Mötley Crüe has officially been kickstarting hearts for four decades now.

This past Sunday marked 40 years since Nikki Sixx and Tommy Lee first rehearsed together on January 17, 1981, thus setting in motion the roller coaster ride that is Mötley Crüe.


The Los Angeles metallers have certainly seen their fair share of ups and downs over the past 40 years, including when they announced that they’d never again hit the road together after one final show on New Year’s Eve, 2015. The band members even signed a contract intended to legally prevent any future Crüe tours.

“We had agreed, like, ‘Look it, let’s go out on top’ and just be, like, ‘That’s it, mic drop, we’re out,’ and let’s just call it,” Lee tells ABC Audio. “We’ve done it, we’ve killed it. We came here, we kicked its a**, we bought the t-shirt. We did it. What else is there to do?”

“That was it,” the drummer adds. “It was full on, ‘We are not going to ever tour again."”


Since then, though, the Mötley-coaster has been ticking back up. The 2019 Crüe biopic The Dirt resulted in renewed in the band, along with new music. Then came the offer to reunite and play their own U.S. stadium tour, which Lee says felt like a new horizon.

“That was just something you couldn’t say no to,” Lee says. “God, what a dream.”

The tour was scheduled for 2020, but was postponed to this coming summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Still, Lee says spirits remain high in Mötley Crüe.


“We’ve all become even closer,” he says.

By Josh Johnson
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