Mötley Crüe announce return by destroying prior touring agreement
Mötley Crüe have finally responded to the touring rumors. The band announced the destruction of their previous cessation of touring agreement in a YouTube video with narrator Machine Gun Kelly who played drummer Tommy Lee in Netflix biopic The Dirt.
The band have not taken the stage together since the last date of their 158-show Final tour in Los Angeles on Dec. 31, 2015. They signed a “cessation of touring” agreement before their Farewell tour began, which means that no member could perform following that tour under the Mötley Crüe name.
With that agreement now in flames, the hair metal group are officially back.
“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,” MGK says in a statement. “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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Fans are already taking to Twitter to share their excitement for the potential 2020 tour.
The rumor wagon was fueled by the Black Crowes manager Mike Didia’s appearance on the Howard Stern Wrap-Up Show last week. Didia claimed that this Mötley Crüe tour would happen, along with speculation that AC/DC will reunite for a tour in 2020 as well.
Following Didia’s appearance on the radio show, Mötley Crüe took to Twitter to share the change.org petition “BRING MOTLEY CRUE BACK” adding “this is interesting…” before deleting the post.
Earlier this month, frontman Vince Neil also took to Twitter to shut down any rumors of a reunion.
People these rumors are false. I haven’t spoken to any band member’s since movie premiere. I had to cancel shows due to back problems which I am getting treatment now. There is no tension between me and Tommy. Don’t believe anything from These so-called gossip sites. Keep Rocking.
The band previously tried hard to deny it, but the rumors are now proving true, and it might be partial thanks to The Dirt.
Having not seen each other between the ending of the 2015 tour and the making of the 2019 film, their reconnection behind The Dirt brought the rock group closer together, including a return to the recording studio.
Following the release of the Netflix Original, both the band’s streams and record sales skyrocketed, with an increase of almost 350% in streams of their music across all streaming platforms, with the younger 18-44 demographic now representing 64% of the band’s fanbase.
The Dirt currently holds a 95% on the Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes, with a 39% by critics.
Bassist Nikki Sixx previously took to Twitter to thank the fans and to note how the critics are feeling.
“The album is number #1.The fans are going crazy over #TheDirt. The critics hate it,” Sixx wrote.
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