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Quick Takes: Def Leppard & ZZ Top, Elton John & R.E.M., Allman Brothers Band, Kiss, Grateful Dead

Def Leppard and ZZ Top are teaming up for a 16-date fall arena tour. Leppard will be on the road throughout the spring and summer with Motley Crue, Poison, and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts. ZZ Top will be on the road around the same time — including a string of joint dates with Cheap Trick on the books.

JUST ANNOUNCED: Def Leppard / ZZ Top tour dates (subject to change):
September 21 – Albany, NY – Times Union Center
September 23 – Virginia Beach, VA – Veteran United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
September 25 – Knoxville, TN – Thompson Boling Arena
September 26 – Brandon, MS – Brandon Amphitheater
September 28 – Orange Beach, AL – The Wharf Amphitheater
September 30 – Bossier City, LA – CenturyLink Center
October 2 – North Little Rock, AR – Simmons Bank Arena
October 3 – Tulsa, OK – BOK Center
October 5 – Wichita, KS – INTRUST Bank Arena
October 7 – Omaha, NE – CHI Health Center Omaha
October 9 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena
October 10 – Des Moines, IA – Wells Fargo Arena
October 12 – Grand Forks, ND – Alerus Center
October 15 – Salt Lake City, UT – Vivint Smart Home Arena
October 17 – Portland, OR – Moda Center
October 18 – Spokane, WA – Spokane Arena


Set for release on March 31st are four albums featuring long out-of-print material by Duane and Gregg Allman. Coming to CD are the Allman Joys' 1966 self-tiled collection; the brothers' next band's two albums as Hour Glass — 1967's Hour Glass and 1968's Power Of Love, along with Duane & Gregg's self-titled set, which features a September 1968 recording session for Scott Boyer, David Brown, and Allman Brothers Band drummer Butch Trucks' band the 31st of February. (Press release)

Rolling Stone confirmed that original master tapes and other recordings belonging to Elton John, Nirvana, Peter Frampton, R.E.M., Bryan Adams, and others were among those destroyed, lost, or damaged in a 2008 fire at a Universal Music Group vault. According to court documents obtained by the magazine, other artists whose work was damaged or destroyed includes Jimmy Eat World, Les Paul, Michael McDonald, Slayer, Sonic Youth, Suzanne Vega, the Surfaris, White Zombie, and Y&T, among others. (Rolling Stone)

Kiss is set to perform on the season two finale of of NBC's America's Got Talent: The Champions on Monday, February 17th. Kiss is squeezing in the performance between gigs on February 16th in Fort Wayne, Indiana and February 18th in Springfield, Missouri. America's Got Talent: The Champions airs on NBC at 8 p.m. ET. (Blabbermouth)

Coming on March 20th from the Grateful Dead is the 15-CD boxed set, titled, June 1976. The collection features five previously unreleased shows from that spring tour: Boston Music Hall, Boston MA (6/10/76 and 6/11/76); Beacon Theatre, New York, NY (6/14/76 and 6/15/76); and Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ (6/19/76).

The set is available to pre-order now exclusively from for $149.98 and will ship to arrive on March 20th. Production is limited to 12,000 individually numbered copies. Audio from the set will also be available exclusively from as a digital download in Apple Lossless ($99.99) and FLAC 192/24 ($119.99). (Press release)