MÖTLEY CRÜE, DEF LEPPARD, POISON: Six More Shows Added To ‘The Stadium Tour’
Six more dates have been added to “The Stadium Tour,” which will feature DEF LEPPARD alongside MÖTLEY CRÜE, POISON, and JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS. The now-28-date North American trek will kick off June 23 at Kansas City, Missouri’s Kauffman Stadium, and will wind down on September 5 at Los Angeles’s SoFi Stadium.
The trek marks CRÜE‘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 tour marks the first time all four acts have hit the road together for an extended tour.
Jun. 23 – Kansas City, MO @ Kauffman Stadium
Jun. 25 – St. Louis, MO @ Busch Stadium
Jun. 27 – Minneapolis, MN @ U.S. Bank Stadium
Jun. 29 – Nashville, TN @ Nissan Stadium
Jul. 03 – Cleveland, OH @ FirstEnergy Stadium
Jul. 07 – Miami, FL @ Hard Rock Stadium
Jul. 09 – Orlando, FL @ Camping World Stadium
Jul. 11 – Charlotte, NC @ Bank of America Stadium
Jul. 14 – Arlington, TX @ Globe Life Field
Jul. 15 – Houston, TX @ Minute Maid Park
Jul. 19 – San Francisco, CA @ Oracle Park
Jul. 23 – San Diego, CA @ Petco Park
Jul. 25 – Phoenix, AZ @ State Farm Stadium
Aug. 09 – Atlanta, GA @ SunTrust Park
Aug. 11 – Hershey, PA @ Hersheypark Stadium
Aug. 13 – Buffalo, NY @ New Era Field
Aug. 15 – Philadelphia, PA @ Citizens Bank Park
Aug. 16 – Pittsburgh, PA @ PNC Park
Aug. 18 – Milwaukee, WI @ Miller Park
Aug. 20 – Detroit, MI @ Comerica Park
Aug. 22 – Washington, DC @ Nationals Park
Aug. 23 – Flushing, NY @ Citi Field
Aug. 25 – Boston, MA @ Fenway Park
Aug. 28 – Chicago, IL @ Wrigley Field
Aug. 30 – Denver, CO @ Coors Field
Sep. 02 – Seattle, WA @ T-Mobile Park
Sep. 05 – Los Angeles, CA @ SoFi Stadium
CRÜE fans who shelled out for the band’s 2014/2015 “farewell” tour were led to believe that the group would never return after playing its final show in December 2015 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The band touted the signing of a pre-tour “cessation of touring” agreement as cementing the fact it indeed was the end of CRÜE‘s life on the road.
On November 18 — three years and 11 months after the band played its last show — CRÜE posted a video with Machine Gun Kelly, who portrayed Tommy Lee in the band’s biopic “The Dirt,” explaining that due to the group “becoming more popular than ever” and “gaining an entirely new legion of fans” in the four years they’ve been off the road, the band felt the need to blow up their previous contract to come out of retirement.
At a press conference in Hollywood announcing the CRÜE‘s stadium tour, bassist Nikki Sixx explained the band’s decision to return, saying: “Honestly, I don’t think any of us thought, when we were on ‘The Final Tour,’ we would ever get back together. We weren’t getting along at that point. We had been together for 35 years, and it had been a lot of years on the road. I don’t think we took a lot of time for ourselves off; we were continually touring for all that time. And when it came to an end, we broke the band up, and everybody went their ways.”
Sixx continued: “It was during the making of ‘The Dirt’ movie, we started working on the script, started being on the set, we started hanging out again together. And I think we started to realize — without even talking about the music — how much we missed each other. And then that got us to go in the recording studio, which is where the whole thing always starts for all of us.”
“The Dirt,” a film adaptation of the CRÜE‘s 2001 memoir, featured four new songs recorded by the band expressly for the soundtrack.