Almost six years after signing a “cessation of touring” agreement, the MÖTLEY CRÜE 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.
Watch the destruction below.
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 Neil, Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars and Tommy Lee 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 (a.k.a. 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!”
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According to Rolling Stone, MÖTLEY CRÜE will hit the road next year for a U.S. tour with fellow hard rock acts POISON and DEF LEPPARD. Sources have confirmed to the magazine that the three acts will perform at stadiums around the country.
The Rolling Stone report comes just days after THE BLACK CROWES‘ manager, Mark DiDia of Red Light Management, stated during an appearance on “The Howard Stern Wrap-Up Show” that MÖTLEY CRÜE, DEF LEPPARD and POISON were teaming up for a 2020 tour.
Last month, Radar Online reported that MÖTLEY CRÜE had been offered $150 million by Live Nation to reunite for a tour but only if Neil lost 40 pounds and got treatment. The report also claimed that Neil and Lee were locked in a war of words as they allegedly bickered over who should go to rehab first.
A week later, Neil took to Twitter to quash the report, insisting that the rumors were false and claiming that he hadn’t spoken to any of his bandmates since the March premiere of the film adaptation of their 2001 autobiography “The Dirt”. “There is no tension between me and Tommy,” he wrote. “Don’t believe anything from these so-called gossip sites.”
POISON singer Bret Michaels has repeatedly stated in recent interviews that his band will return to the road in 2020 and he claimed he was “working real hard” to put together an “incredible” and “really awesome” package tour with other acts.
Back in 2014, Sixx told Rolling Stone that MÖTLEY CRÜE couldn’t legally play again after the completion of the farewell tour. “The only loophole is if all four band members agreed to do it, we could override our own contract,” he said. “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.
“If anybody ever — and I don’t believe anybody ever would — would call any other bandmembers and say, ‘Hey, it’s been 10 years, let’s just do 10 shows. A million a pop,’ it could never happen unless all four bandmembers agreed,” Sixx added. “And if we did agree, the way we’ve set it up — including this conversation right now — we’d have so much egg on our face. We have so much pride that that alone would stop it.”
After the members of MÖTLEY CRÜE reunited last year to record four new songs for “The Dirt” film, some fans assumed that the group would be open to the idea of playing together again at a special event to promote the movie. But Sixx shot down the idea earlier this year, telling Rolling Stone: “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 [guitarist] Mick Mars‘s front room.”