From the opening of the press conference, it was clear that the relationship between the band was warm: Paul Stanley joked: “Phil [Collen] decided to wear a shirt today, it’s an important day!” noting that the Def Leppard guitarist’s physique is usually on display when he’s on stage.
KISS drummer Eric Singer noted his admiration for his counterpart in Def Leppard, Rick Allen, who has continued to play in the decades since he lost his left arm in an accident in 1984. A wounded serviceman later thanked Allen for inspiring him to go on after losing a limb.
Paul Stanley later said that it was great to have Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell on hand, noting that he recently had been through successful chemotherapy.
Both bands spoke about giving the fans the most bang for their buck, and pointed out that both bands will stick with their biggest hits, and not break into blues jams during their shows: Def Leppard’s frontman Joe Elliott noted “We’re not jam bands!”
On a more serious note, KISS noted that they are donating a dollar from every ticket sold to Wounded Warrior, an organization that they’ve worked with over the years that works to help military veterans. Simmons noted “Our proud military makes freedom possible.”
Def Leppard noted that they’ve written some new songs recently, but Joe Elliott noted “None of which you’ll hear this summer.”
Catch KISS and Def Leppard in SoCal at Irvine’s Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre on 7/5 and at Los Angeles’ fabulous Forum on 7/8.
— Brian Ives, Radio.com