Motley Crue have reunited to tour stadiums with two other staples of “Headbangers Ball” that helped defined the 1980s as a time when heavy metal ruled the pop charts – Def Leppard and Poison.
The Stadium Tour, as it’s been billed, plays State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona on Saturday, July 25, with Joan Jett and the Blackhearts rounding out the lineup.
Tickets go on-sale to the general public at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 13 at LiveNation.com.
Citi is the official presale credit card for the tour. As such, Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase presale tickets from 12 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, through 10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12 via Citi EntertainmentSM. For complete presale details visit citientertainment.com.
Motley Crue famously signed a “cessation of touring agreement,” which was designed to prevent them from touring as Mötley Crüe beyond the end of their farewell tour on Dec. 31, 2015.
It should be noted that we never saw that contract, and when Rolling Stone asked Nikki Sixx about it at a show in Denver in 2014, he explained the wiggle room they left themselves.
“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.”
The last time Motley Crue played Arizona
The Final Tour played Phoenix twice – both times with Alice Cooper! – hitting Ak-Chin Pavilion in the summer of 2014 and doubling back to say goodbye at Talking Stick Resort Arena in December of 2015.
Def Leppard played Phoenix with Journey last year, but according to setlist.fm, the last time Poison played the Valley was 2011 on the Glam-a-Geddon Tour with Motley Crue and New York Dolls.
Following the huge success of their Netflix biopic “The Dirt,” Mötley Crüe have seen a massive surge in popularity, including a 350 percent increase in streams of their music across all platforms.
The 18-44 demographic now represents 64 percent of their fan base and many of their new fans never had a chance to see them live. They’re also celebrating the 30th anniversary of their seven-times-platinum, chart-topping smash, “Dr. Feelgood.”
Def Leppard were inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year and headline the UK’s Download Festival to 90,000 fans. They’ve earned 2.5 billion streams since releasing their music digitally last year. Among the many highlights of their career are two of the best-selling albums of all time, “Pyromania” and “Hysteria,” both of which have been certified Diamond, for U.S. sales of 10 million or more.
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