Mötley Crüe are getting back together (again)
'The fans spoke, and Mötley Crüe listened!'
UPDATED (DEC. 4): Mötley Crüe finally confirmed what had already been leaked in earlier reports. The band is officially prepping for a stadium tour in 2020 with Def Leppard and Poison.
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts will also be joining them on the road across the United States, beginning with the first stop of the tour in Miami on July 7. See the list of tour dates below.
Tuesday, July 7: MIAMI, FL; Hard Rock Stadium
Thursday, July 9: ORLANDO, FL; Camping World Stadium
Saturday, July 11: CHARLOTTE, NC; Bank of America Stadium
Tuesday, July 14: ARLINGTON, TX; Globe Life Field
Wednesday, July 15: HOUSTON, TX; Minute Maid Park
Sunday, July 19: SAN FRANCISCO, CA; Oracle Park
Thursday, July 23: SAN DIEGO, CA; Petco Park
Saturday, July 25: PHOENIX, AZ; State Farm Stadium
Sunday, Aug. 9: ATLANTA, GA; SunTrust Park
Tuesday, Aug. 11: HERSHEY, PA; Hersheypark Stadium
Thursday, Aug. 13: BUFFALO, NY; New Era Field
Saturday, Aug. 15: PHILADELPHIA, PA; Citizens Bank Park
Sunday, Aug. 16: PITTSBURGH, PA; PNC Park
Tuesday, Aug. 18: MILWAUKEE, WI; Miller Park
Thursday, Aug. 20: DETROIT, MI; Comerica Park
Saturday, Aug. 22: WASHINGTON DC; Nationals Park
Sunday, Aug. 23: FLUSHING, NY; Citi Field
Tuesday, Aug. 25: BOSTON, MA; Fenway Park
Friday, Aug. 28: CHICAGO, IL; Wrigley Field
Sunday, Aug. 30: DENVER, CO; Coors Field
Wednesday, Sep. 2: SEATTLE, WA; T-Mobile Park
Saturday, Sep. 5: LOS ANGELES, CA; SoFi Stadium
Tickets will go on sale Friday, Dec. 13, at 10 a.m. through Live Nation. (Check local listings.)
EARLIER (NOV. 18): In 2014, the guys of Mötley Crüe called it quits for the second — and supposedly final — time. Having scheduled a 2015 farewell tour, they signed a “cessation of touring agreement” to prevent any further performances. As bassist Nikki Sixx once said, “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.”
Well, it has happened.
On Monday, the band released a statement and accompanying video to announce — in an explosive manner — that they are getting back together… again!
According to Colson Baker, a.k.a. Machine Gun Kelly, who played Tommy Lee in Netflix’s Mötley Crüe biopic The Dirt, it was the fans that made the band reconsider. “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,” Baker said in a statement. “I never thought I would see the day when this would become a reality. But the fans spoke, and Mötley Crüe listened!”
A rep for Mötley Crüe told EW there is “no tour to announce” currently. But Rolling Stone reports the Crüe will be reuniting for a 2020 stadium tour with Def Leppard and Poison. (Reps for the Def Leppard and Poison did not immediately respond to EW’s requests for comment.)
Record sales and streaming numbers for Mötley Crüe’s music were way up following the release of The Dirt. In March, it was reported that iTunes sales were up more than 2,000 percent.
The band’s announcement video references the pact they signed vowing never to reunite. “Destruction has never been an issue for Mötley Crüe,” Kelly says as footage shows said contract exploding.
Mötley Crüe first split up in 1992, when singer Vince Neil left the band and was replaced by John Corabi. Neil eventually came back in 1997, but left again to work on Methods of Mayhem.
Mötley Crüe’s Final Tour was announced in January 2014 and ran for 158 shows. “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 told Rolling Stone in 2014. This past February, Sixx reiterated this stance to the magazine. “Sometimes I look out at my friends, like the guys in Aerosmith and Metallica, and I’m like, ‘God damn it, did we retire too soon?’ But there will be no one-offs in our future. Maybe we’ll just get together and jam in Mick Mars’ front room.”
Never say never, we guess.
This article was originally published Nov. 18, 2019, and most recently updated Dec. 4, 2019.