The highly anticipated Stadium Tour, which showcases the legendary rock bands DEF LEPPARD and MÖTLEY CRÜE, has officially begun its journey through Europe. Last night (May 22), the rock icons took the stage at Bramhall Lane, the cherished home ground of DEF LEPPARD, located in Sheffield, England, UK. This remarkable performance marked the commencement of a series of 20 shows scheduled to take place across the continent.
The journey of The Stadium Tour in Europe has commenced with an unforgettable night of rock music in Sheffield. DEF LEPPARD and MÖTLEY CRÜE are set to captivate audiences across the continent, building upon their previous successes and the overwhelming response from their devoted fans.
The Guardian has released the first official review of Motley Crue and Def Leppard’s performance in Sheffield, UK.
Here are some of the first review comments (Courtesy of Guardian):
“On this co-headline tour, Mötley Crüe are crass and limp, and then shown up all the more by the triumphant power of Def Leppard’s homecoming”
“On this showing, it’s a calamity that said cessation contract wasn’t irrevocable. In 2023, Mötley Crüe’s live fare is a relic in real-time. There’s no denying Dr Feelgood’s propulsive stomp, or Kickstart My Heart’s high-octane riffage, but both Vince Neil’s range and ability to project his voice have all but abandoned him, and the singer struggles to keep up from the get-go. But it’s drummer Tommy Lee – a married, 60-year-old father of two – who best encapsulates the vibe. “Where are the t*tties? I don’t see one pair of t*tties,” Lee laments, lingering at the front of the stage. “Shall we pull our d*cks out?” Mercifully, he marches back to his kit.
Regarding Def Leppard’s performance, the reviewer praised the legends for delivering a rocking performance, saying:
“Hysteria remains a quintessential rock ballad, as countless smartphones light up the field. Signature song Pour Some Sugar on Me raises the volume another notch with its hook-laden, bottom-heavy rumble. “Sheffield will always be Def Leppard land!” Elliot declares. Having sold 100m albums across five decades – and now doing big streaming business – Leppard have the metrics on their side. This blockbuster homecoming confirms the band’s status as Sheffield’s most eminent musical export.”
The reviewer sums up, saying:
“From the pathetic to the sublime”
Here are some of the comments from Crue fans:
“Motley would be wise to call it quits. But if they’re unwilling to do that, Vince needs to go.”
“Love Crue, but the stadium tour really should have been the final-final hurrah. I get they wanted to capitalize on their newfound popularity with the younger crowd due to their movie and that’s great, but now it’s just all negativity with anything related to them 24/7 it seems.”
“Nikki Sixx will no doubt say that this review just proves that they’re on the right track, and the critics never mattered, etc.”
“Here we go again with the Motley Crue 🥱🥱 boring”
“I was there, right down the front, and loved it. Both bands were superb.”
“Def Leppard rocked hard and Motley Crue was totally below average.”