, Def Leppard – Joe Elliott (vocals), Phil Collen (guitar), Rick “Sav” Savage (bass), Vivian Campbell (guitar) and Rick Allen (drums)— continue to be one of the most important forces in rock music.