This morning, it was confirmed by multiple sources that Motley Crue would be returning to touring next year for a massive stadium run of tour dates with Def Leppard and Poison. Some people felt that since Vince Neil denied it, it mustn't be true. Well, now you can hear it directly from the horse's mouth.
Motley Crue released a new video, narrated by Machine Gun Kelly, who played Tommy Lee in the movie about Motley Crue, The Dirt. The video narration begins "In 2014, Mötley Crüe announced their final tour, putting an end to almost 35 years on the road. To make it official, they signed an unprecedented contract."
Kelly continues that the new audience the band made from the movie as well as longtime fans "demanded the band tear up that stupid contract and come out of retirement." I must've missed this demand, but regardless, MGK continues "They knew that if they were ever to stand onstage together again, that contract would have to be destroyed. Well, destruction has never been an issue for Mötley Crüe."
The shot on the screen shows a room with the old contract the band signed. Then, everything explodes, literally. It's a fun little video clip to confirm that Crue is back next year.
Update: Motley Crue also released this official statement announcing their return:
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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During their "Final Tour," the four members of Motley Crue signed a “cessation of touring agreement,” a legally binding document that says they wouldn't be allowed to tour again. Of course there was a loophole.
Nikki Sixx told Rolling Stone in 2014 “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.”
Update – Here are the announced reunion tour dates of Motley Crue, Def Leppard, Poison and Joan Jett:
Tuesday, July 7 – Miami, FL Hard Rock Stadium [Tickets]
Thursday, July 9 – Orlando, FL Camping World Stadium [Tickets]
Saturday, July 11 – Charlotte, NC Bank of America Stadium [Tickets]
Tuesday, July 14 – Arlington, TX Globe Life Field [Tickets]
Wednesday, July 15 – Houston, TX Minute Maid Park [Tickets]
Sunday, July 19 – San Francisco, CA Oracle Park [Tickets]
Thursday, July 23 – San Diego, CA Petco Park [Tickets]
Saturday, July 25 – Phoenix, AZ State Farm Stadium [Tickets]
Sunday, August 9 – Atlanta, GA SunTrust Park [Tickets]
Tuesday, August 11 – Hershey, PA Hersheypark Stadium [Tickets]
Thursday, August 13 – Buffalo, NY New Era Field [Tickets]
Saturday, August 15 – Philadelphia, PA Citizens Bank Park [Tickets]
Sunday, August 16 – Pittsburg, PA PNC Park [Tickets]
Tuesday, August 18 – Milwaukee, WI Miller Park [Tickets]
Thursday, August 20 – Detroit, MI Comerica Park [Tickets]
Saturday, August 22 – Washington DC Nationals Park [Tickets]
Sunday, August 23 – Flushing, NY Citi Field [Tickets]
Tuesday, August 25 – Boston, MA Fenway Park* [Tickets]
Friday, August 28 – Chicago, IL Wrigley Field [Tickets]
Sunday, August 30 – Denver, CO Coors Field [Tickets]
Wednesday, September 2 – Seattle, WA T-Mobile Park [Tickets]
Saturday, September 5 – Los Angeles, CA SoFi Stadium [Tickets]