According to Billboard, MÖTLEY CRÜE and DEF LEPPARD‘s “The Stadium Tour” sold 1.3 million tickets and earned $173.5 million, making it the biggest tour of either band’s career.
The biggest market on the tour, which featured support from POISON and JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS, was Boston, where the four acts performed two concerts at Fenway Park on August 5-6 and sold 64,000 tickets for total earnings of $9.3 million.
Four individual shows broke the $6 million threshold: Charlotte, North Carolina; Denver, Colorado; Glendale, Arizona; and Inglewood, California. Average nightly earnings hit $4.96 million.
“The Stadium Tour” averaged 37,520 tickets each night, drawing more than three times the audience that each band previously reached on their own.
Now POISON drummer Rikki Rockett has reacted to POISON delivering a killer performance on ‘The Stadium Tour.
Rikki’s recent post on Facebook read:
“Such a crazy summer! I think we proved that Rock’ N’ Roll is not dead. Neither is our brand of Rock’ N’ Roll! We still have our pundits and quite frankly, it’s part of our success. Back in the day, Jazz peeps criticized Rock’ N’ Roll for having players who weren’t proficient, all the while having zero ideas what makes good Rock’ N’ Roll.
Poison isn’t a jazz-rock fusion/progressive metal band. Hell, most of the time we aren’t even really metal, we are Rock’ N’ Roll. To those folks, enjoy stuffing 32nd notes into a 150 Bpm song or whatever floats your boat. Rock’ N’ Roll moves the soul and if you all hate us for it, then that is cool!
We moved souls this summer. I know it. I saw it in the fans’ eyes. Not the critics. I could not not give two sh*ts about you critics. Baste in your sour cream sauce of hate. ‘Nothin’ But a Good Time?’ Damn right! I love you all! Till next time, remember: Seeing is believing, but the feeling is the truth!”
Earlier, Nikki Sixx revealed how he was against the idea of reuniting Mötley Crüe for the massive “Stadium Tour” at first.
Speaking to Entertainment Online alongside drummer Tommy Lee, Nikki Sixx said:
“It’s been unbelievable. I’m so grateful to be doing this, and it started, like, three years ago when the movie came out – two and a half years ago. We kind of, we broke up the band. We just decided to quit touring. We’ve been doing it for, god, 35 years at that point.
“Tommy does other stuff, and I do other stuff, and I remember getting the phone call from management, and I was like. ‘No.’ And they go, ‘You haven’t even heard what I have to say.'”
Earlier Nikki Sixx shared on his Instagram official page his favorite tour by far in decades.
“This moment. The moment I’ve experienced 1000’s times from playing small clubs to stadiums over the last 45 years of my life. The moment right before we hit the stage. I wish I could boil it down and pass it around in a shot glass for everybody. It’s high, it’s a meditative state, it’s rage, and it’s gratitude.
”All the work, all the songwriting, all the stage designs, all the band rehearsals, and all the joy of being in a band. The list goes on and on. God bless rock n roll. God bless the fans. Thank you. Who wants a shot of adrenaline? Bottoms up. Let’s do it again tomorrow night in Cleveland.
”PS: This is by far my favorite tour in decades, and Def Leppard is a joy to hang out with and do a co-headline tour together with.”