What good is a ‘farewell’ tour these days? Bands often use those terms abundantly when referring to huge tours around the world (bands such as KISS, for example), only to surface again later. That’s the case with Motley Crue, apparently, as the notorious Sunset Strip rockers are reportedly going out on a gigantic stadium tour with fellow ’80s rockers Def Leppard and Poison in 2020.
— Mötley Crüe (@MotleyCrue) November 18, 2019
This, from Rolling Stone Monday morning, all but confirms that the tour is happening, which effectively means that Mötley Crüe’s 2014-2015 “Final Tour” wasn’t really “final” in any sense of the word. To wit, bassist Nikki Sixx is on record as having said this regarding the thought of any further Crue activities at that point, speaking with Rolling Stone during that Final Tour in 2014:
“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.”
To really drive the point home, Motley Crue released a statement regarding its members “cessation of touring agreement,” which WAS to prevent them from any more reunion activities.
But rock and roll, as always, doesn’t have rules.
The full, detailed statement:
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.
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The band had hinted occasionally through social media about further touring activities past the Final Tour, even retweeting a fan plea for a reunion on Change.org — though the Motley Crue post has since been deleted.
Regardless of whatever was said once and what has seemingly been ignored as the three iconic rock/metal bands map out a 2020 takeover, this is an exciting bill for fans of the bands, and with good reason. Combined, Motley Crue, Def Leppard and Poison is an enticing concert bill for fans of all ages and interest levels.