Three bands that have pretty much defined the hair metal genre for decades will be touring together in 2020. Mötley Crüe announced that it will get back together for the occasion, even though all four band members allegedly signed a “cessation of touring agreement” back in 2014.
The 2020 stadium tour will also feature Def Leppard and Poison.
“Mötley Crüe played 158 shows on their 2014-15 Final Tour, wrapping up with a hometown show at the Forum in Los Angeles on December 31st, 2015,” Rolling Stone reports. “Prior to the tour, the band claimed to sign a ‘cessation of touring agreement,’ which they said was a binding document that would prohibit them from ever playing again after the tour ended. At the time, the group’s management failed to produce this alleged document despite repeated requests.”
The publication quotes Nikki Sixx, Mötley Crüe’s bassist, saying backstage at a show in Denver in 2014: “Legally, we can’t play again. The only loophole is if all four band members agreed to do it, we could override our own contract. 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 report adds: “Mötley Crüe will join a long list of acts that continue to tour after farewell tours, including Kiss, the Who, Black Sabbath, Phil Collins, Ozzy Osbourne, Tina Turner, Cher and LCD Soundsystem.”
Mötley Crüe confirmed the reunion news with a video posted Monday, which you can see below …