Hot off the heels of the biggest North American stadium tour of 2022 with more than 1.3 million tickets sold, the world's most iconic and celebrated rock legends DEF LEPPARD and MÖTLEY CRÜE are going global in 2023 with their co-headline "The World Tour" along with special guest Alice Cooper. After the launch of European and Latin American dates, the U.S. dates have been announced today.
Produced by Live Nation, the U.S. leg of the world tour kicks off on August 5 in Syracuse, New York. The bands will bring their electrifying stage shows across America throughout the month of August including being the first ever show at the H.A. Chapman Stadium in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
"After finally getting back on the road this past summer, we're beyond thrilled to bring this massive tour to a global audience including some special dates in America," said Joe Elliott of DEF LEPPARD.
MÖTLEY CRÜE said in a joint statement: "We had an incredible time playing 'The Stadium Tour' in North America this summer and we truly can't wait to take the show around the globe with 'The World Tour' in 2023. Crüeheads get ready because we have a few amazing U.S. dates set for you!"
Check local listings for complete details, including VIP offerings. To purchase tickets, please visit motley.com and defleppard.com.
Citi is the official card of "The World Tour". Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets beginning Tuesday, December 13 at 10 a.m. local time until Thursday, December 15 at 10 p.m. local time through the Citi Entertainment program.
Tickets to the general public will go on sale on Friday, December 16 at 10 a.m. local time for all shows.
Newly announced tour dates:
August 05 - Syracuse, NY @ JMA Wireless Dome
August 08 - Columbus, OH @ Ohio Stadium
August 11 - Fargo, ND @ Fargodome
August 13 - Omaha, NE @ Charles Schwab Field Omaha
August 16 - Tulsa, OK @ H.A. Chapman Stadium
August 18- El Paso, TX @ Sun Bowl Stadium
Last month, MÖTLEY CRÜE and DEF LEPPARD announced two U.S. shows for February 2023. The two bands will play at the 7,000-capacity Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena in Atlantic City, New Jersey on February 10 and February 11.
The Atlantic City shows will mark MÖTLEY CRÜE's first U.S. live appearances since the announcement that founding guitarist Mick Mars would no longer tour with the legendary rock act. He is being replaced on the road by former ROB ZOMBIE and MARILYN MANSON guitarist John 5.
In October, MÖTLEY CRÜE's Nikki Sixx praised John 5, saying he "checks all the boxes" as Mars's replacement.
Sixx commented on John 5's addition to CRÜE while answering fan questions on Twitter. Asked why the band chose John 5, who is one of the credited co-writers on the three original songs on CRÜE's "The Dirt" soundtrack, Sixx said: "He checks all the boxes. He's a insane player. Has respect for our music, is funny as fuck and has history with us and we've written some pretty big hits together."
Sixx also addressed Mars's announcement that he was retiring from touring because of his long struggles with degenerative disease ankylosing spondylitis. Ankylosing spondylitis is a type of arthritis that causes inflammation in the spine joints and ligaments and can lead to stiffness over time, according to the National Institute Of Arthritis And Musculoskeletal And Skin Diseases.
"He's been a soldier along with us for 4 decades," Nikki said about his longtime bandmate. "We will continue to carrying our legacy to Generations of fans and honor Micks request for us to keep touring as Motley Crue."
In addition to co-writing the three songs on "The Dirt", John 5 collaborated with Sixx and Desmond Child on Meat Loaf's "The Monster Is Loose". Last year, Sixx and John 5 launched the L.A. RATS supergroup in which they were joined by Rob Zombie and drummer Tommy Clufetos.
The 71-year-old Mars — whose real name is Robert Alan Deal — served as MÖTLEY CRÜE's lead guitarist since the band's inception in 1981.
A day after Mick announced his retirement from touring, remaining members Sixx, singer Vince Neil and drummer Tommy Lee vowed to "continue the legacy." In a statement, they said: "While change is never easy, we accept Mick's decision to retire from the band due to the challenges with his health. We have watched Mick manage his Ankylosing Spondylitis for decades and he has always managed it with utmost courage and grace. To say 'enough is enough' is the ultimate act of courage. Mick's sound helped define MÖTLEY CRÜE from the minute he plugged in his guitar at our very first rehearsal together. The rest, as they say, is history. We'll continue to honor his musical legacy."
The statement continued: "We will carry out Mick's wish and continue to tour the world as planned in 2023. No doubt will it take an absolutely outstanding musician to fill Mick's shoes so we are grateful that our good friend, John 5 has agreed to come on board and join us moving forward. We'll see all you Crueheads out on the road!”
John 5, whose real name is John William Lowery, said: "I'm honored to carry on Mick's legacy and am looking forward to playing these songs."
In his statement, Mick said that he had decided to step back from live shows due to his "ongoing painful struggle" with ankylosing spondylitis and while he will continue to be a member of the band, he cannot "handle the rigors" of touring life.
The statement read: "Mick Mars, co-founder and lead guitarist of the heavy metal band MÖTLEY CRÜE for the past 41 years, has announced today that due to his ongoing painful struggle with Ankylosing Spondylitis, he will no longer be able to tour with the band. Mick will continue as a member of the band, but can no longer handle the rigors of the road. A.S. is an extremely painful and crippling degenerative disease, which affects the spine."
John 5's involvement with MÖTLEY CRÜE as the band's new guitarist was first reported as a rumor by the Metal Sludge web site on October 7.
Speculation about John 5 replacing Mars gained strength after the longtime ROB ZOMBIE guitarist failed to appear with the shock rocker at this year's Aftershock festival in Sacramento. Rob was instead joined on stage by returning guitarist Mike Riggs for the first time since 2006.
John 5 has performed MÖTLEY CRÜE songs a number of times in the past. Back in 2018, John 5 was joined by Sixx along with ANTHRAX's Scott Ian and his wife Pearl Aday at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California to play a cover of "Shout At The Devil". Earlier this year, the guitarist ran through renditions of both "Home Sweet Home" and "Kickstart My Heart" at various shows on his U.S. tour.
MÖTLEY CRÜE AND DEF LEPPARD AND ANNOUNCE 2023 U.S. DATES
MÖTLEY CRÜE AND DEF LEPPARD // THE WORLD TOUR
with Special Guest Alice Cooper
Motley Crüe pre sale - Fri, 12/9 10am local
Citi Presale - Tues, 12/13 10am local
General Onsale - Fri, 12/16 10am local
Visit Motley.com for more details.
THE WORLD TOUR DATES:
Aug 5 Syracuse, NY JMA Wireless Dome
Aug 8 Columbus, OH Ohio Stadium
Aug 11 Fargo, ND Fargodome
Aug 13 Omaha, NE Charles Schwab Field Omaha
Aug 16 Tulsa, OK H.A. Chapman Stadium
Aug 18 El Paso, TX Sun Bowl
Posted by Motley Crue on Wednesday, December 7, 2022