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Def Leppard Set To Play Rock In Rio Brazil Plus Chile/Argentina

Sunday, 26th March 2017

Def Leppard 2017.
Rock In Rio 2017

Def Leppard have been heavily rumoured to play shows in Brazil, Argentina and Chile this September by the local press.

Local press in Brazil says the band will be confirmed soon for the Rock In Rio 2017 festival in Rio De Janeiro in late September.

They will play on the same day as either Aerosmith or Bon Jovi (who were confirmed recently for the 21st/22nd September days).

It is suggested the band "might" be playing Rock In Rio on the 21st September. The same day Aerosmith are listed as headliners with Billy Idol and Scalene also on the bill. Or the 22nd when Bon Jovi headline and Alter Bridge also play.

A local website says further South American dates will then take place in Santiago, Chile in September and then Buenos Aires, Argentina in the first week of October.

The exact details of these two shows is a bit unclear due to the translation from Portuguese.

Guns N' Roses currently only list shows up to September 8th in Texas and Aerosmith up to 8th July in Tenerife.

These shows seem to be much more likely than the last rumours of South American dates from May 2016.

The last (and only) South American tour by the band was in April 1997, almost 20 years ago, and only Joe has since been back for a few shows with Rock 'n' Roll All-Stars and Kings Of Chaos.

Def Leppard had been due to play the original Rock In Rio festival in January 1985 at two shows supporting AC/DC and Queen. They pulled out before Rick's car accident to continue working on 'Hysteria'.

Update - An Argentine journalist, Christian Acosta, has linked Def Leppard to a Sao Paulo show in a Tweet about the tour rumours (translated below).

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Def Leppard In South America - Rumoured 2017 Tour Dates

  • 21st or 22nd September 2017 - Parque Olímpico, Rock In Rio 2017, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil - TBC

Playing before either Aerosmith or Bon Jovi. Would be their first time at this famous festival.

  • 30th September 2017 - National Stadium (Estadio Nacional), Santiago, Chile - TBC

A festival with Aerosmith/Poison. The 29th will feature The Who and Guns N' Roses according to local press. The festival has yet to be announced. A venue the band were due to play in 1997 before having to cancel. Guns N' Roses and The Who play Rock In Rio on 23rd September.

Aerosmith are rumoured to be playing on 24th September in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 27th September in Curitiba, Brazil and 3rd October in Rosario, Argentina (200 miles North West of Buenos Aires) - none of which are confirmed but "may" be linked to the other news.

  • October 2017 - Buenos Aires, Argentina - TBC

A show with Guns N' Roses or Aerosmith.

Guns N' Roses are rumoured for a show in first week of October at "Estadio Gigante de Arroyito" in Rosario.

Def Leppard In South America - News Quotes (Translated from Portuguese)

Def Leppard is the new attraction in the line-up of Rock in Rio

The iconic 1980s Hard Rock band Def Leppard returns for the second time to Brazil in September to perform at Rock in Rio. The band toured the country in 1997, when the band toured Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, with a very low audience, a real fiasco.

The day the band will perform is still being decided, but strong whispers work on the idea of the band playing the day they will have Bon Jovi as headliner or the day they will have Aerosmith as headliner.

In addition to Rock in Rio, Def Leppard's Britons perform in Santiago (Chile) and Buenos Aires (Argentina), where they will perform at a mega festival in Chile on September 29 and 30 with Guns n ' 'Roses and The Who (day 29), and Def Leppard and Aerosmith on September 30th. The presentation of these bands in Argentina will be in the first week of October, at a date to be defined.

Def Leppard In South America - News Quotes (Translated from Spanish)

Within that puzzle of intentions, one of the most colossal initiatives is planned for late September: a mega-festival at the National Stadium that aims to bring The Who and Guns N 'Roses together in one day, and Aerosmith and Def Leppard in the other.

In the first case, both sets are practically closed, negotiation facilitated by their presence in the Brazilian festival Rock in Rio that will be made in that same month. These days, and supported by a major brand, the managers adjust the details to specify the signing of the other two groups. To close, it would be the fourth time for the authors of Walk this way in the capital, although its most recent presentation (in October last year) was publicized as part of his farewell tour. Instead, for Def Leppard, owners of hard rock become a phenomenon in the 80's and 90's thanks to hits like Hysteria and Let's get rocked, would be the first time in the country. If materialized, the show in four chapters would be announced in the coming days.

Def Leppard In South America - News Quotes (Translated from Spanish)

"Def Leppard will appear in #RockinRio in addition to Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires (beginning of OCT) and Santiago (late SEP). Poison was still NOT confirmed." - translation of this Tweet:

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