Def Leppard announce career-spanning box set series
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Fresh off their performance at the Royal Albert Hall last night for the Teenage Cancer Trust, Def Leppard announced a series of career-spanning box sets starting with the release of Volume One on June 1st (via Bludgeon Riffola/Mercury/UMe).

The first of the four box sets, Volume One, curated by lead singer Joe Elliott, will focus on the Leps' first four studio albums, On Through the Night, High 'N Dry, and the diamond-selling releases Pyromania and Hysteria. Available as both a seven-CD and eight-LP set, it will also include bonus material including B-sides, a Live at the LA Forum concert album from 1983 (originally available as the bonus disc to Pyromania's deluxe CD special edition), and rare tracks. For the hardcore Def Lep fans out there, this set will also include a 3-inch CD replica of the band's original impossible-to-find self-titled 1978 EP.

As with most box sets, packaging is everything and Volume One seems to outdo itself. With the collection housed in a detailed box with each album featuring its original artwork, the set also includes a book of rare photos from the band's constant photographer Ross Halfin. Liner notes from band members Rick Allen, Rick Savage and Phil Collen will also be included (guitarist Vivian Campbell didn't join the band until 1992).

Def Leppard will hit the road with Journey on May 21 in Hartford, CT.

Def Leppard and Journey tour dates:

May 21 - Hartford, CT - XL Center
May 23 - Albany, NY - Times Union Center
May 25 - Hershey, PA - Hersheypark Stadium
May 26 - Buffalo, NY - KeyBank Center 
May 28 - Cleveland, OH - Quicken Loans Arena
May 30 - Cincinnati, OH - U.S. Bank Arena
June 1 - Toronto, ON - Rogers Centre
June 2 - Pittsburgh, PA - PPG Paints Arena
June 5 - Raleigh, NC - PNC Arena
June 6 - Knoxville, TN - Thompson-Boling Arena
June 8 - Bristow, VA - Jiffy Lube Live
June 9 - Charlotte, NC - Spectrum Center
June 11 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center 
June 13 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
June 15 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Center
June 16 - Baltimore, MD - Royal Farms Arena
July 1 - Atlanta, GA - SunTrust Park
July 3 - Noblesville, IN - Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
July 4 - Milwaukee, WI - Summerfest
July 6 - Memphis, TN - FedExForum
July 7 - North Little Rock, AR - Verizon Arena
July 9 - Tulsa, OK - BOK Center 
July 11 - Louisville, KY - KFC Yum! Center
July 13 - Detroit, MI - Comerica Park
July 14 - Chicago, IL - Wrigley Field 
July 16 - Wichita, KS -  INTRUST Bank Arena
July 18 - Sioux Falls, SD - Denny Sanford PREMIER Center
July 19 - Lincoln, NE - Pinnacle Bank Arena
July 21 - Denver, CO - Coors Field
July 23 - Des Moines, IA - Wells Fargo Arena 
July 25 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center (click here for tickets)
July 27 - Minneapolis, MN - Target Field
July 28 - Fargo, ND - Fargodome 
Aug. 11 - Boston, MA - Fenway Park 
Aug. 13 - Virginia Beach, VA - Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater 
Aug. 15 - Columbia, SC - Colonial Life Arena
Aug. 17 - Ft Lauderdale, FL - BB&T Center
Aug. 18 - Tampa, FL - Amalie Arena
Aug. 20 - Birmingham, AL - Legacy Arena @ The BJCC
Aug. 22 - Columbus, OH - Schottenstein Center
Aug. 24 - St. Louis, MO - Busch Stadium
Aug. 25 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena
Aug. 27 - New Orleans, LA - Smoothie King Center
Aug. 29 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center
Aug. 31 - San Antonio, TX - AT&T Center
Sept. 1 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center 
Sept. 5 - Albuquerque, NM - Isleta Amphitheater
Sept. 7 - Phoenix, AZ - Talking Stick Resort Arena
Sept. 8 - Las Vegas, NV - T-Mobile Arena (click here for tickets)
Sept. 21 - San Francisco, CA - AT&T Park
Sept. 23 - San Diego, CA - Petco Park
Sept. 25 - Salt Lake City, UT - Vivint Smart Home Arena
Sept. 26 - Nampa, ID - Ford Idaho Center Arena 
Sept. 28 - Portland, OR - Moda Center
Sept. 29 - Seattle, WA - Gorge Amphitheatre
Oct. 1 - Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena
Oct. 4 - Sacramento, CA - Golden 1 Center
Oct. 6 - Los Angeles, CA - The Forum