MÖTLEY CRÜE and DEF LEPPARD‘s co-headlining “The Stadium Tour” will finally kick off tonight (June 16) in Atlanta, GA. POISON, JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS will serve as the tour’s special guests and CLASSLESS ACT as opening act.
This will be MÖTLEY CRÜE‘s first major tour in seven years (following their final world tour in 2014–2015), and DEF LEPPARD‘s first in four years, with the latter touring in support of their twelfth studio album Diamond Star Halos. Full list of dates and available tickets for the can be found at this location.
“The Stadium Tour” was announced on December 4, 2019, and was set to take place in the summer of 2020. It was later announced that the tour would be rescheduled for 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The tour was once again pushed back to 2022 due to the same circumstances.
In late May 2022, DEF LEPPARD guitarist Phil Collen indicated that a European leg of “The Stadium Tour” will take place in 2023.
During an interview with Chile’s Radio Futuro, Collen was asked if fans can expect to see the band touring South America in support of their latest record, Diamond Star Halos.
He answered: “Definitely. Obviously, this year we’re touring the States with MÖTLEY CRÜE, POISON and Joan Jett. And that starts in a couple of [weeks]… But the tour is gonna be three years — at least three years — for the album. [We’re doing] America this [year]. Definitely next summer is gonna be Europe. And then South America, Australia [and] Japan — next year, hopefully at some point, we’ll be playing all of those markets.”
On whether if the same package of bands that touring U.S. will be touring through other countries, Phil said: “That’s what they’re talking about. Obviously, I can say, ‘Yeah, let’s do that,’ but we’ve gotta ask them as well. But I think MÖTLEY CRÜE have signed up. So hopefully that’s all gonna come, and Joan Jett and POISON. That would be amazing.”