Mötley Crüe’s Anti-Climactic Tour Start: Tommy Lee Leaves After Five Songs Due to Injury, Vince Neil is Vince Neil, and MGK Guests

Mötley Crüe announced their comeback tour back in November 2019. The first show took place on June 16, 2022. Sure, it was all postponed due to the pandemic. But they had more than 2.5 years to prepare.

Knowing that almost every single person in the audience will have a literal portable computer with a camera and a microphone with them and that they can share it with the public using this one thing called YouTube, one would think that Mötley Crüe guys would do their best to make the performance pretty good. Or at least enjoyable.

I’m not sure if this is just a pretentious subjective reaction from a random enjoyer of metal music, but I have to be 100% honest. The tour kick-off in Atlanta, Georgia was not good. And no, it’s an okay show that promises that things would get better. While it wasn’t exactly a “mess,” they got out on stage, had a very mediocre performance, stood around, and got the job done. They don’t seem energetic enough to get things better along the way.

Considering the hype, the price, and all the promises that mostly Nikki Sixx has been addressing – this is incredibly disrespectful to any concert-goer who paid to see them live. As if this wasn’t enough, Tommy Lee left the show after five songs due to injury. Tommy Clufetos stepped in, which means that they had a replacement prepared.

To be fair, the only good thing about this performance was Clufetos. As for Vince Neil, I won’t leave any comments. Just check out the videos.

Motley Crue - Kickstart My Heart - Atlanta
Motley Crue - Wild Side - Atlanta
Motley Crue, Atlanta 2022, Girls, Girls,Girls, The Stadium tour.

Before leaving the stage, Mr. Lee shared a few words and closed the whole thing with this Steel Panther-like statement (you can check it out on Twitter here):

“The doctors told me, ‘No playing, bro. No playing.’ And I was like, ‘Are you fucking high, bro? We’ve got a fucking tour to do!’ So anyway, I ain’t sitting out for shit. My boy’s gonna help me out here and I’ll see you guys later. On with the goddamn show.”

And here’s what Lee shared on social media about leaving the show early.

“Man ya’ll ain’t gonna believe this shit!… I broke 4 fucking ribs! But I’ve been resting and healing and even though the doctor tells me I shouldn’t play at all, you know I’m stubborn and I’ll beast through the pain every show for as many songs as I can!

“And have no fear, my boy Tommy Clufetos is here to help me until I’m back at 100%… we’ve all been waiting years for this moment and there’s no way I’m missing this! On with the show!”

Man, like, y’all ain’t gonna believe how professional this looks. One would think that you have a social media manager or a PR telling you how to write a respectful sentence. But I ain’t a rock superstar so I don’t know how this goes.

Well, at least they had none other than Machine Gun Kelly as a guest on one of the songs. That was pretty dope, wasn’t it?

Machine Gun Kelly guest appearance with Motley Crue in Atlanta 6/16/22

Photo: YouTube screenshot

  • David Slavkovic

    David always planned for music to be nothing more than a hobby. However, after a short career as an agricultural engineer he ended up news editor at KillerGuitarRigs, senior editor at Ultimate-Guitar.com, as well as a freelance contributor to online magazines such as GuitaristNextdoor and brands like Sam Ash.