Motley Crue will reunite for a stadium tour with Def Leppard and Poison in 2020, according to Rolling Stone.
Crue fans who shelled out for the band’s 2014/2015 “farewell” tour were led to believe that the group would officially retire after playing its final show on December 2015 at the Forum in Los Angeles. The band touted the signing of a pre-tour “cessation of touring” agreement as cementing the fact it truly was the end of Crue’s life on the road. No official announcement regarding the stadium tour has been rolled out.
On Monday (November 18th), Crue posted a video with Machine Gun Kelly, who portrayed Tommy Lee in the band’s biopic The Dirt, explaining that due to the band “becoming more popular than ever” and “gaining an entirely new legion of fans” in the four years they’ve been off the road, the band felt the need to blow up their previous contract in order to come out of retirement.
Backstage at a 2014 show in Denver, Crue bassist Nikki Sixx told Rolling Stone: “Legally, we can’t play again. The only loophole is if all four band members agreed to do it, we could override our own contract. But we know that will never happen. There are people in this band who will refuse to ever do it again, and you’re talking to one of them. There is no amount of money that would ever make me do it again because I have such pride in how we’re ending it.”
Sixx went on to say: “If anybody ever — and I don’t believe anybody ever would — would call any other band members and say, ‘Hey, it’s been 10 years, let’s just do 10 shows. A million a pop,’ it could never happen unless all four band members agreed. And if we did agree, the way we’ve set it up — including this conversation right now — we’d have so much egg on our face. We have so much pride that that alone would stop it.”
You can see the band’s full statement below.
“Almost 6 years after signing a Cessation of Touring agreement, the contract is off the table because a whole new generation of Crüeheads are relentlessly demanding for the band to come back together.
Following the huge success of their Netflix biopic ‘The Dirt’, Mötley Crüe has seen a massive surge in new audience. And the band best known for breaking the rules has destroyed their cessation of touring contract in true Mötley Crüe-fashion, by literally blowing it up.
After 35 years together on stage, and 30 years since the release of ‘Dr. Feelgood,’ the members of Mötley Crüe parted ways without speaking to each other after their Final Show on December 31, 2015.
Vince, Nikki, Mick and Tommy didn’t come together again until 2018 to participate in the making of ‘The Dirt’ movie, which unexpectedly brought them closer together again including seeing them head back into the recording studio after having gone in their own directions for several years. The fuse was lit.
“Since playing Tommy Lee in ‘The Dirt’, so many of my fans have said how they wish they could’ve seen the real Mötley Crüe play live,” said Colson Baker (aka Machine Gun Kelly) “I never thought I would see the day when this would become a reality. But the fans spoke and Mötley Crüe listened!”
‘The Dirt’ currently enjoys an audience score of 95% on Rotten Tomatoes. And its massive global success earlier this year saw Mötley Crüe’s popularity rush to new highs, catapulting the band’s music back to the top of the worldwide charts with the younger 18-44 demographic now representing 64% of the band’s fanbase.
Moreover, in the six months following the release of ‘The Dirt’, Mötley Crüe has celebrated a meteoric rise of almost 350% increase in streams of their music across all streaming platforms. However, most of the new fans have never seen any of the legendary live shows that Crüeheads have relished for close to 4 decades.”
Get ready – #MotleyCrueIsBack
Stream or Buy ‘The Dirt’ Soundtrack – HERE
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