Mötley Crüe are Still Naively Acting Like Their Summer Tour Won’t Be Canceled


Last week — or was it two weeks ago? three? who knows, days and weeks are indistinguishable at this point — Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee confidently expressed optimism that his band’s summer stadium reunion tour with Def Leppard, Poison and Joan Jett (and that one other band with the weird name no one can remember) would still go on as planned despite anyone with a brain being able to see that the coronavirus pandemic would make that impossible.

Here we are a couple of weeks later — or has it only been a week? a few days? who cares, time doesn’t matter anymore! — and the band’s tune seems to have changed, finally veering towards accepting the reality we’ve all seen coming for much longer.

Here’s what Lee said to Billboard back whenever that previous interview was:

“Everything’s still a go. We’re all in constant communication. [Bassist] Nikki [Sixx] and I have been in several production meetings. You’re talking multiple stadiums, so it’s like two kids in a candy store putting together something people are going to walk [away from] saying, ‘Are you f–king kidding me?!’ That’s our mission right now, and it’s definitely headed in that direction.”

And here’s how the band responded yesterday to a couple of Instagram commenters asking about the status of the tour:

Sounds like internally the band has accepted that the tour won’t happen and they’re scrambling to sort out how to handle it: reschedule to next summer? issue refunds? how to communicate all this to fans? And once they figure it out, they’ll make an announcement.

Other tours, meanwhile, continue to be canceled. Lockdowns remain in place across much of the U.S. and the rest of the world, with any eventual easing not expected to include concerts. Germany banned all concerts and sporting events through August 31. Public health experts have said they predict large-scale public gatherings won’t be allowed until fall 2021 at the earliest. It’s not looking good.

We’re getting very close to the absolute latest deadline by which Mötley Crüe would need to finalize merchandise orders, send down payments on tour busses, arrange for stage production gear rental, etc., so I’d expect the cancelation announcement to come soon. We will, of course, keep you posted.

[via Metal Injection]

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