Motley Crue have announced their comeback, almost six years after signing an “unprecedented” cessation of touring agreement to say they would never play together again.
Confirming their reunion, the heavy metal band said the contract is now off the table due to “relentless demand” from fans following the success of recent Netflix biopic, The Dirt.
A video voiced by rapper and actor Machine Gun Kelly, who played drummer Tommy Lee in the film, shows the “stupid” legal agreement being blown up, and says “destruction has never been an issue for Motley Crue”.
The hellraising Los Angeles band – featuring Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars and Lee, and famous for hits including Kickstart My Heart, Home Sweet Home, Dr Feelgood and Girls, Girls, Girls – are coming “out of retirement” and will reportedly play a US stadium tour in 2020, with Poison and Def Leppard supporting.
In a statement, they said: “Almost six years after signing a cessation of touring agreement, the contract is off the table because a whole new generation of Crueheads are relentlessly demanding for the band to come back together.
“Following the huge success of their Netflix biopic The Dirt, Motley Crue has seen a massive surge in new audience. And the band best known for making the rules has destroyed their cessation of touring contract in true Motley Crue fashion, by literally blowing it up.”
Motley Crue were together for 35 years before they parted ways without speaking following what they said would be their final gig in LA on New Year’s Eve in 2015.
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Before they bowed out, Lee said: “We always had a vision of going out with a big f****** bang and not playing county fairs and clubs with one or two original band members.
“Our job here is done.”
However, the band said making The Dirt in 2018 had “unexpectedly brought them closer together again”.
They went back into the recording studio, and “the fuse was lit”, they said.