Alice Cooper will be joining Mötley Crue for part of the tour. Drummer Tommy Lee said: “This will be the largest production we’ve ever done. One of the things will be a ginormous rollercoaster which goes out about 200ft out into the audience and about 60ft into the air. We’ve also got a new addition called the cruise vest and at the beginning of the show we’ll perform a number where a bunch of seats around the stage will rise up with us about 40ft into the air as we’re playing.”
The Los Angeles band, notorious for the antics and drug use, said they had no clear memories of their first visit to the UK. Singer Vince Neil told PA reporter Jack Hardy: “First time we came to the UK was for Download Festival (then Monsters of Rock), I think, we did a lot of drugs so we don’t remember. The tour is kind of bittersweet. Sometimes I will be on stage, looking out and singing, and I will get a little choked up.”
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Bassist Nikki Sixx, who was once declared legally dead after a heroin overdose, said: “We think about everything we shared together, it’s something very few people get to experience. We got to experience the highest highs and the lowest lows together, we’ve been best friends, we’ve been at odds with each other and we’ve done stuff we didn’t even have any idea was possible.”
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Cooper, famed for heavy metal classics such as Poison and School’s Out, spoke of his admiration for Mötley Crue’s work. He said: “Our generation of bands wrote songs which will appeal to kids aged 16, 30 years from now, who will still go ‘oh yeah, that’s me’. The state of rock and roll right now is so limp. There’s not a lot of rock and roll bands out there, so that’s why you see bands like Motley Crue still killing it.”
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Mötley Crue will be appearing at Newcastle Metro Radio Arena on November 2, Manchester Arena on November 3, Birmingham Genting Arena on November 4 and London SSE Arena on November 6. Tickets will be on sale at 9am on Friday, June 19.