DEF LEPPARD drummer Rick Allen guested on recent episode on SiriusXM‘s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk,” where he discussed postponement of the band’s “The Stadium Tour” with MÖTLEY CRÜE, POISON and JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS. The trek, which was originally planned for 2020 and later moved to 2021, will now take place in 2022.
“I knew that [another postponement] was a possibility, but that news couldn’t come from me,” Rick said. “I think whether it’s sports, whether it’s music, whether it’s theater, all of the promoters, it was their call. I happen to think they made the right decision, because I think the primary focus has gotta be people’s health and well-being. So I understand why they made that decision.
“I think if we had gone out this year, it may have been a bit more of a patchwork of a tour as opposed to being able to play the whole thing from start to finish. So, it’s a bummer, but here we are.
“I kind of knew it was coming, because when I saw RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, when I saw their tour get pushed, I was, like, ‘You know what? It’s a bummer, but I think we’re probably gonna be next.'”
“We’re really bummed, ’cause, obviously, we wanted to get out there,” Allen added. “It’s been a long time. And I know — our fans are so loyal. It’s incredible. The fact that we got the largest vote for the [Rock And Roll] Hall Of Fame — the fan vote. So our fans are just particularly special; I mean, they’ve always been a rock. So I feel for them. And I feel for us. But I just want people to come out and be safe.”