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Def Leppard postpones concerts to Feb. 17

Def Leppard has canceled shows to Feb. 17

Def Leppard has canceled shows to Feb. 17 because of lead singer Joe Elliott's illness. The band was scheduled to play at the Barclays Center Feb. 16. Credit: AFP/Getty Images / GENT SHKULLAKU

The venerable British heavy-metal band Def Leppard is postponing several tour dates, including one locally, due to illness. A posting on the group’s website said all shows from Tuesday’s San Antonio concert to Feb. 17 in Allentown, Pennsylvania, will be rescheduled, with existing tickets honored. The band, which was scheduled to play Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Feb. 16, is touring in support of its eleventh studio album, the eponymous “Def Leppard,” released in October. Drummer Rick Allen tweeted, “The doctor basically said that if [singer] Joe [Elliott] continues to sing without resting his throat for a month he might do permanent damage.”

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