I don’t even know where to start here. Many of you know I’ve been critical of bands who charge fans a bunch of money for a “farewell tour”, only to hit the road just a year or so later. Looks like it’s happening again with Motley Crue. In defense to the Crue though, at least they’re admitting it. I don’t think they had any idea how popular their Netflix bio-pic “The Dirt” would become. Their music streams and downloads quadrupiled right after release,with many of these fans taking to social media begging the band to tour one more time. If you’re Motley Crue, what do you do?
You do what you’ve always done. Listen to your fans.
Mötley Crüe released a video Monday officially announcing their upcoming reunion. In 2020, they’ll be kicking off a U.S. stadium tour with Poison and Def Leppard. While specific dates and venues have yet to be announced, the three acts will perform at stadiums around the country.The band doesn’t appear in video, but Machine Gun Kelly, who portrayed Tommy Lee in the movie adaptation of The Dirt, announces that they are blowing up their “cessation of touring contract” because the fans demanded a reformation.
“I never thought I would see the day when this would become a reality,” Kelly says in a press release. “But the fans spoke and Mötley Crüe listened!” The video shows this supposed legal document bursting into flames on a desk. Mötley Crüe will join a long list of acts that continue to tour after farewell tours including Kiss, the Who, Black Sabbath, Phil Collins, and Ozzy Osbourne.
Def Leppard remain one of the most popular touring acts in rock. They stayed largely out of the U.S. this year with the exception of their Las Vegas residency where they broke out extreme rarities like “Die Hard the Hunter” from 1983’s Pyromania and “Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad” from 1992’s Adrenalize. In 2018, they played a highly-successful co-headlining tour of U.S. arenas and stadiums with Journey. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year. More to come on this for sure!