Def Leppard

Def Leppard

Settling in as the third single from Def Leppard‘s self-titled studio album, “Man Enough” is a welcome change of pace for the lasting hard rock group and it’s leaving quite the impression. Since the release of the accompanying music video for “Man Enough,” the song has cracked the Top 10 on the Classic Rock chart and is helping gather momentum for Leppard’s newest material.

The song has been getting plenty of comparisons to vintage hard rock alumni, as Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen explained to TeamRock about “Man Enough”: “I had this bass riff floating around my head, and I wanted it to have a similar vibe to ‘Billy Jean’ by Michael Jackson — almost a disco vibe. I didn’t know what it was going to be called, then I played it to Joe [Elliott, vocals]; we went to [drummer] Rick Allen’s 50th birthday, and he said, ‘Shit! I’ve got a great idea for this song! And it’s called ‘Are You Man Enough To Be My Girl.’

“People have said it reminds them of ‘Another One Bites The Dust’ by Queen. It has this dancey appeal. Our song ‘All Night’ was a bit like that, and ‘Excitable’ on ‘Hysteria’. But I think this is the first time we’ve really made it work. It just fell into place, and I think that’s because we didn’t restrict ourselves. Every song on the album’s like that. It was, like, ‘Fuck everybody. This album was done for us.’ It wasn’t a business venture. We really didn’t care what anybody thought. We went to town on it; it was a lot of fun.”

The music video for “Man Enough” comes right at the forefront of Def Leppard’s upcoming summer tour with REO Speedwagon and Tesla. The jaunt is set to begin in Madison, WI on August 6 and will run through October 10 with a performance in Cedar Rapids, IL.

Def Leppard 2016 Tour Dates w/ REO Speedwagon and Tesla

Aug. 06 – Madison, WI – Alliant Energy Center
Aug. 08 – Evansille, IN – Ford Center
Aug. 10 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
Aug. 12 – Atlanta, GA – Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
Aug. 13 – Raleigh, NC – Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
Aug. 15 – Tampa, FL – Midflorida Credit Union Ampitheater
Aug. 17 – Birmingham, AL – Oak Mountain Amphitheater
Aug. 19 – Austin, TX – Austin 360 Amphitheatre
Aug. 22 – Houston, TX – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman
Aug. 24 – Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion
Aug. 26 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
Aug. 27 – ST. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Aug. 29 – Cleveland, OH – Blossom Music Center
Aug. 31 – Darien Center, NY – Darien PAC
Sep. 14 – Billings, MT – Metrapark Arena
Sep. 16 – Salk Lake City, UT – USANA Ampitheatere
Sep. 17 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
Sep. 19 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheatre
Sep. 20 – Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion
Sep. 22 – Irvine, CA – Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre
Sep. 24 – Sacramento, CA – Toyota Amphitheatre (no TESLA)
Sep. 25 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
Sep. 28 – Boise, ID – Taco Bell Arena
Sep. 30 – Eugene, OR – Matthew Knight Arena
Oct. 01 – Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome
Oct. 04 – Omaha, NE – CenturyLink
Oct. 05 – Minneapolis, MN – Xcel Center
Oct. 07 – La Crosse, WI – La Crosse Center Arena
Oct. 08 – Toledo, OH – Huntington Center
Oct. 10 – Cedar Rapids, IA – U.S. Cellular Center