MÖTLEY CRÜE – Full band rehearsals for the stadium tour will begin next week

After a two-year delay, Mötley Crüe are set to finally kick off their North American tour co-headlining with Def Leppard. In March, bassist Nikki Sixx sent the following message to fans:

“Here’s a whim for you…

We unplugged seven years ago. Before that, we toured for two years, so the last time we rehearsed together was nine years ago. That being said, talking on the phone, texting and emailing each other about our upcoming tour, and yes, band rehearsal is really exciting. We start rehearsals in a month.

So grateful to be able to take this hot rod out for another ride with my 40 year old brothers. Slim. We’re doing the setlists now. Anything you wanna hear?”

On Sunday May 1, bassist Sixx checked in with the following update:

A guest on QFM96’s Torg & Elliott radio show, Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott recently revealed that the band and Mötley Crüe will alternate closing sets during the tour.

Elliott: “We take turns; 36 shows, so 18 each. Everything has been put together in a very scientific way. It’s the same way we did with Journey in 2018. Exactly the same principle.”

The stadium tour, featuring Def Leppard, Mötley Crüe, along with Poison and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, will hit select cities across the United States and Canada where each band will perform their electrifying shows while promising to perform their anthems of the stadium size. Produced by Live Nation, the summer tour is set to tour North America beginning in June 2022.

Def Leppard is one of the most important forces in rock music. In 2019, the icons wrapped up a sold-out world tour that included a run through a North American stadium and headlining the UK’s Download Festival in front of 90,000 screaming fans. The Def Leppard star continues to rise and assert itself. The group has amassed 5.5 billion streams since 2018, reaching a younger demographic of 18-44 that now makes up 58% of its fan base. Additionally, the group has garnered an impressive 15 million followers on their social media platforms. Def Leppard is also celebrating the 45th anniversary of their formation this year, marking 45 years of legendary rock ‘n’ roll history. Def Leppard’s influential career spans generations and includes 110 million records sold, numerous hit singles and breakthrough multi-platinum albums, including two of the best-selling albums of all time, Pyromania and Hysteria, both Diamond certified. (10x platinum).

“On behalf of the band, we are beyond thrilled that The Stadium Tour is finally taking place this summer… it’s been a while and we can’t wait to get back on stage and we look forward to seeing you in one of the many stadiums soon! said Joe Elliott .

Following the huge success of their Netflix biopic The Dirt, Mötley Crüe saw a massive surge in new audiences with fans around the world demanding the band tour again. This led to the band members reuniting and announcing that “Mötley Crüe is back” in 2019. While The Dirt caused a meteoric 350% increase in Mötley Crüe music streams across all platforms and young people between the ages of 18 and 44 now make up 64% of the band’s fanbase most new fans have never seen any of the band’s legendary concerts that the Crüeheads have been savoring for 4 decades. In 2021, Mötley Crüe celebrated the 40th anniversary of their band, as well as the 40th anniversary of their iconic debut album, Too Fast For Love. The 35th anniversary of their hit album Girls, Girls, Girls arrives on May 15. Mötley Crüe has sold over 100 million albums worldwide, earning 7 platinum and multi-platinum albums, 9 Top 10 albums, 22 Top 40 Traditional Rock hits, 6 Top 20 Pop singles and 3 Nominations Grammy Awards. The group has amassed nearly 5 billion streams on digital platforms. They have over 15 million social media followers, a New York Times bestseller and a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. The group is ready to deliver a stage show filled with hit songs.

“Let’s go! We think we’ve never been more excited to kick off a tour than this. We can’t wait to finally see all the fans across North America again. Get ready for a wild ride this summer!” Mötley Crüe said in a joint statement.

Poison will bring a thunderous, real and relevant live show to The Stadium Tour this summer with all-original programming from Bret Michaels, CC DeVille, Bobby Dall and Rikki Rockett. Poison will unleash an onslaught of hits after hits in his set. Humanitarian of the Year, two years in a row, Michaels and Poison are known for bringing a unique style of high, passionate energy, heartfelt gratitude and a can-do attitude. Michaels engages all fans and makes this an absolute epic ride of real live music. Featuring CCDeville on guitar, Bobby Dall on bass and Rikki Rockett on drums, Poison will rock the stadium with chemistry that will bring a big summer mega party vibe and Michaels promises to give 1000% on stage because the more he does hot, the harder Poison promises to rock!!!

Bret Michaels of Poison also added: “There are not enough words to thank the three generations of fans for making this historic tour such an exciting record with the fastest sales in history at these stadiums. .”

Joan Jett grew up in a time when rock ‘n’ roll was off limits to girls and women, but as a teenager she quickly stomped on the door of the boys’ club. After forming her band the Blackhearts in 1979, with whom Jett became a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, she had eight platinum and gold albums and nine Top 40 singles, including the classic “Bad Reputation,” “I Love Rock”. N’ Roll”, “I Hate Me For Loving You” and “Crimson and Clover”. With a career that has spanned music, film, television, Broadway and humanitarianism, Joan Jett remains a powerful force and a source of inspiration for generations of fans around the world. As a producer, she oversaw the seminal albums of Bikini Kill and the Germs’ LA punk masterpiece, “GI”. Jett and Kenny Laguna (her producer and longtime musical partner) co-founded Blackheart Records from the trunk of Kenny’s Cadillac after rejections from no less than 23 labels. 40 years later, Blackheart is a thriving entertainment company churning out music, movies and television, and continues to champion up-and-coming bands Joan Jett and the Blackhearts continue to tour the world with headlining shows alongside other rock legends like The Who, Green Day, Heart and Foo Fighters After two postponements related to COVID-19, the group repr hit the road in the summer of 2022 for The Stadium Tour with Def Leppard, Motley Crue and Poison. “Bad Reputation,” a documentary about Jett’s life, won critical acclaim at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and is now available to stream.

“We are so excited to be back on the road! We missed doing what we love the most and can’t wait to see the fans back there!” said Joan Jett and the Blackhearts.

Up-and-coming rock band Classless Act, signed to Better Noise Music, is set to open the tour. With the release of their single “Give It To Me” in 2021, the group has already received critical acclaim. Tommy Lee of Mötley Crüe was one of the band’s early followers and is thrilled to have them join him and his bandmates on the road, saying: “I remember when we went out with Ozzy in 1984 and how this was a crazy game changer!!Literally blew us up after having the opportunity to perform live in front of 20,000 people every goddamn night!Since then we’ve always felt it was important to help new bands, whether it’s Guns N Roses, Skid Row or many more, this summer we’re going to help Classless Act.

Confirmed dates for the stadium visit:

June
16 – SunTrust Park – Atlanta, Georgia
18 – Hard Rock Stadium – Miami Gardens, Florida
19 – Camping World Stadium – Orlando, Florida
22 – National Park – Washington, DC
24 – Citi Field – Flushing, NY
25 – Citizens Bank Park – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
28 – Bank of America Stadium – Charlotte, North Carolina
30 – Nissan Stadium – Nashville, Tennessee

July
2 – EverBank Field – Jacksonville, Florida
5 – Busch Stadium – St Louis, MO
8 – Wrigley Field – Chicago, Illinois
10 – Comerica Park – Detroit, MI
12 – Hersheypark Stadium – Hershey, Pennsylvania
14 – FirstEnergy Stadium – Cleveland, Ohio
15 – Great American Ballpark – Cincinnati, OH
17 – American Family Field – Milwaukee, WI
19 – Kauffman Stadium – Kansas City, Missouri
21 – Coors Field – Denver, CO

August
5 – Fenway Park – Boston, MA
6 – Fenway Park – Boston, MA
8 – Rogers Center – Toronto, ON
10 – The Stadium Tour – Orchard Park, NY
12 – PNC Park – Pittsburgh, PA
14 – US Bank Stadium – Minneapolis, MN
16 – Lucas Oil Stadium – Indianapolis, IN
19 – Minute Made Park – Houston, TX
21 – Alamodome – San Antonio, TX
22 – Globe Life Park at Arlington – Arlington, TX
25 – State Farm Stadium – Phoenix, Arizona
27 – SoFi Stadium – Inglewood, CA
28 – Petco Park – San Diego, CA
31 – T-Mobile Park – Seattle, Washington

September
2 – BC Place – Vancouver, BC
4 – Commonwealth Stadium – Edmonton, AB
7 – Oracle Park – San Francisco, CA
9 – Allegiant Stadium – Las Vegas, Nevada

Corina C. Butler