David Lee Roth Declined Invitation To Join Mötley Crüe's 'Stadium Tour'

By Andrew Magnotta @AndrewMagnotta

August 31, 2021

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Mötley Crüe and Def Leppard's 'Stadium Tour' bill could have been even bigger if David Lee Roth was interested in taking part in it.

In addition to Crüe and Def Leppard, the 'Stadium Tour' features Joan Jett & the Blackhearts and Poison as main support.

Nikki Sixx revealed to the Los Angeles Times in a new interview that he also reached out to Roth about being on the tour. The Van Halen frontman declined, but not because he wasn't available.

"I don't open for bands that I influenced," Roth reportedly told Sixx.

It's unclear when the communication took place — whether it was prior to the 'Stadium Tour' being announced in late-2019 or after the tour was postponed in the spring of 2020.

Roth announced his comeback as a solo artist in the summer of 2019. He was announced as main support for Kiss in December of 2019, about a month after the 'Stadium Tour' lineup was announced.

Roth's first solo gigs in years took place in Las Vegas in early-2020. He then played several shows with Kiss on the band's 'End of the Road' tour before the pandemic put a stop to everything.

When asked why Roth did not return to tour with Kiss this summer, Gene Simmons suggested that his performing career might be over. Roth has not explained his withdrawal from the Kiss tour, but his reaction to Simmons' comments prompted the bassist to profusely apologize.

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