It’s official: Motley Crue are having a moment. A film version of their 2001 biography The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band, finally made it to TV’s worldwide after being first talked about 13 years ago, and not only was it a huge hit for both Netflix and the band, even the film’s soundtrack opened at #10 on Billboard‘s chart this week, the first time since Saints of Los Angeles debuted back in 2008. And while the band retired for good in 2015, the success of the film and soundtrack has led the band to announce their reformation, touring behind a forthcoming album (read our review of the film here).
“We’re so excited that The Dirt has been such an overwhelming success,” Nikki Sixx said in a statement.
“We knew that our story was one that our faithful fans wanted to see onscreen, and now there’s a whole new generation of Crue fans, some of which might have never gotten to see us live. The Dirt Live is going to give those fans a chance to do just that.”
When the Crue announced their retirement back in 2014, it came with a “cessation of touring” clause, stating that the no one in the band would tour under the name “Motley Crue.” There’s no word on how they’re going to get out of that clause, but look for them to be headlining arenas this fall. Sixx says they’re “in talks” to get rapper Machine Gun Kelly, who played drummer Tommy Lee in the film, to open.
As far as new music from Motley Crue, the four are currently working with Bob Rock, who produced the four songs on The Dirt soundtrack. And while the last Motley Crue-related album before this one was a country covers album in 2014, the band look to be turning the tables by recording their own covers album. “Our cover of ‘Like a Virgin’ was so fun to record that we just kept going,” singer Vince Neil says. And while you might expect them to draw more from the punk and glam influences that they grew up on, look for the covers album to continue more in the vein of the Madonna cover. Songs they’re working on include their takes of Pink’s “Get the Party Started,” Ke$ha’s “Don’t Stop,” Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off” and Cardi B’s “I Like It.”
Tickets for the band’s reunion tour will go on sale this Friday, April 1st at this link.