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French Hellfest Festival Date Announced

Friday, 15th February 2013

Hellfest 2013.
Hellfest Open Air 2013

Def Leppard have announced a new show for 2013 at Hellfest Open Air Festival in Clisson, France on 21st June.

The festival takes place between 21st to 23rd of June with Lep playing on the 21st. Def Leppard will headline above Twisted Sister, Whitesnake and Europe.

This marks the first time the band have visited the country in 17 years. Their last appearance was on 20th October 1996 in Paris during the Slang tour. The Hellfest website suggests the band will play 'Hysteria' in full.

The band will return to the country during the 25th year of the 'Hysteria' album. Some of which was recorded in Paris (including the vocals for 'Animal') where Phil Collen and Steve Clark also lived at the time.

Rick Allen appeared to hint at this show last August in a radio interview.

One day tickets are on sale from today, visit the festival website for more info. 12 shows have now been announced for 2013 including the VIVA Hysteria! residency.

Def Leppard - Hellfest Open Air Festival 21st June 2013

  • France.  Friday 21st June 2013 - Hellfest Open Air Festival, Clisson, FRANCE - More Info
  • Headliner - Def Leppard
  • Support Act - Twisted Sister
  • Support Act - Whitesnake
  • Support Act - Europe
  • Support Act - Hardcore Superstar
  • Support Act - Saxon
  • Support Act - Black Spiders
  • Support Act - Kissin' Dynamite

Joe Elliott - News Quote

"Hi I'm Joe Elliott from Def Leppard and we are gonna play Hellfest. This is gonna be Def Leppard's first visit to France in 17 years. I hope you can join us."

Hellfest - News Quote

"The #HELLFESTis proud and honoured to announce that DEF LEPPARD will make their grand return to France on Friday June 21st, 2013 as headliner for the first day of the festival."

"This event will be DEF LEPPARD's first concert in France for almost seventeen years (The band's previous live appearance in this country dated from October 20th 1996 in Paris)!!!."

"The announcement will come as a welcome surprise to French fans, as the band was not scheduled to tour Europe in 2013. On top of this breaking news, this one off concert will also give the French crowd the opportunity to enjoy the fantastic "Hysteria & More" show that DEF LEPPARD will perform this spring at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada."

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