Mötley Crüe are ripping up their “cessation of touring agreement”, revealing that they’ll be getting the band back together for another tour next year.
After years of hard-living, hard-rocking, and relentless touring, the iconic, hedonistic outfit that is Mötley Crüe split up in 2015, going so far as to sign a “cessation of touring agreement” that would prohibit them from ever touring again.
In recent years though, the band have indeed been back together, with members recording new music for the film adaptation of their infamous biography, The Dirt. However, fans have still sort of hoped that a reunion might be in the works, despite the signed agreement.
Over the weekend, rumours began to circulate after a petition for the group to reunite was shared (and subsequently deleted) by the official Mötley Crüe Twitter account. This followed earlier chatter that the band were gearing up for a stadium tour alongside the likes of Poison and Def Leppard.
Now, it turns out that the rumours are indeed true, with Mötley Crüe revealing that they’re officially back together.
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Sharing a video on social media, rapper and actor Machine Gun Kelly (who portrayed Tommy Lee in The Dirt) provided a narration explains that the band’s return is a long time coming for diehard fans of the group.
“In the years since [their split] Mötley Crüe became more popular than ever and gained an entirely new legion of fans who, along with die-hard Crüe-heads, demanded the band tear up that stupid contract and come out of retirement,” he explained.
“They knew that if they were ever to stand on stage together again that contract would have to be destroyed. Well, destruction has never been an issue for Mötley Crüe.”
“Since playing Tommy Lee in The Dirt, so many of my fans have said how they wish they could’ve seen the real Mötley Crüe play live,” Machine Gun Kelly added in a statement. “I never thought I would see the day when this would become a reality. But the fans spoke and Mötley Crüe listened!”
Speaking to Rolling Stone back in 2014, bassist Nikki Sixx clarified that the band’s infamous “cessation of touring agreement” meant that “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,” he explained. “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.”
While the band’s reunion details are yet to be confirmed, the likes of Rolling Stone have reported that sources have verified the rumours of a 2020 stadium tour with Poison and Def Leppard, with further details still to come.