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Def Leppard Kick Off 2016 Summer Tour, Styx Pay Tribute to Prince and Bowie

With future tourmates Tesla and REO Speedwagon occupied for the moment, Def Leppard and Styx kicked off their 2016 summer tour last night in Pensacola.

Styx opened the show, delivering a 10-song set that made room for tributes to Prince and David Bowie with a medley of “1999” and “Changes” performed by keyboardist/singer Lawrence Gowan. That moment, which you can watch courtesy of the fan-shot footage above, broke up a hits-heavy evening for fans that included Styx staples such as “Too Much Time on My Hands” and “Lady.”

Def Leppard, touring behind their recent self-titled LP, opened with the lead-off track and first single from that effort, “Let’s Go,” and also worked in another new number, “Dangerous,” a little later in their 16-song set. Surrounding the new material was the expected assortment of hits, including “Animal,” “Love Bites” and — as you can watch below — “Pour Some Sugar on Me.”

The tour’s lineup will shortly undergo a pair of changes. Tesla joins Def Leppard and Styx on May 4, and that trio will stick together for three dates before Styx depart for their own summer run, which also includes shows with .38 Special and Don Felder. REO Speedwagon join the lineup on May 10, starting a lengthy run of shows with Def Leppard and Tesla that’s currently booked through early October.

Read more at: Ultimate Classic Rock