Def Leppard pours some sugar on Poison for pop-metal tour

Def Leppard and Poison provided some good Internet entertainment in the summer of 2008 with an old-school war of words that began with Elliott's blunt comments at a Swedish rock festival.

After that, the last thing we expected was Def Leppard and Poison as traveling buddies, with Cheap Trick, just a year later.

"Yeah, I was actually sitting next to [Joe] at that press conference in Sweden," says Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen, "just talking about substance of bands, and where bands come from, and I think he mentioned we come from a songwriting/producing thing and that Poison was based on an image thing, as was Motley Crue and a lot of other things. It wasn't insulting by any shot, but obviously someone twisted it around. But, it's all fine. Everyone loves each other now and kissing each other, and away we go."

The pop-metal tour of the summer hits the Post-Gazette Pavilion Friday, with Def Leppard, part of the late '70s New Wave of British Metal; Poison, late '80s glam metal; and Cheap Trick, a quirky late '70s power-pop band.

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