During a recent appearance on 95.5 KLOS radio station, MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx spoke about the band’s “The Stadium Tour” with DEF LEPPARD, which was originally scheduled to take place last summer but ended up being pushed back to 2021, and then to 2022, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“We really did wanna go this year. It’s a little scary to go out there and have the tour maybe get canceled half way,” Nikki said. “And I know a lot of bands are out there and they’re testing the water and it looks really positive; I’m super excited.
“We have 30-some stadiums in America [booked for the tour]. And we’ll see. Maybe we might even drag it to Europe, South America, Japan — we don’t know yet. Right now it’s a little far off. But us and DEF LEPPARD are super close; that’s great. And we’ll just see what version of ‘The Stadium Tour’ might fit for other countries, if we decide to go. Maybe it’ll be the same lineup. I know people are super stoked for the lineup. It’s a good outdoor fun party evening.”
DEF LEPPARD drummer Rick Allen recently discussed postponement of the “The Stadium Tour,” saying: “I knew that [another postponement] was a possibility, but that news couldn’t come from me,” Rick said. “I think whether it’s sports, whether it’s music, whether it’s theater, all of the promoters, it was their call. I happen to think they made the right decision, because I think the primary focus has gotta be people’s health and well-being. So I understand why they made that decision.
“I think if we had gone out this year, it may have been a bit more of a patchwork of a tour as opposed to being able to play the whole thing from start to finish. So, it’s a bummer, but here we are.
“I kind of knew it was coming, because when I saw RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, when I saw their tour get pushed, I was, like, ‘You know what? It’s a bummer, but I think we’re probably gonna be next.’”
“We’re really bummed, ’cause, obviously, we wanted to get out there,” Allen added. “It’s been a long time. And I know — our fans are so loyal. It’s incredible. The fact that we got the largest vote for the [Rock And Roll] Hall Of Fame — the fan vote. So our fans are just particularly special; I mean, they’ve always been a rock. So I feel for them. And I feel for us. But I just want people to come out and be safe.”