Def Leppard cancels final leg of tour

Band cites 'unforeseen personal matters' as the reason

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Rock band Def Leppard has canceled the final leg of its North American tour.

The band said in a statement on its Web site that it canceled 23 shows in the U.S. and Canada "due to unforeseen personal matters." The last leg of the tour was to start Oct. 22 in Reno, Nevada, and wrap up Nov. 28 in Beaumont, Texas.

The band said it "agonized over this decision."

Fans who bought tickets through Ticketmaster, by phone or over the Internet will get automatic refunds. Otherwise, refunds are available at the point of purchase.

Before canceling, Def Leppard had one the top 20 shows on tour, according to information from the trade publication Pollstar. The band was taking in nearly $700,000 a show.