Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard earn biggest tour of careers

Summer trek raked in huge numbers

Mötley Crüe and Def Leppard have earned the biggest tour of their careers with The Stadium Tour. Billboard reports the summer trek, which also featured Poison and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, raked in $173.5 million from 1.3 million tickets sold.

The Stadium Tour sold an average of 37,520 tickets sold per stop with $4.96 million earned each night. Billboard has been tracking tour data since the 1980’s with both bands averaging between 10,000-11,000 tickets per stop and earning no more than $1 million per show.

After two summers of delays, The Stadium Tour kicked off in June and became the biggest North American stadium tour this year. Members of Mötley Crüe and Def Leppard have shared that the trek may go international next year, although nothing has been confirmed as of press time.

Twenty-five stops of The Stadium Tour sold out while amassing over one million tickets sold to eager fans wanting to see Mötley Crüe return seven years after their Cessation of Touring agreement. The band destroyed the contract following a massive surge in new audience after the huge success of their Netflix biopic The Dirt.

Mötley frontman Vince Neil recently told the Las Vegas Review Journal that the band is “far from over” as they are plotting a 2024 US tour and contemplating another Vegas residency.

“We’re far from being over. When we come back in ’24, we’re going to do it all over again,” he says.

The band, which has previously played two Sin City residencies in 2012 and 2013, are considering returning for a third one in 2024.

“We have definitely talked about doing it, and everybody loves to do the residencies, so I say, ‘Yeah, we’re gonna do it,'” Neil adds. “We just have to look at sometime in ’24, to be back in Vegas. But we will be back.”

Mötley hasn’t released a new album since 2008’s Saints of Los Angeles, but have recorded new songs in recent years, including “The Dirt (Est. 1981)” with Machine Gun Kelly for The Dirt that became a huge No. 1 film. Def Leppard released Diamond Star Halos earlier this year featuring 15 tracks that were recorded simultaneously in three different countries during the pandemic.

Buddy Iahn
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