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Rock of ages: Def Leppard, Journey at BB&T Center

Classic-rock favorites Def Leppard and Journey have joined forces for a co-headlining tour that will stop at the BB&T Center in Sunrise on Friday, Aug. 17.

Tickets will cost $45.25-$175.25 and go on sale 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at all Ticketmaster outlets, including Ticketmaster.com and by calling 800-745-3000.

Each concert will include complete sets by both bands, with Journey and Def Leppard taking turns in the opening and closing slot.

Few bands dominated the charts in the 1980s like Def Leppard and Journey, beginning with Journey’s 1981 album “Escape,” which yielded the hits “Don't Stop Believin’,” “Who's Crying Now,” “Still They Ride,” “Open Arms” and “Stone In Love.” The band’s other hits include “Lights,” “Any Way You Want It” and “Wheel In the Sky” and “Faithfully.”

Journey includes founding members Neal Schon on guitar and Ross Valory on bass, longtime members Jonathan Cain on keyboards and Steve Smith on drums, and vocalist Arnel Pineda, now a 10-year veteran of the band. Visit JourneyMusic.com.

The heavier Def Leppard’s arsenal of hits includes “Photograph,” “Rock of Ages” and “Foolin’,” from the band’s career-changing, Mutt Lange-produced 1983 album “Pyromania.” The followup, 1987’s “Hysteria,” was the band’s best-selling album of all time, No. 1 on the Billboard album chart and No. 1 on Rolling Stone’s list of 50 greatest hair-metal albums. Hit singles included “Pour Some Sugar on Me,” “Women” and “Love Bites.”

Def Leppard still features Joe Elliott on vocals, guitarist Phil Collen, bassist Rick Savage, guitarist Vivian Campbell and drummer Rick Allen. The band recently put its entire catalog on streaming and download platforms, available at DefLeppard.com.

bcrandell@sun-sentinel.com

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