Confirming the rumors that have been buzzing over the past few weeks, Motley Crue will team-up with Def Leppard, Poison, and special guests Joan Jett & The Blackhearts for a 22-date North American stadium tour next summer. Rolling Stone reported the trek, which is being produced by Live Nation, and dubbed “The Stadium Tour,” kicks off July 7th at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium and winds down on September 5th at Los Angeles’ SoFi Stadium. Tickets go on-sale on December 13th at 10:00 am.
The trek marks Crue’s first live dates since wrapping its 2014/2015 farewell tour. The band toured with Poison back in 2011 and Def Leppard teamed up with Poison for a string of road dates in 2017 — but the upcoming jaunt marks the first time all four acts have hit the road together for an extended tour.
Crue bassist Nikki Sixx told us a while back that the band tries to make every show worth its fans’ money: [“We believe in, y’know, almost like a recession-buster, meaning we’ve always said since we were kids we want to give you the biggest show for the money. People need a bigger show. They need to get their money’s worth. We’ve always said that. Y’know, I want people to walk away and go, ‘Man, it’s really hard right now financially, but I’m really glad I went to the show.'”] SOUNDCUE (:21 OC: . . . to the show)
Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen told us he and his bandmates always look forward to playing their hits out on the road: [“Every night when someone’s singing along — especially when there’s a lot of young kids there, 16-year-olds and that — it is fresh, actually makes you feel really good when there’s a whole new breed of people just singing away to songs that you’ve done. It doesn’t really matter whether it’s a new song or an old song, it’s still our song, so it’s a huge compliment. It really is, it’s the best thing in the world.”] SOUNDCUE (:17 OC: . . . in the world)
Bret Michaels, who was born and raised in Pennsylvania, has often been looked upon as one of the true survivors from the infamous ’80s hair metal scene of Hollywood’s Sunset Strip. Michaels explained that a huge part of his success was believing in himself and Poison’s talent: [“So I go to L.A. — we’re starving — and the person I bet on, I bet on myself. We have no money, and we would get offered these publishing deals; they would hear songs like ‘Every Rose (Has It’s Thorns)’ that have sold seven, eight, 10 million copies of these singles, and people were like, ‘Hey, we’ll give you. . . ‘ Now, ‘member, this is a starving musician I’m ‘starving’ starving and they offer — they say, ‘We’re gonna give you 100 grand and we’ll own your publishing’ — and you’re going, I didn’t even know what 100 grand was then — I’m like, ‘That’s a lot of money.’ But then I bet on myself, and I said no. I want to be in control of my career, I wanna be in control of my music, where it goes, what it sounds like — for better or for worse.”] SOUNDCUE (:34 OC . . . or for worse)
At her 2015 Rock Hall induction, Joan Jett spoke frankly about the passion and promise of true rock n’ roll: [“I come from a place where rock n’ roll means something. It means more than music, it means more than fashion, more than a good pose. It’s a language of a sub-culture that has made eternal teenagers of all who follow it. It’s a sub-culture of integrity, rebellion, frustration, alienation, and the glue that set several generations free of unnatural societal self-suppression.”] SOUNDCUE (:24 OC: . . . societal self-suppression)
Bret Michaels performs tonight (December 5th) in Lafayette, Indiana at the Long Center For the Performing Arts.
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts will next play on February 8th at Battle Creek, Michigan’s Firekeepers Casino.
JUST ANNOUNCED: Def Leppard / Motley Crue / Poison / Joan Jett & The Blackhearts tour dates (subject to change):
July 7 – Miami, FL – Hard Rock Stadium
July 9 – Orlando, FL – Camping World Stadium
July 11 – Charlotte, NC – Bank of America Stadium
July 14 – Arlington, TX – Globe Life Field
July 15 – Houston, TX – Minute Maid Park
July 19 – San Francisco, CA – Oracle Park
July 23 – San Diego, CA – Petco Park
July 25 – Phoenix, AZ – State Farm Stadium
August 9 – Atlanta, GA – SunTrust Park
August 11 – Hershey, PA – Hersheypark Stadium
August 13 – Buffalo, NY – New Era Field
August 15 – Philadelphia, PA – Citizens Bank Park
August 16 – Pittsburgh, PA – PNC Park
August 18 – Milwaukee, WI – Miller Park
August 20 – Detroit, MI – Comerica Park
August 22 – Washington, D.C. – Nationals Park
August 23 – Flushing, NY – Citi Field
August 25 – Boston, MA – Fenway Park
August 28 – Chicago, IL – Wrigley Field
August 30 – Denver, CO -Coors Field
September 2 – Seattle, WA – T-Mobile Park
September 5 – Los Angeles, CA -SoFi Stadium
- Motley Crue will team-up with Def Leppard, Poison, and special guests Joan Jett & The Blackhearts for a 22-date North American stadium tour next summer.
- The trek, which is being produced by Live Nation, and dubbed “The Stadium Tour,” kicks off July 7th at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium and winds down on September 5th at Los Angeles’ SoFi Stadium.
- Tickets go on-sale on December 13th at 10:00 am.