Hiring Our Heroes

Ready to rock? KISS and Def Leppard to hire veterans as summer tour roadies 

April 11, 2014 at 8:45 AM ET

Video: The legendary band visit TODAY to talk about their upcoming tour, being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Thursday, and hiring two veterans as roadies for their tour.

Two of rock’s biggest bands are seeking two veterans to hit the road with them for a massive 42-city North American tour, joining forces to honor the U.S. military community. It'll be a summer of hard rock and hard work they'll never forget.

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On Thursday, legendary rockers KISS and Def Leppard announced that they’re seeking to hire two veterans as roadies to work their 2014 Heroes Tour as part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and Capital One’s Hiring 500,000 Heroes campaign.

KISS carried out a similar nationwide search for a veteran roadie last year, selecting Army vet and devout Kiss fan Paul Jordan out of 1,900 applications live on TODAY. Jordan went on to accompany the band to 44 cities, helping set up and break down their stage at each stop. Jordan later said that while it was hard work, he “loved every minute of it.” At the close of the tour, he said, “I know now that life exists after military service. You just have to find something you’re passionate about and go get it. There is a world of opportunity out there.”

Members of KISS and Def Leppard pose during an announcement that the bands will team up this summer for a 42-city North American tour, at the House of...
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Members of KISS and Def Leppard during an announcement that the bands will team up this summer for a 42-city North American tour.

"It is our privilege to draw attention to the obligation we all have to the brave men and women who volunteer to risk their own lives to protect the liberties and freedom that we all take for granted. We should all jump at any opportunity to provide any assistance needed by our warriors. Heroes deserve jobs!" said Paul Stanley, lead vocalist/guitarist of KISS.

“Having our own wounded warrior in Rick Allen, we’ve always had a close tie with the military,” said Joe Elliott, lead vocalist of Def Leppard. “To carry on and further our contribution by giving a little back, and hopefully helping fulfill a dream or two, we’re more than happy to show our support.”

Veterans who wish to apply for the positions can apply here. The deadline for all applications is Friday May 9th at 11:59 p.m. 

Find out more about Hiring our Heroes, an initiative from NBC News and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that aims to get veterans back into the workforce, here. Learn more about Next Steps for Vets, dedicated to empowering veterans and military spouses with employment and education opportunities, here.

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