Motley Crue and Def Leppard's 2020 Stadium Tour with Poison and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts already has quite the stacked lineup, but the more the merrier right? Tuk Smith and his new band the Restless Hearts have been added as the opener for the tour run.
The group is new to the scene, but Smith isn't, as he was the frontman of the Atlanta rock group Biters from its formation in 2009 until its disbandment in 2018. The singer's new project with the Restless Hearts was just revealed today (Jan. 10), along with the debut single "What Kinda Love." Listen to the song below.
The band is currently housed on Better Noise Music, formerly Eleven Seven, the same label as Motley Crue. Their debut album, Lookin’ for Love, Ready for War —which will be out later this year — was produced by Rob Cavallo, who's worked with acts such as Green Day and My Chemical Romance.
"People that really like honest-to-god rock and roll — this is the kind of stuff they'll love," Cavallo said in a statement. "If you are a Tom Petty fan or a Bruce Springsteen fan, if you like really great old-fashioned American rock and roll, then I believe you'll like Tuk's music, because it's cut from that same cloth. It's original and it is its own thing, I think he's the real deal."
The Stadium Tour kicks off June 21 in San Antonio, Texas, and runs into the first week of September. Due to high demand, a second Boston show has been added on Wednesday, Aug. 26.
MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee says that he will use the coronavirus downtime to "get locked down" in his studio and "create."
Public health experts are urging people to practice "social distancing" and stay home in order to protect their health and slow the rate of transmission of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.
Earlier today (Saturday, March 14), Lee took to his Twitter to write: "Lookin like a perfect time to get locked down in my studio and create!!!!!!"
Before MÖTLEY CRÜE's reunion was announced last fall, Lee told Billboard that he spent two years working on his upcoming solo album, which he described at the time as "very eclectic." He added that the disc will include "literally every single different genre that you could imagine. That's why I want to call it 'Trans Genres' because it's literally all over the place, which I love," he said. "It's my favorite thing. I love swishing it up from track to track. But this is literally a whole side of one kind of eclectic thing and one side of the other kind of eclectic thing. I like records like that. I don't like records that sound like it's pretty much the same thing."
According to Lee, the LP will include a "slowed-down" and "insane" cover of Prince's "When You Were Mine" as well as guest appearances by South African rapper Push Push, PLYA singer Julia, a singer called Ellie, rap battlist Shotty Horroh, former ROCK STAR SUPERNOVA frontman Lukas Rossi and U.K. hip-hop/dubstep group FOREIGN BEGGARS.
Dee Snider and Tommy Lee are among the musicians who have criticized President Donald Trump for how has dealt with the coronavirus outbreak.
Snider became friends with Trump in 2011 when the Twisted Sister frontman first appeared on Celebrity Apprentice, but he had a public split with Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign. As he told Yahoo! Entertainment, the Trump Administration has handled the pandemic "horribly and embarrassingly — turning down the test kits, making a joke out of it, a mockery, some of these people wearing gas masks or whatever they were wearing during a press conference."
"It just underlines how you need to have a person in power who's got a broad understanding of international issues and all aspects of governing, not just how the stock market is doing," he continued. "So I just hope that this is making some people be more aware that we need a more well-rounded individual at the helm. And hopefully one of these [candidates] will come up and we'll get somebody."
For Snider, it's hitting close to home. His 23-year-old daughter Cheyenne is currently on a spiritual retreat in Iquitos, a remote city in Peru, and is unable to leave due to a border closure in Peru issued by President Martin Vizcarra. Snider said that he'd been on the phone with the U.S. Embassy in Peru for four hours trying to change her flight, but then all travel in and out of Peru was canceled.
He's been able to speak with his daughter and says that she is "safe at the moment, but I fear it to be very unsafe when this [retreat] is over and she's released into the general populace." He also knows that there are other parents all around the world who are separated from their children, and he's hoping his fame can help call attention to their plight as well.
" I immediately realize that this is a plight of thousands," he added. "It's not just my daughter. It's other people's daughters and sons and fathers and mothers who are in this situation. ... I don’t want to be that rock star, saying, 'My daughter before everybody else!' I just want her be in that line [to get on a flight], because I’m not going to sleep well until she's back home."
While everyone awaits word on Motley Crue's summer tour, there's another way — a safe way — you can still interact with the band. On Friday (May 15) the Crue will be hosting a virtual watch party for their biopic, The Dirt, inviting fans to join them from right at home.
The viewing begins promptly at 4PM PT and offers a unique experience, as members of Motley Crue alongside unnamed "special guests" will take part in special commentary coming in through the band's Twitter page. Fans are encouraged to participate in the conversation by following the #homesweethome hashtag throughout the duration of the film.
The Dirt, the film which takes its name from Motley Crue's autobiography of the same name, was released in March of 2019 on Netflix. The overwhelming success off the movie was the catalyst for Motley Crue's reunion, which was announced late last year in defiance of their since-blown-up "cessation of touring agreement," which was supposed to seal the band's last-ever show on Dec. 31, 2015.
Before 2019's end, Motley Crue announced a massive North American stadium tour featuring co-headliners Def Leppard, Poison and Joan Jett and The Blackhearts. While numerous tours and festivals have been canceled or postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, for now, the summer run is "still a go," per drummer Tommy Lee.
Despite previously saying that they wouldn’t make any announcements about the status of their summer stadium tour until June 1, Bring Back Glam! is now reporting that two shows on the Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard, Poison, etc. trek have now been postponed:
July 2 @ Great American Ball Park – Cincinnati, OH August 28 @ Wrigley Field – Chicago, IL Ticketholders reportedly received e-mails announcing the postponements yesterday, Friday, May 15.