Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard & Poison Plot 2020 Stadium Tour: Report

Motley Crue, left to right Nikki Sixx, Vince Neil, Mick Mars, and Tommy Lee, at the Rosemont Horizon in Rosemont, Illinois, November 1, 1985. (Photo by Motley Crue, left to right Nikki Sixx, Vince Neil, Mick Mars, and Tommy Lee, at the Rosemont Horizon in Rosemont, Illinois, November 1, 1985. (Photo by Paul Natkin/Getty Images)
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In rock and roll, goodbye doesn't mean forever. After signing a "cessation of touring" agreement back in 2014, the members of Mötley Crüe are set to reunite for a blockbuster 2020 stadium tour with Def Leppard and Poison.

While details have yet to be announced, sources close to multiple music sources have confirmed that the tour will indeed storm North American stadiums next year.

The last time Mötley Crüe performed live was on New Year's Eve, 2015, in Los Angeles. It was the last date of their "Final Tour," but it's clear fans will have to update their concert merch in 2020.

2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Def Leppard have been a touring machine, hitting the road with Journey for a big tour last year. The band wrapped up a Vegas residency last month, and most recently performed at the grand opening of the Hard Rock Hotel in Sacramento, CA.

In 2017, Def Leppard toured with Poison, the first tour by the "Talk Dirty to Me" band since 2012. Next month (Dec. 1), Poison lead singer Bret Michaels will be honored as the Humanitarian of the Year at the annual Hollywood Christmas Parade.

Details of the massive Mötley Crüe/Def Leppard/Poison tour are expected soon.

UPDATE: Motley Crue has released an official statement about the reunion:

Almost 6 years after signing a Cessation of Touring agreement, the 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.

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, Nikki, Mick and Tommy 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 (aka 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!”

THE DIRT currently enjoys an audience score of 95% on Rotten Tomatoes. And its massive global success earlier this year saw Mötley Crüe’s popularity rush to new highs, catapulting the band’s music back to the top of the worldwide charts with the younger 18-44 demographic now representing 64% of the band’s fanbase. Moreover, in the six months following the release of THE DIRT, Mötley Crüe has celebrated a meteoric rise of almost 350% increase in streams of their music across all streaming platforms. However, most of the new fans have never seen any of the legendary live shows that Crüeheads have relished for close to 4 decades. 

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