MÖTLEY CRÜE and DEF LEPPARD have announced two U.S. shows for February 2023. The two bands, who recently teamed up for the mega-successful “The Stadium Tour”, will play at the 7,000-capacity Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena in Atlantic City, New Jersey on February 10 and February 11.
Presales for the Atlantic City dates begin on Tuesday (November 29),with tickets going on sale to the general public on Friday, December 2.
- Citi Presale – Tuesday, November 29 at 12 PM, local
- Rock Brigade Presale – Wednesday, November 30 at 10 AM, local
- Live Nation/Venue Presale – Thursday, December 1 at 10 AM
- General Onsale – Friday, December 2 at 10 AM, local
The Atlantic City shows will mark MÖTLEY CRÜE‘s first U.S. live appearances since the announcement that founding guitarist Mick Mars would no longer tour with the legendary rock act. He is being replaced on the road by former ROB ZOMBIE and MARILYN MANSON guitarist John 5.
Last month, MÖTLEY CRÜE‘s Nikki Sixx praised John 5, saying he “checks all the boxes” as Mars‘s replacement. Sixx commented on John 5‘s addition to CRÜE while answering fan questions on Twitter. Asked why the band chose John 5, who is one of the credited co-writers on the three original songs on CRÜE‘s “The Dirt” soundtrack, Sixx said: “He checks all the boxes. He’s a insane player. Has respect for our music, is funny as f**k and has history with us and we’ve written some pretty big hits together.”
In addition to co-writing the three songs on “The Dirt”, John 5 collaborated with Sixx and Desmond Child on Meat Loaf‘s “The Monster Is Loose”. Last year, Sixx and John 5 launched the L.A. RATS supergroup in which they were joied by Rob Zombie and drummer Tommy Clufetos.
Sixx also addressed Mars‘s announcement that he was retiring from touring because of his long struggles with degenerative disease ankylosing spondylitis. Ankylosing spondylitis is a type of arthritis that causes inflammation in the spine joints and ligaments and can lead to stiffness over time, according to the National Institute Of Arthritis And Musculoskeletal And Skin Diseases. The 71-year-old Mars — whose real name is Robert Alan Deal — served as MÖTLEY CRÜE‘s lead guitarist since the band’s inception in 1981.
“He’s been a soldier along with us for 4 decades,” Nikki said about his longtime band-mate. “We will continue to carrying our legacy to Generations of fans and honor Micks request for us to keep touring as Motley Crue.”