Tommy Lee says that the chance for MÖTLEY CRÜE to headline a U.S. stadium tour was the main reason the band decided to cancel its retirement.
When speaking to SiriusXM‘s Debatable about the band’s decision to reunite for this summer’s stadium tour with DEF LEPPARD and POISON, Lee said: “[As far as we were concerned] that was it. 2016 — I’ll never forget it. I think it was New Year’s Eve. Staples Center [in] L.A. That was it. We all said goodbye. That was the dopest 32, 33 years of our lives. We’re out. This is the best way ever to go out — on top. Mic drop, boom, see ya. We’re out. And that was it. We’re done.
“We didn’t really speak to each other for probably a year, Lee continued. Everybody just went and did their own thing. And here it is four years later, Live Nation asked us if we’d like to do a stadium tour, and all of us were, like, ‘Ehhh…’ And then we thought about it for a minute. We were, like, that is the one thing that this band has never done. Yeah, we played stadiums on festivals all over the place, but our own stadium tour? We were, like, ‘Hold on. Let us think about this. Okay.'”
MÖTLEY CRÜE and DEF LEPPARD have recently issued an official statement regarding their “The Stadium Tour” with POISON and JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS postponing it to 2021.
Bands said in a statement: “We wanted to continue to communicate with our fans and update you with valid information as it becomes available. The official decision has been made to move all 2020 North American Stadium Tour dates into the summer of 2021. The new stadium dates are being rescheduled, your tickets will be honored for all postponed shows and refund policy information will be made available shortly. Stay tuned, be safe and we will see you next year.”
“The Stadium Tour” was originally scheduled to kick off on June 18 at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Florida — and run through September 5 in Los Angeles. The bands reportedly also booked time at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville to rehearse for the tour.