Nikki Sixx Relieved Mötley Crüe Isn't Touring During The Pandemic This Year
By Andrew Magnotta @AndrewMagnotta
August 20, 2021
With so many bands running into COVID-19 complications on the road this summer, Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx says he's "so happy" he and his bandmates agreed to wait another year before launching their 'Stadium Tour' comeback with Def Leppard.
In mid-May as COVID cases nationwide were trending downward, questions remained as to whether concerts and other live entertainment would be back by the time the 'Stadium Tour' was scheduled to begin in June. As a result, Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard and support acts Poison and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts announced that they would postpone their tour an additional year "to ensure that we can play ALL of the dates..."
Now, as live entertainment has largely resumed (some with additional COVID-related precautions, some without), few acts have successfully toured this summer without encountering some pandemic-related roadblocks.
"I'm so happy we decided to not tour during this pandemic... 100%," Sixx wrote in an Instagram post.
He added that it was "Not a hard decision to make when so many people's lives are at risk. I MISS IT 'REALLY' BAD AND CAN'T WAIT TO HIT THE ROAD IN 2022."
Sixx said in a radio interview in July that if the tour had moved forward this summer, he would be battling constant worries that they could get shut down at any time if COVID cases began to rise again.
The tour, which will include Mötley Crüe's first live shows in years, sold more than 1 million tickets and generated more than nine figures in revenue just weeks after going on sale in early-2020.
Sixx has suggested that once the tour gets going in the U.S., they're likely to add more dates abroad.