Mötley Crüe have become the latest on a long list of bands to go back in their word and resume touring after promising fans they had played their last.
Crüe signed a “cessation of touring agreement” back in 2014 before their 158-date ‘Final Tour’ which wrapped up with a hometown show at the Forum in Los Angeles on December 31st 2015. Prior to the tour the band claimed their “cessation of touring agreement” was a binding document that would prohibit them from ever playing again after the tour ended.
The group’s management failed to produce this alleged document at the time, despite repeated requests.
Bassist Nikki Sixx told Rolling Stone backstage at a 2014 show in Denver:
“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.
“If anybody ever – and I don’t believe anybody ever would – would call any other band members and say, ‘Hey, it’s been ten years, let’s just do ten shows. A million a pop,’ it could never happen unless all four band members agreed. And if we did agree, the way we’ve set it up – including this conversation right now – we’d have so much egg on our face. We have so much pride that that alone would stop it.”
Rolling Stone now claim that “sources confirm” that Mötley Crüe are hitting the road next year for a US stadium tour with Poison and Def Leppard, with specific dates and venues yet to be announced.
Fan reaction to the announcement and Nikki Sixx’s previous comments so far has been overwhelmingly negative.