Kickstart the Reunion
By: Joshua Montoya
Vince Neil, Tommy Lee, Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars…all four members of the rock band they called Motley Crue. Back in early 1980’s these four united together as a band that was destructive, loud, and rocking. They did whatever it takes to rock the house and sell billions of albums worldwide. They performed songs such as Girls Girls Girls, Kickstart My Heart, Home Sweet Home, etc.… Nikki Sixx stated that they were not only a band but a gang, “a gang of f#$@$ng idiots.” Over the years the band had their ups and downs, but they prevailed to still perform as a group, but back in 2015 a big change was made.
They decided to perform their final tour of their lives. They played in venues such as Pepsi Center, Isleta Amphitheater and so much more, then they decided to play where it all started…Los Angeles at the Staples Center. It was a sold-out crowd as the Crue knew it was the final time being together.
It was a bummer to no longer see Motley Crue in concert anymore because their music gave fans an adrenaline rush from the beats of the drums, strums on the guitar and bass, and the lyrics. The songs had the punk attitude that Nikki Sixx wanted, and he never knew it would be this big to perform for thousands of fans. They might have agreed to sign the no tour clause, but it did not mean they were no longer allowed to make music. Although not even one album or single was made throughout these past five years, Motley Crue was still making money from songs being played on the radio stations, albums being sold in record stores (still exist), and from iTunes. The members went about their lives and had little contact with each other until that all changed.
In 2018 the band reunited together for the first time in years in the making of their biopic “The Dirt” which was set to hit Netflix streaming services the next year. It was about their notorious life as rockers from the beginning to the end. Machine Gun Kelly played Tommy Lee, Douglass Booth as Nikki Sixx, Iwan Rheon as Mick Mars, and Daniel Webber as Vince Neil. The movie did not get the reviews they wanted, but no one really cared for them. This was meant for the fans more than anything, although it did reach the number 1 streamed movie on Netflix during its first month of release. It shows all the trials they went through such as the band going through rehab, drug and alcohol intake, and their personal lives with family. In my opinion I think it was a good movie despite some of the nudity shown. The movie was big for not only Crue Heads, but for a new generation of fans.
Fans were eager for the band to make a comeback because the music from the movie brought back the popularity of hard rock. Hard rock made a return because many of today’s generation listened to either hip-hop, country, and even screamer. Although this was modern, Motley Crue was not sure about the comeback until they went viral on social media. The fans asked for a reunion tour and last year in 2019 Motley Crue responded. Crue Heads of both the old and new generation got their wishes when the Crue released a video with their “No Tour Clause” contract being destroyed with Kickstart My Heart playing in the background and at the end the words “Motley Crue is back” got the fans excited. There was no telling when another tour was going to happen, but a week later more news was released about a summer stadium tour with Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Poison, and Def Leppard. These three bands still went on tours, but this was a little different with Motley Crue being the center of attention.
This tour was supposed to be the most epic show of the summer by having all four bands perform at stadiums around the country such as Hardrock Stadium in Miami Florida, Coors Field in Denver Colorado, and State Farm Stadium in Glendale Arizona. What makes it special is that these are some of the most popular bands that put a stamp in rock n roll back in the 1980’s. Some songs that people would be familiar with are “Bad Reputation,” “Let’s get Rocked,” “Every Rose has its Thorn,” and “Home Sweet Home.” Although the tour was cancelled due to COVID-19, it was a sad moment for every fan because they could not see this tour because there was a lot each band could use for special effects such as fireworks, fire explosions, smoke, and pyrotechnics. These are all extraordinary effects to see in a big venue that could hold up to 50,000 or more people. Then finally, there was Motley Crue being able to use all these new tools and Tommy Lee’s roller coaster. For anyone who is not familiar with the “Roller Coaster,” Tommy Lee has his own gimmick by playing his drum solo on a roller coaster that rides across the arena.
The tour is rescheduled for next summer. Although fans have spent money on their tickets for this past summer, it will still be good to use for the rescheduled date. This is going to be the tour for the ages. Joan Jett, Poison, Def Leppard, and Motley Crue perform in “The Stadium Tour.” Coming next year to a stadium near you. Be ready ladies and gents because these bands are ready to ROCK THE HOUSE!!!