Tuesday, August 31, 2021

David Lee Roth passed on joining Motley Crue stadium tour

David Lee Roth reportedly passed on an invitation to join the Motley Crue and Def Leppard stadium tour.

According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, Nikki Sixx says the Crue invited the Van Halen singer to share the bill but he declined, telling the bassist: “I don’t open for bands that I influenced.”

Sixx formed Motley Crue in Los Angeles in 1981, almost a decade after Roth teamed up with Eddie and Alex Van Halen on the Southern California music scene and three years after Van Halen released their self-titled debut album.

Originally scheduled to launch last year, the stadium series – which will also feature Poison and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts - was first moved to this summer before being delayed to 2022 due to the ongoing pandemic.

The news follows recent headlines that Roth is no longer a part of the recently-relaunched KISS farewell tour, after he opened several dates last year before the pandemic shut down many things, including the live music industry.

This past spring, Roth released a new track entitled “Giddy-Up!”, one of five songs included in last fall’s The Roth Project, an immersive interactive online comic narrated by the rocker that featured five songs from an unreleased album he recorded with Rob Zombie guitarist John 5 in 2014.

One of the set’s other tracks was “Somewhere Over The Rainbow Bar And Grill”, which Roth shared as a tribute to bandmate Eddie Van Halen in the weeks following the death of the iconic guitarist last October at the age of 65 after a lengthy battle with cancer. See also:

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